The Boston Marathon bombing case has brought to light some bizarre, tragic -- and cryptic -- elements. From former jobs to intriguing issues surrounding surveillance, these issues are worth taking a look at. Here are just five to consider:
U.S. Citizenship: During a Fox News broadcast today about the Boston Marathon bombing, reporter and anchor Bill Hemmer detailed what he called the "cruelest irony" of the terror attack: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged suspect who is still on the run (but reportedly cornered), was given U.S. citizenship on September 11, 2012 -- the 11th anniversary of the nation's most deadly terror attack.
Earlier today, CNN provided more information about this detail:
DzhokharTsarnaev, 19, the Boston Marathon attack suspect now at large, came to the United States on July 1, 2002, at age 8 on a tourist visa, a federal source said. While here, he sought asylum and became a citizen on September 11, 2012.
His older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police overnight, came to the United States four years after his brother, on Sept. 6, 2006, at the age of 20, the source said. He came legally but was not naturalized. He was a green card holder and in the country lawfully.
A police tactical unit drives through the streets as they search for 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shoot out with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, that killed three people and wounded at least 170. Credit: Getty Images
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Was Allegedly a Lifeguard: Considering that the very definition and role of a "lifeguard" is, "to protect bathers from drowning or otheraccidents and dangers," the irony is implicit, especially when considering sources who claim that Dzhokhar once held this very position.
On May 29, 2012, the suspect allegedly tweeted (grammar left in tact), "i didn't become a lifeguard to just chill and get paid, i do it for the people, saving lives brings me joy."
At least one Harvard student has claimed that she worked with Dzhokhar as a lifeguard. If, indeed, he sent that tweet last year, it's difficult to imagine how his mindset changed so profoundly less than 12 months later, pending he'd guilty of participating in the bomb plot.
Mom's Alleged Shoplifting: As TheBlaze reported earlier today Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev's mother has also purportedly been arrested in the past for shoplifting. According to numerous outlets, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva was detained on June 13, 2012.
The charges against her? According to Russia Today, she was slapped with larceny of women’s clothing, which was valued at $1,624. Additionally, she was charged with two counts of malicious damage to property. The purported theft took place at Lord & Taylor in Natick, Massachusetts.
This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. Credit: AP
One Suspect Is Married With a Baby: Tamerlan Tsarnaev is married and has a baby, media accounts claim. Tsarnaev was, according to a neighbor, regularly seen at 24-year-old Katherine Russell’s family home in Rhode Island — that is, until about one year ago (a neighbor said that they no longer were observed together visiting).
The central claim is that Russell married Tsarnaev and that the two have a three-year-old daughter together named Zahara. Russell's family issued a statement tonight responding to — and seemingly substantiating — the allegations. Without speaking aloud, Katherine’s mother handed a statement to reporters. It read:
“Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child. We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge by the horror he has inflicted. Please respect our family’s privacy in this difficult time.”
Conspiracy Theories: Numerous family members are claiming that the two bombing suspects have been framed and are, in fact, innocent of any wrongdoing. TheBlaze's Jason Howerton explains why this phenomenon might be unfolding. Earlier in the day, the aunt, father and mother all said that they believe that Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are being framed by outside parties.
And these are only a few of the elements at hand. Click here to read more about the family.