News that the FBI found female DNA on fragments of one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attack has fueled a new round of conspiracy theories on Twitter, as #FreeJahar
truthers call for the release of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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News broke Monday that officials had recovered genetic material belonging to a female on fragments of one of the pressure cooker bombs
, and Twitter users immediately took that to mean that the Tsarnaev brothers must be innocent.
Although investigators found traces of female DNA, it doesn’t necessarily prove that a third female suspect was involved in the attacks, despite Twitter users' voracity. They are ignoring very plausible possibilities, like the fact that that the DNA could have come from a female store clerk who sold the pressure cookers, any of the items placed inside it, or the remote controls used to detonate them. A strand of hair from a marathon spectator could have gotten on the explosive sometime during or after detonation.
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