The magazine's latest cover model isn't a rock star. It's suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is featured in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
The photo, a "selfie" taken by Tsarnaev and posted online to one of his social media accounts, shows the shaggy-haired teen staring directly into the camera next to the headline "The bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."
The magazine teased its cover story, titled "Jahar's World" and written by contributing editor Janet Reitman, with five highlights from the piece on its website. Some of the story's details include information about how police used Tsarnaev's former wrestling coach's public plea for his surrender to get Tsarnaev to give himself up.
In addition, there is the revelation that his mother felt his older brother and alleged collaborator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, needed to see a psychiatrist but the brothers instead turned to Islam to cure "inner demons."
Rolling Stone has drawn ire from commenters on its Facebook page, one of whom wrote, "I think it's wrong to make celebrities out of these people. Why give the guy the cover of Rolling Stone? TIME gave Charles Manson the cover and all the magazines carried pictures of the Columbine shooters on the covers, too. Don't make martyrs out of these people."
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges in connection with the April 15 bombings at the marathon finish line that killed three and injured more than 260.