Smitten teen girls stir up #FreeJahar mania for Boston Marathon bombings suspect
This love is terrifying.
Thousands of American teen girls are crushing on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar ‚ÄúJahar‚ÄĚ Tsarnaev, 19 ‚ÄĒ and leading a social-media movement to exonerate him.
The swooning teens will not accept allegations that the bushy-haired college kid ‚ÄĒ whom they refer to by his nickname, ‚ÄúJahar‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ and his brother, Tamerlan, 26, killed three and maimed hundreds by setting off bombs at the April 15 race and killed an MIT police officer during the ensuing manhunt.
While some scrawl the hashtag ‚Äú#FreeJahar‚ÄĚ on their hands with markers, an 18-year-old in Topeka, Kansas, is going to the extreme ‚ÄĒ she wants the Dzhokhar‚Äôs words inked on her arm forever.
‚ÄúGetting one of Jahar‚Äôs tweets tattooed on me tomorrow. Guess you could say I‚Äôm a #FreeJahar supporter,‚ÄĚ ‚Äú@keepitbluntedd‚ÄĚ tweeted on May 7.
The tatted-up teen, Alisha, told The Post she‚Äôd soon put Tsarnaev‚Äôs April 7 tweet on her upper inside of her arm. It will read, ‚ÄúIf you have the knowledge and the inspiration all that‚Äôs left is to take action.‚ÄĚ
The waitress insists she believes Tsarnaev is innocent because the evidence against him doesn‚Äôt add up. She read through all of his tweets.
‚ÄúHe was just this pothead 19-year-old boy who didn‚Äôt care,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt see it.‚ÄĚ
She said she‚Äôs ‚Äú[taking a] stand for what you believe in even if everybody else doesn‚Äôt believe it.
‚ÄúWe live in this country where we are innocent until proven guilty and it‚Äôs not our job to prove that he‚Äôs innocent. It‚Äôs the government‚Äôs job to prove that he‚Äôs guilty,‚ÄĚ she added.
She says she‚Äôs not a groupie.
‚ÄúI feel like he doesn‚Äôt have a voice. Somebody needs to stand up for him and not the little high-school girls who just think he‚Äôs cute,‚ÄĚ Alisha said.
‚Äú@FreeJahar97,‚ÄĚ who identified herself on Twitter as ‚ÄúGianna,‚ÄĚ a 16-year-old with ‚Äúbig boobs,‚ÄĚ likened Tsarnaev to a heartthrob.
‚ÄúYes i like Justin Bieber and i like Jahar but that has nothing to do with why i support him. I know hes innocent, he is far too beautiful,‚ÄĚ she tweeted on April 25.
Another fan is Ariel Barnes, 19, of Columbus, Ohio, unemployed and hoping to snag a job at Walmart, has never met Tsarnaev.
‚ÄúI try to make it a point that I‚Äôm not a fangirl,‚ÄĚ Barnes said. ‚ÄúI feel like he‚Äôs my brother.‚ÄĚ
As ‚Äú@Shadowlily1993,‚ÄĚ she tweeted to critics: ‚ÄúYall can judge me as much as you want. I‚Äôm on his side. This kid needs people behind him. .‚ÄČ.‚ÄČ. I hope to meet him one day he fascinates me.‚ÄĚ
On YouTube, she compiled a playlist inspired by Tsarnaev‚Äôs tweets that includes Death Cab for Cutie‚Äôs ‚ÄúTiny Vessels,‚ÄĚ Jay-Z‚Äôs ‚Äú99 Problems‚ÄĚ and Wiz Khalifa‚Äôs ‚ÄúMezmorized.‚ÄĚ
A Tsarnaev pal from Chelsea, Mass., Troy Crossley, 20, refers to supporters as ‚Äúfamily.‚ÄĚ He now has 16,333 followers on Twitter.
‚ÄúI feel like I am a family member of him and I don‚Äôt understand the girls who do that, especially with him being suspected as a terrorist,‚ÄĚ Barnes added.
‚ÄúA lot of his Twitter posts come from lyrics of a song. That‚Äôs just me figuring out the songs and trying to widen my musical taste,‚ÄĚ Barnes said.
Other videos include ‚ÄúJahar‚Äôs porn,‚ÄĚ a clip of bumblebees getting busy and one repost of the teen dancing.
‚ÄúJahar is only six days older than me and it just really hurts to think that someone my age that has so much potential and was so happy to be a US citizen would do something like this,‚ÄĚ she said.
A Facebook group, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Free Jahar Movement, has more than 6,000 followers. A post on its page asks whether the brothers were ‚Äúactors‚ÄĚ who believed they were taking part in an emergency drill at the marathon.
Dzhokhar has inspired anonymous authors to pen steamy online fan fiction, as well.
On Wattpad, ‚ÄúStringcheesekitteh‚ÄĚ wrote the three-part story ‚ÄúTsarnaev,‚ÄĚ set in the prison medical facility where Dzhokhar is being held. In the tale, a young resident psychiatrist finds herself mesmerized by his eyes ‚ÄĒ and flirting with danger.
The author wrote that the story was not meant to ‚Äúoffend anyone‚ÄĚ and did not express ‚Äústrong sentiments for or against the suspect.‚ÄĚ
Anonymous works on Pastebin.com include fantasy sex and romance scenes with the terrorist.
One scribe imagined Tsarnaev having one last moment of intimacy before getting arrested.
‚ÄúHe kissed your neck, sucking on it to leave his mark, biting down on it every now and then,‚ÄĚ reads one scene set just before his arrest.
The fictional Tsarnaev responds, ‚ÄúCmon, baby give me something to think about in jail.‚ÄĚ
Another tale imagines the day he is set free.
‚Äú‚ÄČ‚ÄėI missed you like hell. I was a mess without you, don‚Äôt ever leave me please,‚Äô I said as I bought [sic] my fingers up to his ear, running them through his curls.‚ÄĚ
Tsarnaev‚Äôs looks and online persona ‚ÄĒ his joking tweets, photos and a video clip of him dancing ‚ÄĒ are candy for his worshippers.
On Instagram, ‚ÄúIzzyperez007,‚ÄĚ posted a collage of Dzhokhar. ‚ÄúLove you Jahar and support you!!‚ÄĚ the user gushed.
When commenters called her ‚Äúcrazy‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúobsessed,‚ÄĚ she wrote, ‚ÄúI am going to make shorts that say #FreeJahar on my butt,‚ÄĚ she wrote in comments.
On Instagram, ‚Äú_saraforjahr_‚ÄĚ keeps a daily countdown of the days left until Tsarnaev‚Äôs May 30 hearing. On Thursday, she posted a shot of Tsarnaev‚Äôs mop of curls flopping as he wrestled another boy. ‚ÄúHe will be free whether the government likes it or not!‚ÄĚ she wrote.
Tumblr blogs are springing up, too. Justice for Jahar is decorated like a teenybopper mag, with a collage of his pics with the words ‚Äúluv u,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúperf,‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúfab‚ÄĚ in pastel pink embellishing it.
The blog is designed by a young woman in the Netherlands. She declined an interview.
One Twitter user ‚Äú@freejaharlove‚ÄĚ on Friday tweeted, ‚Äú#FBI please put me inside prison with Jahar I cannot tolerate you lies anymore.‚ÄĚ The tweeter also waxed poetic, writing, ‚ÄúI am only the dust on my Lover‚Äôs (Jahar) path and from dust I will rise and turn into a flower.‚ÄĚ
Online messages encourage supporters to write to Tsarnaev at Devons Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts.
Girls crazy for killers is not uncommon, says Sheila Isenberg, author of ‚ÄúWomen Who Love Men Who Kill,‚ÄĚ noting serial killer Ted Bundy had his share of fans.
‚ÄúTed Bundy had a huge coterie of groupies. Young women, teenage girls, women in their 20s, who went to court everyday, and followed his trial,‚ÄĚ Isenberg said.
‚ÄúJahar has his groupies because of social media. They are able to get in touch with each other and whip up a frenzy about him,‚ÄĚ she said.
Sooner or later, Isenberg said, young women will find ways to directly correspond with him ‚ÄĒ either attracted by the upper-hand position in the relationship or the 15 minutes of fame it‚Äôll bring.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs easier to get a date with this Jahar guy than it is with Leonardo DiCaprio.‚ÄĚ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs nota normal healthy thing just to make sure he gets a fair trial to tattoo the words of a the Boston Bomber on your body,‚ÄĚ Isenberg said