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If a Serial Killer Admired Me


If a serial killer, like Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD cop turned murderer currently terrorizing Californians, said in his manifesto he admired me, I would try to use whatever influence I had with him to talk him out of his cold-blooded rampage and war on his former police department.

But that's just me.

Many days after his leftist-tinged screed was released, I'm still waiting for some of his heroes to do just that — people like CNN's Anderson Cooper, CNN's Piers Morgan, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and, of course, his most beloved public figures of all, Barack and Michelle Obama.

In fact, as far as I can see, the only person praised in Dorner's decree to have reached out to this deeply disturbed psychotic is actor Charlie Sheen.

Sheen recorded a video Saturday, reaching out to Dorner, the triple-murder suspect who is the subject of a massive manhunt.

"You mentioned me in your manifesto, so thank you for your kind words," Sheen said in the message released by TMZ. "I am urging you to call me. Let's figure out together how to end this thing. Call me. I look forward to talking to you."

Dorner had posted on his Facebook page the rambling proclamation in which he mentioned a slew of public figures and celebrities whom he adored or condemned. His message to Mr. Sheen read, "Charlie Sheen, you're effin' awesome."

Dorner also lauded the Obamas, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Colin Powell, Cooper and Morgan, among many others. He also blasted the NRA's Wayne LaPierre, calling him "vile" and "inhumane."

Obama has said nothing. While he claims to love diplomacy and detest force among foreign potentates, he has not uttered a public word to Dorner suggesting he surrender.

Clinton, likewise, highly regarded by the American public for her diplomatic skills, apparently thinks this matter is beneath her. Or perhaps she's embarrassed to be on his most-favored list.

Feinstein, a Californian, no less — and one well-acquainted with the kind of violent deaths Dorner has already inflicted — has also been silent, apparently not wanting to appeal to Dorner's "better angels" on the public-policy issues on which they seem to agree.

Powell, too, has been mum.

Cooper has actually made public comment, but not the kind of public comment one might expect toward an adoring admirer.

He announced on his show a few days ago that Dorner had actually sent him a package.

"It arrived February 1st at our offices at CNN; he sent it to me directly," Cooper said.

"As you can imagine, I get a lot of mail and a lot of it sometimes are from folks who have issues or are disturbed one way or another, so I actually don't end up seeing a lot of the stuff and it usually just gets forwarded on to security folks, as was the case in this."

What was in it? It was a gift.

"He actually sent a coin with three bullet holes in it. It was a coin that formerly belonged to Will Bratton, who was the head of the LAPD, who was his chief," Cooper explained. "That's the coin right there. I don't know if those are actual bullet holes or if he just punched something through them and there are a couple of messages, as well as a DVD."

Cooper went on to say the whole thing was "very strange. It's a very strange feeling."

"He said I should stop interrupting guests," said Cooper. "He had a little advice for me, but he was in general complimentary. ... Anyway, he's still on the loose and police are obviously still looking for him, and it's a very serious situation. If anyone does see him, he is considered armed and dangerous and they should contact their local authorities. It's a crazy, crazy time."

Not once did Cooper try to talk his fan down.

How about Morgan?

"The L.A. cop-killer murder spree has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with deranged criminality," he tweeted last Thursday. "I hope they catch him asap."

Dorner had written about Morgan: "(G)ive Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card. Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100 percent on enacting stricter firearm laws. ... If you had (sic) a well regulated AWB (assault-weapons ban), this would not happen. The time is now to reinstate a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30-round magazine for hunting? Why does anyone need a suppressor? Why does anyone need a AR15 rifle?"

But Morgan, too, didn't have any advice for Dorner to turn himself in. He didn't use his influence with the killer to bring him to justice and end the rampage and manhunt.

Morgan later tweeted that the manifesto is no joke and had harsh words for people like me who pointed out the irony of a stone-cold killer using firearms to promote gun control: "Shocking to see how many gun rights tweeters think this shocking L.A. cop-killer's manifesto is something to joke about. It's not."

Who's joking?

If a serial killer were terrorizing people in my name, I'd do my best to get him to surrender.

Not so with the Obamas, Clinton, Feinstein, Powell, Cooper and Morgan.

They'd apparently sooner let the public forget who their most ardent supporters really are.

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3 Comments | Post Comment
There are services and people trained to deal with terrorists. None of the people or pundits or politicians should address this manifesto. What you don't do is throw fuel on a fire or give credibility to something or someone incredible. Catch him or kill him. No discussion.
Comment: #1
Posted by: morgan
Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:04 PM
I'm not *entirely* certain that giving this guy celebrity publicity is going to be helpful. Note that the only celeb who responded is pretty much insane. So I don't think Farah would respond to the guy because Farah's not insane... no, wait....
Comment: #2
Posted by: Geoffrey James
Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:49 PM
Re: morgan;... I wish he would call me... I would split a million dollars with him if he told me where he was... My bet, however is that he has already neutralized himself... You have to be pretty senseless to handle a steady diet of murder... It does not matter what injustice may be behind it... You can have your day in court but some actions simply cannot be justified... And in the end they do not even give you the dignity of a gallows song... Just a plug in your end, and a needle in your arm and a lullaby to send you into dream land for good...
There used to be so much more dignity in the way natives would burn up their captives with rage and entertainment on the one hand, morality and self expression on the other, and when they cut them loose for the kids to finish off there was hardly enough left of one to run away, but I suppose they always tried... It is amazing how many people manage to live without being cops when for him, the loss of the job was the loss of his dreams and the loss eventually of his life...It is insanity...
I found it possible to live a life where I might die every working day, and I reminded myself of that fact every morning as soon as I got vertical... But I could not face a life where every day I strapped on a gun with the possibility of taking a life...How do they do it, and for what will they kill???... Like so many gun nuts, they will kill for what might easily be replaced...And perhaps they have a point: why should anyone value the life of a person more than that person does himself??? While every one of us may have considered bloodshed at one time or another, it is madness to consider it for even a moment as a serious possibility... I could not make a life on the thought for any amount of money in this world...To me; the man had to be nuts wanting to join an asylum for the insane to have ever countenenced the idea of becoming a policeman...

Thanks... And to Mr. Farah: Madness is as unusual on the left as it is general on the right...People are not made mad by living in their emotions, though they may become distressed or dis-eased by what they must feel in the course of their lives... It is reasonable people, rational, and logical who make the best mad men and criminals... They are as distant from their own emotions as they are from yours or mine... Look at the stick man you all put up for President... Do you think it was really possible, or even polite to lump so many diverse human beings together as the 47%??? The total abstraction of so many unique individuals is the stuff of nightmares, and humanity was correct to take offense... Numbers may illustrate, but never define human life, and the thought of these money counters, that they can tally the worth of each of us and reach a sum total of our value is the beginning of crime because every human life is an infinite moral value, and meaning- that is all of meaning to that person who enjoys or suffers it... Quit calculating on us, and quit feeding off us, and quit estimating how much of meaning you can steal from us without our dying for the want of it...It is inhuman...And it is uncivil...
Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:12 PM
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