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The Massachusetts college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured wounded, but alive after hiding out in a boat parked in a backyard on Friday evening.
The arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev signaled the end of five days of terror set-off by the double bombing at the marathon finish line and the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, was quoted by the Boston Globe as taking to the police scanner to exclaim, 'We got him'.
'I have never loved this city & its people more than I do today. Nothing can defeat the heart of this city .. nothing.'
The bloody endgame came four days after the bombing and just a day after the FBI released surveillance-camera images of two young men suspected of planting the pressure-cooker explosives that ripped through the crowd at the marathon finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 180.
His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, lay dead in a furious 24-hour drama that transfixed the nation and paralyzed the Boston area with fear.
Relieved law enforcement officers began cheering and clapping after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested and is now in a serious condition at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is reported to have lost a great deal of blood.
And thousands of jubilant members of the public took to the streets of Watertown to salute FBI, SWAT, ATF and police officers as they left the scene of Tsarnaev's final showdown.
Neighbors reported that Tsarnaev was 'covered in blood' as he was taken away by law enforcement officials.
Boston police commissioner Ed Davis was celebratory in his tone as he took to Twitter to say, 'It's a proud day to be a Boston police officer. Thank you all.'
'CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won,' the Boston Police Department said on its Twitter account.
Police cornered the younger Tsarnaev around 7 p.m., less than an hour after police lifted a stay-indoors order for the city and its suburbs.
A resident in his 60s, believed to be called David Hanneberry, reportedly went outside to smoke and saw the tarpaulin cover of his boat was disturbed off the top.
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This striking picture show Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lying on the ground of the property of 67 Franklin Street in Watertown after authorities apprehended him. It is not known if the bag visible in the bottom left belongs to the suspect
Seriously Injured: This still frame from video shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visible through an ambulance after he was captured in Watertown, on Friday, April 19, 2013
'We Got Him': This is the exact moment that Boston police commissioner Ed Davis told Boston Mayor Thomas Menino that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been apprehended - as the suspect is seen (right) wearing an oxygen mask as he is transported to hospital for treatment
Heroes: A member of the North Metro SWAT team raises his fist while leaving the scene near Franklin Street on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts
Suspect: An ambulance carries Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the scene after he was apprehended in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA
Wounded- but Alive: This still frame from video shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev visible through an ambulance after he was captured in Watertown on Friday
This image obtained April 19, 2013 courtesy CBS News shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who was captured Friday night, April 19, 2013 after he was found hiding in a boat in a Boston suburb
Neighbors use cameras to record images of the boat (left) at 67 Franklin St. where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was hiding inside in Watertown, Massachusetts on Friday as a SWAT member stands guard (right)
An FBI officer stands in front of the boat at 67 Franklin St. where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was hiding inside in Watertown, Massachusetts
In this neighbor's view from across the street, law enforcement agents look around the corner of a house where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was believed to be hiding in Watertown, Massachusetts on Friday
Aerial views of 67 Franklin Street, Watertown, Massachusetts. Boston bombing suspect #2 Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, led the authorities to 67 Franklin Street in Watertown, Massachusetts where he was taken into custody
Residents flee from an area where a suspect is hiding on Franklin St., on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts as law enforcement position themselves
Stand-Off: Officers look on as the search for suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continues, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown
A police officer keeps watch after responding to a reported shooting next to a small 9/11 tribute painted on a truck on April 19, 2013 in Watertown
Police keep a close watch on a blocked-off street as they move towards a police assault on a house on Franklin Street in Watertown, Massachusetts on Friday evening
A light beam from a helicopter, top right, aims in the direction of Watertown, where officials searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon explosions all Friday
Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin street where there is an active crime scene search for suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown
Police officers keep watch after responding to a reported shooting on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts - the culmination of an almost 24-hour search for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Fear: People react while watching police respond to a reported shooting on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts
Police SWAT team members run towards the scene of gunfire as police assault a house on Franklin Street during the search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Police converge near the scene where 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was in hiding on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts
Jubilant: Boston Swat team members celebrate after the capture of the second of two suspects wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings on Friday evening
Checking to see what was wrong, he investigated and saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev curled-up inside covered in blood.
He then 'freaked out' and ran inside to call police - who dispatched a helicopter which used thermal imaging to confirm there was a person inside the boat.
'He looked and noticed something was off about his boat, so he got his ladder, and he put his ladder up on the side of the boat and climbed up, and then he saw blood on it, and he thought he saw what was a body laying in the boat,' Henneberry's neighbor, George Pizzuto said to ABC News.
'So he got out of the boat fast and called police.'
The statement was read by Mrs Russell and when asked how her daughter was getting on, she shook her head and said: 'There's nothing for me to say'.
The 26-year-old Chechen ' who was shot dead by cops last night ' was regularly seen at his wife's family home in Rhode Island.
And neighbours today spoke of their shock at waking up to see Katherine's home being raided by the FBI and cops before dawn this morning.
At 5pm today, Katherine was driven back to the house by a relative and flanked by two SUVs being driven by agents from the Department of Homeland Security.
Shielding her face, the young mother, wearing a dark-coloured top and sporting mousy blonde hair, was driven into the garage.
One of the Homeland security cars remained parked by the house. And asked if Katherine had been questioned, the agents refused to comment, but confirmed: 'We are keeping an eye on the house'
Tragic: The family of Katherine Russell talk of their grief tonight.
Radicalized: Tamerlan Tsarnaev appears to have become increasingly radicalized in recent months
Influence? It appears Dzhokhar may have been influenced by his older brother, Tamerlan, a boxer, whose radicalization was apparent in internet posts in recent months
Identified: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19
Tsarnaev's nonchalant attitude - a possible attempt to cover his tracks - in the wake of Monday's horrific terror attack was also witnessed on his Twitter page.
At 5pm on Monday - just hours after he and his older brother were caught on surveillance footage coolly walking away from the bomb site - he tweeted: 'Ain't no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people.'
The next day he replied to a tweet claiming one of the fatalities in the bombings was a woman whose fiance was proposing to her.
'Fake story' he wrote on the social media website.
The same day he added: 'I'm a stress free kind of guy.'
According to the page, Tsarnaev was a 9/11 denier and in a chilling post in August wrote: 'Boston marathon isn't a good place to smoke tho'.
The account, confirmed to friends to belong to the terror suspect, makes for haunting reading.
Just months before the tweet he said he was changing majors to try and become a nurse and talked about his work 'saving lives' as a Harvard lifeguard.
'I didn't become a lifeguard just to chill and get paid, I do it for the people, saving brings me joy,' he wrote on May 29.
However, it has emerged he was sacked last summer after he suddenly stopped turning up for shifts, according to a Buzzfeed report.
The Chechen has been described by friends as a 'careful and jovial' student, who has lived in the U.S for a decade and partied 'like a normal American kid' - painting a conflicting picture of a man now accused of terrorism.
It appears he became increasingly radicalized by his older brother Tamerlan with whom he is said to have carried out the deadly attack - killing three and injuring more than 180.
His cousin, Zaur, told the Boston Globe that he 'used to warn Dzhokhar that Tamerlan was up to no good' while Tamerlan's boxing coach said the younger brother would watch him train, 'he idolized him', he told the Boston Herald.
The twitter account portrays two contrasting pictures and hints at a man who suddenly changed sometime last year.
Many of his posts are innocuous references to pop culture, college and women.
He posts hip hop lyrics, talks about his love for TV show Breaking Bad and chats to college friends.
But others are serious and appear to suggests of events to come.
On April 21 2012 he wrote in Russian: 'I will perish young' while last month he tweeted 'Never underestimate the rebel with a cause'.
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Former child actor Mark Lester believes he's the biological father of deceased superstar Michael Jackson's children Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11, and he's will to undergo DNA testing to prove it.
The Oliver! star alleges the Prince of Pop asked him to donate sperm one year prior to the births of the children, whom Lester claims now closely resemble his own four teenagers.
The Daily Mirror reports the 54-year-old even delivered an impassioned message to the children, with whom he's remained out of contact since Jackson's memorial service in 2009: 'I'm here, come and visit England, we'll look after you.'
The man in question: British actor Mark Lester asserts he may be the biological father of Michael Jackson's children Prince Michael, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11
Lester asserted he briefly blocked thoughts of the donation process, which occurred in the early 1990s: 'After Michael asked me to donate sperm for him I completely forgot about it.'
Yet speaking to the outlet apparently jogged his memory, as he continued: 'I remember Michael ringing and saying, ''Oh, you don't have any fertility difficulties do you?''
'Then out of the blue about a year later, he mentioned sperm donation and I agreed.'
Severed ties: Lester claims he last saw the three children at Jackson's memorial service in 2009 following his untimely death at age 50
He explained of the slightly uncomfortable process: 'Michael set it up for me to turn up to a clinic in Harley Street, London to do it. It was weird.
'I went in a couple of times to donate but we never talked about it ever again. It was a really strange request but while Michael was alive I never gave it another thought. I didn't donate to get something out of it.'
The two friends met in 1978 after a Jackson 5 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre.
Both grown child stars, they got along swimmingly.
Questionable resemblance: The former child actor, pictured in 1970, is the godfather of Jackson's three children including son Prince Michael, pictured at Jackson's 2009 memorial service
Lester gushed of their relationship: 'We ended up great friends. Michael had so many people and security around him but had very few people that knew him really closely. I became one of those lucky few.'
Their friendship endured through decades, with Jackson even naming Lester the godfather to his three children, born in 1997, 1998 and 2002 with ex-wife Debbie Rowe, to whom the hitmaker was married between 1996 and 1999.
Lester's own four children often spent holidays and weekends with Jackson's offspring.
He reminisced: 'Every time Michael came to the UK, which was at least six times a year, I used to take my children to see his. They always got on really well.
Close friends: Jackson and Lester remained friends for over 30 years, and often spent holidays together with their respective families
'We always used to stay at an isolated cottage at the Cliveden House hotel in Berkshire. I even took the kids to his home in the US. We were like one big happy family.'
Still, Lester maintains he never doubted the paternity of Jackson's progeny while the Beat It singer was alive.
Only after Jackson's drug-induced death at 50 did the lifelong pal entertain the idea that he may be the father of the grieving youngsters.
'I noticed the likenesses in my own children and his,' he explained. 'My daughter Olivia looks like Paris. People have also pointed out similarities between myself when I was younger and Prince.'
Quality time: Lester, pictured in 1968, said of his meetings with Jackson's offspring, 'Every time Michael came to the UK, I used to take my children to see his. They always got on really well'
He continued of Jackson: 'He was a great dad to them, brought them up and was brilliant with the kids so I just didn't go there but there is obviously a good possibility (that I could be the biological father).'
After Lester raised the question to the Jackson family, the clan severed ties with the scorned godfather in a move that he deems 'not what Michael would have wanted.'
The family has not responded to Lester's resultant pleas despite his insistence that he remains willing to undergo DNA testing to confirm whether he is the children's biological father.
Friend Uri Geller corroborated Lester's claims in 2009, saying: 'I have no reason to doubt Mark's story, simply because I remember years ago in New York, Michael implied to me that he wanted Mark to help him father a child for him.
Similar features: Lester alleges his daughters Olivia and Harrett, pictured in 2009, resemble Jackson's daughter Paris, pictured in 2012
'Now obviously I cannot be 100 per cent sure that Paris is the biological daughter of Mark. But I remember those words and knowing the relationship that Mark had with Michael and their families and their children and the many trips they took together.
'There was such a very strong bond, that to me, it really makes sense."
Lester, however, adamantly states he will only submit to genetic testing with the approval of the Jackson children.
He remarked: 'I wouldn't have a DNA test without the children's permission but when the children come of age, and it's not far away, and they decide they want me to do it then I will. It is up to them.
Cause for concern: Lester, pictured in 2009 with daughter Harriet, said he began to doubt the paternity of Jackson's children when he 'noticed the likenesses in my own children and his'
'I don't want to tell them what to do. I just want to reconnect and be the godfather that Michael made me.'
Among Lester's other allegations is the revelation that prior to his untimely death, Jackson hid a collection of unheard recordings in a vault in his Neverland Ranch.
The actor said of the unreleased tracks: 'I'm amazed no one has got their hands on them yet.
'He couldn't read or write music so whenever lyrics came to him he just had to quickly write things down. If he got a beat he would tap it out on to a portable tape recorder. The tapes and words exist somewhere because I've heard some of them. One was about a mystery girl.
'I don't know if they were found when his estate was wound up. Either way they will be worth a bit of money,' he finished.
Siblings? Lester remarked of genetic testing to determine whether Harriet, pictured in 2009, and Paris, pictured in 2011, are sisters, 'It is up to them'
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