Alleged Boston Marathon Bomber’s Twitter Identified

Events continue to unfold in the Boston Marathon bombing since last night, with police in hot pursuit of terror suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

Folks online are in pursuit as well, and have identified the 19-year-old’s Twitter account.

Buzzfeed reports the Twitter handle @j_tsar is owned by Tsarnaev, as initially spotted by Gawker’s Adrian Chen.

A high school classmate of Tsarnaev confirms to BuzzFeed that @J_tsar is his Twitter account:

“I would confirm this as to being his Twitter account. Those users went to my high school,” said Stefanie Gardner, of the Rindge class of 2011.

And BroBible shares a bit more info to help confirm:

This morning, Joe Kinsey of @bustedcoveragetweeted that “some” were saying that @j_tsar (Jahar) was the Twitter account of Tsarnaev. We were skeptical. Where is the “J” coming from? Isn’t his first name “Dzhokhar?”

It turns out that you pronounce the terrorist’s name like you would a “J.” “Joke-har.” Jahar, then, would be an Americanized way to say “Dzhokhar,” and the guy himself was prone to simplifying his name, too: His social networking page for the Russian Facebook says “Djohar.”

I DM’d with one Twitter user who is a student at the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth (UMD) and who spoke a lot today, publicly on Twitter, about his relationship with Dzhokhar. He DM’d me back to say that he considers himself friends with the fellow UMD studentHe confirmed that @j_tsar IS Tsarnaev’s Twitter account, but he asked that he not be brought into this. At least one point this year the person I DM’d with is RT’ed by @j_tsar.

This “normal kid,” as friends called him, “smoked weed, was mad chill, liked old black & white movies and was wrestling captain.”

And, if responsible, he also (obviously) has no conscience:

And is a “truther:”

Some of his Twitter friends don’t believe he did it:

But their Twitter streams are far from comforting.

Guess we’ll find out for sure once he’s caught. Let’s hope this wraps up soon.

(Image from Twitter)

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.
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