The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

February 14, 2013

Hunt for suspected killer Christopher Dorner became much ‘stranger than fiction’

ENID, Okla. — Truth is stranger than fiction, particularly in the Christopher Dorner case.

Authorities have positively identified the body in the cabin in Big Bear, Calif., as Dorner.

And officials haven’t decided about the $1 million reward for his capture and conviction. Since neither has happened to Dorner, the two hostages responsible for alerting the authorities don’t expect to get a dime.

It all started with Dorner’s rambling manifesto that mentioned Enid as a former city of residence. We thought he sounded familiar. A Navy spokesman said Dorner served at various aviation training units from July 4, 2002, to June 15, 2004.

Vance Air Force Base never confirmed he was stationed in Enid, but a 2002 News & Eagle article chronicled his hand in returning a bank bag containing nearly $8,000 in cash and checks to an area church. Online readers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom viewed the archived article at EnidNews.com.

The story unfolded like a gritty Hollywood script. The Los Angeles Police Department opened fire in two cases of mistaken identity, according to the Los Angeles Times. The first misguided barrage involved an unsuspecting man driving a pickup, while the second mishap involved women delivering newspapers.

We hate the sound of that. It’s an embarrassing process of elimination if you’re opening fire on the wrong people. Talk about giving the LAPD a bad name.

In a scene reminiscent of the televised O.J. Simpson chase, news broke of Dorner’s standoff as the president prepared for the State of the Union.

As the investigation wound down, an odd, unconfirmed footnote arose.

“Dorner has become the first human target for remotely controlled airborne drones on U.S. soil,” London’s Express newspaper reported Feb. 10. “The thermal imaging cameras the drones use may be our only hope of finding him. On the ground, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

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