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When will the FBI come clean on the Todashev killing?

In 2013, I wrote a long blog post explaining how, had local police put more effort into solving a triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Boston marathon attacks may have never happened.

Two years later, there's still a lot we don't know about many of the mysterious circumstances surrounding both the triple murders in Waltham and the FBI's slaying of Ibragim Todashev, a friend of the deceased marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. And new reporting about both have only added to the mystery.

In a piece for Boston Magazine, local journalist Susan Zalkind digs deep into what I call the "murder investigation that wasn't," and the FBI and DHS' secretive activities surrounding the former's killing of Todashev in the weeks after the April 2013 marathon. Zalkind also teamed up with This American Life to explore those issues. Read the piece and listen to the radio program; they are both well worth your time.


It shouldn't be possible for the FBI to simply kill someone in their own home, during an hours-long, pre-planned interrogation, and never even be forced to publicly explain what happened, let alone discipline the shooter. But that's the state of affairs today.

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