To be fair, the text on the cover says, “How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell into Radical Islam and Became a Monster,” which is hardly a ringing endorsement. I’d argue that the photo selection is an interesting statement about how terrorists don’t generally have upside-down crosses tattooed on their foreheads and horns, and how otherwise “normal” people can fall so far.
On the other hand, I probably would have gone with his mugshot or one of the hospital photos to avoid even the appearance of glamor, so there’s that.
He’s going to make somebody a wonderful girlfriend.
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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of Rolling Stone because, oh my God, you guys, isn't he dreamy? (August 2013)