Usually the cover of Rolling Stone magazine is reserved for famous musicians and others in the entertainment inner sanctum. But the current issue breaks new ground: Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is the cover feature.

Yes, a terrorist whose handiwork maimed and killed Americans is on the cover of Rolling Stone.

As Rolling Stone’s Janet Reitman writes:

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.

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