December 16, 2013 5:00 am -

dzhokhar-tsarnaev-capture-horizontal-large-galleryThe Daily Mail has added a detail to the back story of Boston Marathon bomber Djokhar Tsarnaev that makes his history even more convoluted:

A new report on the family of the two accused Boston Marathon bombers reveals that Tsarnaevs claimed they came to America after the father was kidnapped and tortured by Russian mobsters who then cut off their dog’s head and left it on their doorstep.

After struggling to find a place in America, the older brother Tamerlan turned to conspiracy theories and radical Islam while the younger brother, Dzhokhar started stealing marijuana – earning $1,000 a week and sometimes carrying a gun to protect his stash.

The Boston Globe claims that the Tsarneav brothers appear have been motivated less by Islamist ideology and more by their own personal failings and inner demons – making the April 15 bombings more like the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater than an al-Qaeda terrorist plot.

D.B. Hirsch
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