The Latest on Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

May 6, 2013

A North Kingstown woman finds herself at the vortex of one of the most intensive criminal investigations in American history.  This is the latest on Katherine Russell and her connection to the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

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Three weeks ago she was an anonymous home health aide working 70 to 80 hours a week to feed and shelter her husband and baby daughter.  Now, Katherine Russell – by virtue of being the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev – is being hunted by the news media and shadowed by federal investigators.

There were conflicting reports over the weekend on whether Russell is still cooperating. The New York Times reported she had stopped talking. Her attorney, Amato DeLuca, told the Providence Journal that’s not true.

If she is still talking, investigators undoubtedly want to know what, if anything,  she knew about the bombings in advance -- and if she didn’t, why she didn’t.  CNN has reported the bombs were made in the couple’s  Cambridge apartment.   Investigators may also want to know how her husband explained away the purchase of three pressure cookers.

Russell’s attorney has said she knew nothing in advance of the Boston Marathon bombings or of her husband’s apparent radicalization.