The manhunt for ex-LAPD officer and multimurder suspect Christopher Dorner that ended in the San Bernardino Mountains earlier this month was one of the largest in the history of California and the western United States.
Hundreds of officers from local, state and federal agencies were involved in the search for Dorner, who is believed accountable for four killings in the space of ten days: a former LAPD captain's daughter and her fiancé in Irvine on Feb. 3, Riverside police Officer Michael Crain on Feb. 7, and San Bernardino County sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay on Feb. 12.
Crain and MacKay had ties to Redlands, Yucaipa and Beaumont.
A detailed breakdown of personnel devoted and costs expended for the Dorner manhunt was not available for this report. Other high-profile manhunts in California and the western U.S. have included:
- The 1909 search for Willie Boy, a Chemehuevi or Paiute Indian suspect wanted for murder in Banning in the San Gorgonio Pass, for a century was called the largest manhunt in San Bernardino County history. It was also dubbed "the West's Last Famous Manhunt." Willie Boy was wanted for killing Mike Boniface in September 1909 for frustrating his attempts to marry a teenaged girl who lived at the Gillman Ranch. The girl was found shot to death during the search, which led a mounted posse of lawmen and deputized volunteers to Ruby Mountain, near Landers. Willie Boy was found shot to death on Ruby Mountain in mid-October 1909.
- Bank robber John Dillinger escaped from an Ohio county jail in 1933, robbed several banks with his gang in the Midwest and was spotted in El Paso, Texas, before he was re-captured in Tucson, Arizona. He was extradited to Indiana, where he escaped again, according to historians. In July 1934, he was shot and killed by law enforcement at the Biograph Theater in Chicago. Dillinger gang members were believed responsible for more than a dozen killings of law enforcement officers.
- The so-called Zodiac Killer remains unidentified and at large more than 40 years after he murdered high school students Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday in the Bay Area. Investigators believed he was responsible for seven murders, in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco, though he claimed 37 in the coded letters he wrote to Bay Area news outlets. He continued to bait the media and law enforcement through at least 1974, according to historians.
- Serial killer Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer, was convicted of more than 45 murders of girls and women in Washington state in the 1980s and 1990s, and he is believed to have killed more than 70. Many of his victims were alleged prostitutes. Ridgway was arrested in 1982 and 2001 on charges related to prostitution, and again in 2001 on suspicion of four murders. Ridgway is currently serving a life sentence without parole at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
- The Donald Kueck standoff in the Antelope Valley ended with Kueck's death in a fiery shootout in August 2003. Kueck, an unemployed drug addict with a criminal record dating back to the 1990s, had admitted to killing a deputy at his remote Mojave Desert hide-out, authorities said. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said the tactic of setting fire to a shed with flares to drive the suspect out was "unorthodox," the Los Angeles Times reported. But the action was justified because the man was "using deadly assault weapons against us," Baca said.
Funerals for the people believed killed by Dorner took place in the past two weeks. Questions remain about the manhunt in the San Bernardino Mountains, distribution of the $1 million reward offered before Dorner's death at a burned-out cabin in Seven Oaks, and the Los Angeles Police Department's investigation of Dorner's claims of discrimination and racism at the LAPD.
Numerous news outlets, including Redlands-Loma Linda Patch, have requested release of 911 recordings and radio transmissions during Dorner's final hours. Attorneys for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department have indicated they intend to release portions of the records, but as of noon Feb. 26 it was not clear when they would be released.
A pdf copy of county lawyers' response to the Redlands-Loma Linda Patch request for sheriff's records is attached to this report.
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- Riverside Chief at Slain Detective's Funeral: 'We Won't Forget the Families'
- PHOTOS: Detective Who Faced Dorner 'Died So Others Would Not Have To'
- Funeral for Sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay is Today in NW San Bernardino
- UPDATE: Slain Detective 'Wanted to Intervene When Others Were Being Hurt'
- DORNER REWARD: 'Due to High Volume of Calls' LAPD Issues Statement
- Dorner Death Scene: SWAT Captain Details Fugitive Ex-Cop's Final Hours
- Candlelight Vigil for Sheriff's Detective Slain in Final Confrontation with Dorner
- Funeral for Sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay: Date and Time Announced
- REDLANDS MOURNS: Slain Detective is Second Local Victim Tied to Dorner
- DORNER'S LAST STAND: Fugitive Kept Trying to Shoot More Deputies at Cabin
- DORNER INVESTIGATION: Gunshot Wound to Head Appears Self-Inflicted
- DORNER IS DEAD: Confirmed ID of Charred Remains Made in Autopsy
- VIDEO: Thousands Mourn Loss of Slain Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain
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- DORNER MANHUNT: Mountain Search for Alleged Cop-Killer to Go Thru Night
- Murder Charges Filed Against Chris Dorner in Redlands High Grad's Death
- Funeral Service Information for Slain Riverside Police Officer Mike Crain
- $1 Million Reward Offered For Dorner's Capture
- LAPD Chief Beck's Full Statement on Reviewing Dorner's Termination Case
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