David Henneberry is the most beloved boat owner in America. For it was his boat -- a 20-footer resting in his driveway, under a tarp, waiting for the harbor to thaw enough for sailing season to begin -- that led to the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old accused of bombing the Boston marathon.
Henneberry had spent his Friday like the rest of his Watertown community: cooped up in his house with his wife, on a "shelter in place" order from Governor Deval Patrick while authorities tried to track Dzhokhar. The younger of the two suspects had evaded capture after a firefight with police in Watertown the night before -- his older brother had been killed -- and the community was understandably shaken up. It's not often that explosions and SWAT teams can be found in a sleepy Boston suburb.
So once the ban was lifted by Patrick around 6 p.m. -- with Dzhokhar still missing -- Henneberry and his wife stepped into their backyard to get some fresh air. David had a smoke and took the dog for a walk around the yard while his wife relaxed in a chair in the sun. It was a beautiful day in Watertown yesterday, and a shame that it had to be spent inside. But the wind picked up, and the tarp that covered the boat flapped in the wind. This wasn't normal. Henneberry approached the boat and noticed the cord tying it down was cut. Using a stepladder, he looked into the boat and noticed a pool of blood. Without saying anything, he retreated to call the police. The rest, as they say, is history. It'll make for a heckuva book some day.