The day after “killer cop” Christopher Dorner was presumably killed following a firefight in a rural California cabin, conspiracy theories have swept Twitter asserting that the charred body found in the burned cabin did not belong to Dorner, but to an unidentified female.
A Twitter hoax quickly gained traction on Wednesday, stating that a burned body found in the remains of the cabin did not belong to Christopher Dorner, but rather to an unidentified female. The hoax quickly swept Twitter under the guise of a fake screengrab from CNN. In the fake image, CNN’s news ticker was edited to read “Police: Charred remains are not Dorner. Body found confrimed [sic] to be female.”
The image quickly gained traction on Twitter after being shared by several Twitter accounts related to Anonymous, including @YourAnonNews and @Anon OpsLegion. Despite the misspelling of the word “confirmed” on the fake image, many seemed to buy into the hoax due to its association with Anonymous and a false endorsement from CNN.
"#BREAKING BURNED BODY IS NOT #DORNER. BUT FEMALE! #LAPDFAIL #FTP," read the tweet from @AnonOpsLegion, which was later deleted but lived on in numerous retweets throughout Twitter.
Buzzfeed has compiled a list of tweets spreading false information about the body found in the burned cabin as well a as a legitimate video of CNN’s reporting on the Dorner shooting debunking the Twitter hoax. In actuality, CNN’s news ticker read “Rogue ex-cop Dorner believed dead. Suspect first spotted by Fish & Wildlife officers.”
On Tuesday night, ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was suspected killed in a firefight at a cabin in Big Bear, Calif. San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies surrounded the building, which was soon burned to the ground. Investigators found a single charred body in the burned cabin, which nearly every news organization believes is Dorner’s.
However, many conspiracy theorists and fans of the ex-cop have refused to believe that Dorner perished in the cabin. Dozens of Twitter users have been posting under the #TeamDorner hashtag to support the killer ex-cop and spout theories that Dorner is still alive and on the run.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.