Dead Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s ex-girlfriend is now giving insight into the private life of the suspect. 24-year-old Nadine Ascencao spills all on how he tried to brainwash her into becoming a Muslim fanatic who hated America. She also revealed that she lost her virginity to him and found herself hopelessly in love, which may have somewhat blinded her to his manipulative nature.
In the “spill all”, she said:
I went to his mosque a couple of times and even looked into converting to make him happy. I thought, “This is crazy” – but I still did it for him. Tamerlan had taken my virginity and said he loved me because I was pure and hadn’t been with any other guys. 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.ADVERTISEMENT
He became extremely religious and tried to brainwash me to follow Islam. He wouldn’t let me watch TV or listen to the radio. He’d say, “TV is the project of Satan” and claimed Satan sent us messages through commercial music. He hated my tight trousers and made me wear long skirts. Towards the end I was wearing a hijab. He once ripped a pair of my jeans and hit me in the face with them. Tamerlan told me I should only talk to Muslim girls, not other “slutty” girls.
Tamerlan said I couldn’t be with him unless I became a Muslim. He wanted me to hate America like he did.
Perhaps the most disturbing revelation is that Tamerlan began seeing Katherine Russell (who eventually became his wife) on the side. Nadine was heartbroken but instead of hiding her from Nadine, he openly talked about her in attempts to “motivate” her to convert to Islam:
He once made me learn a verse of an Islamic prayer and if I got it wrong he’d say, “Well Katherine can do it”.
Tamerlan even attacked Nadine when he found her heading off to a friend’s pool party wearing cut-off jeans and a crop top. She said, “He was shouting and screaming at me. He slapped me across the face really hard”.
Nadine called the police and Tamerlan was arrested and spent a night in the cells. Once out on bail he begged Nadine’s forgiveness. But as soon as she dropped the charges Tamerlan dumped her and moved in with Katherine.
Nadine’s relationship was over and within six months Katherine was pregnant with Tamerlan’s daughter.