• Tamerlan  Tsarnaev read right-wing literature that claimed ‘Hitler had a  point’
  • The suspect  had material that claimed the 9/11 was a government  conspiracy
  • Tamerlan,  26, had literature on mass killings and how victims were  murdered

By  Anna Edwards

PUBLISHED: 03:38 EST, 5  August 2013 |  UPDATED: 03:42 EST, 5 August 2013

 

Tamerlan Tsarnaev 'read extreme right wing literature'Tamerlan Tsarnaev ‘read extreme right wing  literature’

One of the Boston Bomber suspects subscribed  to right-wing white supremacy literature and government conspiracy theories  before the horrific attack which killed three people.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev read extreme right-wing  literature that claimed ‘Hitler had a point’ and articles about the ‘rape of our  gun rights’, an investigation has found.

The 26-year-old also had material that  claimed the 9/11 attacks and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were government  conspiracies.

He and his brother Dzhokhar, originally from  Chechnya, allegedly carried out the bombing at the Boston marathon’s finish line  on April 15 which killed three people and injured more than 260.

Until now the pair are believed to have  carried out the attacks due to their radical jihadist beliefs.

But an investigation by the BBC’s Panorama  programme has learnt that Tamerlan possessed white supremacist literature, and  material on mass killings and how victims were murdered.

After the shoot-out, it emerged that Tamerlan  had become interested in Islam – but to what extent is unclear.

A spokesman for Tamerlan’s mosque in  Cambridge, Massachuessets, said Tamerlan only prayed there occasionally, and  described him as an angry man who latched onto Islam, Panorama  reported.

The older of the two Chechen brothers once  dreamed of representing the U.S. as a boxer, it was reported, but before the  bombings had turned to Islam.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev read extreme right-wing literature  that claimed ‘Hitler had a point’ and articles about the ‘rape of our gun  rights’

Tamerlan wasn’t a devout practicing Muslim,  but within the last two years had begun praying five times a day, his aunt Maret  Tsarnaeva has said.

The relative said that the brothers and their  family came to the United States in 2002 after she helped them apply for refugee  status.

Tsarnaev has a three-year-old daughter called  Zahara with Katherine Russell, 24, who converted to Islam for her  husband.

He received his American citizenship on  September 11, 2012. He traveled to Russia last year and returned to the  U.S.  six months later, government officials told The Associated Press.

The attack at the Boston Marathon killed three and  injured more than 260 people

 

The brothers allegedly dumped two pressure cooker bombs  crammed with shrapnel and detonated them near the finish line

The eldest brother was killed in a police  shootout on April 19 – four days after he and his younger brother Dzhokhar  allegedly set off bombs during the Boston Marathon.

The gun battle happened a day after the FBI  released images of him and his younger brother at the Boston  marathon.

His brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar, was found  hiding in a boat parked in a suburban yard and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot  wound to the neck.

They allegedly dumped two pressure cooker  bombs crammed with shrapnel and detonated them near the finish line, killing  three people, including an eight-year-old boy, and injuring 180 more.

Three people were killed in the cowardly  attack and 264 more were wounded, several of whom lost limbs.

Dzhokhar, 19, has pleaded not guilty to 30  charges, including 17 that carry the death penalty.

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