Call it the "Dark Knight Complex." In the age of the
Internet and social media, behind certain high-profile alleged
murderers, there are loyal fans.
Supporters of Christopher Dorner, the former LA policeman turned "cop
killer," have shown up online, with tweets and fan pages on Facebook.
Some call Dorner a "hero" for writing a nine-page manifesto alleged on racism and corruption within the LAPD.
Numerous supporters on Twitter are calling the alleged murderer a "Dark Knight." One Facebook page calls him
"the hero LA deserves, but not the one it needs right now ... He's a
silent guardian, watchful protector against corruption, he's our Dark
The vast majority of Americans are horrified that Dorner declared "war" on the LAPD and has allegedly killed three individuals
so far. But the public disgust seems to add fuel to the fire for his
followers, as it does with skeptics of 9/11, the Aurora massacre and the
However, it is clear that Dorner's fans have a more issue-driven focus than, for example, the fans, or "Holmies," of alleged Aurora shooter James Holmes.
Dorner's supporters say the media should be focusing on police
brutality and officer-involved deaths as much as they are on this
Police are desperately continuing a massive manhunt across three
states and Mexico in search of Dorner, who claims he was fired by a
racist, corrupt police force. In their search for the dangerous police-
and military-trained man, officers accidentally shot two innocent Latina
women Thursday. Some of Dorner's fans have criticized the incident as
an example of the police's "shoot first, ask later" approach and say
Dorner is giving police a taste of their own medicine.
"This is an intelligent man who has stared into the dark heart of
corruption," Ruth Iorio, a 33-year-old LA screenwriter, wrote to
HuffPost in a Facebook message. "Now he's taking vengeance upon it,
trying to turn the LAPD into the victims they have persecuted, including
Kendrec McDade, Alisia Thomas and Kelly Thomas."
Edward D., 25, told HuffPost that he started the Facebook fan page "Christopher Dorner"
to "wake up the citizens and force police departments to change their
ways. If they learn from this, it shouldn't happen again." He continued,
quoting President Kennedy, in a Facebook message, "'Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable.' -JFK"
The individual behind the Facebook page "I support Christopher Jordan Dorner" explained to HuffPost that he started the page to steer the conversation away from Dorner's mental health.
"I knew that the media was going to turn this into just another 'He's
a psycho ex-cop ex-military that went insane' story, and wanted to show
that there was more to what was going on than that," the individual,
who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote in a Facebook message. "There is a
huge underlying story of police corruption and the plight of a man that
tried his best to do good but was relentlessly punished for it."
The page has over 2,000 likes as of Friday afternoon.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/08/christopher-dorner-fans-facebook-twitter_n_2647754.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular