Fake Twitter accounts emerge: Boston bombing suspect

Updated April 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM
1 of 6

Amid reports that police had identified a second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings as 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, many fake Twitter accounts popped up claiming to belong to the suspect.

One of the fake handles @Dzhokhar_A, suggested the 19-year-old suspect was looking to avenge his dead brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police officers during a manhunt launched early morning on Friday.

"@Boston_Police I will kill you all as you killed my brother," was the first post on the account.

The account was soon confirmed to be a hoax as it was only following the Boston Police Department, only began tweeting today and uses one of the widely distributed photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Billy Baker, a reporter for the Boston Globe who initially encouraged officials and followers to look into the account later confirmed it was most likely fake.

Another account using the handle @Dzhokhar_ also claimed to be the suspect. However, a Flickr user was quick to point out the account had gone by the name @FootyTube_ until early Friday.

Davewigel1981 via Flickr

According to Buzzfeed, Stefanie Gardner, who allegedly attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, confirmed his real Twitter account is @J_tsar.

The last post on the account was written on Tuesday, a day after the shooting, and reads, "Im a stress free kind of guy."

Related UPI Stories
Top Stories
Why the fake braces trend may be dangerous for users
Jared Leto 'stopped eating' for his 'Dallas Buyer's Club' role
Kelly LeBrock arrested for DUI
Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady drop $14M on Manhattan home
Brandi Brandt faces drug charges in Australia