Christopher Dorner: A Coward, Murderer…and a hero to some

Christopher Dorner: Murderer

The rapid staccato sound of gunfire was reminiscent of similar sounds accompanying film clips of the Vietnam war. Only this war unfolded on U.S. soil near Big Bear Lake, California. The shooters—police officers and a man believed to be former LAPD officer/fugitive Christopher Dorner.

You all know Dorner’s story, a tale where he described himself as a victim of the LAPD’s racist good ‘ol boy system. So I won’t go into those details. Instead, I want to focus on Dorner the murderer of innocent citizens and police officers. Dorner, a man angry at his former department, and, apparently anyone in law enforcement who didn’t let him have his way. A cold-blooded murderer of the worst kind.

And then there’s Christopher Dorner, a man many are calling …a hero. Someone who stood up to the LAPD and his superiors. A hero because he didn’t back down, taking his personal war straight to the enemy, facing them head-on, using guns and ammunition to murder his opponent(s). Dorner, a man who crept up on an innocent man and woman, murdering them in cold blood simply because the woman’s father represented Dorner in the proceedings that cost him his badge. Yeah, that’s a hero all right.

Back to the people who praise Dorner and his spree of murders. A quick search on the internet will lead you to Facebook pages in his honor, featuring comments of praise and encouragement. Urging him to kill more police officers. Comments such as:

“This guy is a HERO, someone to stand up against un-constitutional cops and to stop Tryanny. GOD SPEED DORNER!”

“…chris from me, take out as many as you can cause they have no plans on hearing your case, God Bless you brother, Do your thing son.”

“Keep fighting the good fight, man.”

“Keep fighting Christopher!”

“…If you Support the man’s Movement then good for you …”

“Mr Dorner I hope u see that as far as most of the citizens are concerned your name has been cleared. My only hope is that u flee the country and find a place to regain a life and live happily. It’ll b sad to see u die they’re not worth your life.”

“You shot a cop you do it again with out getting cought and i will tip my simbaro to you.”

“I don’t think he shot anyone!! I believe they set him up!! And now its on!! Good luck sir!!”

“i salute u and ya mission no innocent people i f u can help it goddess god bless”

“Very pathetic police force we have in the USA. Disarm these pathetic pigs now.”

“All police precincts are KKK organizations. I hope he gets away with it.”

“He is a hero.”

These comments are just a few of the thousands out there praising Dorner for killing police officers and anyone else who stands in his way. Many of the comments indicate the poster’s joy at the notion of police officers dying. Many express their own desire to have enough courage to kill a few officers.

I ask you, after seeing these comments, is there any solid reason to wonder why police officers are wary when approached by people they don’t know, especially during violent and/or confrontational situations?

Well, Christopher Dorner just may have met his end yesterday in that burning cabin on the side of the snow-covered mountain. Personally, I can only hope the charred body that was found inside is positively identified as Dorner. Besides, life in prison for him would have been grand. Many of his fellow thugs and killers would have seen him as a true hero for killing cops, and they would have catered to his every whim. He’d have had inmates cooking meals for him, cleaning his cell, washing his clothes, shining his shoes, and tending to his other “needs.”

I’m not a big fan of the death penalty, and it is normally my preference to see most killers sentenced to life in prison without parole. I say so because I believe life in prison is far worse than execution, which is a peaceful ending for someone who caused so much pain and grief to others.

As for Dorner, however, I say good riddance to someone who was nothing more than a murdering coward.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims in this case.

*Top photo – CNN

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17 replies
  1. Terri
    Terri says:


  2. Russell
    Russell says:

    It’s absolutely amazing that anyone would look at this guy as a hero. The guy killed several people, kidnapped people and stole cars. I’m sure people are gunna cry that it’s a gun control thing too!

    Clearly this is another example of a person with severe mental problems, not a gun control issue.

    The complaints he had against the LAPD were investigated and found to be unfounded. How can he go on a killing rampage and destroy multiple families, then be seen as a hero?

  3. Marco Vinicio
    Marco Vinicio says:

    The minute he cowardly killed that beautiful couple, he sentenced himself to death. No tears forthcoming from me.

    The law of the jungle then took over, kill or be killed.

  4. René
    René says:

    Crucifixion would’ve been the best punishment to foul criminals like Dorner, just like the Romans dealt with them in ancient times.

  5. SZ
    SZ says:

    Because he was so highly trained, I too await the positive ID of this coward.

    I am with you that life in prison is a better option then the death penalty for two reasons. One, I am economically against it and two, it’s less “attention” paid to them.

    As for those who think he is a hero, they are of criminal minds and criminal hearts. Not the peaceful folk that when we say, right to bare arms, is the sort that actually has respect for any type of weapon.

  6. GunDiva
    GunDiva says:

    It frankly makes me sick that some people are calling him a hero. He is the farthest thing from it and I hope that it was him in the cabin, though I would have prefered he burn to death than shoot himself (as I saw reported – I wasn’t there, so I don’t know the facts).

  7. Diana
    Diana says:

    Watched this tragedy unfold from Australia and we are so sorry for those who lost their lives and their families.

    That man is/was an abomination, a coward, a murderer. Those who call him a hero should be ashamed of themselves, but of course they aren’t and wouldn’t know the meaning of shame if it struck them in the face. Let’s hope they don’t get the notion to use their guns (and I am sure they have them) to “avenge” this dreadful loser.

    I had acquaintance with a former New York police officer on a writing site a few years ago. He wrote his books to let out his grief and the trauma he suffered when attending a particular serial killers death sites. When he finished his last book two years ago, Mike committed suicide.

    We, the public, in any country, cannot begin to comprehend the strength and courage required to be a police officer. Those who denigrate the police service would not last a week in that job, but thank God there are those who can.

  8. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Thanks for the insight, Kathy. I was hoping you’d stop by so everyone could hear from an LAPD insider. And you definitely hit the nail on the head, police work is not for the faint of heart. It’s a tough and thankless job, especially when you risk your life to defend the very people who absolutely hate you. And officers do so time and time again.

  9. Kathy Bennett
    Kathy Bennett says:

    This whole situation is tragic on so many levels. As a retired LAPD officer, I feel deep sorrow for the lives lost and lives forever changed.

    However, Christopher Dorner was NOT a hero and no one to be admired. No matter what happened with the investigation launched by his allegations of wrong-doing, there is no possible excuse or justification to turn into a mass murderer.

    My experience has been, when something of this magnitude occurs, the department looks into itself to see if and how things need to be done differently. It’s my belief that even after Dorner’s allegations of misconduct are reviewed again, there will be a segment of society who will still believe there is a conspiracy of cover-up. It’s a no-win situation.

    Being a police officer is not for the faint of heart – some people, no matter how good their intentions, are not cut out to be cops.

    May the slain civilians and officers rest in peace.

  10. Sally Carpenter
    Sally Carpenter says:

    I worry about all those Internet posters calling Dorner a “hero.” What kind of warped moral compass do they have (or lack)? The NRA wants to arm everyone to keep communities “safe.” Do we want these fans of a cop killer to own a firearm?

    Also, I believe all or most of Dorner’s weaponry was legally purchased but this will probably not be mentioned in the debate over gun control.

  11. Sherry
    Sherry says:

    Sometimes I am still surprised and appalled by people! You’d think I’d be used to nutballs and weirdos and things they say. No One should consider this man a “hero!” A man like Chris Kyle was the true hero and he was buried the same day this criminal died. What a difference in the two men. God bless Chris and the other guy is going in the opposite direction!

  12. Donnell
    Donnell says:

    The older I get I realize I have never understood people’s rationales. Great post, Lee. Prayers and comfort for the people who suffered in this man’s cowardly spree. And while I’m at it, Lord have mercy on Dorner’s soul; he’s going to need it.

  13. Cathy Wiley
    Cathy Wiley says:

    Great post, Lee! I agree that he is a coward.

    I also believe that this is how all murderers should be identified in the media. Call them cowards, losers. Not by name, and not by words like murderer or killer; people associate that with power.

    If the media would focus more on victims of tragedies and less on the perpetrator, then maybe fewer people would do atrocious things like this for fame and glory.

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