Jewish Triple Murder Victim's Mother: How Did Police Miss Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

Slay Cops Could Have Prevented Boston Marathon Bombing

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.
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 Forward Staff

Published July 11, 2013.
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The mother of a Jewish man killed in a 2011 triple murder in which slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has broken her silence — accusing police of conducting a lethargic probe into the gruesome killings.

Bellie Hacker, whose son, Erik Weissman was brutally slashed to death along with a second Jewish man and a third friend in Waltham, Mass. told the New York Times she was taken aback by the lack of intensity in the police investigation into the slayings.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev
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Tamerlan Tsarnaev

The mom describing the police as “honest in their assessments, but passive and waiting,” the paper said.

“The police told us, ‘This is what we think may happen.’ That in the future, someone with information might come forward and admit it and seek a plea deal,” Hacker told the paper.

Another friend said they were stunned that police apparently never investigated the significance of the fact that the trio — Brendan H. Mess, 25, Weissman, 31, and Rafael M. Teken, 37, who was also Jewish — were killed on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

That might have led them to take a second look at Tsarnaev, a Chechen Muslim immigrant who investigators now know was already starting down a path to Islamic radicalism.

“I told the police that there were only two Muslims I knew of who hung around the group of friends,” the friend told the paper. “Because of the 9/11 date, the fact that Tamerlan and Brendan’s last girlfriend were Muslim stood out.”

The three men were found dead in an apartment a few miles from the campus of Brandeis University in the Boston suburb of Waltham.

The bodies of the men were found on Sept. 12, but friends believe the killings took place on Sept. 11, which was the tenth anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.


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