Twitter Hoax Claims Body Found In Burned Cabin Belonged To A Female, Not Christopher Dorner

on February 13 2013 6:27 PM
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A fake screengrap from CNN stating that the burned body found in the Big Bear, Calif. cabin did not belong to Christopher Dorner, but an unidentified female. Twitter

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.

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