Why are people sympathizing with Dorner?
Dr. Keith Ablow weighs in
- Duration 4:42
- Date Feb 13, 2013
Dr. Keith Ablow weighs in
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Well right now the former police officer accused of killing.
Well accuse of being a murderer.
Has thousands of fans some are even calling him a hero.
Chris story -- posted a rambling manifesto before he apparently died in that burning -- and after a final shootout with police before it was all over.
For victims were dead -- along this Rampage by this one man the first -- Monica Kwan and her fiance they were shot dead last week.
Police say during her murder them to get revenge on -- father Randall -- a former.
LAPD captain involved in a disciplinary hearing that led to his dismissal.
Despite all that door -- are now has thousands of FaceBook fans at an even mention the other law enforcement officers that were killed by this man.
I got tricky that -- as a psychiatrist member of our medical -- team and doctor outlawed any wanna read some of the FaceBook postings in support for this guy.
We could help but ask the question had as someone.
Now it is their alleged sale that's what we have to say technically.
Alleged crimes I'm pat.
How did he garner such support why -- people coming out and supported him he's a murderer.
-- -- unfortunately.
Our society now is one in which reality is giving way to fiction.
Such that people are believe themselves.
To be many reality TV versions of themselves and their vulnerable.
Just seeing somebody who alleges that he's wrong.
As some kind of larger than life figure.
They are not -- it seems right.
Many people are ready able to empathize with these victims and imagine what it will be like to lose a father.
Or -- husband because they're caught up in the entertainment.
Of a horrible crime and they can cast this -- a hero because hey here's the script you're the hero now because reality is under siege everywhere in America.
So explain a little bit more doctor -- why would -- seen that people can empathize more with a criminal.
Rather than a victim of a crime that also had you had the drama as well if you will for lack of a better word and.
In this situation.
Because he claimed the mantle of the lead character he did it at ground zero in the epidemic of narcissus and and fiction that's gripping this nation.
This is a place where people post.
Hundreds or thousands of photos of themselves they have false friends.
By the hundreds or thousands.
They can block unwanted feedback and he issued a manifesto.
-- he claimed the lead actor category.
In a film of his making and people got lost and this -- well you know will go with that theme -- were spinning that tale you're spending sadly.
This can believe it into politics into the economy why -- mean on a rollercoaster ride in the astronomy because fundamentals don't matter you know second -- No going back to just this specific case when it comes to two criminals I was thinking about buying client for example right.
And bank robbers that -- I don't lies in so many ways now -- before her face but that was the -- -- before all of that.
So it hit it is this really just the continuation of that or is there something actually different society today -- it's just sort of the way things are and were reminded about -- every once in awhile when there's a big crime -- Well we're tapping into.
-- -- human ability to tell a story and the human ability for instance to be moved by acts of well head against some kind of reason.
Violence even if it's against the authorities -- Bonnie and Clyde had a long run.
And this was covered in newspapers look at the pace of these things someone dressed as the Joker.
Appears that the Batman premiere a man goes underground with the boy you -- -- from a bus into a bunker.
We've got movies.
Playing out in our real lives because people are lost.
These crimes now to get the -- in the nation back out so big I only have a minute about how to how to fix it.
We fix it by getting back to reality so in other words in this you have to tell people the real stories of the victims this is who they work.
This is what's been lost -- do depict them and show them grieving but more than that in our families get back to reality get back to.
Pets having pets taking.
Leisurely activities outside as a -- connecting to each other.
Even psychiatry doesn't talk to people anymore we have to get back to connect -- for -- real.
Sounds like a nice and we'll start with telling stories of some of those victims tomorrow even just on our show.
I doctor -- I think that -- guidance and didn't leap forward that greatly appreciated here interesting topic thank you very much.