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June 4th, 2013
06:15 AM ET

Parents of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reveal details of their first conversation with son since his arrest – Phil Black reports

The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are revealing details of their only conversation with their son Dzhokhar Tsarnaev since he was placed under arrest. The Tsarnaevs played audio recordings of the conversation during an interview that aired on British television.

CNN’s Phil Black reports that the conversation took place one week ago and that the family was unable to discuss specific details relating to the bombing case itself.

Black says the conversation was “brief but very emotional, as the parents asked lots of questions about their son’s welfare.” Black reports that when Tsarnaev was asked if he was in pain, he reassured his parents he’s doing OK, telling them “he’s been eating for some time, being fed rice and chicken, and he insists that everything’s fine.”

Both parents are maintaining their sons’ innocence, telling British television, “It is terrible what happened you know, but I know that my kids did not do it,” Black reports.

May 14th, 2013
10:19 AM ET

Love & support for bombing suspect

CNN's Zoraida Sambolin takes a deeper look at the countless women who have been publicly professing their love for the Boston terror suspect online. An attraction to notorious criminals is a condition called hybristophilia, and there are plenty of examples in criminal history.

May 1st, 2013
07:25 AM ET

Carjacking victim shares details on Tsarnaevs' dynamic with CNN's Pamela Brown


New York (CNN) - During the 90-minute ride of terror, Tamerlan Tsarnaev kept talking. He barked out orders, detailed his hatred of Americans and asked his carjacking victim to remain calm.

Tsarnaev kept asking about the 26-year-old driver's heritage and family.

"If you cooperate, I won't kill you," said Tsarnaev, who along with his younger brother, was a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings and the killing of a police officer.

The Massachusetts driver, whom CNN is identifying only as Danny because of privacy and safety concerns, gave his account of the April 18 incident and described the very different behavior of Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar.

On "Early Start" this morning, CNN's Pamela Brown shares details from her hour-long off-camera interview with "Danny."

READ MORE: Carjacking victim recalls differing demeanors of bombing suspects

April 29th, 2013
07:31 AM ET

Tsarnaev interacting, speaking in jail as investigation continues – Pamela Brown reports

CNN's Pamela Brown on latest condition of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in jail and a new focus in investigation of Boston bombings.

April 26th, 2013
06:49 AM ET

VIDEO: Tsarnaev moved from hospital to FMC Devins prison facility – Miguel Marquez reports

CNN's Miguel Marquez on reports that Boston marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to FMC Devens in Mass.

April 23rd, 2013
06:32 AM ET

Criminal complaint details Tsarnaev bros. plan, while Boston tries to heal – Miguel Marquez reports


(CNN) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators his older brother Tamerlan was the driving force behind last week's attack and that no international terrorist groups were behind them, a U.S. government source said Monday.

Preliminary interviews with Tsarnaev indicate the two brothers fit the classification of self-radicalized jihadists, the source said. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, wounded and held in a Boston hospital, has said his brother - who was killed early Friday - wanted to defend Islam from attack, according to the source. The government source cautioned that the interviews were preliminary, and that Tsarnaev's account needs to be checked out and followed up on by investigators.

The 19-year-old has been charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. He was heavily sedated and on a ventilator at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, but was "alert, mentally competent and lucid" during the brief initial court appearance at his bedside on Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler found.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Miguel Marquez details the criminal complaint against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and looks at how Boston is working to heal after bombings.

READ MORE: Source: Boston bomb suspect says brother was brains behind attack

April 22nd, 2013
07:20 AM ET

VIDEO: Tsarnaev in serious but stable condition as Boston heals after marathon bombing – Pam Brown reports

CNN's Pamela Brown on condition of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and latest in the investigation.

April 22nd, 2013
06:47 AM ET

What do investigators want to learn from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? Fmr. CIA analyst Peter Brookes weighs in

Fmr. CIA analyst Peter Brookes on questions investigators may have for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.