Suspect Throat Injury May Prevent Boston Bomber From Speaking

The Boston Marathon bomber suspect’s throat injury may prevent him from speaking out soon. In the aftermath of the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area — and the world — on Friday, people are asking one big question: “Why?”

Admittedly, we’re all a bit suspicious of unnamed sources these days, but CNN is now claiming that an anonymous official has told them that 19-year-old Dzhohkar Tsarnaev has a serious throat injury that may prevent him from talking. According to that source, the suspect is intubated and sedated for his serious injuries.

Tsarnaev is currently under armed guard at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he’s being treated while prosecutors draw up federal terrorism charges.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick hasn’t yet gone into details about the extent of the suspect’s throat or any other possible injuries. He has said that Tsarnaev’s condition is serious but stable.

Ever since the 19-year-old Dzhohkar Tsarnaev was captured bleeding and apparently seriously hurt in a Watertown homeowner’s boat, investigators have been seeking answers. Was he under the influence of his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan, who was reported to the FBI by Russia in 2010 after a conversion to radical Islam? Is he part of a bigger terrorist movement, or did the two brothers plot alone?

Or is he a stone-hearted sociopath who feels little emotion about his crime?

There are reports that the surviving Tsarnaev tweeted under the handle Jahar@J-tsar, attended his college classes at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and even partied with friends after delivering one of the bombs that left three dead and many more maimed.


The fact that he drove over his own brother’s dead body when fleeing police officers on Friday gives some evidence for that view.

Now, I don’t work for the FBI or even CNN, but I’m going to suggest that a kid attending U. Mass-Dartmouth doesn’t need to talk to communicate. Once he regains consciousness, if the poor baby’s throat is hurting him too much, maybe he can write down the answers we all need to hear.

The suspect’s throat injury just isn’t an acceptable excuse.