Dorner was definitely off his nut. He allowed (whatever the facts of) his treatment by LAPD to put him over the edge. No excuse for murder.
The most tragic part of this incident is his disproportionate actions in response....the killing of a girl and her fiancee, tying up an older man and attempting to steal his boat. Tying up older women and stealing their truck. Truck-jacking a man at gunpoint. Then ambusing and killing or wounding police officers who had nothing to do with it.
I spent an hour reading and evaluating his manifesto last night. Insane reaction to an unjust situation, I'm sure. One thing that jumped out at me and may be a small part of the explanation of his actions.....
My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school in Norwalk, CA. A fellow student, Jim Armstrong if I can recall, called me a ni**er on the playground. My response was swift and non-lethal. I struck him fast and hard with a punch and kick. He cried and reported it to a teacher. The principal swatted Jim for using a derogatory word toward me. He then for some unknown reason swatted me for striking Jim in response to him calling me a ni**er. He stated as good Christians we are to turn the other cheek as Jesus did. Problem is, I’m not a f**king Christian and that old book, made of fiction and limited non-fiction, called the bible, never once stated Jesus was called a ni**er. How dare you swat me for standing up for my rights for demanding that I be treated as an equal human being. That day I made a life decision that iI will not tolerate racial derogatory terms spoken to me. Unfortunately I was swatted multiple times for the same exact reason up until junior high. Terminating me for telling the truth of a caucasian officer kicking a mentally ill man is disgusting.
1. Dorner had a problem with "conflict resolution" from a very early age.
2. Dorner never learned that "sticks and stones break bones, but words can't even hurt me"
3. Dorner had a problem with "rationalization". Justifying one's inappropriate actions rather than learning from his mistake.
4. Dorner lost the ability to realize that violence made him the "BAD GUY".
5. Dorner couldn't relate that he was being punished for his own inappropriate response rather than for "being black"
The entire manifesto was a sad, but fascinating look at what happens when one grows up without developing coping skills....and not having something to believe in.
The statement about being terminated for reporting another (caucasian) officer shows the source of his rage.
Dorner is dead, but having read the entire Manifesto, I can agree with one thing hands down:
THE WHOLE CASE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED BY AN INDEPENDENT SOURCE. THINGS HAPPENED WHICH NEED TO BE PREVENTED FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.
I got the impression that members of LAPD have not moved forward ENOUGH since Rodney King and Mark Furman...among others.
Much of what he claims is already proven by evidence.
Just like at the cabin. Where there is smoke, there is fire.