Sunday July 5, 2020

The explosive legacy of the Tsarnaev brothers

The pair who bombed the Boston Marathon radicalised themselves and emerged from within a free society to kill and maim. What price must freedom pay to stop others like them?

27th April, 2013
Almost two weeks after the Boston horror, it still defies our understanding.

For me, it remains the single most terrible image of the Boston Marathon bombings. In the photograph, it is seconds before the first explosion and eight-year-old Martin Richard leans expectantly on a crash barrier. Nearby lies the rucksack containing the bomb that will, in a few seconds, kill him. In the same picture, creeping away in the background, is the white hat and the expressionless face of 19-year-old suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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