Rolling Stone magazine is drawing fire for putting Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover, in a glam shot that critics say continues to blur the line between fame and infamy.
The picture, which accompanies a story titled “Jahar’s World,” shows the accused murderer with his long, curly hair tousled and the hint of a goatee, reminiscent of the magazine’s iconic shots of rock and roll royalty like The Doors’ Jim Morrison. The cover could send a dangerous message to Tsarnaev’s warped supporters, said one critic.
“If they want to become famous, kill somebody,” Northeastern University criminologist Jack Levin told MyFoxBoston.com.
The issue, which hits newsstands Friday, depicts an unsmiling Tsarnaev, 19, above a boldface headline, “The Bomber.” The story, which features interviews from childhood friends, teachers and law enforcement agents, promises to reveal how a “popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster.”