“Dorner Enflamed?”

TV right now has shots of a fire in or near a cabin where the cops think Christopher Dorner is holed up.

Reminds me of the March 1974 cop shootout at a house where the Symbionese Liberation Army (who were wanted for kidnapping heiress Patti Hearst) had holed up on a quiet street in L.A.. More than 9,000 shots were exchanged. Eventually, the cops` exploding tear gas canisters burned the whole house down. Pretty spectacular after-school viewing 39 years ago. (Here`s a video.)

It was carried live nationwide, which was unusual in those days, which somewhat fits in with my theory from my pre-Dorner article on killers, “Monsters of Egotism,” about why some crimes become canonical memories among Baby Boomers and others don`t. Before video technology, there were occasional spectacular shootouts and the like, but a lot weren`t captured on film. After the media excesses of the Lindbergh`s Baby case, a gentleman`s agreement among newspaper barons toned down the tabloid coverage, until the coming of advances in TV news technology.