To test her loyalty, Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2007 forced then girlfriend Katherine Russell to steal items from a Rhode Island clothing store.
"Tamerlan had an iron-clad grip on Katherine. He turned her from an innocent all-American girl into a terrorist bride - and she may unwittingly be hiding information that's vital to national security," a friend of Katherine told a media outlet.
Now that people are learning about the Tsarnaev family, a very clear picture is beginning to emerge. Tamerlan sounded like a true sociopath, and his controlling ways were not restricted to his relationship with his wife. His kid brother Dzhokhar is now claiming, he was forced into terrorism by his egomaniacal older sibling.
By all accounts, Katherine Russell was a normal American girl until Tamerlan Tsarnaev got his hooks into her. She eventually converted from Christianity to Islam, and now allegedly refuses to cooperate with authorities. According to the friend, Tamerlan forced his future wife and someone else to steal from a Warwick, Rhode Island Old Navy. Russell was subsequently arrested for shoplifting, but the charges were dismissed, because she completed a community service program and paid a fine.