here are are no final answers to the motives of the Tsar­naev brothers, but there is informed analysis.

Crim­i­nol­o­gist James Alan Fox, a pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, is the author of “The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Sense­less Murder”, and says he thinks Tamerlan Tsar­naev had immense influ­ence on his younger brother Dzhokhar, but that Dzhokhar also had influ­ence on his older brother.

As far as the older brother, what we often find in these cases is someone who may have the idea, the ide­ology, which he did have, but not nec­es­sarily was about to do it, but having his brother with him, sup­porting him,” Fox says. “We find it is easier to do despi­cable acts when you have someone else joining in, sup­porting you, telling you it’s okay, it’s the right thing to do.”

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