Originally Posted by noonwitch
There have been a few, but it's mostly been social media.
Christopher Dorner Fans On Facebook, Twitter Call Alleged Cop Killer A 'Hero,' Citing Police Brutality
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 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 Knight."
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 Newtown massacre.
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 alleged killer.
Christopher Dorner: Hollywood anti-hero casts self in real-life drama
Christopher Dorner remains a fugitive, a three-time murder suspect. But to some Christopher Dorner's manifesto raises real issues: He accused the L.A. police of racism and other abuses, and weighed in on his favorite movies and celebrities. Is that why actor Charlie Sheen reached out to Dorner?
By John Rogers, Associated Press / February 12, 2013
It sounds like the plot line to a movie: He's a former LA cop on a violent, rage-filled rampage who will stop at nothing for revenge.
Instead, police say, it is the latest real-life crime story to grip Southern California, a place where fiction frequently blurs with reality and pop culture often plays larger than the truth. Christopher Dorner's alleged killing spree hasn't just terrorized a section of the country — it has captured people's imagination and attention.
As of Monday, the triple-murder suspect had more than 70 Facebook fan pages, some of them with thousands of likes. Many people were going on those pages to call him an American hero, a man of true conviction who is fighting for his beliefs. Others praised him for attempting to fight injustice and racism "by any means necessary," quoting the expression popularized by Malcom X during the 1960s Black Power movement.
Even Charlie Sheen asked the missing suspect to give him a call.
"Let's figure out together how to end this thing," the star of the TV series "Anger Management" says in a 17-second video posted on the website TMZ.com in which he also thanks Dorner for praising him as an actor.
Now, admittedly, Charlie Sheen may not be the guy that you want in your corner to prove that you aren't a lunatic, but this shows that there are some seriously morally bankrupt people out there.