A recent investigative report by the Newsweek reveals that the man who, almost certainly, built the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attack five years ago is still free despite substantial evidence of his complicity in the bombing.
The story by Newsweek’s Michelle R. McPhee is disturbing: it recounts how the white, non-Muslim man linked to building the actual bombs that the Tsarnaev brothers used in the attack is ‘still on the loose’ and police’s attempt to prosecute him appear to have been obstructed by the FBI.
It’s a gripping story which begins with the episode where police discovered a bomb making factory in the bedroom of 27-year-old Daniel Morley in Topsfield, Massachussetts. They were called to the home of Morley by his mother who along with his stepfather had escaped from the house by climbing out of a top floor window after the ‘6 foot 2, 240 pound’ Morley threatened and intimidated them. Police found ‘a well-stocked bomb making facility’. And here in Morley’s bedroom which ‘had several components identical’ to those devices used at the Boston Marathon.
But, mysteriously, as Topsfield cops and state police were searching the premises the FBI arrived on the scene and for some reason got involved in the case: they also later showed up at Topsfield Police stations and seized much of the evidence that police had collected from Morley’s home. Charges against Morley were mysteriously dropped by the district attorney’s office, and when asked why, the DA’s spokeswoman referred questions to the FBI. The FBI declined to answer any questions saying simply “we didn’t find anything”.
But according to the Newseek story, Morley was linked to the attack and investigators say he knew Tamerlan Tsaernev (the brother who was shot by police after attempting to escape three days after the bombing) as “they were in the same criminal justice class at Bunker Hill Community College in 2008”.
Moreover, the story says that it is highly likely that Morley was one of the men involved in a gunpoint robbery at a Boston 7-Eleven three days after the bombing, and two of his friends and a family member agreed that the attacker captured on surveillance video bore an uncanny resemblance to him. The 7-Eleven holdup three days after the bombing preceded the killing of an MIT police officer and a carjacking, firefight and police pursuit in which one of the Chechen brothers was killed and the other captured.
Yet despite the surveillance video, this ‘third man’ (most likely Daniel Morley) is not mentioned. Morley was not charged, the police investigators’ dossier on him was never presented in court and he is, according to the Newseek, now employed by the state ‘driving a van that transports the elderly’.
This is the man whose bedroom was a bomb making factory and whose volatile behaviour was evident from the incident in which he threatened his mother and step-father.
Five years after the Boston Marathon attack, the man who was suspected of having built the actual bomb used in the attack on the Marathon is free, and employed by the state. Despite the surveillance video of the robbery, he was never questioned by the Police. Tamerlan Tsaernev is dead and his brother Dhzokhar has been sentenced to death, waiting in a high security prison for the mandatory appeal to be done with.
Yet Daniel Morley is a free man and the FBI’s role in this matter remains unclear.
Kudos though to the Newsweek for keeping an eye on his story.