Boston Marathon Bombings

The State Of Tsarnaev’s Soul

July 02, 2015
This undated photo released by the FBI on April 19, 2013 shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On Friday, May 15, 2015, Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 2013 Boston Marathon terror attack. (FBI/AP)

Is he unredeemable, or is he a person capable of awakening to the moral horror of what he did? Why are so desperate to understand?

What Do We Relinquish When We Say ‘I Forgive You’?

July 01, 2015
Forgiveness need not mean forgetting or acquiescing, but is it necessary to effect change? (David Goldman/AP)

Forgiveness need not mean forgetting or acquiescing, but is it necessary to effect change?

Contemplating Humanity In The Age Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev And Dylann Roof

June 30, 2015
A woman pauses before laying a bouquet of flowers and an American flag at a memorial, Friday, June 19, 2015 in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

Our mortal inability to adequately fathom others with subtlety and humility: this is our universal tragedy.

Must We Forgive Dzhokhar Tsarnaev And Dylann Roof?

June 25, 2015
Boston Marathon bombing victim Erika Brannock, left, and her mother Carol Downing, right, walk past demonstrators outside federal court in Boston, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

The novelist, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, wrestles with the
question of whether forgiveness is possible in the cases of the Boston Marathon
bomber and the Charleston shooting suspect.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Remorse Changes The Story, If We Let It

June 24, 2015
Amée LaTour: "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev...can now serve as a cautionary example to others: The resolve of ideology dissolves in the face of the concrete harm it attempts to legitimate." Pictured: In this courtroom sketch, Tsarnaev stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time, just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev…can now serve as a cautionary example to others: The resolve of ideology dissolves in the face of the concrete harm it attempts to legitimate.

Tsarnaev Friend Gets Prison For Misleading Investigators

June 18, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Khairullozhon Matanov is depicted during his sentencing in federal court in Boston Thursday. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Khairullozhon Matanov pleaded guilty in March to misleading the FBI after the 2013 bombings by deleting his computer files and failing to disclose contact he had with the brothers.

Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau Is Retiring

June 05, 2015
Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau leaves federal court in Boston last year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Edward Deveau is stepping down next month after 32 years with the force and 14 years as chief.

2 Friends Of Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced To Prison

June 05, 2015
Robel Phillipos, center, departs federal court with his attorney in October 2014. On Friday he was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to law enforcement investigating the Boston Marathon bombing. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Two college friends of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were sentenced Friday to prison.

Watertown Shootout Was Justified, Middlesex DA Investigation Concludes

June 03, 2015

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan has now closed her investigation into the shootout that night, concluding that police officers were justified in opening fire.

Tsarnaev Friend Sentenced To 6 Years For Obstructing Bombing Investigation

June 02, 2015

A college friend of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for obstructing the investigation into the deadly bombing. Former UMass Dartmouth student Dias Kadyrbayev, 21, pleaded guilty last year to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges for removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room. Listen to a full […]

DA: It’s ‘Highly Likely’ MBTA Officer Donohue Was Wounded By Gunfire From Fellow Officer

June 02, 2015
Boston Police looking for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev move in to search an apartment building on Melendy Avenue in Watertown in 2013. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It is “highly likely” that MBTA Officer Richard “Dic” Donahue was struck by gunfire from another officer during a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers in Watertown, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said Tuesday.

Watch Live: Middlesex DA Discusses Investigation Into Watertown Shootout

June 02, 2015

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is scheduled to make a statement on the investigation at 1 p.m.

Prosecutor To Discuss Shootout With Boston Marathon Bombers

June 02, 2015

A Massachusetts prosecutor has scheduled a news conference to discuss her office’s investigation into the April 2013 shootout that left one of the Boston Marathon bombers dead and nearly killed a police officer.

Death Qualified: The Tsarnaev Jury, His Sentence And The Questions That Remain

May 28, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Judy Clarke is depicted addressing the jury as defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, sits during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday, April 6, 2015, in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

It may well be that this jury was the fairest that could be selected, given the requirement of death qualification. Or not.

Can Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Win His Appeal?

May 19, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Judy Clarke is depicted addressing the jury as defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, sits during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Boston. The federal jury ruled on Friday, May 15, that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Among the issues to explore in an appeal of Tsarnaev’s death sentence is the question of whether a heavy thumb was placed on the scale of justice in favor of a unanimous verdict.

Tsarnaev And The Long Legal Road Ahead

May 18, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, stands with his defense attorneys as a death by lethal injection sentence is read at the Moakley Federal court house in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston, Friday, May 15, 2015. The federal jury ruled that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

The convicted Boston Marathon bomber’s options are extensive, says Daniel S. Medwed, but not endless.

Tsarnaev’s Death Sentence: Vengeance Masquerading As Justice

May 15, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrives in the courtroom at the Moakley Federal court house in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston, Friday, May 15, 2015. The federal jury ruled that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

This is what ‘Boston Strong’ has wrought — state-sponsored murder camouflaged as righteous retribution.

Tsarnaev: Considering The Role Of Victims In Sentencing

May 15, 2015
Wendy Kaminer: Why shouldn’t defense attorneys have been permitted to invoke the preferences of prominent survivors for a life sentence instead of death? In this photo, victims and first responders speak to members of the media after the death penalty verdict for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Friday, May 15, 2015. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Why shouldn’t defense attorneys have been permitted to invoke the preferences of prominent survivors for a life sentence instead of death?

Scenes From Outside The Courthouse After Jury Delivers Death Sentence For Tsarnaev

May 15, 2015
Karen Snyder, right, and Kathryn Vanwie react to the announcement of the death penalty verdict for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev outside the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse Friday, May 15, 2015. Both women felt the verdict was fair. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. FULL STORY: Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death For Marathon Bombing Related:Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death, What Happens Next?AP Recap: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death

May 15, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands with his defense attorneys as a death sentence is read at the Moakley federal courthouse in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

The jury deliberating the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev announced Friday that it has reached a decision on whether he should be sentenced to life in prison without parole or to death.

Why I Testified On Behalf Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

May 04, 2015
Becki Norris: "Over the past two years, I have had to accept that a kind and gentle temperament is not a lifetime guarantee, and a smart and caring child can go far, far down an evil path." In this photo, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured at his high school graduation in 2011. (Robin Young/AP)

Before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was the convicted Boston Marathon bomber, he was Becki Norris’ beloved student.

MIT Dedicates Memorial In Honor Of Sean Collier

April 29, 2015
Members of Sean Collier’s family, including his mother Kelley Rogers, approached the memorial Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The memorial is located near where MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was killed by the Tsarnaev brothers while in his patrol car on the night of April 18, 2013.

Why I Have To Keep Running

April 20, 2015
Meg Stone: "Boston is the city I love. The city I honor every time I run."
(Roberto Ciucci/flickr)

Boston is the city I love. The city I honor every time I run.

2 Years After Marathon Manhunt, A Timeline Of The 18 Hours It Took To Find Tsarnaev

April 17, 2015
Tsarnaev suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his face and a skull fracture. (Sean Murphy/Massachusetts State Police/AP)

Two years ago Sunday, police in Watertown killed marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a shootout that lasted 4 minutes. It would take 18 hours for police to track down his brother.

Death Penalty For Tsarnaev Increasingly Unpopular, WBUR Poll Finds

April 16, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, is depicted standing with his defense attorneys William Fick, left, Judy Clarke, second from right, and David Bruck, right, as the jury presents its verdict in his federal death penalty trial. The jury found Tsarnaev guilty. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Over the last month, support for punishing the convicted Boston Marathon bomber to life in prison rather than death has risen by 10 points in the Boston area.

Nearly 2 Years Later, A Look At The Watertown Shootout Between Police And The Tsarnaevs

April 16, 2015
Tactical teams drive through Watertown while searching for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev following the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP)

WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman attempts to answer lingering questions from the manhunt and Watertown shootout that ultimately captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Around Boston, Acts Of Service Commemorate 2 Years Since Marathon Bombing

April 15, 2015
Six-year-old Jaslene Oyola, of Roxbury, hangs a butterfly in honor of the victims. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Mayor Walsh declared April 15 One Boston Day, intending it to be a day for Bostonians to show the resiliency and generosity people showed on the day of the bombing. The acts of kindness took many forms.

Boston Marks 2 Years Since Marathon Bombing

April 15, 2015
A man stops and prays for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing Wednesday at a small memorial near the finish line on Boylston Street.(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Church bells tolled across the city Wednesday afternoon, as many residents paused to mark the moment two years ago when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, killing three and injuring more than 260.

Photos: Boston Raises Banners At Bombing Sites On ‘One Boston Day’

April 15, 2015
Boston Marathon survivor Jane Richard, left, watches as her brother Henry removes a drape covering a memorial honoring victims and survivors at one of two blast sites near the finish line in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Mounted on light poles, the banners are yellow-orange, with the word “Boston” and a road inside a white heart.

On ‘One Boston Day,’ Walsh Asks City To Reflect On Bombings And Give Back With Kindness

April 15, 2015
In this photo, a makeshift memorial is seen two days after the bombings. Boston will mark the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings with a subdued remembrance that includes a moment of silence, the pealing of church bells and a call for kindness. (Charles Krupa/AP)

To mark the second anniversary of the bombings, Mayor Marty Walsh has declared April 15 “One Boston Day,” a day for giving back through acts of kindness.

Boston Marks Second Anniversary Of The Marathon Bombings

April 15, 2015
Boston Marathon survivor Jane Richard, left, watches as her brother Henry removes a drape covering a memorial honoring victims and survivors at one of two blast sites near the finish line in Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Today, the city will mark the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, raising banners to honor the victims and survivors as well as holding a moment of silence.

Why We Needed To Hold A Trial For The Boston Marathon Bomber

April 10, 2015
Chris Daly: "No matter what the cost, the trial was worthwhile. Its value cannot be measured in money alone." Pictured: In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts against him. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

No matter what the cost, the trial was worthwhile. Its value cannot be measured in money alone.

A Sobering Decision Now Faces The Tsarnaev Jury

April 08, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, is depicted standing with his defense attorneys William Fick, left, Judy Clarke, second from right, and David Bruck, right, as the jury presents its verdict in his federal death penalty trial Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

After the verdict, the real challenge begins.

After The Rhetoric, The True Cost Of Capital Punishment

April 08, 2015
Considering the costs and systemic impacts of the death penalty, also known as the prosaic flip side of the debate. In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty is depicted pointing to defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday, April 6, 2015, in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Considering the costs and systemic impacts of the death penalty, also known as the prosaic flip side of the debate. 

State Releases Report On Boston Marathon Bombing Response

April 03, 2015

The official state report analyzing the response to the Boston Marathon bombings was released Friday. And while it praises the overall response, the report raises concerns about a lack of coordination and control among law enforcement.

Tsarnaev Trial: The Feds Aren’t Out For Justice, They're Out For Blood

April 03, 2015
Harvey Silverglate: It’s tempting to believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves to have entire weight of the country’s prosecutorial might bearing down on him. But does it help our community heal? In this photo, Joe Kebartas of South Boston holds anti-death penalty sign as he stands next to the federal courthouse Monday March 9, 2015, in Boston, during the federal death penalty trial of Tsarnaev. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

It’s tempting to believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves to have the entire weight of the country’s prosecutorial might bearing down on him. But does it help our community heal?

Exploiting Our Collective Nightmare: The Case Against Mark Wahlberg’s Marathon Bombing Movie

April 03, 2015
Mark Wahlberg, pictured here in Los Angeles in November 2014, will produce "Patriots' Day," a film chronicling the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, based on the firsthand account of then-Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. (Richard Shotwell/AP)

Two years after the bombings, with the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev still underway, the city is not ready for its trauma to be transformed into entertainment.

Mark Wahlberg To Produce Boston Marathon Bombing Movie

April 01, 2015
A woman pauses near the barricades blocking off Boylston Street in the days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. (Matt Rourke/AP)

CBS Films says “Patriot’s Day” will be based on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ firsthand account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Boston Deserved Better: A Case For Broadcasting The Tsarnaev Trial

March 12, 2015
Television cameras sitting on tripods are lined up outside the federal courthouse prior to the arraignment of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

If any case called out for full community access to the judicial process, it was this one.

Reliving The Horror: Contemplating The Purpose Of The Tsarnaev Trial

March 11, 2015
If Dzohkhar Tsarnaev admits that he did it, to what end are we revisiting the gruesome details of April 2013? This undated forensics photograph presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Tsarnaev Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Boston, shows handwriting on the bullet-riddled, blood-stained wall of a boat. The prosecution presented the photo as evidence of the handwritten note found inside the boat where Tsarnaev was captured April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Mass., four days after the Boston Marathon bombings. (U.S. Attorney's Office/AP)

If Dzohkhar Tsarnaev admits that he did it, to what end are we revisiting the gruesome details of April 2013?

I Was Juror 359, But I Wasn't Seated On The Tsarnaev Jury

March 06, 2015
Author Erin Dionne writes about the process of being summoned, the months-long interruption to her life and what it was like to be in the presence of the admitted Boston Marathon bomber. In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Author Erin Dionne writes about the process of being summoned, the months-long interruption to her life and what it was like to be in the presence of the admitted Boston Marathon bomber.

After Bombs, Marathoner And Filmmaker Finish The Job

December 23, 2014
Juli Windsor, foreground, 27, returned to the Boston Marathon in 2014 after being stopped less than a mile shy of the finish after two bombs exploded at last year’s race. Reporter and documentarian David Abel is running to the left. (Courtesy of Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe)

Reporter David Abel had set out to make his first documentary, about one woman’s quest to be the first dwarf to finish the Boston Marathon. The 2013 bombing changed that. In 2014 she returned to the race, and he’s out with a new film.

Study: Among Kids At 2013 Marathon, 11 Percent Show Signs Of PTSD

June 02, 2014
A neighbor is escorted to safety as police surround a home while searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A new study finds Boston children who attended the 2013 marathon experienced post-traumatic stress at levels similar to New York City children after 9/11 — about 11 percent have “likely PTSD.”

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize, The Marathon Bombing And A Secret Whisper

April 16, 2014
Donna Tartt. (Beowulf Sheehan)

Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” recalls the Marathon terror, but also tells a Dickensian story about the place of art in our lives.

Carrying Memories, Marathon Medical Team Prepares For Possible Record Crowd

March 21, 2014
Medical personnel work outside the medical tent after the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. (Elise Amendola/AP)

April 21 could be doubly challenging for the Boston Marathon medical team. Memories of bloodied runners and spectators are still fresh for some doctors and nurses. And now they must get ready to care for 36,000 registered runners, thousands of unofficial “bandits” and an expected spike in crowds along this year’s route.

Marathon Bombing Victim Anticipates Return To Boston

March 10, 2014
Marathon bombing victim Erika Brannock, left, and her mother, Carol Downing (Courtesy Carol Downing)

Erika Brannock was the last patient to leave an acute care hospital after last year’s marathon bombing. Assuming her mother runs again, Brannock will be back watching this year.

For Marathon Bombing Survivor, Life Revolves Around Her New Leg

January 03, 2014
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in June. (Charles Krupa/AP)

We check up on the recovery of Roseann Sdoia, who lost most of her right leg during the Boston Marathon bombings.

Marathon Bombing Victim Makes Strides Toward Her New Normal

September 24, 2013
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia walks down a long corridor as she is followed by her physical therapist Dara Casparian at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in June. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Roseann Sdoia lost her right leg in the Boston Marathon bombings. Fives months later, part of her strategy is to stay busy as she gets used to life after that day.

Did You Hear The One About The Comedian With No Arms And Legs?

July 26, 2013
Will Lautzenheiser at the Instutute for Human Centered Design. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Film professor Will Lautzenheiser lost his arms and legs to flesh-eating bacteria — and uses his amputee experience as fodder for stand-up comedy (except that, lacking legs, he calls it “sit-down comedy.”)

100 Days Later, Marathon Bombing Survivor Leaves Rehab

July 24, 2013
Marathon bombing victim Marc Fucarile speaks before departing Spaulding Rehab Hospital Wednesday. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

After 16 surgeries that included 49 procedures, Marc Fucarile is heading home.

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