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S Fringe fans hail cop killer Christopher Dorner as ‘hero’ online: report The vendetta-driven cop killer developed a devoted following of crackpots online, who saw Dorner as a victim, not a bloodthirsty killer. BY PHILIP CAUFIELD / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013, 8:45 AM
AP PHOTO/LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer, killed two police officers in separate incidents, including during Tuesday's shootout at the cabin near Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County.
Before his death, Christopher Dorner inspired an online following of devoted fans who hailed him as a hero, not a killer, CNN reports. Two Facebook pages - "We Stand with Chris Dorner" and "We Are All Chris Dorner" collected more than 20,000 followers in the days leading up to vengeful cop-slayer's apparent death on Tuesday. PHOTOS: CHRIS DORNER MANHUNT Supporters claimed the 33-year-old ex-LAPD cop and Navy vet was a "victim" and the target of a "smear campaign." The alleged lunatic gunman was wanted for a series of shooting attacks that left four dead -- including two cops, the innocent daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiancé -- and four wounded.
KCBS LOS ANGELES/CBS NEWS The burned down cabin in Big Bear, Calif., where Dorner engaged in gun battle with authorities.
On Twitter and Facebook, the crackpot fans posted message of outrage after Dorner's apparent death in a California cabin, set ablaze during a final shootout with police. RELATED: WATCH IT: COPS' GUN BATTLE WITH CHRISTOPHER DORNER "Apparently burning people alive is now considered appropriate behavior for the police. Judge, jury and executioner," one user tweeted, according to CNN. Meanwhile, Dorner's suspected death has left questions over who would receive the $1 million bounty Los Angeles officials offered for his capture.
FACEBOOK A Facebook page in support of Dorner, 'We Stand With Christopher Dorner.' RELATED: EX-LAPD GUNMAN WAS 'PROFESSIONAL,' SAY HOSTAGES LAPD Officer Alex Martinez told the Associated Press it was unlikely anyone would receive the money -- the largest ever reward offered in Southern California -because the reward referred to Dorner's capture and conviction. If the money were to be awarded, candidates would likely include two cleaning women who said they came upon Dorner at the cabin where he'd been hiding, and
Rick Heltebrake, whose says Dorner carjacked his truck before his final firefight with authorities. With News Wire Services