Boston Bomber’s Handwritten Note Inside the Boat

From AP and National Post:

Court sees blood covered note scrawled on boat where accused Boston bomber hid

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

In this April 19, 2013 file photo provided by the Massachusetts State Police, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, bloody and disheveled with the red dot of a sniper’s rifle laser sight on his head, emerges from a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass..


Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Tuesday saw photographs of a blood-stained, hand-scrawled note speckled with bullet holes inside the boat he was captured in days after the deadly 2013 attack.

Prosecutors consider the note a confession and say it refers to the motive for the attack carried out by Tsarnaev and his late brother, Tamerlan.

In the note, written in pencil on the inside walls of the boat, Tsarnaev appears to decry U.S. actions in Muslim countries and says he is jealous of his brother because he is dead and now in paradise.

Boston Marathon Bombing

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a violent confrontation with police during a getaway attempt four days after the bombings. Dzhokzar, then 19, was found hiding in a boat parked in a yard in Watertown.

“I do not mourn because his soul is very much alive. God has a plan for each person. Mine was to hide in this boat and shed some light on our actions,” he wrote, according to the photos shown to the jury by prosecutors.

The note also said: “The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians but most of you already know that. As a M (bullet hole) I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished, we Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all. …”

“Now I don’t like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said (bullet hole) it is allowed.”

Judge George O’Toole Jr. is still trying to decide whether to allow prosecutors to cut out and bring to court the panels of the boat to show jurors or whether to bring the intact boat to the courthouse to be viewed outside by the jury, as requested by lawyers for Tsarnaev, who is now 21.

The judge ended court early Tuesday so he could go see the boat, accompanied by representatives of the prosecution and defense teams. The judge rejected a request from the media to allow a pool reporter and photographer to also see the boat.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured April 15, 2013, when two bombs exploded near the marathon finish line.

During opening statements at his trial, Tsarnaev’s lawyer admitted he participated in the bombings but said Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the mastermind and recruited his younger brother to help him.

Todd Brown, a Boston police bomb technician, testified that he saw the writing inside the boat when he was sent to check it to make sure there were no explosives or booby traps on board.

During cross-examination of Brown, Tsarnaev’s lawyers established that all the bullet holes were from shots coming into the boat when police fired. The officer said no bombs, guns or weapons of any kind were found inside the boat.

Boston Marathon Bombing

Several FBI agents also testified Tuesday about the collection of bomb components and other evidence from the scene of the two bombings. One agent said shrapnel from the two pressure-cooker bombs was found on the ground, inside buildings and the rooftops of buildings, including a four-story hotel.


There are several things that stood out in this story and one is that being a defense lawyer in this case would be a difficult task. The attorney has to give his best efforts regardless of personal feelings. Granted there are lawyers that love tough cases and go for the victory rather than justice, but it’s doubtful that applies in this case, knowing the devastation it caused and the lives lost because of the actions of these two muslims.

Perhaps that explains the defense attorney’s attempts to get Tsarnaev a lighter sentence as a ‘recruit’ rather than an equal part as co-conspirator, but after seeing this note scrawled on the wall of the boat, the jury may not agree with him. That note makes it clear that the younger brother was fully aware of his actions and that he sees his brother’s death as a victory and his reward is being with Allah now.

Another thing that stood out is the number of bullet holes in the pictures. In the two pictures above, which look like overlapping views, I counted somewhere between 9 and 12 holes.


My apologies for the quality of this picture, but it’s the only one I could find with a close-up side-shot of the boat which shows dozens of holes. Those holes are the result of Boston’s finest shooting at a suspect, who at some point, exited the boat under his own power.

His testimony doesn’t say if the head injury was self-inflicted or the result of the showdown with the police. Although he did have multiple wounds, you’d think that with so many holes in the boat, his body would be riddled with wounds and he’d be dead, not standing trial some 2 years later. Somebody needs to hit the practice range…just sayin’.

The last thing that left me shaking my head was the fact that the guy had a pencil on him. That just strikes me as odd considering the seriousness of the issue and related actions.


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9 Responses to Boston Bomber’s Handwritten Note Inside the Boat

  1. Uriel says:

    I agree Kathy. All are good points. I wonder why he was so sure innocent Muslims were being killed by the US. That strikes me as one evidence of how young intelligent people may become involved. We already know that jihadists speak with forked tongue but it also says they are to band together if even one is wronged (Or as a secret ploy by US interests earlier to control oil creating the first sparks to reawaken Islamic jihadist imams).

    • Kathy says:

      Telling them that innocent muslims are being killed is part of the lies the despicable animals use to recruit these guys.

  2. Clyde says:

    Too bad the sniper with the “bead” on his head didn’t pull the trigger, and save the TAXPAYERS the expense of this trial, and the NUMEROUS appeals to keep the shitsack in prison for the rest of his miserable life, instead of his well-deserved date with Ol’ Sparky.

  3. Hardnox says:

    The whole story surrounding this entire event is strange in many ways.

    The cops fired over 100 rounds at the boat (and missed him). Why? He was unarmed. Who gave the order to shoot?

    I’m not suggesting that he didn’t commit the bombing and subsequent murders but the conduct by Law Enforcement is bullshit. Ditto on declaring “stay in place” which was effectively martial law.

    I’m with Clyde but I am disgusted that the Constitution was suspended while trying to capture this vermin yet no one is saying a word about it.

    • Kathy says:

      I’ve always thought it was really weird that they turned the boat into Swiss cheese and the guy’s still alive.

      It was strange indeed, and it’s been said that the officials used the event for a practice run on martial law to see how easy it was to manipulate the masses. Much like the gun confiscations that happened after Katrina – they tested people’s cooperation in turning over their weapons.

      • Uriel says:

        Actually that makes a lot of sense Kathy. Just another way to spend (pocket) US dollars and force the average citizen to become numb to military shennanigans

        • Kathy says:

          People will accuse me of wearing a tin foil hat, but there have been reports of troops, tanks and other vehicles going down neighborhood streets – it alarmed citizens who had no idea a ‘military drill’ was in progress. Similar events have been reported in several cities, like the one where helicopters were flying extremely close to windows in skyscrapers and men in military garb were dropping onto the tops of buildings. Pay no attention they said, it’s just a drill. Yeah…right..ok, but why? Pardon me if I don’t stick my head in the sand.

    • Uriel says:

      You know Hardnox that has bothered me since this whole event started. 1) nowhere else has that huge a manhunt and decked out military style ever happened. Why? 2) the huge door to door massive hunt 3) Like you, the boat incident was sooo stupid. Over 100 bullets flying in all directions is totally anti normal police activity because of residential hazards. There could have been a much higher body count from ricochets if nothing else. 4) Why fire to begin with, were they reacting to bullets sprayed At them cause there is no other reason that is acceptable.Even if a fear of another bomb was part of it, flying bullets could have set off a serious loss of residential and police life.