Two hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tweeted, “Ain't no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people” – and a day later said he was “stress-free.”
The Twitter account (handle: @J_tsar), which borrowed heavily from song lyrics by the likes of Eminem and Jay-Z, has not been active since Wednesday, when Tsarnaev retweeted a post by a Muslim scholar: “Attitude can take away your beauty no matter how good looking you are or it could enhance your beauty, making you adorable.”
Tsarnaev’s Twitter feed is full of typical teenage banter, pop culture quotes and jokes, but the tweets he made in the days before and after the bombing are now being parsed for extra meaning.
His “stay safe” tweet -- which drew from the Jay-Z song title "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)" -- came at 5:34 p.m. on Monday. A few hours later, he followed up with: “There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don't hear them cuz they're the minority.”
On Monday and Tuesday he replied to tweets from other accounts that were protected, so it was unclear what was being discussed.
But Tsarnaev did make one direct reference to the marathon tragedy, replying to a tweet of a widely-circulated photo that showed a bombing victim on the ground, her boyfriend crouched over her.
“Fake story” he wrote, without further comment.
In another Tuesday tweet, he used the lyrics of the Eminem rap "Forgot About Dre" to complain: “Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say but nothin comes out when they move their lips; just a bunch of gibberish”
A few hours later came this declaration: “I'm a stress free kind of guy.”
The final post came on Wednesday, when he retweeted Mufti Ismail Menk, who describes himself a Muslim scholar who studied in Saudi Arabia but who appeared to be based in Zimbabwe.