Rarely do you get to see into the mind of a suspected killer, especially on the day that he kills.
But thanks to Twitter, now we do.
@J_tsar appears to be the Twitter handle of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Marathon bombing suspect still at large. Instead of a picture, there is the head of a lion. I found this account by talking to a former high school classmate of his. If you scroll through his followers, most are teenagers expressing disbelief and even loyalty to him. One declares “they refer to him as a terrorist. I can’t deal.”
Some of Tsarnaev’s tweets are normal teenager tweets. Four days before the marathon, he retweeted what appears to be lyrics from a 50 Cent song “Autta Control.” We aint come here to start no drama. We just loking for our future baby mamas.”
Then, on Marathon Monday, after the blasts, at 7:04 p.m., he tweeted: “Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people.”
At 10:13 p.m. the day of the blast: LOL Those people are cooked.
An hour later, he wrote: “There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don’t hear them cuz they’re the minority.”
The next day, the day after the blast, someone tweeted the iconic photo of a man in a red shirt crouching over a woman who lay on the ground. The tweet claimed that the man was her boyfriend, who was going to propose to her, but found her dead. “Fake story,” he tweeted back.
Later that day, he wrote: “So then I says to him, I says, relax bro my beard is not loaded.”
The same day, he tweeted what appear to be Eminem lyrics: “Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say but nothin comes out when they move their lips; just a bunch of gibberish.”
On April 17, before the FBI released video footage of the suspects, he tweeted: I’m a stress free kind of guy.
The last tweet came on Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m. He retweeted a tweet from the Saudi scholar Mufti Ismail Menk: Attitude can take away your beauty no matter how good looking you are or it could enhance your beauty, making you adorable.
Since then, silence.Farah Stockman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @fstockman.