A woman who claims to have been inside the Boston bombing suspect's mother's home as a former client of Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is detailing what the home and family was allegedly like on Tumblr.
In a post titled "I've met the Boston bombers," Alyssa Lindley Kilzer wrote that she first come to know Zubeidat Tsarnaev as a facialist at a spa in Belmont, Massachusetts, when she was 17. After Zubeidat was fired, Kilzer and her mother began going to the Tsarnaev home on 410 Norfolk St. between Cambridge and Watertown for services. She continued getting facials from the woman for five years about three times each year with her final visit being late 2011-early 2012.
401 Norfolk St., Cambridge, MA (Image: Google Maps)
The home was a third-floor apartment, crowded with two sons and two daughters. Kilzer, who identifies herself later as an inquisitive writer, said it wasn't a "glamorous place" to get a facial -- crowded with shoes in the hallway, cooking smells, family arguing -- but the facial was so good she and her mother kept going back.
Kilzer said the daughters and Dzhokar -- the 19-year-old who the suspect leading investigators on a manhunt in Boston Friday -- "always struck me as perfectly nice and normal kids about my age." Although, she said she was disturbed by the daughters' arranged marriages, which seemed unhappy. She also described one of the daughters as being badly beaten and getting a divorce.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev (Photo: FBI)
Kilzer, parked on the street while visiting the apartment, occasionally give Dzhokar her keys to put a parking pass on the dashboard and once to move the car.
"In 2010-11, there was a day when Dzhokar wasn’t home, so Zubeidat took the parking pass out to the street for me. I noticed that she first put on a burka before going outside. She had never worn a burka while working at the spa and I was really surprised," Kilzer wrote.
Kilzer said as she continued going to Zubeidat throughout college, she seemed to become increasingly religious:
She often mentioned Allah, and the lessons of the Koran. “Allah will reward him,” she said once about my brother, when I told her that my brother and mom were close, and that I thought my brother would take care of my mom later in life. She started to refuse to see boys that had gone through puberty, as she had consulted a religious figure and he had told her it was sacrilegious. She was often fasting. She told me that she had cried for days when her oldest son, Tamerlan, told her that he wanted to move out, going against her culture’s tradition of the son staying in the house with the mother until marriage. She started saying things like, “Don’t worry, there aren’t men in the house today,” when I asked if I could use the bathroom, which I thought was kind of funny at the time, since I didn’t mind if there were men in the apartment or not.
Kilzer claims to have asked at one point why she and her husband came to America, learning they had been lawyers and political activists while living in Russia. The left after "something that her husband did":
Her daughter had recently been divorced at this time, and her daughter’s ex-husband had taken their child to Russia, refusing to return him. Finally the child was returned. When my mom asked Zubeidat how they had gotten the child back, she told her that “her [Zubeidat’s] husband was crazy” and everyone knew it. When he threatened the daughter’s ex-husband’s family, they returned the child.
Some of Zubeidat's conspiracy theories, including her thoughts on 9/11 being set up by the government, were brought up in conversations as well.
The two suspects before the bombing Monday. (Photo: FBI)
The daughters are said to have moved to Washington, D.C., with children "doing their own thing by 2011." Of Tamerlan -- the second bombing suspect who was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown, Massachusetts, Thursday night -- Kilzer said he wasn't friendly, even though she only met him twice.
"Zubeidat certainly mentioned arguing and fighting with him, and being worried about him in general after he got his girlfriend pregnant," Kilzer wrote.
"I never met her husband. A few years ago her husband got cancer, but she told us that the doctors had caught it early, and that he was doing well. She made one long trip to Russia in the period of 2011-2012," Kilzer's account continued.
It should be noted that Kilzer's story is only her supposed account on her Tumblr site. TheBlaze did verify that a Kilzer family does live in Belmont, Massachusetts, and, according to WhitePages.com, a woman named Alyssa is among those in the household.
Kilzer wrote that when she learned about the sons' suspected involvement with Monday's bombing, she couldn't believe it.
Read Kilzer's full account here.
(H/T: Business Insider)