Now, over a week after the attack, the discussion about the two young brothers allegedly responsible for planting bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line is taking some pretty weird turns. You can follow the conversation around those weird turns with a simple Twitter search for the hashtag #FreeJahar, where tweets of support for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother who's still alive, are flowing in at an alarming rate — about one tweet every ten seconds to be exact. The hashtag is home to the types of conspiracy theorists you're used to hearing about at Infowars (including more than a new links to the site itself) as well as more run-of-the-mill skeptics, those who're confused by media coverage and eager to see the case play out in court.
There is also a group that appears to be mostly made up of teenage girls, who are tweeting about their misplaced affection for the 19-year-old. The Verge's Aaron Souppouris likens them to the teen girls that declared their love for the two teens behind the Columbine massacre and, more recently, the pack of people who fell in love with Aurora shooter James Holmes. Those groups aren't too different, Souppouris insinuates, than the rabid pack of Justin Bieber fans known as the Beliebers. The idea is that there's a long tradition of fetishizing famous, unattainable young men — regardless of whether they're famous and unattainable for normal reasons, like an attractive pop star named Justin, or terrible reasons, like a suspected terrorist named Dzhokhar.