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