Russian-born Zubeidat Tsarnaeva has undergone a transformation in recent years.
In photos of her as a younger woman, she wears a low-cut blouse and has her hair teased like a rock star. She went to beauty school.
But after becoming inspired by a family friend, she began wearing a hijab and praying daily. One acquaintance says she cited conspiracy theories about 9/11 being a plot against Muslims.
Tsarnaeva says she's no terrorist, just someone who found a deeper spirituality.
She says she's tired of "all this nonsense that they make up about me and my children."