CNN reported last Thursday night that the police had taken two men into custody following a car chase possibly in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing and the killing of a police officer at MIT. During the report, they showed footage shot by CNN of one of the suspects, handcuffed and naked, being walked by police to a police cruiser.
The top video below shows the CNN footage. This was aired Thursday night before the early Friday morning shootout that killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Who is the naked man in custody? Is it Tamerlan Tsarnaev? If not, who is he and why isn’t there an official explanation of the arrest? If it is Tsarnaev, why did authorities let him go then engage him in a gunfight?
The critical question is, “Is the naked man Tamerlan Tsarnaev?” Judge for yourself. Before you play the video, compare its frozen image of the naked man with the three still photos of Tamerlan Tsarnaev below it. (If you want to get back to that frozen image after you play the video, refresh this page.)
The naked man is either Tamerlan Tsarnaev or his doppelganger. The naked man’s body is uncannily similar to Tsarnaev’s New England Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion body shown in the photos below. If you want to see more and you’re not squeamish, click for the extremely graphic “Tamerlan death photo” and check out the chest hair and trapezius muscles on the corpse. For a photo of a younger bare-chested Tamerlan click here. In addition, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s mother and aunt positively identify him as “the naked guy in the video.”
The video beneath the still photos is the eyewitness account of Gabe Ramirez, the CNN journalist who snuck behind the police line to shoot the footage of the naked man. He describes the suspect being interviewed by the FBI on the scene. Keep in mind, this happened Thursday night before the early morning shootout in which Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed. The longer version of the CNN story (start at 18:12) reports that a second suspect was taken into custody with the naked man.
What happened between Thursday night when this video was shot and early Friday morning when Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a gun battle with police? Perhaps another clue lies in the eyewitness account of the shootout that killed Tsarnaev which contradicts the official story. The eyewitness report given early Friday morning claims that Tsarnaev was first run down by a police SUV then was shot by police without firing first. (Countering this immediate description of events, an eyewitness account that supports the official story cropped up five days later, replete with absolutely indecipherable photos and an angle to sell “Boston Strong” paraphernalia.)
I’m not saying I know what happened or that there was anything sinister afoot, I’m just saying that, after having been subjected to the militaristic treatment depicted in the last video below, the people of Watertown deserve a full accounting of events, including who these two suspects were, why they were arrested and where they are now.