When the Rolling Stone magazine featured its Boston Bomber cover, I immediately wondered whether the magazine had featured other sociopath killers in this past. These had to be killers who enjoyed what they did, who believed their actions were justified, who considered their actions superior to the legal system, who lacked remorse and sympathy for people. Moreover, they had to be men who considered their own actions moral and just in their own eyes only, never according to what other people considered moral and just.
I considered this, and I came up with the character Dexter. Then came the search for a possible Rolling Stones cover of Dexter. Other people might already be making similar comparisons. I typed in "Rolling Stones Dexter" or similar, and I found this. The font is exactly the same in both magazine covers. Only in the Dexter issue, it is even more dedicated to the sociopath killer in that the name Rolling Stone has been replaced with the name Dexter.
What do the Boston Bomber and Dexter have in common?
- Both have been featured on the Rolling Stone magazine. I know, that might be superficial here, but that is a start.
- Both the Boston Bomber and Dexter have a strong passion for killing people.
- Both the Boston Bomber and Dexter consider themselves justified and righteous in who they kill.
- Both the Boston Bomber and Dexter lack remorse, sympathy, or compassion for people. This lack enables them to kill ruthlessly without mercy.
- Both the Boston Bomber and Dexter tend to act or seem normal and outgoing around their friends; their friends would never suspect them capable of enjoying mass bloodshed.
There are some differences. The Boston Bomber is a real person who killed innocent runners at a marathon. Dexter is a fictional character whose main targets tend to be people who broke the law. But then again, the Boston Bomber also considered his victims to be the criminals - to be part of an oppressive system against Iraq and Afghanistan. When you consider that both people believed their victims to be evil villains, then you eliminate one difference between them.
Oh, and Boston Bomber got caught early while Dexter continues his killing spree because the audience loves a torturous death.
Killing people who break the law is against our legal system; it is against society's moral standards. Killing civilians likewise goes against our legal system and should also be against our society's moral standards. Therefore, both Dexter and the Boston Bomber adhere to their own individual morality, ignore society's morality, and rebel against our legal and our justice systems to kill people who they personally consider deserving of death.
Therefore, there is no actual difference at all between the fictional character Dexter and the real life Boston Bomber!
And both, of course, have been glorified on the Rolling Stone cover. What we have here is explicit evidence that the Rolling Stone magazine already idolizes sociopathy, slaughter, disrespect for life, and a bloody disdain for our laws and morals. Typically, when terrorists, serial killers, etc., desire to torture or massacre people for their own pleasure, the warning signs are displayed within their choice of entertainment, which also exists for pleasure. Adam Lanza thrived on violent, bloody video games. The Virginia Tech shooter had previously wrote stories that disturbed and shocked his professors.
Rolling Stone showed a picture of the Boston Bomber that is clean and beautiful. Rolling Stone previously dedicated its cover and even gave its name to Dexter, who is identical to the Boston Bomber in every significant way. The differences are superficial.
If something is abhorrent in real life, then that exact same abhorrence should never be considered entertainment for our pleasure. To condemn a real atrocity and then to delight in the atrocity is hypocritical. Rolling Stone here is at least consistent.
Note: a commenter has provided a link with information about the Dexter picture, which says that it is "on the back of Rolling Stone magazine. The cover is part of an eight-page ad supplement about the new season of “Dexter.”" So, the picture we see here is the back cover designed to look like the front cover for marketing purposes.