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Story took leap casting doubt on Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s mental health

In the Dec. 15 article “The fall of the house of Tsarnaev” it was disturbing to see the reporters speculate so much about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s mental health.

The rumors of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber hearing voices and the statement that “a doctor [was] concerned it could be schizophrenia” seemed hyper-inflated to fit your novelesque telling. The doctor in this case was a urologist who presumably has no expertise in mental disorders.

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I would also like to point out that Tamerlan was never diagnosed with any mental illness by a certified physician. Therefore, as a reader I find it a bit unprofessional for the journalists to practically diagnose him with such an illness based on a few comments Tamerlan made to his mother and a friend over the years.

The reporters walked a thin line, seeming to exploit the notion of Tamerlan’s “voices in his head” for a good story.

Josefina Romano


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