The already flushed out social media profile of 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev expanded on Saturday morning when former friends revealed Dzhokhar's since-deleted Instagram account to CNN.
We don't know when the jmaister1 account was deleted, but it allegedly contained some of the mast revealing traces of the younger suspect's radicalization. According to CNN's research, he liked many Chechnia- related photos, including one of a former warlord and another with the hashtags #FreeChechenia #Jihad #Jannah #ALLAH #Jesus and #God attached. Traces of his account can still be seen in Google's cached results for the Instagram stat-tracking service Statigr.am.
What evidence the Instagram account will reveal is unclear. The company's terms of service say they will cooperate with any search warrants presented to them, but cautions they don't store all of their data for long periods of time. "Given the volume of real-time content on Instagram, some information may only be stored for a short period of time," the company warns. "We do not retain data for law enforcement purposes unless we receive a valid preservation request." The question that requires answering is what evidence of Dzhokhar's activity still exists on their servers.
Dzhokhar was transported to a prison hospital for further treatment while his case plods closer and closer to a trial. He's now residing at at Federal Medical Center Devens, located at Fort Devens, which is about 50 miles outside of Boston.
Elsewhere on Saturday morning, The New York Times provided the most comprehensive breakdown of the days between the bombings and the shootouts with police where Dzhokhar and the 26-year-old, now deceased mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev briefly went back to their normal lives. The two continued living as if they hadn't allegedly detonated two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 250 more. Dzhokhar was seen on the UMass Dartmouth campus going to the gym, playing Fifa on Xbox in his dorm room, and smoking with his friends. (Something he did fairly often.) Tamerlan was seen caring his three-year-old daughter and buying groceries at his local Whole Foods. Eventually, they went off and killed 26-year-old MIT police officer Sean Collier to kick off a wild two days that resulted in one suspect's death and the other's arrest. We still don't know what prompted them to kill Collier, though.
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