But as his mommy claims, he was a good kid. Who liked to beat up women.
The ex-girlfriend of one of the Boston bombers has revealed that he tried to turn her against the U.S. and beat her if she wore Western clothing.
Nadine Ascencao says that over the course of her relationship with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, he was transformed from a fun-loving student into an Islamic extremist who shunned American life.
The 24-year-old lost her virginity to the Chechen immigrant and said she was besotted with him – but now she admits she had a ‘lucky escape’.
She says one minute he was a happy-go-lucky guy, the next a Muslim madman.
Ms Ascencao told The Sun: ‘One minute he’s this funny, normal guy who liked boxing and having fun, the next he is praying four times a day, watching Islamic videos and talking insane nonsense.
‘He became extremely religious and tried to brainwash me to follow Islam. Tamerlan said I couldn’t be with him unless I became a Muslim. He wanted me to hate America like he did.’
Tsarnaev apparently stopped her from listening to pop music or watching television, and tried to control who she spent time with.
‘Tamerlan told me I should only talk to Muslim girls, not other “slutty” girls,’ Ms Ascencao said.
And when she wore Western clothing, he would fly into a rage and even attack her, she added.
‘He hated my tight trousers and made me wear long skirts,’ she told The Sun. ‘Towards the end I was wearing a hijab. He once ripped a pair of my jeans and hit me in the face with them.’
The pair’s relationship seems to have hit the rocks after Tsarnaev started seeing Katherine Russell after meeting her at a nightclub.
He would apparently play the two women off against each other, pitting them in competition to learn Islamic verses.
Other than that he was just a great guy.