Did Boston Bomber Murder 3 Jewish Men on September 11?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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With Tamerlan Tsernaev’s death and the decision to charge his brother in civilian court, there are many questions to which we may never find the answers. One of them is a triple homicide that occurred on the tenth anniversary of the Muslim terrorist attacks of September 11. While the police at the time assumed that it was a drug murder, large quantities of drugs and money were left behind at the scene suggesting another motive.

The three men were Jewish. One was Israeli. And in the aftermath of Tamerlan Tsernaev’s killing spree, the triple murder of the three men, one of whom was supposedly his friend, is being looked in a whole new light.

The bodies of 25-year-old Brendan Mess and two other men were found with their throats cut on September 12, 2011, in what police deemed a triple homicide related to the drug trade. The bodies were covered almost ceremoniously with marijuana. And $5,000 was found in the apartment. Also, there was no sign of forced entry, suggesting Mess knew the killer or killers.

All three men had their throats cut, which suggests passion, rather than a calculated hit. And the friends of the three dead men, Brendan Mess, Erik Weissman and Raphael Teken and of Tamerlan Tsernaev now suspect that the Boston bomber may have carried out the murder.

The owner of the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts in Allston, John Allan, told reporters that Tsarnaev described Mess to him as his “best friend.”

So the Cambridge crew were surprised in the fall of 2011 that Tsarnaev didn’t show up at his best friend’s funeral. Now they see it as a clue. “Tam wasn’t there at the memorial service, he wasn’t at the funeral, he wasn’t around at all,” Ray said. “And he was really close with Brendan. That’s why it’s so weird when he said, ‘I don’t have any American friends.’”

There are two ways to read Tamerlan’s statement. The liberal reading has been alienation. The other reading is that Tamerlan was cutting himself off from the Americans he was going to kill.

The triple murder may have been his first step. There are suggestions that one of the men may have sold his younger brother some pot and their murder may have been part of his strategy for putting his little brother on the proper track. A track that ended with the marathon massacre.

Murdering three Jews and one Israeli with a knife on September 11 would have resonated with the Islamic mindset. In one of the grim ironies of this case, Mess’ murder was initially used to suggest that Tamerlan was so distraught that he went off the rails and turned to terrorism. But it may have been the other way around all along…

A few months after Mess’ murder, Tsarnaev went to Russia for six months. His father, Anzor Tsarnaev, told the Associated Press his son stayed with him in the city of Makhachkala, in the region of Dagestan. “He slept until 3 p.m., and you know, I would ask him: ‘Have you come here to sleep?’” his father said. “He used to go visiting, here and there. He would go to eat somewhere. Then he would come back and go to bed.”

Even for a Jihadist, the first murder may have taken an emotional toll. Having carried out his first act of Jihad, he escaped home, where he would be beyond the reach of investigators and be able to get in touch with whatever legacy of terrorism he wanted to carry out.

Larry Aaronson, who taught Weissman at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, told the Globe after the murders that Weissman had an unusually diverse group of friends.

His group of friends may have been too diverse.

  • Mary Sue

    While Obama cries for Diversity along with the rest of the idiot Left, the Islamic Jihadis do their best to work AGAINST diversity! Irony!

    • catherineinpvb

      If he had survived another; MSM would be referencing 'Tam' as a 'Gentleman'. As it is; sickening to hear 'this young man'. . .like hearing 'gang members' referenced as 'teenagers'. . .but worse.

  • Ar’nun

    I said when this murder took place this was an anti-Semitic murder. But of course Massachusetts is overrun by anti-Semite Progressives, so they don’t care.

    • Questions

      Yet many of them are Jewish themselves.

      • Ar'nun

        I know this all to well. I once heard someone describe anti-Semitism as a virus. Apparently Jews are not immune to it either. But level headed Jews who are proud of our cultre, we do exist in the Boston area, no matter how rare we seem.

  • Sean Anderson

    I have a question: How would he have been able to overpower three men, one of whom had to be an IDF veteran with some self-defense training? I am asking this as an honest questing – I am not carping or trolling.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      A person doesn't expect a "friend" to attack.

      A Sucker Punch, Sneak Attack.

      • Sean Anderson

        You're right . . . and there is a direct analogy with Muhammad's assassination of Ashraf ibn Kab, a Jew in Medina who had ridiculed M. with some limericks. M. sent three supposed friends to Ashraf who received them into his home – and they then attacked him and beheaded him. So Tamerlan was indeed following "the Tradition of the Prophet." – which also violates customary law of host and guests enjoying mutual immunity from attack. Horrible! Despicable!

        • Sean Anderson

          It should have been Kab ibn al Ashraf . . .not Asraf ibn Kab

    • Ar'nun

      For all we know he had accomplices. The 3 also could have been impaired at the time. Some one skilled with a knife can slit someone's throat with one simple slash.

    • catherineinpvb

      We do not know the 'details'. . .were they in separate rooms/tied up. . .overcome at same time; separately?
      Hard as it is to fathom; it happens. (Was his brother with him?) Whatever; 'no question'; 'Tam' had training as well. Could well be; had authorities taken a greater interest in this; perhaps BMB might not have happened. . .perhaps. (Am guessing that 'Muslim crime'- or suspects – not thoroughly investigated per their 'special' status. Legally; not worth the time/trouble and the 'come what may'.)

    • defcon 4

      How do you know it was only one man who did the deed? Were you there?

    • BDM

      Have you ever been stoned? Good marijuana could totally relax a person. If they thought of him as a friend, they would have no problem getting stoned and crashing(falling asleep). Sleeping people put up no resisitance to maniacal murderers.

    • Ingrid Buxton

      Some 50+ years ago I saw video of a machete attack on Imelda Marcos. It was so fast I am surprised she survived. If you are facing your attacker a trained person can react, but if attacked from behind by a "friend" by pulling the head back by the hair and if there were no hesitation cuts then all 3 could be dead before it even registers they were being attacked.

  • john farrell

    Debka suggests that he was in fact a double agent gone bad – Islamist, ‘turned’ by CIA – returned byAQ.

    This could well have been a test by his new buddies to see if he had really come over to their side – explains how three men were overpowered – they definitely wouldn’t want him friendly with jews!

    As for the Saudi that was a suspect, then not a suspect – he was likely a double agent as well gone bad or not.

    • ed brophy

      I've been asking the same question. How would the boxer brother have been able to overpower three men and stab each one in the throat?

      Police confiscated two guns and a rifle from the bombing suspects. Did they have those guns or have access to other guns at the time of the Sept. 11 th triple throat stabbing?

      Didn't the younger brother position the annihilation device next to an 8 year old? It seems highly likely both brothers were hardened by an earlier experience or people that encouraged their casual attitudes, behavior, and beliefs.

      Is it possible the younger wrestler tagged along with 2 guns and a rifle on September 11?

  • Ar'nun

    I seriously doubt he was in the CIA.

  • Michael Copeland

    Not many young fathers can afford to go abroad for six months, and spend time sleeping, and "meeting people". There are obvious questions about how this was paid for.

    • Ar'nun

      Jizya. He and his traitor wife were being paid tribute by American taxpayers. Also known as Welfare.

    • Ingrid Buxton

      His wife was working 80 hours a week as a home care attendant. They lived in small cramped cheap dwelling.

  • HMMMMM?

    It's does seem that someone "high up" was involved. Investigators ALWAYS look a the victims 'friends'. They knew the victims let the killers in & stated the were sure they knew them but they didn't see who had concrete alibis? I don't think so.(Unless his wife swore he was with her & everyone knows a spouses alibi isn't always reliable). He was already posting jihad statements at this time & one of the investigators said it look like an alqueda attack. So you have a choice either your dealing with some of the stupidest investigators ever OR someone hushed it & told them to back off. Acting like in some way it was drug related. I'm thinking the latter. But who & why? It's the WHO & WHY that should concern us all.

  • Ron

    No one has mentioned that Tamerlan drove a Mercedes and Dzhokhar drove a Porsche. (per Rush Limbaugh)

    Neither of them worked.

    They also had high rent, utilites, food, gas to pay.

    The father was a garage mechanic in Dagistan.
    As Islam teaches it is permissible and advised to "Lie and take advantage" of the Infidel.

    Tamerlan has been said to be devout by many reporting news agencies.

    All Christians and Jews are infidels – Not for a day or week but 24 / 365.

    According to several other news reports I read Dzhokhar was known as a little "pothead"

    That would have incensed a devout Muslim. Had it been a Muslim wife it probably would have justified and "Honor Killing"

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Sic the IRS on islamofascist savages.

      Forensic Accounting should get to the bottom of their cash flow.

      • Cat K

        No, the IRS is way Too busy tracking us &planning to fine or maybe arrest us for "health care crimes" not to mention reading our boring emails!

    • Ar'nun

      Drugs are actually accepted in most Islamic communities. Look at Afghanastan and Pakistan. Their number 1 export is opium and heroin. Many Jihadis fund their terror selling drugs. We learned this morning he was recieving welfare and ebt, he probably then supplimented with selling drugs. Alcohol is strictly forbidden in Islam. Many of the Muslims I have known tend to smoke pot instead of drinking.

      • brenda

        Yup they do like their weed

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "So you have a choice either your dealing with some of the stupidest investigators ever OR someone hushed it & told them to back off. Acting like in some way it was drug related. I'm thinking the latter. But who & why? It's the WHO & WHY that should concern us all."

    More PC corruption of justice.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    IF he didn't murder them then I will run the Boston Marathon and win! In fact, what is truly egregious is that when the murders first happened NO mention was made of their religion, nor of the roommate being Muslim. Imagine if 3 Muslims were found with their throats slit and and a Christian or Jew were the roommates. ALL hell would break loose.
    IF the Jewish communal leaders have any sense of outrage and fair play they will raise the roof on the matter and demand – NO justice…NO peace!! By the way, slit throats is a main way in which Muslims slaughter "infidels"! Their blood lust is boundless – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/13/muslim-blood-

    It is very likely that these murders were not solved on purpose.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Rod

    In my mind this was clearly a jihadist killing. 911, jews, sprinkling of pot and it had to have been tamerlan. I am curious as to how he pulled it off. How were the victims overpowered? one person is easy to overpower but three would be tough. I wouldn’t be surprised if his brother helped him. I’m sure we’ll find out more details soon.

    • littlebluebrd

      They were easily overpowered–they were stoned!

  • http://wnd.com brian

    he probably held a gun on them or had a accomplice.

    • defcon 4

      I don't think it would be too much trouble to find other muslimes willing to kill some Jews.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Suppose he was being groomed by a local handler from 2010 into 2011 (Misha? and…) They want him to travel to greater Russia in 2012 for training but first need to insure that his loyalty is without question. They select his friend (and roommates) to test his loyalty. The handler and a trained "friend" accompany Tamerlan to the apartment. Once inside, they brandish guns and force the men into different rooms. They then instruct Tamerlan to kill his friend. The other men are then killed quietly in the other rooms. There is now no turning back for Tamerlan. Perhaps they even took photos of him murdering his friend. Now he can be trusted when he travels east for training and is then sent back to the U.S. to be a pawn soldier in the pathetic jihad against western cultural contamination. A theory for your consideration.

  • SZR

    He was probably very well trained himself.

  • Terry

    “Murdering three Jews and one Israeli with a knife on September 11 would have resonated with the Islamic mindset.”

    Actually killing three drug dealers would be the main reason of the crime. Their Jewish religion or lack off, they are drug dealers after all, is merely incidental.

    This whole story sound hokey. We are still waiting to find out what that Craft/Global-CST operative did with his heavy backpack.

  • Chris

    Only two were Jewish.

  • mlkùml

    perhaps a israël complot with a bad end for mossad agents ???