Online supporters backed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the summer of 2013, saying on social media that they thought the government trampled on his rights during a hospital interrogation or claiming he was the innocent victim of a conspiracy. Supportive crowds sometimes amassed for the accused Boston Marathon bomber’s court dates.
Rolling Stone magazine perhaps inadvertently added to the frenzy by plastering Tsarnaev’s teenage face across its cover with a glamor shot as if he were a rock star. The magazine called him a “charming kid” who became a “monster.”
These days, Tsarnaev is all alone.
Since his trial began on March 4, a few backers with signs have popped up on the perimeter of the Boston courthouse. But except for the team of public defenders arguing that he was in his older brother’s thrall when he detonated one of the two bombs that turned the 2013 Boston Marathon into a bloodbath, Tsarnaev seems to have no one in the courtroom — no family, no justice groups.