What motivated Boston bombing suspects? Looking for their ACEs might provide some answers


Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a baby, with parents Anzor and Zubeidat and uncle Muhamad Suleimanov (Reuters obtained this photo from a family member in Dagestan.)


The Chechnya link to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects petered out when an extremist Chechen group claimed no connection to Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev. And although the brothers used religion as a reason, a link between them and Muslim terrorist groups doesn’t seem to exist.

So, if this incomprehensible act of violence was not classic terrorism, what else could it be? How could young men whom many people described as “lovely” and “talented”  intentionally inflict such unrelenting pain and death?

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