Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Fan Sites, Conspiracy Theories: The New Online Craze

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a growing fan base on Tumblr apparently.

Up until last week, "One Direction Infection" was a Tumblr blog created and maintained by an eighth grader devoted to the British boy band heart throbs.

Now, it's devoted to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Tumblr

Jahar, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends and Twitter followers call him, has amassed a pretty huge following for a man charged with terrorism and WMD use.

He has his own hashtag, #FreeJahar, on Twitter, while thousands of Tumblr and Facebook fans closely follow his case and discuss his "innocence."

Beyond the boilerplate Boston bombing conspiracy theories that claim he's the fall guy or the whole thing is a hoax, there are other reasons for his appeal.

"I do believe he is very cute, but that’s not the reason I'm involved in this movement," the aforementioned 1D turned Free Jahar Tumblr owner told Gawker.

"I am in this because I don’t believe its right to put a totally innocent person in jail for the rest of his/her life or even death penalty. I don’t care who it is, it just isn’t fair."

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Tumblr Pic

By any measure, #FreeJahar is a bizarre expansion of "fandom" culture - rabid communities of admirers, usually young women, that organize themselves online.

Exchanging photos, fan art and writing, their near-undefinable flood of emotion and desire is palpable. In this case, it can also be political and viral.

For the most part, #FreeJahar believers' Tumblr pages are image-heavy and mock the "perception" of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a terrorist or criminal.

They are conspiratorial ("If you believe the official story regarding Boston, I don’t know what to tell you"), yet, in the majority of cases, blatantly juvenile.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Tumblr Picture

It's hard to tell exactly how many people believe in Tsarnaev's innocence, or how strongly. But there's no doubt that the "movement" is growing fast.

On Tumblr, there are a dozen or so dedicated #FreeJahar blogs, and scores of allies and sympathizers who "like" and "reblog" their posts loyally.

On Twitter, Tsarnaev's friends, many of whom have embraced #FreeJahar, have thousands of followers, while pro-Jahar Facebook pages are heavily "Liked."

It's hard to say what possesses someone to become involved in such activity, but the Jahar loyalists aren't alone. James Holmes has online fans too.



The evidence is clear that he did it but people let many things confound logic! This is like the case of Thomas T J lane the Ohio school shooter! No doubt he did it because the whole episode is recorded live on video. So with that argument gone people are going to great lengths to rationalize and minimize what he did! WHY because he is an incrediably hot young guy! If he was ugly no one would give a shit. Period


What happened to 'innocent until proven guilty' ? This case is riddled with contradictions and falsehoods from the media and police and the whole lockdown of a city in order to capture a wounded teenager smacks of a poor excuse for a martial law exercise. The speed with which these two boys were declared the perpetrators of the bombing adds fuel to the fire that they had been previously earmarked and were quickly marginalised by labelling them Jihadists (?) Terrorists (?) Chechnans (?) when they are known to be Russian. I pray for the truth to be exposed and Dzhohar to be protected if he is in fact still alive


It is interesting to me as a mental health professional to see how many people are willing to project their, as we call it, shadow nature onto this event in Boston. It says more about the person blogging than the suspect.The Justice person has it right, it seems, and I don't' really think insulting people or ignoring evidence is the most intelligent approach to solving this tragedy - whoever caused it. And neither is insulting each other! Looked at just as a mother, my heart hurts when I read all this!


The dumb b*tches who are supporting this POS would be singing a different tune if they were at the marathon on the day of the bombing and lost a limb or two.


These comments make me sicker than the story. These ignorant tweens have been watching too many CSI episodes. Unless you have 100% concrete proof that the whole thing was an inside job, keep your 12 year old fingers off your parent's keyboard and your uninformed theories to yourself.


justice for jahar. justice for the children killed in Afghanistan Iraq Yemen Pakistan by American butchers

@ sharifa

Sharifa, you are ignorant as hell.


Hello, I suppose I'm just another "teenage girl in love" that's come to defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
I don't believe in conspiracy theories and I don't believe that the government set the bombing up, but I do believe that Dzhokhar is innocent (until proven guilty, and at this point, he has not been proven guilty yet). No disrespect to any of the Boston victims, but there are too many inconsistencies with the story of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan. Sources included.
1. The authorities originally said that Dzhokhar tried to shoot himself in the throat after shooting at the police from inside the boat, but a week later, they said that he was actually UNARMED in the boat the whole time. Therefore, he could not have shot himself and I don't understand why the authorities had to lie about that in the first place.
2. Female DNA and a fingerprint have been found on the bombs. The media is no longer talking about the female DNA anymore, even though DNA should be a huge deal. People originally suspected that it would be Tamerlan's wife's DNA, but tests have shown it is not. There are no matches to the fingerprint found on the bombs, but who else would touch a pressure cooker bomb besides the makers of the bombs themselves? Y'all know that if it was Dzhokhar's or Tamerlan's fingerprints, it'd be the biggest headlines on the news right now.
"Investigators have discovered at least one fingerprint among the Boston bomb debris, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN. There have been no matches yet, the official said."
3. His confession should mean NOTHING considering that the boy was heavily sedated in the hospital. He was bombed with three flash grenades while in the boat, he was probably given huge doses of morphine (which causes drowsiness, mental confusion, changes in mood, etc., etc.), and his condition was listed as "critical." There is no way he'd have been in a stable enough condition to write out his confession within a few days after being shot in the throat.
4. Yes, Tamerlan bought fireworks, but even the vice president of the fireworks company said that Tamerlan did NOT buy enough fireworks to actually detonate the bombs. And until they can find the actual source where Tamerlan supposedly got the rest of the fireworks, this is not viable evidence. Especially considering that Dzhokhar himself was tweeting PICTURES of him setting off fireworks with his friends. Kids play with fireworks, no big deal.
5. There have been witnesses that said the FBI deleted pictures on their cameras. Why would the FBI do this? Isn't that tampering with evidence and obstructing justice? (Although I'm not sure how legit this witness is, someone should actually look into this. NOONE is even trying to interviewing, weird.) SKIP TO 4:06 -

@ Justice

Justice, just because you quote other work, does not mean you have a clue on what's going on. You nailed it in the beginning, you are just a careless girl in love with another idiot who himself admitted about what his brother did. Anyone can write for Huffington Post, CNN isn't always right, and law enforcement have stated that they believe there is a larger cell at work, explaining the unidentified fingerprint, and I highly doubt that you are a doctor (affects of morphine and flashbangs). Its okay though, you have a lot of people who think just like you, so you shouldn't have trouble finding someone to share ignorance with.


That's right - young people couldn't possibly consider such lofty ideas as politics, our legal system, the limits of power of government. (Yeah the civil rights movement never even happened!) Young people are all just silly, hormonal and vacuous - especially girls! Right 'Free Britney'. Now excuse me while I sop us the sarcasm that is dripping off this comment.

@ OldLady

How could you compare this to the civil rights movement. I'm sure you voted for Bush who put these very acts into place where any persons civil liberties can be taken away just as easily as given.

@ OldLady

Great post. 100% agreed


I would just like to kindly remind some of the "Educated Adults" in the comment section that America started to go to shit by the time Bush was elected. The last time I checked because we are "young and stupid" that would mean that we couldnt even vote at that time (basic math) so please actually think out your arguments before you start spewing your ignorance and stupidity into comment sections. "Please dont vote" "your generation will doom us" are examples of WHAT NOT to say in arguments because you guys got us into shit already. Don't blame us.

@ Michaela

You are a fucking idiot. That's the point the adults are trying to get across to you. And your comment proves it.


This is not new, nor surprising. It's been happening for decades. Tsarnaev is going to get love letters for the rest of his life. There are sick people out there who love people who commit horrible crimes. The worst your crime is the more groupies you get.

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