In the latter half of the 1990s, Eric Rudolph emerged as a bit of a folk hero. While a conservative Catholic, he was placed on the Christian Identity/white nationalist spectrum as had Tim McVeigh, a ‘patriot’ gun rights anti-racist–who BTW had a vendetta against the previously discussed, Lon Horiuchi, before him.
Rudolph’s targets—abortion clinics, the Olympics, and homosexual clubs—were not Far Right targets-well, I suppose the Olympics. (The Far Right is generally tolerant of homosexuals and is tolerant of abortion for eugenic reasons.)
Nevertheless, as Gawker notes, Rudolph was a version of a folk hero with t-shirts and bumper stickers (Run, Rudolph, Run!) as he headed into the mountains to allude the Man, as Bonnie & Clyde, Jesse James and Billy the Kid went before.
Chris Dorner has entered the news cycle. The ex-LAPD, military trained, Mr. Dorner, posted a manifesto and has gone rogue with a series of killings, but not exactly thrill or random killings.
While the rightish media has focused on the boilerplater liberalism of Mr. Dorner’s manifesto, fresh off their defense of gun rights as the final check on tyranny, it has downplayed the ‘revenge’ and avenging agent points, where Mr. Dorner details bad language, bullying, abuse of suspects, general corruption amongst supervisors, which apparently in his narrative, led to his dismissal.
His targets have been selected for righteous vengeance, and families are considered fair targets—similar to contemporary Drone logic, certified by the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Price winning President.
Comments on local California news stories appear to show some thought out sympathy and admiration for Mr. Dorner’s cause.
The LAPD is on edge, no doubt, and have made matters worse when six officers opened fire on a pick-up truck that perhaps matched a description. A Hispanic woman was hit twice, and another women escaped with minor injuries, and apparently suffered from not understanding police commands.
Reports indicate that Dorner’s trail has gone cold…literally. Apparently there is reason to believe Dorner has hit the mountains, perhaps having committed suicide, or perhaps not.
Ever the metaphysician, Charlie Sheen, old Matt Eckert avenging his Pa himself, has done a short video asking Mr. Dorner to give him a call, and see if they can figure out a way to work this thing out.
It will be a rather short story, or perhaps drag on a bit longer.