‘He just took Tamerlan’s brain’: Boston bombing suspect transformed after meeting mysterious Muslim convert

Originally posted on National Post | News:

WASHINGTON — In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who steered the religiously apathetic young man toward a strict strain of Islam, family members said.

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Katherine Russell was an “All-American” girl who played saxophone, was on her high school dance team and wanted to join the Peace Corps.

But she suddenly changed after meeting and marrying Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to friends.

She dropped out of college after only a year, converted to Islam and began wearing the hijab.

Now federal authorities want to question her in the hopes she can shed some light on the motive behind the bombings that killed three people and injured more than 180.
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