What do you make of the terror suspects’ mother?

You generally don’t hear from the mothers of suspects in mass shootings or terrorist attacks so I was fascinated when the Boston bombing suspects’ mother spoke out almost immediately after they were identified and said her sons had been set up and they didn’t do it.

From CNN:

“But the mother of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings remains resolute in her belief that her sons were not involved in the attack.

“She told CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh in Makhachkala, Dagestan, that she believes the tragedy that killed three people and injured dozens more was staged and that the bombing was fake.

“Zubeidat Tsarnaev has seen a video supporting the idea that it was “something like a really big play,” she said, with “paint instead of blood like it is made-up.”…

But her disbelief wavered when she spoke of the victims.

“I really feel sorry for all of them. Really feel sorry for all of them,” she said, her voice cracking. But she is convinced that her sons, Dzhokhar, 19, and Tamerlan, 26, were not involved.

“There is something wrong,” she said as she sought to articulate her confusion.”

There was some new information on the mother though that indicates she may have talked about a jihad with her son on the phone.

Also from CNN:

“Over the weekend, an official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Russian authorities had intercepted a phone call in early 2011 from one of the Tsarnaev brothers in the U.S. to their mother in Dagestan.

“The wiretapped communication discussed jihad but the conversation was vague, according to two U.S. officials. It’s unclear why the Russians were eavesdropping on the mother or for how long.

“CNN has previously reported that the FBI conducted an investigation — including an interview with Tsarnaev — after Russia expressed concerns in 2011.

“The Russians also raised questions about Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, according to several sources. Her name was subsequently added to a terrorism database along with her son’s, an intelligence official said last week.”

So my question is what do you think of the mother’s denial of her sons’ involvement? Is this just a completely natural reaction that a mother couldn’t believe her child could do something like this? What did you think of her standing by her sons even in light of some pretty damning evidence? Is this a cultural thing that people in foreign countries believe a government would set something up like this? (You never hear moms of mass school shooters say it was a set up.) I also wonder is it a cultural thing that American moms are just embarrassed and don’t speak out or do they worry about getting hurt if they speak out? The other mom is pretty far away. I think one of the uncles of the suspects was worried about retribution the way he kept saying how much he supported America. What are your thoughts on her reaction?

– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, AJC Momania

19 comments Add your comment


April 29th, 2013
12:17 pm

Yes. It is natural for a mother to believe that her kids can’t be the monsters they are, but make no mistake, this woman is an idiot and a thief.


April 29th, 2013
12:22 pm

I really think that this is not the right thing to discuss here. Regardless of her being a Mom and this being a Mom blog.

I will not judge all Islamic or Russian Mom’s by this woman.

Regarding just this one Mom, apparently one in deep denial that she raised two murderers, one who likely by recent accounts of Russia’s wiretap knew her son was thinking like this, and probably encouraging it:

The Mom is wanted for shoplifting, took welfare for her family here in the US. Now she bad mouths the very people who kept her famiy alive.

I have no respect for her.


April 29th, 2013
12:23 pm

Read the article on Drudge Report. She also was thought 9/11 was a government set up for Americans to hate Muslims…..although she herself wanted to be American, acted American, took taxpayer’s money (welfare), etc.

Now, ironically, her husband is too weak to travel back to the US. He is also wanted on theft charges in NJ (I believe), so guess who ain’t coming to the U.S. any time soon.

The apples didn’t fall very far from the tree.


April 29th, 2013
12:31 pm

Maybe she did not know or teach her boys this phrase: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!
That is what makes me angry.


April 29th, 2013
12:38 pm

I think she’s crazy as a loon.


April 29th, 2013
1:26 pm

If she sets foot on US soil she should be arrested for being the master mind behind the Boston bombings and charged with murder of her son.


April 29th, 2013
1:27 pm

She is Mother to a Manchurian Candidate.


April 29th, 2013
1:31 pm

I think she’s worried for her own sake while being in denial. She believes the press is making up a lot of stories and can’t separate the facts from fiction at this point so her insight seems weak at best for the truth. Reality will set in though and down deep I think she knows Tamerlan was the leader and mastermind of this tragedy. Also, if she was as close to her sons as she claimed, she had some hints that he was up to something before it ever happened and may be feeling a bit of guilt for not trying to stop it before it happened.

mother of 2

April 29th, 2013
1:50 pm

I cannot imagine being in this woman’s shoes. I know nothing about her culture, so who knows if she feels responsible for her children’s success/failures. As a mother, I understand her desperate need to believe in her children. Perhaps that is the reason why she simply cannot come to grips with this whole situation. However, I believe that she is digging a deeper hole every time she speaks. This whole situation is so terribly tragic.


April 29th, 2013
2:07 pm

She is a mother in pain over the death of one son, and the future execution of the other. Remember that.

She is, on a much grander and more awful scale, what we teachers see every single day.


April 29th, 2013
2:23 pm

From a logical perspective, I believe she is responding the way most Mothers would if their child was accused of a reprehensible crime that you couldn’t imagine they would or could commit. She is hurting and in deep pain. Remember, she’s in another country and she was getting her info from the news. I’m sure if someone called me on the phone right now and said my child had done something like that and I felt sure that wasn’t his culture, i would be in denial, too. So I don’t make judgment about her response and think it has nothing to do with her culture but more of a maternal instinct. Now that it is all out in the open, I do think she needs to tone it down and try to get all of the facts and allow her countrymen and women and their legal system to help her process what has happened and what it means. The media also needs to quit stoking the fire and putting a camera and mic in her face while she’s working through it.


April 29th, 2013
2:26 pm

I meant, “I felt sure it wasn’t his character…”


April 29th, 2013
6:10 pm

In her country people are “set up” by the government and others. Distrust is rampant. If one has enough money they can commit crimes and pay others to take the fall. She would have no reason to believe the same didn’t happen to her children here. Hopefully, for her own sake, she will see the truth.


April 29th, 2013
9:16 pm

I don’t know what to think of his mother but there was an article on AJC earlier (about 10 minutes ago) but it has disappeared. The title was something like Female DNA found on the bombing materials. I want to know who they suspect for that?


April 29th, 2013
10:29 pm

She’s a “looney tunes” and appears daily on the Cartoon Network. Wow, first time I saw that woman on TV, I said, “she’s crazy”! Now we know where those boys got their genes (not jeans)!


April 30th, 2013
8:25 am

@ Misty…the Wall Street Journal has a nice write up on the Female DNA.

“they haven’t determined whose DNA it is or whether its presence means a woman helped the two brothers suspected in the bombings, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe.”


April 30th, 2013
8:25 am


April 30th, 2013
1:53 pm

I think she is embarassed and feels shame by what her children did. It is natural for her to deny at first, in my opinion. It is a horrible crime and hard to believe that the children you raise from tiny babies can grow up and kill people.


May 5th, 2013
11:00 am

The mom, dad and both brothers were low lifes who were looking for something for nothing.