‘This Is the Real Boston Bomber’: Police Photographer Fires Back at Rolling Stone Cover With New Photos of Bloody Tsarnaev

Boston Magazine has responded to Rolling Stone’s controversial new cover giving accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the glam rock star treatment with incredible new photos of his capture.

This Tsarnaev — bloody and in the fixed beam of a sniper rifle — is “the real face of terror,” the magazine said: “In response to the controversial Rolling Stone cover, new photos of Tsarnaev’s capture emerge.”

Boston Magazine bomber photo2
A bloody Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with a sniper rifle trained on him. (Photo credit: Sean Murphy/Boston Magazine)

The photos come from Sgt. Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts State Police who wanted to counter the message from the Rolling Stone cover, the magazine said.

“I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has every worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty,” Murphy told Boston Magazine. “…What Rolling Stone did was wrong. This guy is evil. This is the real Boston bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.”

Boston Magazine bomber photo
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev emerging from the boat where he had been hiding. (Photo credit: Sean Murphy/Boston Magazine)
Boston Magazine bomber photo1
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the boat where he had been hiding. (Photo credit: Sean Murphy/Boston Magazine)

See all the photos at Boston Magazine.


This story’s headline has been updated for clarity.