Zalkind Notes

This American Life: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Ibragim Todashev This American Life produced a full hour show on my reporting on the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev. Listen here.


The Murders Before the Marathon


Waltham, September 11, 2011: Three men, throats slit, cash and drugs left on the bodies. Two years later, two dead suspects: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and a friend who the FBI says was about to confess. One haunting question: Could solving this case have prevented the Boston Marathon bombings? March 2014 cover story for Boston magazine.

Interview with Tatiana Gruzdeva


Masia ran away after Todashev was killed by the FBI.

I spoke to Tatiana Gruzdeva, the live in boyfriend of Ibragim Todashev, for Boston magazine. Todashev is the associate of Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was shot to death by the FBI in his Orlando apartment last May. FBI reports leaked to the press say he implicated himself and Tsarnaev in my friend’s murder, the 2011 triple homicide in Waltham, before he was killed. The situation surrounding his death is still unclear. Ms. Gruzdeva told me about how her boyfriend reacted to the Boston marathon bombing, about being questioned by the FBI, detained by immigration, and put into solitary confinement and told her boyfriend was dead. She also told me about the arrest of her friend and roommate Ashurmamad Miraliev earlier that day. Later the Muslim rights group CAIR, would tell me Miraliev was denied repeated requests for an attorney.

The 2011 Waltham Murders, Why This Anniversary is More Difficult Than the Last

Erik Weissman

Erik Weissman

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Apperance on The Rachel Maddow Show

FBI cagey on death of bombing-connected murder suspect

Susan Zalkind Rachel Maddow

Quote in the NYT on 2011 Waltham Triple Homicide

In 2011 Murder Inquiry, Hints of Missed Chance to Avert Boston Bombing

Susan Zalkind, a friend of Mr. Weissman’s and a freelance journalist who has been looking into the case since 2011, said she remains surprised how few friends of victims the police talked to. “Despite being one of the most gruesome and unusual crimes of the year, I saw the least amount of public outreach,” she said.

Southern Africa’s Beer Boom

My feature, “Southern Africa’s Beer Boom: A Look at the Heart of Africa’s Beer Scene,” is in the May edition, #64, of Beer Advocate. I cover the commercial explosion, the burgeoning craft industry, and centuries old non-barley brewing techniques. Download it!


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