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Criminal profiler draws psychological picture of suspects

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As new details emerge about the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, a criminal profiler in Atlanta offered insight on what may have motivated the accused men to commit such horrible acts.

Dr. David Davis, a forensic psychiatrist and medical director of Piedmont Hospital's psychiatric clinic, predicted the suspects would be young men who felt powerless over something, yet filled with rage.

Davis believed that the bombings not only allowed the suspects to seize a sense of power but the attention of the world.

"Here, suddenly, they're powerful people," Davis said. "They're big deals. They're on the media. They're on the news. They're famous people."

Davis said the suspects probably felt alienated by society and harbored low senses of self-esteem.

"Think about the sense of power this person has to hurt other people with the rage and the hostility, the anger, the hatred. All of that explodes just like this bomb."

Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suggested his nephews were angry and emotionally weak, supporting Davis' assessment.

"I say what I think was behind it, being losers!" Tsarni angrily exclaimed. "Not being able to settle themselves and hating everyone who did!"

What motivated the suspects is a mystery.

"The anger may have been repressed earlier in their lives that comes out later in life toward innocent people," Davis said.

Davis asserted the suspects were angry with the U.S. and society as a whole.

"It's not an accident. It happened on Patriots' Day, at the Boston Marathon. That has some kind of symbolism to them against the government," Davis said.

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