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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his fan girls and the Rolling Stone cover. When evil hides right in the open.

19 Jul

This morning, Massachusetts State Police Officer Sean Murphy released images of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev climbing out of the boat he had been hiding in, a sniper’s rifle clearly aimed right at his head.

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Sgt. Murphy made the photos public in response to the Rolling Stone cover of Dzhokhar, which he felt glamorized the young murderer.


As a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has every worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty. The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.


While I understand Sgt. Murphy’s anger, I don’t think the Rolling Stone cover “glamorizes” the face of terror.  I think it shows us that the face of terror can be a very appealing one, and it exposes a fault line in the culture when it comes to double standards that call evil MEN evil, no matter how pretty they are, but ignores evil WOMEN for no reason other than the fact they’re pretty.

I suspect that when Sgt. Murphy saw that sepia toned selfie, his mind instantly leapt to a group of people who really DO glamorize the face of terror:  Jahar’s Fan Girls


They create tumblr pages for their beloved Jahar:



And tweet their support for him.



They have t-shirts with his face on them:



I’ve written about Jahar’s fan girls before and our reluctance to call them out for what they are:  sociopaths just because they happen to be pretty little GIRL sociopaths.


Amanda Marcotte offers her take on the fan girls, suggesting they are nothing more than famewhores trying to survive in a culture that values fame above else.  She quotes an author that inadvertently reveals exactly what is so chilling about these particular young women.


Women and men who are desperate for attention also find captive criminals easier to love. Isenberg notes that real celebrities are less likely to respond to fan mail than someone in prison, making it easier to actually develop a relationship with the often-dangerous criminals. “Any guy sitting in jail or on death row will focus attention out of boredom,” she says. “But that romantic focus is like a blazing light to some women.”



Hybristophilia is nothing new.  Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, Scott Petersen – all with legions of fans desperate to be that one woman who charms the Beast into a Prince.


In order for the hybristophiliac’s arousal to be triggered, she MUST believe that her man truly is a monster.  He must be guilty of the crimes he is accused of, or there is no monster to save.

Jahar’s girls are NOT hybristophiliacs.

They think he is innocent. He was framed.  In the face of glaring evidence to the contrary, they refuse to believe that Jahar is guilty. They live in a reality so distorted as to be unrecognizable to most of the rest of us.


And we, as a culture, make it easy for these women to do that.  For one thing, the media is by and large giving these women a giant pass for their malevolence.  Hanna Roisin thinks the girls are just “maternal”.


Charlotte Allen thinks they’re just misguided good girls who find the bad boy sexy.

bad boy

He’s a classic “bad boy” of the sort to whom women are chronically attracted because they want to reform them, or minister to their wounds, or be the healing presence they’ve never had — but mostly because they find them sexy.


Alexandra Le Telliereven goes so far as to call the girls “disgusting”, but what these young women are goes well beyond disgust.


An interesting story is up at Jezebel that is tangentially related to this story:  women report more mental health problems than men.  Yes, ladies really are crazy.  Jezebel gets all huffy about how sexist it is to report a finding that portrays women in a slightly harsh light.  The fact that it appears to be verifiably TRUE that women have more mental health problems than men is irrelevant.  It’s sexist because LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU.



It’s an oft repeated truism that there are more male psychopaths than female ones, but when you consider how the common traits of psychopathology are EXPRESSED, it turns out that may not be true.

Across two independent samples, results indicated that the interaction of high F1 and F2 psychopathy scores was associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in women. This association was found to be specific to women in Study 1. These results suggest that BPD and psychopathy, at least as they are measured by current instruments, overlap in women and, accordingly, may reflect gender-differentiated phenotypic expressions of similar dispositional vulnerabilities.


What is borderline personality disorder?


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) (called emotionally unstable personality disorder, borderline type in the ICD-10) is a cluster-B personality disorder whose essential features are a pattern of marked impulsivity and instability of affects, interpersonal relationships, and self image.

The pattern is present by early adulthood and occurs across a variety of situations and contexts. Other symptoms may include intense fears of abandonment and intense anger and irritability that others have difficulty understanding the reason for.

People with BPD often engage in idealization and devaluation of others, alternating between high positive regard and great disappointment.

Self-mutilation and suicidal behavior are common.


One of the core signs and symptoms in BPD is the proneness to impulsive behaviour. This impulsiveness can manifest itself in negative ways. For example, self-harm is common among individuals with BPD and in many instances, this is an impulsive act. Sufferers of BPD can also be prone to angry outbursts and possibly criminal offences (mainly in male sufferers) as a result of impulsive urges.

Another common feature of BPD is affective lability. This means that sufferers have trouble stabilising moods and as a result, mood changes can become erratic. Other characteristics of this condition include reality distortion, tendency to see things in ‘black and white’ terms, excessive behaviour such as gambling or sexual promiscuity, and proneness to depression.


fears of abandonment

intense anger


idealization and devaluation of others

impulsive behaviour

erratic mood changes

reality distortion

tendency to see things in ‘black and white’ terms

sexual promiscuity

proneness to depression

Sounds like your average woman’s studies major, if you ask me.


Okay, that was juvenile, but it does read like a description of modern young women.



Women who suffer from BPD are not just suffering from a mental illness, they are suffering from an illness we characterize as psychopathy in men.

Psychopathy is among the most difficult disorders to spot. The psychopath can appear normal, even charming. Underneath, they lack conscience and empathy, making them manipulative, volatile and often (but by no means always) criminal. They are an object of popular fascination and clinical anguish: psychopathy is largely impervious to treatment.


At best, these young women who lust after a baby-faced murderer who blew the legs and arms off innocent CHILDREN have borderline personality disorder.  At worst, they are bona fide psychopaths. Not all psychopaths are violent, but they are no less destructive for that.


And even when psychopaths are violent, they can face zero consequences for that, if they happen to be psychotic and female all at the same time.


Given the ordinary and vaguely attractive appearance of Kayla Bourque, it’s alarming that someone with no perceivable warning signs can become such a potentially huge threat to society. As a result, it’s almost reasonable to suspect virtually everyone of being capable of committing acts of terrible violence. After all, some things are best hidden right in the open. And that’s scary as shit.


Sgt. Murphy is right to worry that the dreamy image of Jahar on the front cover of Rolling Stone might act as an incentive for others to do something equally terrible.  It’s also an invitation for the psychopaths in our midst to declare themselves, which they are certain to do because we don’t want to see what is right in front of our faces.

Because the psychopaths are all pretty little girls.  Who will one day be women.  Hiding right in the open.


Scary as shit, indeed.

Lots of love,


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