Boston police are investigating new suspicions that the dead Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was involved in the unsolved murder of three Jews found in an apartment in Walthan, Mass. on Sept 12, 2011, with their throats slashed. Tsarnaev was a close friend of Brendan Mess, one of the dead men, who was found with Erik Weissman and Raphael Tekien, one a Brandeis University graduate and the other a devout Jew. The triple murder was originally considered drug-related because the bodies were found covered in marijuana. A Boston Globe profile of the Tsarnaev brothers made the first connection to the triple murder. It has since emerged that the murders took place on Sept. 11, 2001, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
The younger brother Dzhokhar faces trial on the charges of using a conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the Boston Marathon April 15 whereby three people were killed and 180 injured. A bullet to the throat left him unable to speak. Tamerlan died in a shootout with the police.