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of them over the last few days because so many people have wanted to leave messages behind for the people there. that's all for our coverage from boston this morning. that is all for starting point. special edition of newsroom starts right now. >> good to see you. the global search for answers in the boston marathon bombings turns to russia. that a listen. you are looking and listening at special forces carrying out a special raid. one of those killed, a radical who may, may being a key word, have had ties to the boston suspects. meanwhile layer upon layer of tributes blanket boylston street two weeks to the day since the attacks, bostonians pause to honor the victims. this is newsroom and we begin right now.
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good morning, everybody. i'm chris cuomo here in new york with this special edition of newsroom. carol costello is on special assignment in boston. we'll check in with her in just a minute. we'll start this hour with new information on boston bombing suspect, the older brother now dead, his possible ties to islamic extremists halfway across the world in the forests of dagestan. we'll keep showing you this because this is the latest. this is the urgency of the investigation here. that is where russian special forces took out two members of a militant group called the abu dujan. it all went down in the violent raid that we're showing you here because this is the latest picture we have. nick paton walsh is live in moscow. help us connect the dots. what if anything is the connection? >> reporter: well, what you've just seen there is what resulted
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in the death -- it's a raid that resulted in a raid against a hideout there in dagestan where militants working under the group abu dujan were under attack. and shakhrudin askhabov is part of abu dujan's militant group. why does it relate back to the boston bombings? because tamerlan linked from his youtube account on to that particular page with abu dujan. the raid carried out very early in the morning yesterday. russian special forces tracking down askhabov. it's not clear if askhabov met tsarnaev or even if abu dujan who used to be the leader of the group that askhabov worked in, if he met tsarnaev. what we do know is this hunt is ongoing. special forces tracking these people down and they belonged to a group linked to on tamerlan's
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youtube account. >> so now we're getting at it. let's take a half a step backwards because one of the big key questions here is who is driving the information. is there the coordinated effort that we're worried was it in place before. your understanding, is this about russian intelligence, what they believe may have been a connection, is the u.s. involved in coordinating, what do we know? >> reporter: this man askhabov has been wanted by the russians for quite some time. i've seen his picture up on the wall in a police station. abu dujan directly threatened the police chief in the area you're seeing the raid from, as well. so they have always wanted him. the thing you have to ask yourself now is the fact this raid is occurring last night very early hours yesterday morning in southern russia a complete coincidence given the ongoing hunt for information about boston's bombing or is it connected somehow. we know the fbi is getting information on back channels. we haven't heard a full account from the russians. is this raid a coincidence or is it somehow connected. >> those are the right questions.
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nick, thank you for staying on it. we'll be back to you. we know in the days following his arrest, the younger brother gave investigate gators good leads in the case. sources say ever since he was read his miranda rights, that communication has stopped. not unusual. this weekend attorney general eric holder addressed the controversy. take a listen. >> the decision to mirandize him was one that the magistrate made and that was totally consistent with the laws that we have. we had a two day period that we were able to question him under the public safety exception. so i think everything was done appropriately and we got good leads. >> good leads versus giving him an opportunity to no longer speak. holder is therefore getting criticism from congressman peter king. sunday kick was on the attack. take a listen to what he says. >> i don't know any case law which says a imagineis straight has the right to come into a hospital room and stop ann
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interrogation. if the bbi fbi wanted to contine the interrogation. that could have ended up saving many lives. we don't know what the full kons he is wi consequences are going to be and we may not know. >> politics getting in the way here. want to stay focused on the purpose so we'll go to carol costello joining us from boston. these two obviously not going to see eye to eye on this. >> reporter: no, and they haven't seen eye to eye frankly for quite some time. it was just a couple of years ago take congressman peter king wrote an op-ed calling for eric holder's resignation. at the time king was really upset that eric holder suggested that terrorists from the 9/11 attacks be tried in civilian courts instead of military tribunals. peter king was extremely angry at that saying holder didn't understand democracy and how to protect the country and certainly didn't understand how
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to deal with terrorists. so as you can see, politics are playing out and this is just a continuation of that bad blood between peter king and eric holder. >> gets in the way when we're trying to deal with something purposeful. another point of contention is where do we focus here. congressman king very focused on the muslim community, right? >> reporter: very focused on the muslim community. in fact local muslims here in boston say peter king is suggesting racial profiling. they tell me that they're already suffering backlash from the bombing attacks here in boston. and that peter king's comments over the weekend have just made that backlash worse. as bostonians continue to mourn and ask why, the political fight over how to prevent another attack ranges on. if you can peter king, he'll tell you forget about being politically correct. >> most muslims are outstanding people, but the threat is coming from the muslim community.
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just yesterday tom friedman said we must ask the question only muslims can answer. what is going on in your community that youth believes that every military action in the middle east justifies a it's coming from the community. >> reporter: king says it is imperative for police to ramp up surveillance of muslim communities. >> clearly everything that has been done in the past decade has failed. >> reporter: the director of the american islamic congress in boston. nine days after the 9/11 attacks he says he was detained by police, put in a cell for five hours and then interrogated, a victim he says of what peter king is suggesting. racial profiling. >> understand that not all muslims look a certain way, that not all ms. limbs are religious and that most belong to different sects. >> reporter: others like congressman ellison who is muslim since king's focus mehdi
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vert attenti may did divert attention away from other threats. >> we don't have enough law enforcement resources to just go after one community and remember, we went after a community in world war ii. and the japanese interment is a national sting on our country and we're still apologizing for it. >> reporter: back in boston, most just want to know why. and sadly that answer is slow in coming. and he also says instead of surveilling the muslim community, authorities should try tone gauge the muslim community, that way there could be more cooperation and by all accounts the muslim community here in boston is cooperating with authorities. >> all right, carol, lost your mike there at the end before the point carol is making is of course the right one, that you can't look at an entire community for the acts of a few. the muslim community has been reaching out. we have reports about how in canada members actually helped investigators identify the plot that they took down there before
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anything bad could happen. we all know that common sense sometimes gets confused with the urgency of a situation. so we're hoping politics aside we move forward just looking for bad guys, not just examining entire communities. on the topic of looking for bad guys also new this morning, details on misha, the shadow i figure accused of coax the orderer brother toward strict islamic views. and the more complete picture comes from misha himself. a reporter for the new york review of books tracked him down to a modest rhode island apartment that he shares with his elderly parents. he flatly denies the claims that he brain waswashed the orderefo. he says he is cooperating.older. he says he is cooperating. when we come back, just ahead, the lone surviving suspect of the boston bombings of course on lobdown in his new home.
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special coverage on the investigation in to the boston bombings. just moments ago, we learned new information on someone called misha. we have cnn susan candiotti working her sources on this story joining us with more. what have you learned? >> reporter: well, i heard your recap a short time ago, so now we have a u.s. government official telling us that in fact a man identifying himself as misha, the man you just mentioned who lives in rhode island, good in fact meet with the fbi and did tell his story claiming that he had nothing to do with possibly radicalizing the older of the two bombing suspects' brothers. now, we plan to have more information for you on this, chris, but now we do have official confirmation from a u.s. government official with nothi knowledge of the investigation that the fbi has interviewed this man in rhode island. >> all right. so let's me wrap two into one for you. first of all, a lot of the information on misha was coming from the family. how do the investigators feel
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about relying on the family for information and what is our best newest information about any meetings that may have taken place with the now dead suspect when he was in russia? >> reporter: well, of course the fbi is not eliminating anyone from and qualifying the interviews that they have been doing with family members and for that matter with anyone else who has had contact with the two brothers. they're casting a wide net here talking to people both here and of course overseas. and one of the things that they learned just within the last few days, and we can't understand -- of course they can't understand either why the russians didn't reveal this before was this intercepted phone call that was made according to two sources with knowledge of this information and the investigation. an intercepted phone call between one of the bombing suspects and his mother who was in russia at the time in 2011.
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now, the content of the conversation we're told involved the word jihad, but that the conversation was vague. in other words, were they talking about a religious struggle, was there some charity about whether they were talking about specifically an attack somewhere, anywhere. these are all the questions that the authorities have among others. for example, how long had the russians been eavesdropping on the mother at least during this visit. why were they wiretapping her. and again, why were they only revealing this to the fbi within the last few days. as you know, chris, the fbi had been contacted by russia back in 2011 to look at the older brother here, but were given unspecific details and went back a couple of times to ask them do you have more to share with us and they didn't and they eventually closed out the investigation. well, of course investigators are saying it certainly would
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have helped to have known about the intercepted conversation back in 2011. >> very interesting, susan. kind of balancing what the russians knew, what they told us, what we acted on. very important analysis. thank you for all of that. we'll move on to the current situation with the surviving 19-year-old boston bombing suspect. he was a free man. that is a thing of the past for now. he is currently being held at the federal medical center in ft. devens, massachusetts, where inmates requiring special medical treatment are held. don lemon is there. what you can tell us about what his confinement is like? >> reporter: good morning to you, chris. about 40 miles west of boston, that's where we are right now. before i tell you what the cell is like, i want to show you that's the facility that the ft. devens federal medical center right over my shoulder here. normally there a checkpoint, but not one before you get to the actual check point. because of this really high profile prisoner that they have
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now. let's take you inside his cell and show you what it's like. it's quite simple. just a box, a cube. 10 by 10, not much bigger than probably an average bathroom. there is a slot so he can get food. it's a metal door and there is a monitor there 24 hours a day. and then there is a bed, a sink and toy let and that's basically it. they said that he has been communicating, they won't say if he's communicating with investigators, but he's spoken to medical staff about his condition. they won't give us his condition. they're referring us to the fbi to talk about his condition. >> all right, don, thank you very much. obviously he'll be there for a while. and hopefully he'll continue how somehow working with investigators. appreciate the reporting. we'll take a break now. when we come back, other news. a rural california community is on edge after the stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl. who did it? where are we in the manhunt? we'll give you the latest on the
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you're looking at live pictures from boston, make shift memorial on boylston street. people continue to pause and remember the victims of the bombing which was now two weeks ago today. of course cnn has been continuing special coverage from boston. we've been looking at the latest on who this misha is and what may he have meant to this investigation in terms of radicalizing the older brother. the russians and what they knew, what they told the u.s. and when, what we acted on, what we did not. and then we have pictures of this, just last night, russian authorities a siege. whom did they target. is it connected to what's going on with the bomber suspects. we're following that for you. the answer is yes and we'll tell you why. we're following it throughout the morning. a lot of other news, as well. security is being increased at schools in a northern california community after an 8-year-old girl was found stabbed to death in her home. good morning, paul, what's the
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latest? >> reporter: well you can as you can see behind me, there are some sheriff's deputies going to put together a very heavy presence not only at the schools but along the school bus routes because nerves are frayed here in california. and these foothill community, people will tell you they live here because of the low crime rate, because of the tran equity. that peace and quiet was shattered over the weekend. it's a rural community on edge. >> they had the helicopters going over our house. >> reporter: plays where doors often go unlocked now bolted shut. >> i'm sure a lot of families last night locked all their windows and doors for the first time. >> reporter: a killer is on the loose. the killer of an 8-year-old girl leyla fowler. police say she and her 12-year-old brother was home alone saturday afternoon when he says he saw an intruder leaving the house. the boy called his parents who called 911. he then found his sister
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stabbed, severely wounded. she later died. >> since then, police have been running down leads but have no specific suspect. >> we're searching stens suffex into attics, storage sheds. it's rural, remote. >> there are a lot of empty homes and outbuildingings, rock croppings where somebody can hide in. >> reporter: authorities are combed the home and neighborhood for evidence. >> we did collect some fingerprints and also what we believe to be dna. those prints and that dna will hopefully be processed within the next week. >> reporter: there will be an added police presence today at schools and bus stops in the area as one resident said, this kind of thing just does not happen here. and now back here live, the fowlers were an extended family, a blended family, leyla had five
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brothers and sisters here in the foothi foothills, also three other siblings out of state. she would have been nine years old, chris, in june. >> all right. thank you very much for the reporting on that. obviously as any sketches come up or names or information, we'll get them out to everybody there. help that community police itself as soon as possible. appreciate the reporting this morning. we'll check on another story this morning, a philadelphia jury will hear closing arguments today in the trial of an abortion doctor accused of killing babies born alive. witnesses including former employees of the doctor say they heard will or saw signs of life before babies necks were cut. he's pleaded not guilty. he could face the death penalty if convicted. and remember, this is one of those cases that will raise a larger question about when does life begin. and there is a lot of controversy surrounding it. important case to watch. folks in houston are cleaning up from flash flooding there. a weekend storm dumped between 6 to 8 inches of rain. heavy down pour left homes
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flooded, drivers stranded. >> it was just ridiculous. the waters were at least 2 1/2 feet high in the right lane, so it was nuts. >> officials are still trying to find out just how much damage was done throughout the city. and now intoes from the sports world that tim tebow experiment over for the new york jets. they released the quarterback today. the move comes after the jets picked geno smith in the nfl draft which gave the team six quarterbacks. usually the more you have, the less good ones you have. the jets signed tebow last year but rarely used him. hopefully he finds a better home for his talents. coming up next, boston may be shaken from the tragic bombings, but it is a strong community that will not back down. we have a live report from boylston street's make shift memorial as our special coverage of the boston bombing investigation continues. (announcer) scottrade knows our clients trade and invest their own way. with scottrade's smart text, i can quickly
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you're looking at live pictures of boston right there right now. today between weetwo weeks sinc explosion has rocked the boston marathon. the city pauses to remember the victims. good morning, everybody. i'm chris cuomo in new york with the special he had decisieditio. residents have to redefine what normal is. carol costello is live from boylston street. the bombing memorial site there. carol, what are you hearing from the people in the streets? >> reporter: the new normal, people are doing that or creating a new normal. i'm standing at this makeshift memorial and it's grown larger and larger. over the weekend, there are thousands coming through leaving
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flowers and messages, most saying we pray for you, we're hear for you, boston strong. there is less people here today of course because people have to go to work, but let me show you just the scope of this memorial. here you see teddy bears and flowers and messages. you see crosses over there with those who lost their lives in the boston marathon bombings. i'll read just a few messages for you so i can emphasize my point. boston strong, prayers and love from kingston, mass. be strong, we love you. here's another one, to the marathon victim, boston strong with a big heart, caitlin. just so much touching -- let's walk over here. you can see this poster board here is a magic marker left behind so you can write a message. stay strong, boston, love from tom from norway. these poster boards are changed out by volunteers as they go filled up. there were so many messages on the poster board, you almost couldn't read them.
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come on over here, too, here are candles lit for the victims who died in the bombings. and also for those left behind. another they think i wanted to tell you about is the boston mayor, mayor menino, over the weekend he urged people to come down up to. he wanted them to shop on boylston street. so on saturday, there was no fee for parking. no parking tickets handed out. all the mayor asked for was that people spend 25 bucks in restaurants and businesses in this area so that commerce could be revived. and i must say, it worked because -- i want to come over here and talk to sean, too. you're from boston. you're a life long boston recent can dent. when you look at this memorial, what does it mean to you? >> shouldn't have ever happened. this stuff right here is pretty amazing. i like seeing all this stuff. people remembering what's going
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on here. >> i know you went to church yesterday and you prayed. what did you pray for? >> prayed for everybody, the victims, the cop, little baby, the two runners. just shouldn't have never happened. >> thank you so much, sean. i really appreciate it. so chris as you can see, the memorial means so much to those who live in boston. and if you're visiting, come on down. leave a message. leave a flower. it means a lot. >> absolutely right, carol. it is a very strong place and when they opened the street there, people immediately flooded right in wanting to return to normal, wanting to remember the victims and hopefully that sentiment carries forward as boston becomes the focus of just all american intentions right now. and that's why there is so much intensity on the investigative side of this. there is a lot of focus right now on this expanding level of
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urgency and what may have happened here. the cooperation between the u.s. and russia. this weekend congressman michael mccall of texas spoke about conflicting reports from the government over a foreign connection to the bombings. listen to this. >> what i find astounding is that right out of the box, u.s. officials are saying there is no foreign connection to this case when in fact the fbi just began its investigation into this case. they just got his computer, they september a u.s. team over to the chechen region and to dagestan to interview witnesses and yet the narrative being played out by some in the administration is that, no, there is no foreign connection. just these two guys. >> and again, we keep saying the balance here is that politics of accountability with figuring out what happened here so we can do better going forward. let's bring in tom fuentes, former assistant director of the fb ichl fbi. where are we in our
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understanding of what russia knew, what they told us and what we did about it? what's the current balance of understanding? >> first of all, the u.s. government is not saying or the fbi is not saying that there was absolutely no connection. they're saying there is none that's been established as of now. there is no connection known. and if there is going to be a connection made in russia of what tamerlan did during his visit there, that's going to have to come from the russians. now, so far this week they revealed that they were intercepting conversations of the mother, they said one conversation where the word jihad was used. they don't give more detail or context than that with the son tamerlan. so the next question is what were they looking at in terms of the mother. we know they have been looking at the group the abu dujan cell of terrorists. they killed him in december and his successor just this week over the weekend. so the question is how long did they have electronic
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surveillance on the mother and who else was she contacting. we have calls between her, at least one call between her and her son, but who else? was she in touch with other terrorists there in the region, was she somehow involved in supporting them? that we need to know, as well. more will come out about what the russians were looking at. it seems as though the focus on their part is tamerlan going to come to russia, join up with abu dujan's group or somewhere related to his group and attack russia. that's their focus. when they hear from the fbi that there is no connection to others in the u.s. that appear to be terrorists, is not funds raising in the u.s. to support the dagestani terrorist cell, then they have had enough. the fbi says give us more if you want us to keep looking at him. they appear to be at that time satisfied, okay, that was their
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interests. is he coming to attack us. if they're already monitoring the mother, they should obviously be aware if he's planning to come because he's going to tell his mother and father and come to visit for six months. so do you still need to hear more from them of what kind of coverage they had as it relates to the mother and tamerlan himself. >> and that's what i want to follow up on. as this has evolved, it keeps turning out that the russians actually told us more than we think they did. do you know for a fact that the russians did not say we know he was talking to his mother, we have wiretapped conversations, this is why we're concerned? do we know that they didn't pass along information? >> no, we do know that. they didn't give us that fact that they were intercepting the mother until this week. >> so what do we know about this attack that we've been showing pictures of overnight. do we know who they were targeting, if it had anything to do with this? >> we don't know that interest
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specifically had to do with tamerlan, but what it has to deal with is the abu dujan cell and this is more members of the same cell including his successor, but they have been monitoring that cell for a while. so in 2012, you know, they're monitoring and tracking of that group leads them to find their safe house that they're hiding in and in 2012 they attack it and kill abu dujan and a number of his key people. the person killed over this weekend basically is his successor which indicates that they didn't stop there, they have kept the group under watch all along. going backwards, when did they start watching that particular cell, were they already looking at them in 2011 or maybe when tamerlan came over there, if they had him meeting with anybody in that group, we would think that they have already been monitoring that group, that they would either arrest him there or notify us, hey, he has been with this terrorist organization. and that adds a whole newdy
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mention newdy dimension when he returns. >> because of all the cold war hysteria that precedes the relationship, are we getting the right kind of dynamic between the u.s. and russia right now moving forward? what are you hearing? >> i think so. and in the past they have been very cooperative. i ran the organized crime program and international program. and we worked closely with the mvd, which is their police basically and the fsb which handles serious crimes, organized crime, complex financial crimes. they have been very cooperative in the past. we have had successful joint investigations with both services over there. so it's not a question that they have not cooperated with the fbi. the fbi opened the office in moscow in 1994 and there have been many, many dozens if not hundreds of cases where the russians and the americans
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worked closely together. tom, thank you. which obviously just raises the question we're trying to figure out going forward, why wasn't there better coordination here. be back to you. please stay with us for an exclusive look into the past of the younger boston bombing suspect. cnn was actually able to resurrect parts of his deleted social media activity. what it could mean for the investigation.
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as we all know, just about everything we do online leaves a digital fingerprint, meaning stuff we did years ago can be traced today. and in the search to learn more,
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alreadi alreadiry s lo laurie segall resurrected part of his intastragram account. >> everybody's talking about dzhokhar's twitter account. he now has something like 100,000 followers because it was very public. but not many people knew about his instragram account. we talked with several friends and they said we had no why it existed. we got confirmation there saying he had deleted it. and when you delete something, sometimes all of your online activity doesn't completely disappear. check out what we found the account belonged to dzhokhar tsarnaev. unlike the rest of his digital life, it hasn't gotten much attention since his arrest. close friends say dzhokhar used the name jmaister and a digital trail shows images he liked.
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several include references to chechnya marked with dozens of hash tags, one showed a warlord. several show dzhokhar interacting with other users. an expert on chechnya says they show an understanding of chechnya and its struggle for independence from russia. close friends say from what they saw, he used instragram for social purposes. here's how it works. >> we're looking at a photo on a site and this is the copy as it exists on the web today. and we can see that these users have liked it and we can see there are six comments and here are the hash tags. however we can always go back in time thanks to the google web cache. we can see that there is the same six comments that there are today and here is a list of users that liked the photo. most of which are already on there and there have been new
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ones. but there is one that liked it in the april 10th version of the page that is not you can see on the current version. >> reporter: law enforcement experts say the deleted account is likely to get a close look from investigators. >> if i were an investigator right now, obviously the platform he deleted matters the most. were there clues embedded in the combination of images that can tell us something about what dzhokhar was thinking. because some of those pictures are very benign, some of them standing alone don't mean anything. >> reporter: digital footprints continue to get bigger as people become more and more willing to put their lives online. and i should mention many of these pictures you can't even find online because google only archives them for a certain amount of time and some have disappeared even now. and now it will be up to law enforcement to go to instragram, get cooperation and say we need more than just the digital traces, we need to see who you he was following. and that will require -- that will have instragram has to say,
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yes, you can do that. but this is a high profile investigation. you would think they had cooperate. chris. >> right. great reporting by you and every reason to believe investigators have been all over this since we first heard about it. and as it was said, the important point is not to develop some curiosity in him as a person, but what motivations and people may have helped shape the actions that actually too place. thank you very much for the reporting. when we come back, the jury is seated you can the, the trial about to begin. we'll take you to live reports from los angeles.
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for all our viewers, just about three hours from now, jurors in an l.a. courtroom will hear opening statement in the michael jackson wrongful death lawsuit. at issue, whether aeg live hired or supervised the doctor convicted of killing the popeye con. casey wian is in los angeles with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. that's right, three hours from now, this courtroom, courthouse behind me, attorneys for michael jackson's family and attorneys
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for aeg live will begin to lay out their different versions of who is to blame. the key question in the entire case, who actually employed dr. employeed doctor conrad murray. he was in the last weeks of rehearsal of what was to be his big come back. he died in 2009 from an overdose of sedatives. dr. conrad murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving jackson the fatal dose. he's in prison. now the company, aeg live, is fighting legal claims that it shares responsibility in the death because it hired dr.
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conrad murray. >> they used it in the wrong setting. that's what caused his death. >> the gist of the claim against aeg is you controlled dr. murray and you used your control over dr. murray to take excessive risks with michael jackson. >> reporter: aeg lives attorney says there was never a signed contract with dr. murray. >> he was chosen by michael jackson. he would be michael jackson's doctor alone. this was only being done because michael jackson said for it. >> reporter: potential witnesses include michael jackson, quincy jones could testify about the billions of dollars he would have -- michael jackson who you
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have earned if he lived. >> reporter: attorneys for michael jackson's family would like to call dr. conrad murray to the stand. his attorney says, if he does, he will take the fifth. >> that's right. not an unusual move there by that defendant. still to come, many people touched by the tragedy in boston. what do we do? we try to help. there is important information before you donate. come back after the break. we have important details for you.
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the one found set up by boston mayor and massachusetts governor has raised more than $26 million in donations, but there are also funds to help individual victims. how do we decide what we need to do? i gave at the white house correspondents' dinner. was i giving to the right place? >> that was a charity, a
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legitimate charity, set up by boston. you need to know exactly what you're donating to. people have donated almost $4 million through crowd funding. it was to give money directly to victims. there's help for patrick and jess. there's a whole bunch of them. even one for the guy who needs a new boat. >> the insurance company and the government is going to figure out who pays for the boat, right? >> right. >> it can get complicated. >> the boat guy, he has said just give it to one fund, please. the idea is to get the money to victims as fast as possible.
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give says two had to be shutdown for fraud. >> they have no track record. they have no financial reports that we can look at. there's no real data to show if they're going to be legitimate and e effective. >> 8% depending on the site. find out if there are safe guards. make sure the victims go to the funds. they have to link to a legitimate facebook page. on give forward, checks can only be written to the victim, not the organizer. a very simple place the governor and the mayor wanted for people
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to give. go to the places i mentioned and you'll be able to direct to someone -- the bucks for bauman -- and they don't care about the tax deduction. >> everybody remember, the need is going to continue. there is immediate need for those trying to fight to get their lives back. stay tuned and we'll help you understand what the need is. in the next hour, we're going to talk to the reporter who tracked down misha, blamed for radicalizing the brothers. has the fastest retinol formula. to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles in just one week. neutrogena®.
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this is news room and it begins right now. >> good morning, everyone. carol costello is on special assignment in boston. we're going to begin this hour with new details on misha, the shadowy figure accused of radicalizing the older brother. misha lives in rhode island. he flatly denies he brainwashed. joining me now is the reporter who tracked down misha. thank you very much. joining me from washington. highlights of his interview are posted on the website for new york review of books. were you able to ascertain the real name of this individual? >> misha is the short form of
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the name me hiel. >> when you go to him and you got a sense of who he is and what he knows about the situation, what was your take in his understanding and his level of credibility? >> i think he was very credible because -- i mean, i knew it was him as soon as i saw him because he fit the physical details that we already heard about misha and i had got his name from some sources i came across. they gave me his full name and home. when i got there, everything fit the description perfectly. he seemed quite credible to me. his family was quite friendly and welcoming. i showed up unannounced because i couldn't get them on the phone. as soon as i got in the house, they were very nervous and
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anxious because they kind of had been expected to show up. he began telling me he had cooperated with the fbi, that he had done all of these things, he has given over his computer and cell phone. didn't really have to ask about that stuff. he just started unburdening himself. >> let's talk about that. what did he have to say about what he knows about the brother, any idea of radicalization? >> there are a lot of things he didn't tell me because i complete ll lly surprised the f. there are still many questions we have to get answered. i tried to ask everything we want to know about misha and i wasn't able to get answers to all my questions because the family was so nervous and
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anxious about it. when i asked them about tamerlan tsarnaev, he made it clear he had indeed know him. he did not specify any details about the nature of their relationship. he was very intent on explaining he had nothing to do with the radicalization. he said i was not his teacher. if i was his teacher, he would have known doing something like this was wrong. very upset. went to great lengths to convince he really had nothing to do with this. he made the point -- he claimed to me the fbi told him his case was about to be closed because the fbi investigated his computer, his cell phone, all his equipment and documents and concluded he was not involved in the organization of the attack. >> you mentioned the word teacher. he's a teacher of what and what,
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if anything, was his relationship to how he knew the brother? >> well it seems they were united. it may have been, i emphasize may have been, through one of the mosques in boston. he did not say -- he denied very emp fatly he was a teacher of tsarnaev. i had nothing to do with these developments. i couldn't get him to tell me anything more about their relationship. he was extremeliay agitated. >> thanks for joining us this morning. we're getting new information about the older brother's ties to extremists pap
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that's where russian special forces took out members of the militant group of abu dujana. the obvious question is, any connection between what they did in that raid and and what we're trying to figure out about the boston bombers? >> reporter: certainly the russian security forces are not saying they went on that ride because there was a direct link. abu dujana is someone tamerlan idolized. it was one of his close associates that was killed by the russian special forces operation. two people killed in that operation last night. this is ongoing military operations just a day before another three rebels were killed in an operation in a slightly
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different area. is there a direct connection? we don't know. there are interesting linkages there. >> important distinction. we're going to turn now to the investigation here in u.s. and leading republicans on capitol hill are fuming over what they say was the first mistake in the case. so listen to this from the chair of the house intelligence committee. >> highly unusual for a judge to intervene so hastily and make the decision not on the facts of the interviews, but what they perceived was happening by what they saw on television. it is dangerous. we still need more answers on
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this particular question. once they walked into the hospital room and offered the lawyer and mirandized, they haven't -- the subject has not continued to cooperate with authorities and that's a huge problem. >> all right. so we're bringing in deb feyerick. let's set out a couple of these things. the suspect has rights as an american citizen under the constitution. anything you get before you are mirandized cannot be used in court. very few exceptions to that. and they waited a while before the rights were given. what is our understanding about right, wrong, good, bad here? >> i spoke to the justice department as well as the u.s. attorney's office in boston. this guy is an american citizen.
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he had to be mirandized under the law of the u.s. once public safety was no longer an issue, they were able to go -- the first mistake wasn't setting up a meeting between the judge and the fbi and the doctors and everybody else in the room that day. the first mistake was whether the united states paid close enough attention from the warning they got from russia. that's when you have to go back because russia doesn't pick up the phone -- russia does not pick up the phone. you better take it seriously when they do. you have to have this person on the radar to track their
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movements. >> you have that on that side. public safety, he mentioned. that's very limited in duration of analysis. once that expires, it starts to be die si territory, right? >> can you imagine this case being thrown out an technicality? that would be horrible. so that's a big issue. investigators are really running down leads. they do not believe these two brothers acted alone and they are looking at a handful of people who may have helped in connection with this. they're being questioned and investigated. the fact to say these two brothers were operating in a vacuum, not accurate. during the raids in dagestan --
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these two brothers here in the united states who may have thought they were waging jihad in the boston marathon -- what we do know is one of the people killed in this attack was a man by the name of shakhrudin askhabov. he was a close associate of the rebel commander. it is also believed he was a facilitator to people who came to the region. don't forget, 2014 the olympics are going to be held in that part of the world. the russians are nervous. there's a lot of pieces in this puzzle. >> a big umbrella of suspicion. as of now, we don't know if these two suspects were working alone or with somebody else. this story is in boston and there are thousands upon thousands of people who feel a
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personal connection to what happened. it is prompting many of them to visit a memorial site. that's where carol costello is. carol, these memorials are getting bigger. it is quickly becoming a place of healing. >> you have that right. >> reporter: a lot of people are coming here for closure. there are people leaving flowers, teddy bears and messages on the wall there. people wanted to come and pray and reflect on what happened. most of all, they want boston to return to normal. i talked to them. this man is named dennis. you'll meet him. >> reporter: they came by the hundreds to just think, pray, or
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hold one another. >> i think it is important thing to remember the people who were lost in the horrible events that happened. >> reporter: it's become a shrine. boston strong. perhaps no one quite captures that spirit better than dennis. on sunday he walked 26.2 miles, a full marathon, that ended at copley square. >> i started it and here i am. >> reporter: he ran the marathon on april 15th when the bombs went off. he had to stop at mile 21. he decided to remedy that. >> i was watching the red sox game and he used some colorful language about these terrorists and i said, they're not going to stop me. i'm going to go do it again.
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>> reporter: and he did. after he did, he paid tribute to those who did not. how could you not admire a man like this? he walked 26.2 miles to show the terrorists they could not win. amazing. >> that's what boston strong is all about. when they opened it up, we saw people just walking across the finish line to show that it wasn't over. it kind of raises a question about what the memorial is. we keep calling it makeshift, but what do we know about future plans to remember these moments? >> at some point they're going
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to have to do something because it's growing every bigger. volunteers are cleaning up the garbage and replacing the poster message boards. the city hasn't made a decision on what kind of memorial should be placed here, if any. there's sentiment there shouldn't be any permanent memorial. >> thank you very much. when we come back, we've been talking about the younger suspect and what happened legally. how about what's happening every day? we're taking a loing a look at lockdown. we'll tell you when we come back.
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. look at the boston memorial there up on boylston street.
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the surviving suspect is out of the hospital, but he is far from free. currently held at the federal medical center in ft. devens, massachusetts. we have don lemon on the scene. >> reporter: 40 miles west of boston. it is a sprawling facility over my shoulder here. they have added extra security. they have put more armed police officers out front because of this high value detain knee. we have this graphic. he's one of a 1,044 people here. that's what it is. that's about the size of that cube. people will say, what is 10 by 10 like?
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i'm going to show you. there's a slot, a metal door, a food slot so he can get food. there's a bed in there. that's a toilet and a sink. there's not that much space to move around in. a very small space. some people say he shouldn't have had even this amount space. that's all we know. chris, they say he's talking. he's not speaking with investigators, but he is speaking with medical staff about his condition. since he was read his miranda rights, not much information he's giving to investigators. >> some people think that is way too good for him. coming up, the new suspect accused of sending ricin laced
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doctor convicted of killing him. major flooding. fargo, north dakota. warm temperatures have accelerated the pace of snow melt. the red river expected to crest wednesday. those are some headlines. coming up next, we will have a live report from boylston street makeshift memorial. we will give you the latest on the investigation as our special coverage of the boston marathon bombing continues.
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the boston bombi ining suspects? this is dagestan. it is an attack, an assault on a group connected to a suspected terrorist named abu dujana. how is this all connected? we're following it this morning in cnn's continuing coverage of the attacks of the boston marathon. misha, he's been located. he had been suggested by family members as a link for radicalization. the intensity of this investigation is to keep us safe going forward in america but
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also to vindicate the victims. >> carol costello is there at the makeshift memorial. good morning. >> reporter: volunteers have donated their time. we call this makeshift, but it is much more than that. some of it may be permanent, but the city has decided yet. just another illustration of just how generous people have been with their love and their giving. the state set up the one fund. that money will go to help survivors. that fund is up to $27 million. i talked with the co-owner of the boston celtics.
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he told me at the time it consisted of $25 million. they added 2 million. kathleen, you're from boston, right? >> yes i am. >> i noticed you signed the poster board. what did you write? >> i put down prayers for all. >> just so many wonderful messages. when you look at all the tributes to those who lost their lives and still recovering, what goes through your mind? >> there's a lot of love coming through. everybody reaches out to everybody in their desperate hours. it was a whole community thing. it doesn't matter if you don't know them. >> most of the messages had a saying, we're praying for you, we love you boston. many say boston strong. we will overcome. when i look at this, it is not a
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shrine shrouded in sorrow. it is one shrouded in strength. >> absolutely. the boston comes together. >> bostonians don't often express their feelings of community, but they're certainly changing that. >> yeah, yeah. >> [ inaudible ]. >> just the support. we pull together. you might not see it every day, but when there's a need, it's definitely there. >> thank you so much. there's so many stories like that from people. they want to get together, share a sense of community, and try to get back to a new normal, but a normal that is still filled with strength. >> absolutely right. part of that process will be the knowledge that the investigation
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is moving forward. let's bring in tom fuentes, former assistant director of the fbi. so we saw the pictures of what's happening in the russia. what's the best and latest information of what's going on there and what it could mean? >> it means that the russians have continued to maintain coverage of the group of abu dujana. he was tracked last year and killed by the russians in december. they continue to track the cell and they have killed his successor over the weekend. they maintained coverage of them after the december 2012 raid. >> we don't know what's going on obviously, but do you have any sources that the u.s. government is moving step for step with the russians in this investigation? >> well, not necessarily step by
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step, but you know, to a much greater extent the russians are revealing more information about what they've done. the plot here is the russians wanted tamerlan investigated in the u.s. because they thought he might come there and attack them, that he might join that abu dujana cell and wage and attack against the russians. when they hear the fbi has checked him out here, he's not fund raising to support that group here and the only contact they track him having is with his mother and father, two requests come in. they don't give anymore information.
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then you would expect they would have had coverage of him when they go there. they're monitoring his mother. >> it seems like each side was hoping the other side would tell them what they needed to know. >> right. >> to the extent we have to look backwards to move forwards, was this both sides looking at each other and neither one being able to provide information? >> they're the ones conducting the wiretap and they don't give the degree of information of what they have. again, what was tamerlan doing in the united states at the time, they investigate as thoroughly as they can. they investigated thoroughly and did an interview with him and
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his closest neighbors and friends and relatives and asked the russians twice give us more. >> hopefully we'll get some information about what these attacks mean. appreciate it. >> your welcome. a suspect in the ricin attacks just left the federal courtroom. when we come back, we will have a live report. [ male announcer ] this one goes out to all the allergy muddlers.
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the new suspect accused of sending ricin laced letters just left the federal courtroom in mississippi. police arrested james dutschke saturday just days after
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prosecutors dropped charges against another man. what went down? >> reporter: as we expected, this was a very brief court appearance. dutschke walked into this courtroom. he was wearing an orange jump suit. his feet were shackled. his hands were cuffed at his waist. and he seemed very calm. he answered all the questions the judge asked him with confidence. we learned he has a court appointed attorney. that attorney's name is george lucas. we learned in the courtroom that he has met with dutschke a couple of times, very brief meetings. he has not had a chance to discussion to detail the complaint. these are very serious charges that dutschke is facing. lucas told us when we asked him that he quote, knows nothing. and he has only has this
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complaint in his possession for about 15 minutes. one can assume he's going to be looking over this complaint and discussing it with dutschke. thursday morning at 9:00 in the morning, there will be a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing. >> right. obviously prosecutors have to move forward now. they have to panel a grand jury. but that's the key point here. with the last suspect -- mr. dutschke is not new to the story. the last this was was part of conspiracy. any window of insight as to why dutschke is connected to this at all? >> reporter: there's very little
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details. we know his name as surfaced in relation to that initial suspect, kevin curtis. those charges filed against curtis have since been dropped. hopefully we'll learn more in an affidavit that's been filed. right now it is under seal. it could be unsealed as early as later today. >> thank you very much. go to our website and take a look at the interview we did with the last suspect. he had plenty to say about mr. dutschke. so nearlily four years after michael jackson's death, jurors are about to begin hearing the wrongful death suit. we're going to take you live to l.a. for the latest. [ agent smith ] i've found software that intrigues me. it appears it's an agent of good.
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the exhausted 50-year-old died in 2009 from a drug overdose. conrad murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. now the company that promoted the tour, aeg live, is fighting legal claims that it shares responsibility for the wrongful death. >> what do you think caused his death? >> i don't know. all i know is they used -- >> the gist of the claim against aeg is you have controlled dr. murray and you used your control over dr. murray to pressure him into taking unnecessary and excessive risks with his patient
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michael jackson leading to his death. >> reporter: aeg says there was never a signed contract with murray. >> he was chosen by michael jackson. he -- this was only being done because michael jackson asked for it. >> reporter: quincy jones could testify about the billions of dollars of money michael jackson would have earned if he had lived. >> reporter: opening statements are expected to begin in little more than two hours. photographers are beginning to line up outside the courtroom. this is going to be a very star studded trial.
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diana ross, prince, spike lee -- they'll all be part of this case potentially which could have billions of dollars at stake. when we come back, we're going to go back to boston. the youngest bombing suspect was read his miranda rights three dies after his arrest. some lawmakers say that was too soon. we know the value of your at ueducation of phoenix is where it can take you. [now arriving: city hospital] which is why we're proud to help connect our students with leading employers across the nation.
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. miranda rights, the miranda warning, you know it. it gives somebody the right to remain silent, to not use their own words against them, access to an attorney. these are rights fundamental to citizenship. the surviving boston bombing suspect is allowed these rights under our constitution. however, some lawmakers think he got those rights too soon. that he should have been treated as a combatant. he was given his miranda rights and he did stop talking afterwar
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afterwards. >> reporter: attorney general under fire by republicans. dzhokhar tsarnaev has since mostly clammed up and republicans say holder left potentially valuable information get out of reach. >> the decision to mirandize him was one the magistrate made and that was totally consistent with the laws that we have. i think everything was done appropriately and we got good leads. >> reporter: republican peter king is shooting back saying investigators may never find out ifov others were involved. >> they had already gotten some significant information, but so much more was not there. the interrogation being stopped
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is absolutely disgraceful. we don't know what the full consequences are going to be. >> reporter: holder could have pushed to extend the public safety exception to keep interviewing the suspect before reading him his rights. >> the fbi is going to want to interview as long as they can. but the public safety exception only goes to protecting the public. once they have gotten the information to do from that, that's the full length of that exception. >> reporter: house intelligence committee chairman mike rogers has demandsed more answers from the justice department on how the decision was made to read the suspect his rights. sir... i'll get it together i promise...
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leaders thought they should get everything together and put it in one place. you see all the people coming through here looking for closure and wanting to leave words of comfort. some of these shoes have to be from those who ran the boston marathon. this one says boston. all of these messages on this paper chain, god bless you boston. boston strong. after that white building you see, at the finish line itself, it is paved over. there's new cement there. the building, for the most part, are repaired. it looks pretty much like normal. pretty much like nothing extraordinary or tragic there.
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the mayor of boston wants commerce to return to this area and boston to return to normal. we know the mayor's office is talking about a permanent memorial, but so far no decisions have been made. if there is a permanent memorial, it will be right here because this makeshift memorial has come to mean so much to so many. even on a workday monday, people are coming down here to pay their respects, to pray, and of course to say boston strong. >> boston strong. i hope something remains because it is important not to remember just the bad part, but so much was overcome that day. thanks to all of you for joining us. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. hello, everyone.
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reporting live in boston. breaking news this hour on the boston bombings. brand new information out about the lone surviving suspect. right now 19-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev is sitting in a 10 by 10 foot cell just 40 miles outside of the city i'm in right now. but this morning, we now have some new and exclusive details at cnn from that night he was captured after a bloody fight with police officials. my source tells me that the night dzhokhar tsarnaev arrived at that hospital he was quote, covered in blood from head to toe, his face was extremely bloody and he was only semiconscious. his eyes were closed when he arrived in that ambulance with