Friday, February 08, 2013


What a day!  The region-wide manhunt for Christopher Dorner continued as sun set and the deranged ex-LAPD cop is still on the loose.  At last report more than 125 law enforcement officers were in the mountains around Big Bear last night, searching for him after his truck was discovered burned up near that mountain town Thursday morning.

Personally, as thoroughly as he apparently planned his revenge campaign - which began with the murders of Monica Quan and her fiance', Keith Lawrence last Sunday in an Irvine parking structure - I cannot imagine that he would be foolish enough to get himself stuck on that mountain with only very limited ways to escape.  I suspect he's back on the flat land, intent of continuing his campaign of terror on members of the LAPD and any other cop he runs into.

I've read the unedited version of his manifesto - all 11,500 words of it - and it really rocked me back.  Clearly, something snapped within this man - perhaps after he was released from the Navy - and he's out for retribution.

I've watched the news reports off and on all day yesterday and was amazed at how he seemed to be six hours ahead of "the posse" most of the time.  From trying to hijack a boat in San Diego, to the shoot-out with LAPD cops in Corona and the attack on two unsuspecting Riverside cops a few minutes later that resulted in the death of one of them and the hospitalization of the other, then the burning truck up in Big Bear - it was unbelievable.

I watched the multiple news conferences with multiple chiefs of police from multiple jursidictions as they tried to explain the inexplicable.  I watched LAPD Chief Charlie Beck - a friend - near tears as he described the incident.  I shuddered when, in response to a question about Dorner's skill, he said, "Of course he's good - we trained him!" I watched former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton - a friend - attempt to remember Dorner and the circumstances of the photo (above) showing them shaking hands.  I saw Anderson Cooper display the contents of a package Dorner sent him last week, including a commemorative medallion that Bratton had given Dorner - shot full of bullet holes.  It was surreal!

He apparently was enamored with some local radio personalities - he mentions John and Ken and Bill Handel specifically - but the folks on those shows played that very close to the vest.  Now some folks on Twitter are reporting that Facebook has some support groups, cheering Dorner on!  That is truly sick!  The guy has apparently killed at least 3 people and is gunning for more.

In the meantime, every law enforcement agency in southern California is on edge - as witnessed by the accidental shooting by LAPD officers guarding a potential victim of innocent civilians in Torrance Thursday morning, including a woman and her 71-year-old mother delivering the Los Angeles Times.

The question in my mind tonight is, "Just who is hunting whom?" Dorner makes it clear that HE is the predator and every member of law enforcement he comes across is his prey.  Let's hope the massed presence of the law can find this guy fast and solve the problem.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those folks in law enforcement and especially those targeted by this lunatic.

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Anonymous international harvester said...

time for him to be harvested. we don't need killers in our neighborhoods.

2/08/2013 07:13:00 AM  
Anonymous honeyman said...

I dunno, Geoff. The whole escape by boat thing in SD seemed to bespontaneous and not well thought out. To think he planned a getaway vehicle in Big Bear is a stretch. I don't think he'll kill himself though, I see him going out in a blaze of....whatever.

2/08/2013 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Shrek 6 said...

Let's get Mensy down to his favorite place, JWA, where he can be a temporary sheriff, stand guard, yell at everyone, and be ready to confront Dorner if he shows up there.

Aren't they both environmentalists?

2/08/2013 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

I read the unedited version of the manifesto and this is a rant. I don't doubt there is some corruption and racism in the LAPD, but this seems to be too personal to really be about only that. What I find most disturbing is the online trend to make this man some sort of hero. Shooting the child of someone you dislike is considered heroic? That kind of thinking seeping into our culture is almost more frightening than his actions and threats.

But, what strikes me about all this is the relation to the discussion on gun control. The NRA has been professing that the solution is to keep the guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. So, how do you reconcile this situation where a man who was trained and heralded by the US military and the LAPD who was trained to be expert with weapons, amasses them and then snaps and is clearly mentally ill. People do snap and their danger increases exponentially when they have access to weapons.

I hope this ends with no more innocents being lost, with little more disruption to the surrounding communities and in a way that he gets help, not killed.

2/08/2013 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

He's probably off the mountain by now
and may have found another vehicle.
My heart goes out to the victims families
and I fear for all our law enforcement officers.
This man is well trained, armed and out of his
mind right now.
I hope they find him soon.

2/08/2013 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous No Bull said...

John and Ken?? Are you really pulling this? Dorner also voted for Obama and watches MSNBC!! Oh my god!

In other news, I read both the WSJ and the Huffington Post! SHOCKING!!!

Your efforts to tie this deranged psycho murderer to people with different political views than yourself is just sad...and disappointing.

2/08/2013 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Honeyman, respectfully I must disagree. This is an ex-cop, as indicated, trained by the best. Also, military. It would not be wise to burn out your transportation, if you didn't have an escape route already planned, or another form of transporation ready. I think the badge and items left in San Diego parking lot were diversionary, as is the truck. He most likely was off the mountain by the time the truck lit up. Maybe he had a motorcycle in the back of the truck and rode off in a parka and helmet, and goggles and no one could tell what he looked like, and paid no attention as he wasn't in a truck. Who knows? But it doesn't make sense that he's operating on the fly. Its amusing to second guess the guy.

2/08/2013 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Soul Sister said...

"Control" by definition is an "infringement"; therefore I will assume that all good citizens enact "gun control" by taking their Arms to the range for regular practice, and keeping them properly stored when not in use. For example, a 5" grouping of .45 @ 25' is "gun control" in practice.

Oscar Wilde: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." That is a lot to ask of any person, yet I rely on their silent vigil.

You don't have to literally stand by them in battle; you can "never leave them behind" by continuing to thank every active and former military you come across. Call your Congressmen and make sure they do not vote to cut their medical and family benefits.

I would propose a reconciliation of this situation by living the fading yellow ribbon motto as seen in decreasing numbers on the back of cars;

Nationally, we can all support the USO, Wounded Warriors, Fisher House...

AND because we live in this wonderful City of Costa Mesa, you can find opportunities under the "residents" section of the website, under "Military Affairs"

Ductos Exemplo "to lead by example"

As the Second Amendment still supports the First, where are those that use the First to support the Second?

2/08/2013 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous honeyman said...

No Bull.....HUH?!? It was in his manifesto! I'm guessing reading comprehension wasn't your best subject. may be right, I never thought of the motorcycle in the back of his truck. I just wonder about the "escape" by boat in SD that didn't work. That didn't seem to be planned so expertly.

We will find out soon, is my guess. Everybody knows about this story in this day and age information wise, and he is not one that wouldn't stick out in crowd.

2/08/2013 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Oddly, the first thing I thought of was a motorcycle in the back of the truck....but then again I watch MSNBC.

2/08/2013 10:22:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

No tracks of a bike from the truck.

2/08/2013 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Geoff, you are right about tracks, however, there were tracks leading away from the truck, that they cold not follow due to frozen ground. It could have even been a mile away. But that is just one scenario to think about. That's assuming he had no accomplice.

The way these guys had to dress due to the snow, he could have dressed up just like them and no one would know who is under there. That's a little "Homeland" style for this guy...but it's fun to imagine how he did it. Honeyman is right, eventually we will know if he doesn't commit suicide first.

2/09/2013 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Pride and Prejudice said...

Some are already calling Dorner "The new OJ"

2/09/2013 03:18:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

No sightings for awhile now. I'm betting he's dug in deeper than an Alabama tick.

2/11/2013 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Looks like today might be the day...scary.

2/12/2013 02:01:00 PM  

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