How could she not know she was sleeping with the enemy?
That’s just one of the questions investigators are surely pondering, as they wait for the opportunity to interview Katherine Russell, who walked out of her family’s Rhode Island home today without saying a word.
Russell is the wife of accused, and deceased “Boston Bomber” Tamerlen Tsnaraev, the “Older Brother” and alleged mastermind of the plot.
She grew up Christian and has since converted to Islam.
Russell now claims she was just as shocked as the rest of the world that her husband — a one time US Olympic Boxing team hopeful — was plotting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
“The man you’re sleeping next to – that he’s capable of doing that?” said Manhattan based psychotherapist Lisa Brateman.
Psychotherapist Lisa Brateman acknowledges it’s a stretch to believe Russell was completely in the dark, but says it’s also possible she was simply in denial.
“Denial can run deep. Really, really deep. You don’t always want to know what’s going on and if somebody’s hiding it. If somebody’s aggressive. If they’re always like that. There’s a part of the conscious doesn’t want to know, and they refuse to believe the information. And they just pretend it just doesn’t exist”, said Brateman.
To be sure, we’ve seen this story before.
Ruth Madoff claimed she too was in the dark about her husband’s infamous Ponzi scheme.
And who could forget Dina Matos-Mcgreevey’s so called moment of truth, when her husband, Jim McGreevey came out in front of the world and relinquished his job as New Jersey’s governor.
In the Tsnarvaev case, there’s more at stake than personal wealth and political careers, and simply finding out – for our own curiosity, what a wife knew.
Determining just how many people knew about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsnarnaev’s plans — and if they had any help — could amount to matter of national security.