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February 11th, 2013
03:31 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Dr. Amador on the mind of Christopher Dorner; Chris Swecker says Dorner is a "triple threat"

With a manhunt still underway in California, on Friday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Dr. Xavier Amador to share new insight and perspective on the psychology of Christopher Jordan Dorner, the man suspected of targeting and murdering three people related to the Los Angeles Police department.

Joining guest host Chris Cumono live via Skype, the founder and director of the LEAP Institute reviewed the entire case file, digesting exactly what led to Dorner's dismissal from the LAPD, and surmising that there was "absolutely no basis in reality for his [Dorner's] complaints that he was mistreated, that there was any kind of police corruption."

Joining the program for the second time in as many days, Amador defended the LAPD in their process of evaluating, and eventually firing Dorner:

"This is a very, very thorough, carefully done investigation, from my reading of it," he said, regarding analysis of the case file. "The finding in the complaint, his being dismissed from the LAPD, and asking for help, desperately asking for help after - all this happened one month after he returned from Iraq."

Friday's program also saw Chris Swecker speaking live with Cuomo, offering context as to how Dorner's military and police training make him an extremely difficult foe:

"He's sort of the triple threat," said the former assistant director of the FBI. "He's a cop killer. He's a former police officer. And he's got military training, and he's heavily armed."

"He has all of the knowledge of trade craft and all of the techniques that would be used to locate him and track him down," continued Swecker.

That said, Dorner's pedigree and background figure to get him only so far:

"I wouldn't describe any superhuman qualities to him just because he has some police training," said Swecker. "As time goes by, he loses the initiative. Fatigue sets in. He is at a disadvantage."

Watch the clip and listen to the interviews as Swecker and Amador each offer their analysis of the ongoing LA manhunt, specifically, the man that's being hunted.
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  1. Jonny

    It's amazing how the media is portraying this, juxtaposed with the almost folk hero status people who live in LA are giving this guy. Granted, he's killed innocent people, but he's being given cult hero status in Los Angeles for trying to do things the right way, getting nowhere, and taking it into his own hands. Citizens of LA have long known about the problems in the LAPD organization, and this guy could end up being viewed as a martyr for change... in the unlikely event that the LAPD ever actually has to answer for their crimes....

    February 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      Please don't generalize and say that people in LA are giving him folk hero status. That's ridiculous. Most people in LA want him caught and do not condone his actions.

      I also think that we need to provide veterans with better access to psychological services when they come home. All these people claim to support the troops, but they won't spend any money to help them. This whole thing is very sad. I hope they catch Dorner ASAP.

      February 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • concerned

      So... They are offering a MILLION DOLLARS for the "arrest, apprehension, and conviction" of this guy. If he is shot on sight – no reward. How uncomfortable would it be for his trackers to give this guy his day in court and allow him to drag their names through the mud? Just askin. They have no intention of takining him into custody OR paying a reward. Why didn't anyone point this out at the press conference? No BALLS – these so-called reporters need to grow a pair.

      February 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • C Johnson

      Is Piers Morgan a fraud?

      February 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. brandy

    you mean, folk hero like the ones in the movies??? i think i've seen denzel in both sides of this story...

    February 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Virginia Resident

    Amador is wrong, likely very biased, in saying there's "absolutely no basis" for Dorner's complaints. I too read the entire report of Dorner's complaint/dismissal. There was nothing to prove that he LIED about his fellow officer (kicking that mentally ill guy). The witnesses merely testified that they 'didn't see' Teresa Evans kicking the guy. In case you don't know, it was a scuffle in a set of bushes. Yet LAPD went so far as to conclude that Dorner lied about the kicking, and that's the grounds they used to fire him. But really, Dorner just couldn't prove convincingly with evidence that his partner kicked the suspect. That's different from lying.

    I believe there is a basis for his qualms. At least that possibility exists. So I think its wrong for Amador to assert the whole thing is a fantasy.

    February 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Michael

    This SoCal Rambo killer probably has some kind of combat stress problem. As of now this guy has killed 3 people and the police have tried to kill 3 people.

    February 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. bradfordpark

    Is this guy Dr. Amadaor stupid? Originally when Dorner was first fired, the court ruled that Dorner LIED about Teresa Evans kicking the mentally disabled man. However, when Dorner appealed the decision in 2010, the judge ruled that it was "UNCERTAIN" whether Teresa Evans kicked the mentally disabled man or not. The appeal decision should have gotten Dorner his job back because the latter court decision just proved that Dorner was fired based upon insufficient evidence. The fact that he wasn't reinstated by the LAPD represents corruption on its part.

    February 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      Dorner was on probation, and during probation they can fire you for any number of reasons. The man is unstable.

      February 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Greene Ghost

    The "doctor" – a paid hack – is exhibit "A" of how the media doesn't quite get it about Chris Dorner, pushed to the extremes by an indifferent establishment culture, often rife with its own inconsistencies, protectionism, and outright duplicity. It is Amador who is delusional.

    February 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. caralampia

    CNN please report about the fact that the police are going around shooting first and asking questions later. They have gunned down a 70 year old woman and her daughter delivering newspapers in a truck. Apparently there was another as well but I seem to never be able to find anything on CNN about these incidents only comments from a Doctor who seems desperate for the public to believe he knows best about this guy and that EVERYTHING he said in his manifesto is fantasy. Why is that? The police need to take a hard look at how they handled this case and ask why it is that they spend so much to protect themselves, but the general public not so much.

    February 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. larry johnson...

    this dorner guy obviously knows thew area he burned out his truck...maybe he knows the many abandoned gold mines in that area...i prospected myself west of LA 40 years back....he may be underground and hopefully deceased

    February 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Seeker of the Truth

    This guy here. According to him the reasoning that Dorner didn't get the training that he was asking for was because his patrolling officers said that he wasn't functioning at the appropriate level. Now it is to my understanding, having read his manifesto as well, that during this same time the LAPD said his functioning was below par, he held top secret security codes for the U.S. Military, who apparently did not think his functioning was below par. The example given to reinforce that he wasn't functioning was about standing on a sidewalk completely unprotected and talking to a suspect they (LAPD) thought was armed. Maybe Dorner didn't see that individual as threatening. He obviously has an above average skill set, in my opinion, to be able to assess that situation. Oh, isn't that why there is "back up" within police forces.

    February 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. geeg

    This Dorner guy is a perfect example of good guys with guns going back and gives America even more cause for sane and rational gun control!

    February 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Tom

    In the country called America, every black man should have a gun, maybe even two

    February 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. skiimaan

    OMG. All long I thought Dorner insanely blamed his personal problems on other people then he's gone as a mad man to murder them. But now, with this, "Dorner … desperately asking for help after – all this happened one month after he returned from Iraq," I think there may be some super paranormal activity going on.
    Just a few weeks ago, an ex-marine suffering from Post-Trauma Stress Disorder shot, killed the "American Sniper" aka the Devil of Ramadi. Both men have been to the Iraq, the Middle East.
    Some gruesome details in the American Sniper case:
    1. The faceless Devil of Ramadi took 150 lives in Iraq.
    2. The faceless Devil of Ramadi was IDed as the "American Sniper" on his own book cover. The 150 kills were noted in the book.
    3. The sister of the ex-marine told the police her brother was saying people were sucking his soul and that he could smell the pigs.
    4. The American Sniper was shot dead by the ex-marine.
    I think PTSD is nothing but being haunted by the ghosts of war, some ghosts might have come from wrongful deaths. By death, the soul of the Devil of Ramadi might have been pulled into another world with empty hands to meet one hundred fifty souls to continue the war, but it’s severely lopsided. The odd for the soul of the Devil of Ramadi to come out “alive” is 1 against 150 or 1 in 150 or 1/150 or 0.00666 or 0.666%.
    Dorner has been to Iraq. The Riverside officer whom he killed has also been to the Middle East according to the news. Could Dorner be a victim of PTSD or haunted by the ghosts of war? Is the “have been to Iraq, the Middle East” just some coincidence? I do not know. We know “how” Dorner killed, but the “why” can be speculated by anyone through his/her own looking glass.

    February 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. skiimaan

    I forgot to raise one more question. Are the ghosts of war "borrowing" Dorner to go after their targets?

    February 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sandy

    Watching Donny and his guests on Moday night...STOP SHOUTING!!!!!! Who are these people who sound like they are screaming banshees, shouting over each other and not making any sense. I turn on this program for enlightenment and conversation, not watching a shouting match. I hope the whole week is not going to be like this.

    February 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Huge security operation at the funeral .

    February 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. M Bradford

    It's highly unforntunate Mr. Dorner has been treated this way by the police and all others! Mr. Dorner was trained to kill by all of our civil service, and now they want to kill him. Is'nt that an oxymoron? Why wouldn't they expect this behavior from him, the country is based on violence, our country trains Police Officers, Navy, Army, Marines, and Airforce to inflict death upon civilians, and now they expect for someone who has clearly been wronged by our reckless /curupt system (Police) to except what they've done to him.

    I pray he is not found, I sincerely hope that he is able to get away with what he's done. It serves the Police Force right after all of the racist, hatred, senseless beatings, shootings, framing and covering ups the Police Force has done over time, and for once it's nice to see someone seek revenge especially an African American who has been destroyed over time from all of the Police Forces in the US. What goes around comes around, I hope he completes his mission, that way perhaps they can see for once what is feels like to feel such depth of hurt and pain.

    February 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ct of angels?

      You said it all sir. Evidently having integrity is a crime in the LAPD.

      February 12, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • May G

      This man murdered an innocent woman and her husband. Really? You hope he gets away with it?

      February 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Mark Dye

    This is stunning. "Is there anything there that fuels the basis of righteous revenge?: Are you kidding? How 'bout witnessing what has just occurred? This shrink is simply a defender of the status quo. Dorner was fired for filing a false report re his superior; it has been proven that the superior did kick the victim–hence the report was not false at all. He wasn't fired for all the things this shrink brings up–crying, instability, etc. The guy is a veteran newly returned from Iraq–my god, he might be a slight bit emotional. Is this the way we treat our vets? I obviously don't defend the extreme path Dorner chose, but to say there's not a scrap of justification is an abomination.

    February 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. kelly

    some people can only take so much before they explode. a cop ran me over and i lost a leg because i was joyriding. l felt like killing the 2 cops involved or removing their legs but lived a depressed life instead. this happened when i was 16. i am in my 50's now. this happeded from toronto cops, not L.A. If he was wrongfully dismissed and lost the money needed to carry on a mddle class lifestyle, sent him off to seek justice of his own. it now seems like the cops did their own justice by burning him alive. i think people are beginning to understand that there is a large number of cops who themselve commit serious crimes. we all believe there are some good cops, but burning a suspect alive is not a good cop.

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