I’m just sitting here killing time and keep wondering if the defense team will allow Dzhokhar to view the photos of himself being captured? I’m sure he will definitely see them during trial, but I can’t help but to wonder if those photos would trigger any emotions with him, especially PTSD? Maybe he’s already seen them?Sorry for just rambling.
Are you asking if I believe that this is the boat note? Or if I believe that he wrote it? If so the answer is yes to both questions.
The defense long ago said that he wrote “the alleged” note while he thought he would not survive. So that’s an admission that indeed he wrote it—it wasn’t planted by the government as some have suggested.
I’ve already explained my thoughts on the note in other blog posts today, so I won’t rehash that here.
I do believe he wrote the note. I agree with the belief that he thought he was dying and the note was justification for him. I am sure his emotions were just beyond repair during that moment.
I have not seen that article or the comments. I would love to have a link to the article. Since we really don’t know when they started building the bombs or how long it took, I don’t know how anyone except Jahar can actually know if they were fighting when they made the bombs. It certainly isn’t “widely” known, though it may in fact be true.
But I will say this: according to two highly credible sources I’ve spoken with, Jahar and Tamerlan fought bitterly over Winter Break preceding the bombings. However, that had to do with the hours Jahar kept and his partying—this is what Jahar told both sources when he returned to campus in the spring. Obviously if the arguments had to do with anything else, he did not tell them that. But he felt Tamerlan was being an overbearing dick, that much I know. If those arguments continued beyond Winter Break, idk. My sources don’t know, either. The fact that Jahar mentioned the fighting to them stood out in their memories, though.
So yeah, I feel absolutely confident in saying that Tamerlan was riding his case. But were they actually making the bombs during the time they were fighting? I don’t know, and I don’t know how anyone else can know that, either. That is, unless someone actually knew what they were doing and didn’t report their plans!
I am very curious to know when they started planning and when they started building. I think planning was underway by February because I believe receipts for the fireworks believed to be used in the bombings dated to Feb — at least I think I read that somewhere, but I can’t be positive. There is so much I’d like to know, I can’t even list it all here. I am sure he has likely shared every last detail with his defense. Oh, to be on his defense team. I mean, the pressure would be beyond intense, but those people have all the answers the rest of us only wish we had.
Anyway, you asked what the fighting would mean for his defense?
I actually can see this being argued for or against him.
Against: Even though his brother hated his lifestyle, he continued to partake of it anyway, thus proving that he did not automatically do what Tamerlan wanted, but that he did whatever he felt like doing and followed his own volition.
The flaw in this argument is that it does not take into account the weakness of the flesh—people succumb to their physical urges/desires despite strong social and familial pressures to do otherwise. Indeed Jahar’s ‘inappropriate and unfitting’ lifestyle could have been used as a cudgel against him by Tamerlan, guilting him into participating.
For: The fighting (assuming it was instigated by Tamerlan) shows that Tamerlan was aggressive in pushing his will and agenda on Jahar.
Editing to add: I *just* spoke with someone who on more than one occasion helped Jahar thoroughly clean out his car (including dousing it in Febreeze) before returning to Cambridge, because Jahar was afraid of Tamerlan and if Tamerlan found any evidence of partying he would flip out on Jahar.
For almost a year now I’ve been wondering if there was any significance to a couple of tweets Jahar posted that January — one where he said he had become a hermit, and another where he wanted to go back to school because he wasn’t being allowed out of the house. This info helps shed a little light on those. Thanks.
I can’t help but wonder if they had been fighting about a lot more than just partying. I know when I’m venting to someone about an upsetting argument I’ve had with another person, I don’t always vent every personal detail.
The whole situation is just sad. I believe Tam was his father figure, and even though they were so opposite, they still had that chechen brother love. I’m sure Jahar had to walk on egg shells around his big brother.