Boston Mag Counters Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber Cover: ‘This Is the Real Face of Terror’ (Updated)

Boston Mag Counters Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber Cover: 'This Is the Real Face of Terror' (Updated)

Massachusetts state police say that Sgt. Sean Murphy released unauthorized photos of wounded Dzhokhar Tsnarnaev
 

Update, 4:37 P.M.:

Previously:

Boston Magazine published never-before-seen photos of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Thursday in response to Rolling Stone's controversial cover that critics felt depicted the accused murderer as a rock star.

The photos, supplied by Mass state police sergeant Sean Murphy, were intended to show the "real face of terror." In one, a bloodied Tsarnaev emerges from his boat hideout while a sniper rifle trains its laser sight on his head.

After the outlet published the photos, Massachusetts State Police said that they were unauthorized.

"Today's dissemination to Boston Magazine of photographs of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev and police activity related to his capture was not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police," it said in a statement. "The department will not release the photographs to media outlets."

Boston Magazine editor John Wolfson then tweeted that Murphy has been "relieved of duty" pending a hearing and "has been ordered not to talk to media or anyone else about events at Watertown."

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Boston Magazine said that it would publish "a more complete collection" of Murphy's photos in its September issue as a response to Rolling Stone's cover. Several stores, including CVS and Walgreens, have pulled the issue from their shelves.

Murphy told Boston Magazine that he felt the Rolling Stone cover was "an insult" to all affected by the Boston Marathon bombings as well as an "incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine." These photos, he hoped, would show them "that this was real. It was as real as it gets. This may have played out as a television show, but this was not a television show."

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Stressing that he was speaking for himself, not police, he lambasted Rolling Stone for the cover.

"What Rolling Stone did was wrong," he wrote. "This guy is evil. This is the real Boston bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."

One of Murphy's photos is shown above; others were online at Boston Magazine's website.