The Tamerlan Tsarnaev case: The nexus of psychopathology and ideology in a lone actor terrorist.

  title={The Tamerlan Tsarnaev case: The nexus of psychopathology and ideology in a lone actor terrorist.},
  author={Patr{\'i}cia Cotti and J. Reid Meloy},
  journal={Journal of Threat Assessment and Management},
  • P. CottiJ. Meloy
  • Published 2 May 2019
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Threat Assessment and Management
This is a psychoanalytic case study of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the terrorist who bombed the Boston Marathon in April, 2013, with the help of his younger brother. The focus is upon the nexus between his psychopathology and ideology, in this particular case an arguable paranoid and psychotic disorder and his growing commitment to radical Islam, culminating in his identification as a jihadist warrior and a renunciation of Western ideals. The theoretical approach is both object relations and… 

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