'Mounting' Evidence Links Tsarnaev Brothers to Unsolved Jewish Triple Murder

Both Boston Bombing Suspects May Be Tied to 9/11 Slayings

Jewish Victim: Erik Weissman was murdered on Sept. 11, 2011, along with another Jewish man and a third victim described as Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s best friend.
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Jewish Victim: Erik Weissman was murdered on Sept. 11, 2011, along with another Jewish man and a third victim described as Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s best friend.

By JTA

Published May 12, 2013.
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The brothers were identified as suspects after authorities reviewed photos and video taken on the afternoon of the marathon on April 15, when two bombs killed three people and wounded more than 170.

Police may not have focused on the crime’s possible link to the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks because it originally appeared to be drug related.

That changed with Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s involvement in the Marathon terror bombing.

“We’re eager to pursue any new leads or information,” Stephanie Guyotte, spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office, told the Boston Globe. “It has been reported that [Tamerlan Tsarnaev] knew one of the deceased victims. It remains an open investigation.”

The death certificates of the three murdered men say they were killed on September 12, 2011, which was the day they were found with their throats slit in an apartment in Waltham, Mass., just three miles from the campus of Brandeis University.

Friends told the paper that they have always believed the men were actually killed on September 11 because all three men — abruptly stopped texting about a New York Jets vs Dallas Cowboys football game at the same time that evening.

“The three of them were definitely killed on Sept. 11,” the relative told the paper. “They all stopped using their cellphones at about eight o’clock that night.”

The September 11 link might also shed new light on why Weissman, who was outspoken about his Jewish faith, and Teken, who grew up in Brookline and attended predominantly Jewish Brandeis, were targeted by the killer.

With Forward Staff


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