– Federal authorities are scrutinising the activities of the wife of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect in the days before and after the attacks.
They are looking at a range of possibilities, two senior law enforcement officials said, including that she could have – wittingly or unwittingly – destroyed evidence, helped the bombers evade capture or even played a role in planning the attacks.
As part of the investigation, FBI agents are trying to determine whether female DNA found on a piece of a pressure cooker used as an explosive device in the attacks was from Katherine Russell, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
One of the officials said a fingerprint was also found on a bomb fragment and that investigators had tried to collect DNA and fingerprint samples from several people whom the authorities are scrutinising in addition to Ms Russell.
Federal authorities took a sample of Ms Russell’s DNA on Monday in Rhode Island, where she has been staying with her parents, the officials said.
Her lawyer, Amato DeLuca, was unavailable for comment, but has said that she was shocked when she learnt that her husband and brother-in-law were suspected of involvement in the attack, and that she was doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.
The focus on Ms Russell is part of the wider effort by the FBI to determine who else may have played a role aiding the bombers.
While the authorities do not believe the bombers were tied to a terrorist network or had accomplices, they remain sceptical that others did not know of their plans or did not help them destroy evidence.
Ms Russell, 24, grew up in North Kingston, Rhode Island, and is the daughter of a physician. Her lawyer has said she met Tsarnaev while she was a student at Suffolk University. She converted to Islam and married Tsarnaev in an Islamic ceremony at a mosque in Boston in June 2010.
Mr DeLuca has said Ms Russell does not speak Russian, so she could not always understand what her husband was saying.
On Monday, another lawyer was added to the defence team of the surviving bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19. Judy Clarke,mine of the nation’s foremost experts in death penalty cases, took the case at the behest of Tsarnaev’s three public defenders, who believed they did not have adequate expertise in capital cases.
Her past clients include Susan Smith, who was convicted of drowning her two children, Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, and Jared Loughner, killed six people at an event held by Gabrielle Gliffords in Arizona. All avoided the death penalty and received life sentences instead – Michael Schmidt


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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