News / USA

Police Photographer Leaks Boston Bombing Suspect Photos

 Tsarnaev emerges from the boat.
Tsarnaev emerges from the boat.
VOA News
A U.S. police photographer has released pictures of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, taken the night the suspect was captured.

Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Sean Murphy said Thursday he released the photographs to counter what he called the "fluffed and buffed" image of Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone, a U.S.-based magazine.

Murphy said Tsarnaev is "evil" and the Rolling Stone photos glamorized what he called the "face of terror."

The photographs, released to Boston Magazine, show a bloody, disheveled Tsarnaev with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his forehead.

A sniper trains his bead on Tsarnaev.
A sniper trains his bead on Tsarnaev.
A Massachusetts State Police spokesman said his agency did not authorize the release of the pictures. Boston Magazine says Murphy has been "relieved of his duty" with a review of his status to take place next week.

In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of "Rolling Stone."In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of "Rolling Stone."
x
In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of "Rolling Stone."
In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of "Rolling Stone."
Rolling Stone is under fire for using a cover photo of a youthful Tsarnaev with soft eyes and long, flowing curly hair to promote its in-depth story on Tsarnaev's life leading up to the April 15 attacks. The picture was instantly compared to similar portraits of legendary rock stars Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison.

Thousands of people went on Facebook and Twitter to condemn the magazine, with many vowing to never buy another issue. A handful of retailers, including two national drug chain stores, have refused to sell the issue.

The magazine issued a statement late Wednesday defending its decision to use the photo, saying it falls within the magazine's commitment to "serious and thoughtful coverage" of the world's biggest "political and cultural issues of the day."

The issue officially goes on sale Friday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan are accused of plotting the attack on the famous race that killed three people and left more than 260 others wounded, many of them losing legs and other limbs from the shrapnel caused by the homemade bombs. The younger Tsarnaev was wounded in a shootout with police that left Tamerlan dead, and was captured a day later.

The pair are also accused in the shooting death of a police officer with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology .

You May Like

Israelis Quietly Expand Enclave in Palestinian District of Jerusalem

Estimated 500 settlers, armed or protected by paramilitary police, live in Silwan among 50,000 Palestinians More

Video US, Iran Face Similar Challenges in Syrian Fight Against IS

Both Washington, Tehran back fighters battling Islamic State militants in Iraq -- but in Syria they support opposing sides in country’s civil war More

China Boosts Efforts to Help Afghan, Regional Stability

Observers say China’s increased regional involvement are due to concerns that Afghan instability and the presence of anti-China militants in Pakistani border areas could fuel Xinjiang troubles More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: vince from: usa
July 20, 2013 6:21 PM
were is the throat wound he was now i thought he they said he tried to kill himself by putting a gun against his throat


by: Chuck from: Toronto
July 19, 2013 1:37 PM
Upon veiwing the leaked photo's, I believe the Police used an extraordinary amount of restraint when dealing with this murderous thug. Pulling the trigger would have been the easiest thing to do, once the laser sight was set.


by: Cindy
July 19, 2013 10:04 AM
He's not "fluffed and buffed" in these pictures because he's been framed, hunted, shot, witnessed his brothers death and has been forced to run to escape the police and government agencies who set him up.

In Response

by: Laura from: Boston
July 23, 2013 2:39 PM
Technically, HE is the one that killed his brother, by running over him with the get-away vehicle. Now that's what I call poetic justice.

In Response

by: Joe from: Penryn
July 19, 2013 4:29 PM
Cindy,

Don't be influenced by the fact that he's pleased not guilty. He's admitted to the killings, but he will say he is not guilty of terrorism, but that his killings were retaliations in a war against Islam. Sorry, but he's guilty of the killings, and these were cowardly acts of terrorism.

In Response

by: Heather from: Washington, DC
July 19, 2013 10:47 AM
Cindy, that is utterly ridiculous. Foolish, foolish woman...

In Response

by: Willard from: San Francisco
July 19, 2013 10:46 AM
Wow, you're just as delusional as his mother.


by: Ashley
July 19, 2013 9:26 AM
Police stated that tsarnaev would not comply and lift his shirt showing he did not have a bomb strapped to his chest when coming out of the boat. However look at the photo above. Yet another hole in the Law Enforcements story. Innocent until proven guilty.

In Response

by: Bill from: Boston
July 19, 2013 10:29 AM
They said "at first" he did not comply. Some key information there you withheld.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Lawi
X
William Ide
October 20, 2014 10:23 AM
China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.
Video

Video Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more.
Video

Video Nigeria Agrees to Cease-Fire With Boko Haram

Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government have agreed to a cease-fire. The Nigerian government issued an order Friday, telling all military chiefs "to comply with the cease-fire agreement in all theaters of operations. Why now and the significance of the agreement are questions on some people’s minds. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports.
Video

Video Kobani Fighting Sends 400,000 Refugees to Turkey

The offensive by Islamic State militants against the northern Syrian city of Kobani has caused hundreds of thousands of residents to flee to Turkey. They receive help from Turkish authorities and individuals, but say much more is needed. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from the town of Suruc a few kilometers from the border.
Video

Video Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fight

The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.
Video

Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.
Video

Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.
Video

Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Syrian Defector Leaks Shocking Photos of Torture Victims

Shocking photographs purporting to show Syrian torture victims are on display at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The museum says the graphic images are among thousands of photographs recently smuggled out of Syria by a military policeman-turned-defector. As VOA reporter Julie Taboh reports, the museum says the photos provide further evidence of atrocities committed by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against its own people.
Video

Video Drought-Stricken California Considers Upgrading Water System

A three-year drought in California is causing a water shortage that is being felt on farms and cities throughout the state. As VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports, water experts, consumers and farmers say California needs to make changes to cope with an uncertain future.
Video

Video TechShop Puts High-tech Dreams Within Reach

Square, a business app and card reader, makes it possible to do credit card transactions through cell phones. But what made Square possible? VOA’s Adrianna Zhang and Enming Liu have the answer.

All About America

AppleAndroid