At the center of it all was Christopher Dorner, an ex-cop accused of the deaths of four people. However, the entire scene hit its climatic end when the cabin Dorner was attempting to hideout in burst into flames. Explosions occurred.
Finally, the charred remains of a body were identified as the suspect and the entire case was wrapped up with a nice little bow.
However, there are some who believe that everything is just a little too neat. Many contend that the story reported across the country is not the real story. There are conspiracy theories about every facet of the Christopher Dorner case, but the big question is . . . do they hold water?
The conspiracy theories began as quickly as the manhunt for Dorner.
One such theorist claimed that the entire shooting was a hoax and never happened. (1)
The YouTube poster, Dave J, claimed that the hoax was a cooperative effort by the media and police. What did the two get out of the joint effort? Well, according to that particular theorist, the media gets a ratings boost and the police could use the ruse to tighten their control over the public.
Nevertheless, as the Dorner case raged on, most people dismissed this particular theory as rubbish. Nevertheless, the theories still flowed in, even more so when police claimed to have identified his body.
How Did They Know the Body was Dorner’s?
Once police stated they had identified that the burned corpse found in the cabin was Dorner and that he was identified by dental records and the contents of his wallet, theorists claimed the pieces did not add up.
For starters, there was the wallet, a convenient piece of evidence that survived the blaze. It was that convenience that sparked much of the speculation. Not only was the convenience an issue, but according to the media, the wallet appeared to have showed up at three different locations.
Once again, shoddy journalism is fuel for the conspiracy fire. However, who was it convenient for? There are theorists who believe the wallet was a police plant. Yet there are others who contend that it was just another piece of evidence planted by the highly trained Christopher Dorner.
The conspiracy theory revolves around the idea that Christopher Dorner was able to perpetrate an exit strategy right out of Chuck Russell’s Eraser.
Basically, the theory is that Dorner was somehow able to plant a body along with his dental impressions to fool the police into calling off the manhunt. Though a creative and interesting scenario (Hollywood has been cashing in on the idea of faking a death for years) there is no real proof that Dorner executed such an exit strategy. Yet, believers of the theory would argue that his military training is proof enough.
One of the theories gaining a tremendous amount of steam is the idea that the LAPD was out to silence Dorner. (2)
Dorner testified on allegations that he witnessed the use of excessive force by an LAPD officer. Shortly after he reported the alleged abuse, he was terminated from the LAPD.
Many of the witnesses who came in contact with Dorner stated that he told them that he only wanted to “clear” his name. Moreover, there are conflicting reports that either the police intentionally set the cabin on fire to flush Dorner out or that pyrotechnic tear gas canisters fired by the police accidently set the cabin on fire. At least how the media portrayed the LAPD, it did not appear that law enforcement had any plans in bringing Dorner in alive.
Is There Any Hard Evidence?
A quick rundown of the conspiracy theories could allow us to make some safe assumptions. The idea that the entire case was a hoax is total bunk.
Dorner was fired from his job, those victims did die, and there was a standoff at that cabin in the woods.
The police planting the wallet on someone other than Dorner in that burnt out cabin; harder to disprove, but highly unlikely. Accordingly to reports, Dorner was not going to stop the shootings. The police needed him either in jail or dead.
The idea that Dorner could pull off a Hollywood style escape is a fascinating idea, but again, highly unlikely. For all intents and purposes, Dorner was trapped with nowhere to go. Furthermore, such an escape leaves more questions than answers.
–> Where did he get the body he left behind?
–> Did he shoot a corpse?
–> Did he shoot a person in the head?
–> How did he fake the dental impressions?
–> How did he get out unseen?
Finally, the last theory, that the LAPD was out to get Dorner, holds more water than any of the others. The police appeared to have a shoot first ask questions second philosophy when pursuing him. Also, the case wrapped up a little too clean. And it seemed to have begun with Dorner’s allegations of police brutality.
However, like with any good conspiracy theory, the hard evidence is just not there to prove any of these. Until more information comes to light, the official story will have to do. Yet, be sure that the conspiracy theorists will not accept it.