Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bomber ‘was a good kid before turning to terror’

The Boston Marathon bomber “was a good kid” before he followed his radicalised older brother into terrorism, his defence lawyers said on Monday as they urged a jury to spare him the death penalty.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers asked jurors to sentence the 21-year-old to life in prison instead of making him into a martyr for worldwide jihadists by ordering his death through lethal injection.

Tsarnaev was convicted in early April of carrying out the 2013 attack alongside his older brother Tamerlan, who died in a shootout with police days after the bombing.

He placed a bomb behind children.


  • winniec

    The defending lawyer has just argued that ISLAM TURNS ‘NICE KIDS’ into MONSTERS.

  • kkruger71

    Man, that irritates me. Pretty much anybody can be described as good until they did things. “Jeffrey Dahmer? Yeah, he was a saint up until he started murdering and eating people”.
    Similar to the “Peaceful protest turns violent” bit. Unless the first person on the scene is throwing rocks, that line could apply and is meaningless.

    • Dana Garcia

      Right, all monsters were adorable kiddies until they went bad. Hitler and Stalin were cuddly moppets with sweet smiles.

  • Hard Little Machine

    “Other than all the murders, DC is a pretty safe city” – Former mayor, crackhead, convicted drug dealer and john, Marion Barry

  • Doug Kursk

    ..no doubt jail has put a crimp on this former good kid’s aspiring rap/basketball/sport shoe designer aspirations.

    More basketball courts I say!!

  • DVult

    He didn’t kill anybody before he killed a bunch of people.

  • The Goat

    Was he about to start college too?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      He didn’t do nuttin’!
      The FBI set him up.

    • Minicapt

      He was in college.


  • barryjr

    I don’t have to read the story I lived the Jekyll and Hyde metamorphosis.One of my daughters was the kid you told your kids to stay away from, even the local thugs avoided her, but anybody that knew her before she was 12 will tell you she was the sweetest most polite child they saw. Doesn’t matter what they were like when they were small and parents had some control they still turn into monsters. Thankfully my monster smartened up before she did something to end up in jail.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Lenny Bruce used to talk in one of his monologues about serial killers coming from a devout religious background.

  • It’s always someone else’s fault, like the dead brother who can neither confirm nor deny this.