Report: Chris Dorner's mother ate chips, drank wine during standoff...

...watched it on television in a restaurant, denied knowing him, and Photo: Nancy Dorner Statement (CBS/CAP)

FLORIDA, February 14, 2012 — The tale of Chris Dorner just keeps getting stranger and sadder. It seems that as far as the presumably dead LAPD officer-turned-suspected serial killer is concerned, the terms are never mutually exclusive.

Late Tuesday night, a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles reported that Dorner’s mother watched his now-infamous standoff on television while patronizing a Mexican restaurant. This might very well lead one to assume that she was living in another state, or at least somewhere far off like the San Francisco Bay area.

That is not the case, however. The restaurant in question is located in La Palma, an affluent suburban city just over the line in Orange County. To put things in perspective, Big Bear Lake, which is near the site of what was Chris Dorner’s cabin, is part of San Bernardino County, a resort haven directly east of LA.   

Michele Gile, a reporter for the affiliate, “said a woman matching Nancy Dorner’s description was with a female friend at La Capilla Mexican Restaurant….around 3:30 p.m.” Apparently, “the 62-year-old woman was drinking a glass of white wine and eating chips and salsa as CBS2/KCAL9 covered the latest developments on the deadly shootout between Dorner and sheriff’s deputies.”

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though.

According to the report, Gile was not aware that she was in the presence of Dorner’s mother. How come? Because the latter denied even knowing Dorner. After the CBS team departed, however, a most interesting conversation took place.

It seems that Dorner’s mother had quite a bit on her mind. 

“Right after you left, she got nervous. She started asking me questions, like if I knew (Dorner)…what I know about him…stuff like that,” bartender Joseph Munoz explained. “She was watching the TV, but she wasn’t really concerned about it. She was busy talking to her friend, like it was just an everyday thing.”

Of course, Gile eventually caught up with Dorner’s mother. The reporter spotted her at Chris Dorner’s house, which is also in La Palma. That, needless to say, is when Gile was able to make a positive identification.

I think this is one of those episodes that not only speaks, but shouts for itself to the rooftops and far beyond. No further commentary is at all necessary.


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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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