What Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wrote in Blood-Stained Boat
Photos of Tsarnaev's hiding place shown in trial, two years after bombing.
By AARON KATERSKY and MICHELE McPHEE
March 10, 2015, 7:17 PM
• 6 min read
-- In a Boston court today jurors saw the last words alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote before he was captured by police days after the deadly 2013 attack.
Three days after the bombing the FBI released surveillance images of Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, in a plea for public help in identifying and tracking down the suspected killers. Hours later, the brother engaged in a firefight with police in the Boston suburb of Watertown. Tamerlan was killed when Dzhokhar ran him over in a desperate bid to escape, according to investigators.
Dzhokhar managed to slip away, but was discovered hours later bleeding in a dry-docked boat. He had used a pencil to pen a lengthy anti-American screed on the walls of the boat. ABC News previously reported on a portion of the message, but for the first time today, the public is seeing the full note, as it was stained by blood and pock-marked by bullet holes.
Below is a transcript of the note, as shown in court, with additional clarifying phrases added by ABC News in brackets:
I’m jealous of my brother who ha (hole) ceived the reward of jannutul Firdaus [heaven] (inshallah [God willing]) before me. I do not mourn because his soul is very much alive. God has a plan for each person. Mine was to hide in his boat and shed some light on our actions I ask Allah to make me a shahied [martyr] (iA) to allow me to return to him and be among all the righteous people in the highest levels of heaven.
He who Allah guides no one can misguide A (hole) bar!
I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger (hole) r actions came with (hole) a (hole) ssage and that is (hole) ha Illalah. The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians but most of you already know that. As a M (hole) I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished, we Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all, well at least that’s how Muhammad (pbuh) wanted it to be (hole) ever, the ummah [community of Muslims] is beginning to rise/awa (hole) has awoken the mujahideen ["holy warriors"], know you are fighting men who look into the barrel of your gun and see heaven, now how can you compete with that. We are promised victory and we will surely get it. Now I don’t like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said (hole) it is allowed.