As police closed in on the boat he was hiding in, suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scribbled a chilling note to police.
On the side of the cabin of the boat, the Tsarnaev reportedly wrote: “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.” The writings were first reported by CBS News.
Tsarnaev also wrote that the bombings, which tore through the iconic Boston Marathon on April 15, were retribution for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, CBS reported. He said the victims of the Boston bombing were collateral damage just as many Muslims have been innocent casualties of American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tsarnaev also said that he didn’t mourn his older brother, Tamerlan, the other suspect in the case. He called his brother a martyr in paradise and said that, eventually, he’ll join him there, CBS reported.
The note is expected to be a key piece of evidence in the coming prosecution of Tsarnaev. CBS reported that the scribblings are admissible in court and demonstrate a clear motive, backing up statements Tsarnaev made to police.
Tsarnaev made some of those statements before he was read his Miranda rights, creating a legal argument his defense attorneys surely will make.
But the writings in the boat, CBS reported, constitute a de-facto admission that clearly came before police arrested him.