The most interesting man in the world right now is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspected Boston Marathon bomber who was captured alive on Friday night.
To satisfy this morbid yet wholly understandable fascination, The Daily Caller offers this primer of generally random facts about the young bombing suspect’s life.
Tsarnaev, 19, was born in 1993 in Kyrgyzstan, reports Yahoo News. He was (and possibly, technically, remains) a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, located about an hour south of Boston. He lived on campus, in a dorm room.
Multiple reports suggest that he was failing out of school by Monday, when the Boston Marathon bombing occurred.
He was known on campus as a “pothead” and a huge soccer fan, reports CBS Boston. He was also on the soccer team — or possibly an intramural soccer team — but he failed to attend a practice on Monday and hadn’t been heard from since.
Two students told CBS Boston they had seen Tsarnaev on campus since Monday’s bombing that left three people dead, including an eight-year-old boy. The sightings allegedly occurred on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
One student said he had asked Tsarnaev for a ride back to the Boston area because both students were headed to Cambridge.
Tsarnaev also had a reputation for having abysmal driving skills, according to reports — so much so that some people were hesitant to ride in his vehicle while he was at the wheel.
According to Boston.com, Tsarnaev ran over his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as he lay wounded in the street. The younger Tsarnaev was driving a vehicle the two brothers had carjacked earlier in the evening.
The bombing suspect’s peers also described him as quiet and reflective. He had no reputation for discussing political issues. As TheDC reports, however, Tsarnaev supported President Obama for re-election last November, according to friends and his Twitter account. (RELATED: One bombing suspect loved pot and Obama, the other was married)
Web users quickly unearthed what appears to be Tsarnaev’s Russian Facebook page. It has seen a deluge of Web traffic since Friday morning.
The page shows that someone used a mobile phone to access it on Friday morning. The top of the page reads “last seen today at 5:04 am.” It also notes that “Djohar has been using the mobile version.”
Tsarnaev could have been fleeing from police at that time, when an intense manhunt was in progress.
According to The College Fix, Tsarnaev lists “Islam” under “World View.” He catalogs “Career and money” as important themes under “Personal Priority.”
His birthday is July 22. He’s single.
There are five links under a section called “Noteworthy pages.” The first one is a link to a page called Salam World, with a subtitle in Russian. According to Google Translate, the Russian words in the subtitle mean: “my religion — Islam.”
The Salam World page has a posting disavowing any knowledge of the Boston bombing, as well as any relation to Tsarnaev. Google Translate suggests that the post declares that neither Islam nor the ideology of Salam World condone the Boston bombings.
In 2011, Tsarnaev contacted a professor at UMass Dartmouth (the same school Tsarnaev has been attending) to seek help for a research project research on “rediscovering his Chechen origins,” reports Fox News.
At the time, Tsarnaev was a student at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
The professor, Brian Glyn Williams, claims to teach the school’s only course in the United States on the Chechen wars.
“He was sort of in the process of vicariously rediscovering his Chechen origins,” Williams explained to Fox News.
Williams added that he didn’t even recall the interaction until talking to a friend jogged his memory.
“It freaked me out,” the professor admitted. “I couldn’t believe I communicated with this psychopath.”