The Spree Killer

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The first quarter of 2013 turned grim for a select few officers and bystanders, who came under fire due to the revenge plots of Christopher Jordan Dorner. Dorner had previously been part of the Los Angeles Police Department serving two terms from 2005-2006, and 2007-2008 before he was terminated. Preceding his work in the police force, Dorner had joined the Navy and received training in river warfare units, and was eventually rated as a rifle marksman and pistol expert. These periods in Dorner’s life are pivotal in explaining and analyzing his rationale and methodology for the several deaths that occurred in February of 2013. Dorner’s killings would appear to be a part of a crime series, as detailed in the words from the manifesto he released…show more content…
Due to Dorner’s various act being linked together as a result of a singular event by classification he fits the mold of a spree killer. By definition a spree killer is an assailant who moves from place to place in rapid succession and who commits multiple murders at each location. In Dorner’s case, victims involved thru the span of his stint included law enforcement officers, their families, and civilians misidentified as the suspect (injured by police not Dorner). His M.O. (Modus operandi) was to take lethal action against those involved in sullying his reputation. In the evening hours within the city of Irvine, Dorner’s spree began. On February 3, 2013, twenty-eight year old Monica Quan, and her fiancé, twenty-seven year old Keith Lawrence, were found shot to death in Lawrence's parked white Kia Optima, outside their condominium complex. Quan was the daughter or Randal Quan, a former Los Angeles Police Department captain, and lawyer who formerly represented Dorner during Dorner's dismissal hearing from the LAPD. The following day Dorner’s manifesto was posted online, which imparted Dorner’s rationalization toward the pursuit of violent action. Randal Quan and his family had been part of the list of those Dorner felt had betrayed him. Three days later on February 6th the authorities named Dorner a suspect in the Irvine killings. The following day two Riverside police…show more content…
Crime analysis is primarily oriented towards assisting a department in meeting the basic objectives of crime prevention such as: suppression, apprehension, and the recovery of stolen property. In the tactical span of this type of analysis, operations are used alongside data in order to identify immediate problems, and promote a quick response to field situations. Regarding Dorner’s situation, tactical analysis was vital in expediting the process of Dorner’s capture. By having such a quick response to the immediate danger of those listed in his manifesto, law enforcement were able to preserve the lives of majority recorded. By using criminal investigative analysis, major personality and behavioral characteristics of an offender can be identified. These characteristics presented themselves in Dorner’s manifesto as he described himself in the following way, “Most of you… are saying to yourself that this is completely out of character of the man you knew who always wore a smile wherever he was seen. No one grows up and wants to be a cop killer. It was against everything I've ever was”. Dorner’s mind-state appears to be somewhat stable as he meanders through his manifesto, but the homicides that ensued after proved otherwise. The victimology of those involved in the shootings, were a direct result of people, and families Dorner felt

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