Christopher Dorner’s Anger Began Seven Years Ago

Christopher Dorner's Anger Began Seven Years Ago

The Story Behind the Story

Fugitive Chris Dorner, the man suspected of murdering 3 people, is still evading authorities.  His emotional problems are documented as far back as 2006.  It may have begun with a former relationship.

Court documents from 2006 show that an ex-girlfriend called him, “severely emotionally and mentally disturbed”.

Friday, the Associated Press obtained documents showing ex-officer Dorner unsuccessfully attempted to secure a restraining order against his former girlfriend Ariana Williams.  Dorner was angry with her for posting his badge number on a website called “Dontdatehimgirl.com,  In the posting she called him “twisted” and “super paranoid”, and told other women not to date him.

But the incident that, according to his “manifesto”, began his killing spree, happened on a ride-along in 2007.  He was a probationary officer, riding patrol with a veteran officer, when they were called to the Double Tree Inn in San Pedro, California.  A man by the name of Christopher Gettler was sitting in the lobby, and refused to leave.  Court documents report he had a “glazed look in his eyes”.  The two officers asked him to get up and come speak with them.  He refused.  When Dorner and his training officer, Teresa Evans,  attempted to arrest him, he “took a swing at them”.  Dorner wrestled with him, and they tumbled into a planter in front of the Double Tree.  Evans readied a Taser, and when he continued to resist, she fired the device and subdued him.

From this point on, their stories became quite different.  These differences led to a hearing, his eventual release from the Los Angeles Police Department, and a long court battle to clear his name.

Now, the subject of a manhunt, Dormer wrote in a letter revealed by CNN,  “The attacks will stop when the department states the truth about my innocence,”

It was two weeks after the encounter in San Pedro, when Dorner went to his commanding officer and claimed Evans had kicked Gettler while he was handcuffed, and laying on the ground.  The internal investigation dismissed Dorner’s complaint In 2008 when three hotel employees who witnessed the incident called the accusation untrue.  The investigator’s report now turned its attention to Dorner:  “The delay in reporting the alleged misconduct coupled with the witness’ statements irreparably destroy Dorner’s credibility, and bring into question his suitability for continued employment as a police officer,”  The report found Dorner had made false statements to a superior and recommended his dismissal.  In January 2009, the department’s ‘Board of Rights recommended his termination.  Dorner sued, but lost in both the trial court and the court of appeals.

In his lawsuit, Dorner argued that the Board had ignored statements by both Gettler and his father that he had been kicked twice in the upper body and once in the face.  But Gettler’s father’s statements conflicted with his son’s, and Gettler’s mental illness “affected his ability to give an accurate account of the incident,” as the Court of Appeals of California put it in October 2011.  The Board added that Dorner may have had an ulterior motive for his complaint.  According to Evans, he was going to receive an unsatisfactory review.  Evans’ statement read:  “He was going to receive an unsatisfactory probationary rating if he did not improve his performance,”

High School and College friends, as well as neighbors are surprised at the turn of events.  They all described him as quiet, respectful, and a nice man who was always smiling.  (I had coffee once with O.J. Simpson over 40 years ago, I described him the same way.)

Dorner’s release from the LAPD, eventually cost him his career with the U.S. Navy as well.  “This is my last resort,” he wrote. “The LAPD has suppressed the truth, and it has now led to deadly consequences.”

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

7 Responses to "Christopher Dorner’s Anger Began Seven Years Ago"

  1. Frank   February 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Matthew,
    I’m sure Ted Kaczinski’s “manifesto” was well written too. I believe anyone who writes a “manifesto” is delusional. This guy may well have been wronged but now he is gone.

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  2. Jaime Andres Pretell   February 10, 2013 at 5:50 am

    His manifesto is impressive, and highly narcissistic. It is all about him and his rights, but he still killed an innocent engaged couple that did nothing wrong to him. At the end, a sociopath. An intelligent well articulated one, but still a sociopath.

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  3. Brian   February 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Matthew . . . I will have to agree with you. His manifesto was well written. Perhaps very little has changed since Rodney King. Thank you for suggesting we read it for ourselves. It’s unfortunate they deleted names of officers accused by Dorner.

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  4. Matthew G Roberts   February 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    i am going to have to rescind some of the statements i made before. more and more details… and theres too much info coming out now (to develop a static opinion) for now, its just really fu**ed up. hope it works out… damn

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  5. Matthew G Roberts   February 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    all in all. an eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind and this is a very sensitive situation and from the public eye it should be approached as such, until and if there is any resolution or peace for the victims.

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  6. Matthew G Roberts   February 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    His manifesto is actually very impressive. I ask everyone to read his manifesto before jumping to conclusions/judgement based on media/or other peoples opinions, as we all seem to do. Chris Dorners case is about much more then just the event in manifesto where Ofcr. Teresa Evan used excessive force against suspect Christopher Gettler in 2007. It is about corruption, racism, and scandals that are not limited to law enforcement, government, criminal organizations, the corporate world, etc, etc. I believe, as Americans, we are all in this boat together with Chris Dorner. I could see this happening to many different people, even tho Dorner has taken the most drastic/extreme of measures. This might be the most interesting current event that ive read about recently. esp for California. As I type this, there is a manhunt underway (which has been hindered by a snowstorm) for Chris Dorner, literally right now in Big Bear, Ca…he left his badge is San Diego, Ca two days ago after attempting to steal a boat, the manhunt partially began here in southern california; as a waypoint i believe: a distraction, or to deter his seekers. He is now on the lam and it appears nature is on his side (the storm causing problems for SWAT in riverside county/big bear) When you read his manifesto you’ll see he was just another normal/ordinary person, although a police office in los angeles (and reading his plenty of different bios only, subjected to prejudice, slander, etc/other issues..before the murders few days ago, he was actually a good person for the most part, he stood up for other people at least, when they couldnt, too see it come down to all this is tragic but “necessary” he states..transparency for corruption for the LAPD through these tragic circumstances?) it seems he was simply pushed too far, wrongfully accused, slandered and libeled against by, withAND/ORwithout the organizations he was affiliated with-Before he committed the murders and as his story unfurls… He is X-LAPD / Navy (I will not comment on the media claims) However, this could be one of the most important stories of 2013(current events at least to be an example here) by the time its over…if its over.. His manifesto is actually very insightful in some ways into how “we the people” and as law abiding good nature human beings can only be pushed so far, before something like this happens. There is no doubt he is guilty of committing several atrocious crimes(murder), however, I urge everyone to read his manifesto before jumping to conclusions/judgement based on media/or other peoples opinions.

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  7. Matthew G Roberts   February 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    His manifesto is impressive. I ask everyone to read his manifesto before jumping to conclusions/judgement based on media/or other peoples opinions, as we all seem to do. Chris Dorners case is about much more then just the event in manifesto where Ofcr. Teresa Evan used excessive force against suspect Christopher Gettler in 2007. It is about corruption, racism, and scandals that are not limited to law enforcement, government, criminal organizations, the corporate world, etc, etc. We are all in this boat together with Chris Dorner now. This might be the most interesting current event that ive read about recently. esp for California. As I type this, there is a manhunt underway (which has been hindered by a snowstorm) for Chris Dorner, literally right now in Big Bear, Ca…he left his badge is San Diego, Ca two days ago where the manhunt partially began; as a waypoint i believe: a distraction, or to deter his seekers. He is now on the lam and it appears nature is on his side. When you read his manifesto you’ll see hes just another normal/ordinary person/police office in los angeles (and reading his real bios. was actually a good person for the most part) who was simply pushed too far, wrongfully accused, slandered and libeled against by, withAND/ORwithout the organizations he was affiliated with-Before he committed the murders and as his story unfurls… He is X-LAPD / Navy (I will not comment on the media claims) However, this could be one of the most important stories of 2013 by the time its over…if its over.. His manifesto is actually very insightful in some ways into how “we the people” and as law abiding good nature human beings can only be pushed so far, before something like this happens. I urge everyone to read his manifesto before jumping to conclusions/judgement based on media/or other peoples opinions.

    Reply

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