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letters | the marathon bombing: accountability in the aftermath

We’re defined by our actions, not by how the camera captures us

People are defined by their behaviors, not by glamorizing or demonizing photos of them. State Police Sergeant Sean P. Murphy, who released photos showing the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, doesn’t get it. Rolling Stone magazine does (“Ouster unlikely for leaking of photos,” Page A1, July 24).

The magazine’s article was well worth reading, and its cover headline was apt: “The Bomber: How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster.” The point of the cover photo, as I saw it, was that the commission of monstrous acts cannot be predicted simply through outward appearances. The decision by stores in Boston not to sell the magazine prevented many from considering the article’s important psychological and social content.

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