Some acquaintances, old neighbors, and family friends of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the accused Boston marathon bombing suspect who was killed during a gunfight with authorities, are saying they believe he was suffering from "some sort of schizophrenia," according to a Yahoo! News report from Sunday, December 15th.
Donald Larking, 67, who attended the same Boston mosque as Tzarnaev says Tamerlan "believed in majestic mind control, which is a way of breaking down a person and creating an alternative personality with which they must coexist. You can give a signal, a phrase or a gesture, and bring out the alternate personality and make them do things. Tamerlan thought someone might have done that to him.”
A family friend who was reportedly close with Tamerlan's mother, Zubeidat, says the family idolized him, and felt he was their ticket to prosperity, should his boxing career take off. Several family acquaintances say the family, especially the mother, refused to hear or believe anything critical about Tamerlan.
One friend speculates "Tamerlan had some form of schizophrenia," and believes that illness, paired with "smoking marijuana and head trauma from boxing had all made him ill." One friend claims Tamerlan's mother confided that her son "felt like there were two people living inside of him,” but refused to seek medical attention when urged to do so by the friend. Instead, his mother said religion was the answer.