Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boston Suspect 'Gives Crucial Details in Notes from His Bed'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boston Suspect 'Gives Crucial Details in Notes from His Bed'

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Byline: Rashid Razaq, David Gardner and Will Stewart in Moscow

THE surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect is communicating with investigators in hand-written notes from his hospital bed, it emerged today.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is understood to have confessed crucial details about unexploded bombs and whether anyone else was involved in the plot apart from his brother.

The 19-year-old university student is thought to have shot himself in the throat in a failed suicide bid as police closed in and is too seriously wounded to talk. He is reported to be answering questions "sporadically", said law enforcement officials.

Police found the teenager hiding in a covered boat in the garden of a home in the Boston suburb of Watertown on Friday. It came after a day of high drama with a city-wide manhunt for the teenager after his older brother Tamerlan, 26, was killed following a gun and grenade battle with police.

The surviving brother is being held under armed guard at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, where 11 victims of the twin explosions that killed three people and injured more than 160 are still being treated.

Classmates of Dzhokhar at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth have told how they saw him at the campus gym last Tuesday, the day after the bombings, and he said that the blasts were a "tragedy".

Zach Bettencourt, 20, a political science student, said: "He was like: 'Yeah tragedies like this happen all the time, like in Afghanistan, too, you know, all over the world'."

Prosecutors are thought to be considering charging Tsarnaev with the use of a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a death sentence. However, Massachusetts, where the blasts took place, does not have the death penalty.

US officials said the teenager was being questioned without reading him his Miranda rights, which guarantees the right to remain silent and the right to a lawyer.

"We have a million questions and those questions need to be answered," said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

A key focus of the investigation since the brothers were hunted down is a six-month trip Tamerlan Tsarnaev took to the semi-autonomous Russian province of Dagestan in 2012. …

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