The AP reported today that Tamerlan Tsarnaevm, the man accused of being the mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured 264 others, “took an interest” in Infowars, Alex Jones’ website, as well as a myriad of wild conspiracy theories. According to Elmirza Khozhugov, who is Tsarnaev’s ex-brother-in-law, he was fascinated with anti-Semitic conspiracies and was even after a copy of one of the most famous (and absurd) conspiracy books of all time, “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” which alleges that Jewish people are secretly planning world domination.
Jones, who of course has some far out theories of his own about the Boston attack, reacted to the report in a comment to BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray claiming,
“I’ve seen this before. The federal government trying to connect me to tragedies. That’s the media and the government’s own conspiracy theories.” Jones compared the situation to when Richard Andrew Poplawski, a Pittsburgh man who killed three police officers in 2009, was shown to be a conspiracy theorist who frequently visited the Infowars website. “It’s standard for them to talk to people, go through computers, and any time someone’s done something bad they connect it to us.”