Marathon: The Narrative of the Case, Part 2

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The Narrative of the Case, Part 2

Heather tackles some “alternative facts” about the note found in the boat after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture. Then attorney Tom Frizzell returns to finish up our discussion about the narratives presented about the case in court: what we do and don’t believe, our current theories about the events in question, and what can be expected for Dzhokhar’s case on appeal.

Episode Extras

Wicked Local Plymouth:
LETTER: Revolt against false leaders

Exhibit photos of the note found in the boat:
one | two | three | four

Relevant blog posts:
Who Killed Sean Collier? The Bike Man – regarding the eyewitness placing Dzhokhar at Collier’s car
Who Killed Sean Collier? The Gun, parts one and two – regarding the origin of Collier’s murder weapon
What’s in an Appeal? – regarding the Johnson II Supreme Court ruling

Trial transcript:
March 2, 2015 – Hearing on motion in limine regarding the use of Tamerlan during the guilt phase

Court document:
Defense Motion (10/30/15) – regarding Johnson II and statements indicating Dzhokhar did not have a bomb detonator

4 thoughts on “Marathon: The Narrative of the Case, Part 2”

  1. Thank you and your father very much! And greetings from Slovakia :-)Yes, people from Central Europe know and love your blog 🙂

    1. Hi Elzbieta,

      Thank you so much! I’ve noticed site traffic from Slovakia, so it’s so nice to hear from you! I hope you are finding the blog and the podcast helpful.

  2. Heather did you view the interview between WhoWhatWhy and the author of Maximum Harm? you

    1. Hi Karen,

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. While I’ve heard a lot about this new book – many readers have been contacting me about it – I figured now might be a good opportunity to express my opinion of it and Michele McPhee. In short, I don’t find McPhee to be a credible source. In the past, she has been sued for libel by a Chechen family in Boston after writing an article claiming that their daughter knew Dzhokhar and that she was somehow linked to “Islamic jihad:” There are allegations she harassed the family for interviews, and they have since suffered severe damages from her claims, none of which appear to have been backed up by facts.

      This alone makes me dismiss anything she might have to say about the Marathon bombing itself. The little I’ve read from her is rife with speculation and sensationalism. More alarming, she seems to espouse a very anti-Chechen attitude that I fear can only further harm Dzhokhar during the appeal process. I would urge my readers to take anything she has to say with a large grain of salt. I cannot take her seriously unless she offers meticulously cited sources, as her allegations of fact differ from what my research indicates to be the truth.

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