Photographs of Bloodied Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Climbing Out of Boat Leaked; Police Photographer Suspended

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: dramatic new pictures of Boston suspect’s capture

By Ed Pilkington. He is standing with a bright red bead from a sniper’s laser trained directly in the middle of his forehead, his nose bloodied and his blood-stained hand raised in apparent surrender. Around him are the shredded shrouds of the boat in which he made his last stand.

According to the photographer who took the haunting picture, this is the real face of terrorism, not the “glamourised” image of the surviving suspect of the Boston marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, that appears on the cover of next month’s Rolling Stone magazine. The photograph was taken by Sergeant Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts state police, who accompanied Swat teams as they apprehended Tsarnaev in Watertown in April following one of the largest manhunts in US history.

Murphy released a sequence of his official pictures to Boston magazine as an expression of his anger towards Rolling Stone’s depiction of the bombing suspect. The release was unauthorised and Murphy was relieved of his duties on Thursday night, pending an investigation.

The move adds to the billowing controversy surrounding Rolling Stone‘s choice of cover image that has Tsarnaev staring straight out at the reader, his dark curls framing his face above the headline ‘The Bomber’. Read more from this story HERE.


Bloodied and bruised at the moment of surrender: Dramatic new pictures emerge of the moment ‘Boston bomber’ climbed from the boat where he had been hiding as a sniper took aim at his head

By David McCormack, James Nye and Helen Pow. Dramatic new images have been released showing alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev bruised and bloodied with his hands in the air as he emerges from his final hiding place.

Cornered by police, the photos show the 19-year-old in a blood-splattered black jumper, with hands stained red and a sniper’s laser aimed directly at his forehead.

The sobering pictures were released by Sergeant Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts state police, in a bid to show the real face of terrorism in reaction to the ‘glamorized‘ image of Tsarnaev that graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s controversial new issue.

The officer has now been suspended over his decision to leak the photos, and will find out next week whether or not he will be allowed to keep his job.

Murphy accompanied the Swat teams as they descended on a boat in the backyard of a Watertown home, where Tsarnaev sought refuge following one of the biggest manhunts in U.S. history. Read more from this story HERE.