Update #5 ·

Update on May 07, 2013

Another story emerging from the Boston Bombings; the story of a "good American girl" gone bad, provoking portrayal of the Muslim families; scary, secluded, angry "Others." (http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/katherine-russell-boston-bombing-suspect-widows-enigmatic-life-journey/2013/05/05/84a0018e-b584-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_story.html)

"The bride wore a head scarf. She seemed happy."

Street Address A: A big tan house in North Kingstown, Rhode Island; the corner lot of a woody cul de sac near a bike path populated by joggers in Lululemon. Quiet and country charming, a well-landscaped American achievement. This is the house where Katherine Russell grew up, with her parents and two sisters.

Street Address Z: An apartment in a rowhouse in Cambridge, Mass., the most run-down structure on an otherwise cheerful block. A building with cracked window panes on the second floor and a sagging brown exterior, and the feeling of fatigue emanating from it like an odor.This is the house where Russell lived when the Boston Marathon bombs went off. Where she went from being "normal" to — if not abnormal, than certainly very different from what people who knew her expected her to be. Where few neighbors recall seeing her outside the home, where she seemed to become a ghost."She was a great girl, and a good student, and normal," a person who is familiar with the Russell family says. Any story written about her childhood would be boring, the person assures a reporter. "She was normal."

Weeks after the finish-line explosions that killed three people and injured more than 200, Russell, the widow of alleged bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, remains a cipher. The piece of the puzzle that doesn't seem to fit, the scared-looking young woman in a leopard-print hijab, dashing past cameras and saying nothing. On Friday, news accounts surfaced that federal officials had found copies of al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine and other extremist reading materials on Russell's computer. In the same span of hours, it was revealed that the female DNA investigators had found on one of the bombs did not match DNA collected from Russell.These bombs, which were allegedly built in the small apartment that Russell, 24, shared with Tamerlan before he was killed in a shootout with the police: Did she see them, or not? This severe radicalization of Tamerlan, over the course of a three-year-marriage that produced a daughter: Did she know about it, or not? 

Before and after. A and Z. Those points in between: What were they? The geography of her life can be mapped, but only in pencil, a series of dots and reroutings and questions. The wedding took place the third Monday in June, on the second floor of a mosque in Dorchester, Mass., in a tiny, carpeted office cluttered with papers and books. 

It was the bride who phoned with the request. "She said, 'We want to get married,' " recalls Taalib Mahdee, the imam of Masjid al-Qur'aan. The bride wore a head scarf. She seemed happy.

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