Boston bomber’s secret girlfriend says he tried to brainwash her to hate America

Dzhokhar, left, and Tamerlin Tsarneav
Dzhokhar, left, and Tamerlin Tsarneav

Ironic that the deceased Boston bombing perpetrator Tamerlin Tsarneav called his wife a whore and prostitute when he was the one creeping behind his wife, Katherine Russell.

And today, that ex-girlfriend has a lot to say about the man who was killed by police in a shootout a little more than a week ago.


Nadine Ascencao explained to The Sun newspaper in Great Britain that the older brother, 26, tried to “brainwash” her into converting to Islam and to “hate America.”

Ascencao, 24, told the British newspaper that she began dating Tsarneav in 2006 while he was still secretly dating Russell. She said that Tsarneav took her virginity and that she was in love with the aspiring boxer. So when he asked Ascencao to convert to Islam, she initially considered it to keep him happy and keep her man.


“I went to his mosque a couple of times and even looked into converting to make him happy,” Nadine told the U.K. newspaper. “I thought: ‘This is crazy’ – but I still did it for him.”

She knew in order to keep her man, she had to follow through with the conversion.

“He became extremely religious and tried to brainwash me to follow Islam,” she said. “Tamerlan said I couldn’t be with him unless I became a Muslim. He wanted me to hate America like he did.”

However, she said she could not follow through with it. She didn’t have time. One day, the more volatile of the two Tsarneav brothers (Dzhokhar, 19, is still alive and in police custody) slapped Ascencao across the face and was eventually arrested and booked into Boston jail. When she decided to drop the charges against him, Tsarneav dumped her and shortly thereafter moved in with Russell, whom he later married.

Ascencao said Tsarneav had a split personality. One moment, he’s this likeable and charismatic guy. But, “The next he is praying four times a day, watching Islamic videos and talking insane nonsense. “I was in love and scared he’d leave me if I didn’t do what he said. Looking back I had a lucky escape.”

When Tamerlin Tsarneav was killed in a hail of police bullets — and perhaps also after being run over by his little brother Dzhokhar — Ascencao said she felt very little for her former boyfriend.

“When they said Tamerlan was dead, I didn’t cry.”

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