fort devens

He spends most of his days in “nearly total isolation,” according to his attorneys, locked behind a heavy steel door in a tiny cell in the most restricted wing at Fort Devens medical prison 40 miles outside Boston.

His only visitors have been members of his legal team and his two older sisters — though the sisters have come to see him only a handful of times and always under the observation of an FBI agent. He has not been allowed to mingle with or talk to any other inmates — either verbally or through notes. His only other regular contact has been with prison personnel, who slide meals through a slot within a thick glass observation window in a corner of his cell door.

The closest Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has come to experiencing the world beyond his cell in more than 500 days has been through “very limited access to a small outdoor enclosure,” according to court records. And that’s only “on weekdays, weather permitting.” But that will soon change.

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Ft. Devens!

In 26 hours Brandons bus will be rolling in to Ft. Devens!!!!  To bad i got stick instructions not to talk to him before they get into formation.  As in, “when he gets off the bus you cannot run and hug him, this is not the movies.” How unromantic haha.  But they did promise that the soldiers would be released from formation quickly, good because I wouldn’t be able to stand there very long.  I’m the kind of person that pushes people out of the way to get to what I want….this should be interesting :)

Well anyways, I am headed to Fort Devens in a couple hours to go set up the hall and post signs all along the roads leading to the post with th FRG.  Then I am coming home and cleaning until everything is spotless they way my man likes it.  I’ll show him I can clean even if I hate it.  I have to keep myself busy doing something, maybe I’ll bother Steph tonight and see if she needs any help planning her court house wedding to her Marine…I love them. God I’m having too much fun being an Army girlfriend right now ♥

This epidemic started about four weeks ago, and has developed so rapidly that the camp is demoralized and all ordinary work is held up till it has passed….These men start with what appears to be an ordinary attack of LaGrippe or Influenza, and when brought to the Hosp. they very rapidly develop the most viscous type of Pneumonia that has ever been seen. Two hours after admission they have the Mahogany spots over the cheek bones, and a few hours later you can begin to see the Cyanosis extending from their ears and spreading all over the face, until it is hard to distinguish the coloured men from the white. It is only a matter of a few hours then until death comes, and it is simply a struggle for air until they suffocate. It is horrible. One can stand it to see one, two or twenty men die, but to see these poor devils dropping like flies sort of gets on your nerves. We have been averaging about 100 deaths per day, and still keeping it up. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a new mixed infection here, but what I don’t know.

A physician stationed at Fort Devens outside Boston, reported in late September, 1918

I’m continuing my research into what happened in Vicksburg Square in Fort Devens. Tom told me that the main building was a temp. morgue for Spanish Flu and I’m trying to validate that. Well, now I at least know that 100 people died a day on the fort from the flu, and the things I was feeling in that courtyard absolutely correspond to the symptoms of the flu (I was nauseous and dizzy and had a hard time breathing and an emotion I can only describe as “acceptance of death”).