In February 2014, Norman Zalkind consulted on daughter and journalist Susan Zalkind’s cover story for Boston Magazine detailing her investigation into the connection between a grisly 2011 murder of three men and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Her story uncovers the failure of law enforcement officials to adequately investigate the 2011 murders until after the marathon bombings forced them to look more closely at Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his friend, Ibragim Todashev, who was killed by FBI agents in May 2013, moments before he was allegedly going to write a statement implicating himself and Tsarnaev in the Waltham murders. Zalkind asks the question: Could solving this case have prevented the Boston Marathon bombings?
Zalkind’s story was featured on This American Life on March 7, 2014. Zalkind appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and CNN’s “Legal View,” among other news programs, to discuss her investigation and story.