The Boston Marathon, the iconic event in Massachusetts will never be the same after last Monday. After a week of mayhem the suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has finally been caught in the back of a boat in Watertown. The US Justice Department officially charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on his hospital bed with using a weapon of mass destruction. The 19 year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arraigned at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center under armed guard still listed under serious condition.
The big question now is what happens from this point on? The legal process has started, but it far from the end. The first thing that the US Attorney’s office needs to do is to finish their investigation of the case. Streets in Watertown are still quarantined off and there is still a lot of evidence that needs to be gathered. As many can see from the pictures posted online, the FBI will mark each piece of evidence and take as many pictures of the crime scene as possible. Each shell casing will be marked by an ID card and carefully cataloged as not to ruin the investigation. Once all of the evidence is marked, collected and catalogued it will be turned over to the forensic teams to for analysis. By collecting the evidence in this manner the FBI not only hopes that it will help with the prosecution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but it will also hopefully shed some light on where the brothers got their funding, firearms, and materials for the explosives.
The FBI isn’t just collecting evidence from the crime scenes, but has also expanded their search in other areas. On Sunday, the FBI searched UMASS Dartmouth. Once the authorities learned that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student at UMASS the campus was shut down. Later, the FBI searched Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dormitory room and found a jacket that seemed to match the jacket worn by the second bomber in the surveillance video. There have also been reports that the FBI has also searched the older brother’s home in Cambridge and the aunt’s house out of state.
Other than collecting physical evidence, the FBI and other agencies will try to talk to as many witnesses as possible. The FBI will continue to interview eyewitnesses of the crime, people who may have known Dzhokhar Tsarnaev previously, and any people they believe may have helped them in committing the crime.
One may wonder why the FBI would continue their investigation even with all the evidence mounted against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. One of the reasons is to ensure that the US Attorney’s office has the strongest case possible against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Another reason is that the US Attorney’s office can use this opportunity to try to learn more about the suspect to try to get at his motivation. The FBI will also try to talk to witnesses to see if there are any more possible threats that have been planned.
Authorities have told us that the threat to Massachusetts is over, but they also know that the work has just begun. Because of the substantial amount of evidence in this case, it may take several months if not years to sift through all of the information. The authorities hope that they can get Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to talk and tell them about the crimes. However, as of right now the reports states that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cannot speak and can only communicate through written words and head nodding. If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev regains his abilty to speak, he may still choose to leave everyone in the dark. In the end, unless Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is willing to honestly tell the entire story, the authorities may never know all the details and their motivation behind their heinous deed.