From today’s Boston Herald:
Globe’s bomber tales disgust mother of Marathon survivors
The Stoneham mother whose two sons each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing called “sickening” a nine-page special section in yesterday’s Boston Globe that downplayed Islamic extremism, suggesting the Tsarnaev family’s bad luck, poverty and mental issues had more to do with the plot, while legal experts said those claims are likely to figure strongly in any effort to spare surviving accused terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty.
“I hope people don’t fall for this. It’s a joke. There’s no excuse for what those terrorists did,” Liz Norden said of Tsarnaev, 20, and his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in Watertown in a firefight with police after four people had been murdered and more than 260 others wounded — with numerous amputations.
Both Norden’s sons, JP and Paul, lost their right legs as one of two pressure-cooker bombs packed with shrapnel exploded in Copley Square on April 15.
The feisty local tabloid notes that “[a] Globe spokeswoman declined to comment.” Herald readers, by contrast, are staging a regular Who Struck John in the comments section.
From there, they were off to the races (123 comments as of this posting).
Check the Herald’s editorial page tomorrow for Chapter Two.