Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two Boston Marathon bomber brothers, heard a voice in his head that told him what to do and could have been a motivating factor in the terrorist attack.
According to an extensive investigation by The Boston Globe
on the Tsarnaev family, it may have been this voice that directed his actions that led to the terror attack that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, rather than jihadist revolutionaries.
Tsarnaev is said to have told his mother that it made him feel like there were "two people inside of me."
"He was torn between those two people," said Donald Larking, 67, who attended mosque with Tsarnaev. "He said that several times. And he did not like it."
The voice offers an alternative theory to "the claim by Russian security officials that Tamerlan made contact with or was recruited by Islamist radicals during his visit to his family homeland," The Globe reports.
The voice, which started when he was a young man, grew increasingly more authoritative. He told a friend that it gave him orders, bidding him to do specific acts, but he did not disclose what they were.
Tsarnaev was 26 years-old at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing and allegedly organized the attack with his brother, Dzhokhar. Tamerlan was killed on April 19 during a gunfight with police.
Dzhokhar, now 20, survived the gunfire and has been indicted on 30 counts for killing three people and wounding at least 260 others with the pressure cooker bombs that he and his brother allegedly made and detonated close to the marathon finish line.
The older brother traveled to the Russian republic of Dagestan, where he stayed for six months in 2012. It is believed that he tried to join
a rebel Muslim group while he was there. However, investigators have said that they have not found evidence showing that the group was giving the two brothers instructions on the attack.
Dzhokhar claimed while he was in the hospital
recovering from gunshot wounds to his skull and legs that the bombing was motivated by the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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