Nadine Ascencao, 24, said Tamerlan made her wear an Islamic hijab and pray to Allah and slapped her when she wore Western clothes. But she was so blindly in love with the handsome boxer who had taken her virginity, she did her utmost to make him happy.
This is a familiar story for Western women and girls who get into relationships with Muslims. It just doesn’t always end in terrorism. Nadine Ascencao was lucky to get out when she did because from her story it’s clear that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recruiting a collaborator in terrorism.
Nadine said: “I went to his mosque a couple of times and even looked into converting to make him happy. I thought, ‘This is crazy’ — but I still did it for him.
“Tamerlan had taken my virginity and said he loved me because I was pure and hadn’t been with any other guys. I was in love and scared he’d leave me if I didn’t do what he said. Looking back I had a lucky escape.”
Tamerlan, 26, who with 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar killed three people and injured 260 when they exploded two bombs at the Boston marathon, started dating Nadine in 2006 when she was 17.
During their three-year relationship she watched him change from a cannabis-smoking, party-loving teenager into a violent extremist.
She said: “One minute he’s this funny, normal guy who liked boxing and having fun, the next he is praying four times a day, watching Islamic videos and talking insane nonsense.
“He became extremely religious and tried to brainwash me to follow Islam. Tamerlan said I couldn’t be with him unless I became a Muslim. He wanted me to hate America like he did.”
Instead he found a girl who would join him in his mosque and in his hate.
And she was heartbroken when she learned he was secretly seeing another girl. Her rival was Katherine Russell, a student who was to become Tamerlan’s wife after converting to Islam. Crafty Tamerlan was soon playing the two women off against one another.
Nadine said: “He once made me learn a verse of an Islamic prayer and if I got it wrong he’d say, ‘Well Katherine can do it’.”
And now we learn how the domestic violence incident happened and why.
Tamerlan even attacked Nadine when he found her heading off to a friend’s pool party wearing cut-off jeans and a crop top.
She said: “He was shouting and screaming at me. He slapped me across the face really hard.”
Nadine called the police and Tamerlan was arrested and spent a night in the cells. Once out on bail he begged Nadine’s forgiveness.
But as soon as she dropped the charges Tamerlan dumped her and moved in with Katherine. Nadine’s relationship was over and within six months Katherine was pregnant with Tamerlan’s daughter.
The New York Times’ sympathetic pieces on the Muslim bombers minimized the attack and emphasized that the charges were dropped. (Yes, liberals easily learn to love the War on Women when it’s carried out by Muslims.)
Nadine’s story is another reminder that the Hijab is not empowering. It’s an abusive tool of abusive men. The idea that it’s a choice is Islamist propaganda.
And we now also know that Tamerlan was a pothead and that his switch to Islamic religiosity (not all that unusual of a transition among Muslim men in the West who turn religious after a few years of partying) was not associated with some boxing defeat, as the New York Times tried to pretend, but was inexplicable even to his girlfriend.