The Water Cooler – $1,000,000 to Turn in a Family Member

February 11, 2013 12:11 pm · 77 comments

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On Sunday, the City of Los Angeles announced they planned to give a $1,000,000 reward to anybody who provides information that helps capture & convict cop killer Christopher Dorner.

If you were offered $1,000,000 to turn in a family member, who just murdered three people, would you?

Talk about it….

Antler February 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I would already have turned in the murderer.

What Security February 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Three innocent people yes! The killing has to stop. He’ obviously mentally deranged. Murder please..

If no one gets hurt mentally or physically I’d look the other way.

RaD February 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Forget the money, if you murdered three people you bet I’d turn you in! I might have mixed feelings, but I would not want to feel responsible if you decided to murder someone else and I could have stopped you.

Howard K. Mullins III February 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

If I had a family member who would murder three people, and I knew where he was, I would turn him in with or without a reward. And he would not turn himself in, I would drag him behind my truck to the police station. (My brother would be at my side)

Any family member of mine who would do something like that gets only what he or she would deserve and certainly no sympathy or breaks from me. Even if mentally ill. (we have mentally ill in our family, I know how hard that is, so don’t tell me I don’t.)

If I somehow got the reward, I would donate it to a charity.

Don't Censor Me Bro February 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Yes, I wouuld not harbor a fugitive alleged to have murderd 3 people & who has threatened others as well.

jj February 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

snitch him off in a heartbeat

Anonymous February 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

The thing that bugs me is the convict part. Seems like capturing him would be good enough. If he is adjudged crazy and goes to a nut house they don’t have to pay.

Killjoy February 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I guess that depends on the family member. My mother has a half sister, who I’d turn in for a plug nickel.

marinemom February 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Yes I would!

Mr. John February 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Yes, but I would also do it for no reward (or, to be more precise, I’d encourage them to speak to an attorney and then turn themself in before I turned them in). If someone you know does a horrible crime, IMHO, the best thing you can do is to help them go to the police on their own terms – especially if the cops are already looking for them.

WCreeker February 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

If Dorner was my family member I’d turn him in for free.

Anon777 February 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

If they killed someone….Hell yes.

Reality says... February 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I would turn in anyone in my family if they murdered someone, accidental or not, with no reward. I don’t want karma-tainted blood money anyway.

Dragon February 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I have no tolerance for violent crimes. If someone in my family murdered three people, I’d like to say I’d turn him in even without a reward.

Of course, never having been put in such a situation (so far, anyway), I cannot say that for certain. But it’s what I like to think I’d do.

(Sorry, big brother! Just don’t go murdering people and I won’t turn you in!)

Incognito February 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Money or no money, I’d turn him in.

Broke in colony park February 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

No brainer – – hell yes! I would do it for free.

Lori February 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Yes I would turn in a relative, even if there was no reward. Don’t get me wrong if they offered the million I’d take it 🙂

mcarrera February 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Real people?? Yes. Cops……play on player.

tw February 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

yes i would

Mr Pink February 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

If my “relative” did what he did, hell yes. If my relative stole a pack of gum; hell yes.

Couldn't take reward February 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

If I knew where my family member was I would turn them in and either refuse the reward or take it and donate it equally to the families that were victims.

GoodGrief February 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Yes in a Claycord minute!

inmotion February 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Unless you’re in the mob, absolutely.

The Closer February 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Boy howdy, I would snitch him off for less.

Triple Canopy February 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM

It’s not about family or not, it’s about justice.

… and a million bucks is just icing on the cake that I will eat.

GoGo Gomez February 11, 2013 at 1:17 PM


vindex February 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

yes. Of course. I would then donate that money. Justice. “If people are not ruled by God, they must be ruled by tyrants.”- William Penn. If it takes 1 million dollars for people to do the right thing, family or not, we are in a load of trouble.

$0/turn him in- wouldn't take the $ February 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I wouldn’t take the money. I would do it because it’s the right thing to do, and request that the $ go to the victims’ families.

anon February 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

While I’d normally say yes, in this case, I’d be really careful about how to go about it. Any police agency in SoCal is going to be gunning for this guy, and they are going to kill him almost no matter what. There won’t be any justice or due process unless the man is delivered to them tied up, unable to pose any threat, the whole thing is done on camera, and independent, impartial citizens and government agents are on hand to watch the transfer.

So, the question is, would you help your family member die for a million bucks? That’s the inevitable result of this case. So far, the man is innocent until proven guilty, and given the fact that police in Southern California are shooting up innocent people in their zeal to catch this guy, I’m not so sure he’s as guilty as they say. It needs to come out in court.

Rockinroll February 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

You darn right I would just because someone is related to you, doesn’t make killing anyone right

Nom de Plume February 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

If any family member did a horrendous crime, I’d turn them in. It would be awful, but less than knowing they hurt others and got away with it.

iamerica February 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM

@27 True that! I think its an obvious answer, yes most would turn him in. But what does that say about your character if your only persuaded to turn over info for 1million dollars..? If someone knew where he was or what his recent plans were I sure hope they would give that to cops, rather than have his next massacre on your hands now too. Its a sick world we live in, when we have to bribe people to do the right thing.

tired of taxes February 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM

If he deserved it, I would turn him in a heartbeat.
The 1M reward would just be icing on the cake.

dilligafman February 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM


Cowellian February 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

There is precedent. The unibomber, Ted Kaczynski, was turned in by his brother.

Palermo February 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Hmmm. I am normally totally law abiding, but I’m not sure about this one. It’s the Sicilian in me

anonamiss February 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM

It’s not the money. I’d turn my demented, blood thirsty family member in.No hesitation whatsoever!!!!

Dr. Pahp Samir February 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

It would depend on who the 3 people were that he murdered.

The question brings to mind a young lady named Penelope Poobe I treated at a mobile clinic deep in the Ozarks. She had much in common with that Uni-bomber fellow.

Anon2you February 11, 2013 at 2:07 PM

One Million Dollars? Who do you want? I would turn the whole family in and some in-laws too for that much…

Concord1963 February 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I’d do it for FREE!!!!! No matter how close I am to that family member, no matter how sad and difficult. The most difficult dealings is that he/she killed someone!!! (If it was a true self-defense, let the courts decide.)

Richards Family February 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Duh, If I had a family member that did that, I would have turned them in even if a reward was not offered.

Jess February 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Yes. It might break my heart, but I’d turn him in so he couldn’t kill anyone else.

Jeff February 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

As stated by many – it’s not about the reward money. It’s about what’s right.

Yes, I would turn them in.

Screwy Louie February 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

So quick, it would make your head spin

A February 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Show me the money!

Dorothy February 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

If I knew were he was, I would turn him in. Not doing so would be aiding and abetting and a crime as well. If the gave me money as well, that would be nice too.

Joe A February 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Of course. It has nothing to do with morality, all about Game Theory.

He is a dead man by his own admission. So there is nothing to lose. He should actually be calling me up on the side to help hook me up if he was really fam by telling me where he is so I can collect. I’d tell the police I had a psychic premonition if they wanted to know where I got my info.


NoReward February 11, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Of course I would turn them in and who cares about the reward. Reward or no reward and regardless of being a relative, a psycho is a psycho. This person has murdered 3 innocent people they need to be put away.

What Security February 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

A Bunch of of dirty rat snitches in concord I see
@ inmotion
Unless you’re in the mob, absolutely….Best answer so far,

he’s innocent until proven otherwise did he actually dothose crimes.
Just because the media said so.
Rememeber we are dealing with the LAPD dirty dirty dirty
Who knows something and they want him dead

TinFoiler February 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Dorner has made contact with a news agency.

Mimi (original) February 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

I would totally turn them in. The reward would be a wonderful gift, but I would have turned them in before it got to that point if I knew where they were hiding out.

CVHS Class of '89 February 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I’d turn the SOB in for a cup of coffee!!

DIL February 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Yes. Especially my mother in law!

What Security February 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Obviously not Italian from the old country

Howard K. Mullins III February 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

What Security February 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

A Bunch of of dirty rat snitches in concord I see

You bet and proud to be one.

That’s the difference between people with good character and people with no character.

What Security, now everyone knows that you have no character.

Lorelei February 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Yes; yes I would. The only other outcome for this guy is to be gunned down in a hail of bullets, and he might take more people out before that happens….money goes to charity.

RunnerDope February 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

I would turn him in, but not to the police. Look what they did to that poor woman who was driving a similar truck.

Dennis February 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

There is only a 1/12 chance of conviction, less if the death penalty is involved. I’d say pay the reward for capture, not conviction, and pay it to the victim’s families instead of the tipster.

anon February 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Howard, we know you measure character by one’s willingness to submit and obey. It’s not a matter of whether one would turn him in, but whether one would do so to what is apparently a corrupt police force that will do whatever it can to ensure that the man they are after is not taken alive. Of course, to you, no police force can do any wrong. Shoot up a truck full of Asian women because they might possibly be Dorner? Not a problem! They are brown and talk funny, so they probably deserved it anyway.

Howard K. Mullins III February 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM

@ anon February 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

First, your comments are yours and do not formally reflect the thoughts of others.

Second, you cannot fathom criteria for how I measure character. Suffice to say it is biblically based.

Third, the vast majority of police are good people, as in any large group of professionals. There are always those who are corrupt and those are the people who get all the headlines. I chose not to condemn an honorable profession for the few who are not either.

Fourth, you have never been afraid, in real fear, obviously, or else your comments would not be so naive.

I plead the 5th February 11, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Nope not even for 10 million .Let the cops catch them that’s what they get paid to do

Tredogandi February 11, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Wow…interesting topic today.
I think it’s easy to sit back and say, “sure I’d turn them in. I’d even turn them in if they stole a pack of gum.” But since becoming a father a short three years ago, I’ve had to check myself a couple of times regarding the complete UNCONDITIONAL love you have for your own kin. While I sure like to think I’d turn in a relative for nada, let alone a cool million, I think it would be a whole harder than some folks here are making it sound.
Oh yeah….please find this guy soon!

Jeff February 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Anon #59 – that’s a hell of a stretch from what Howard said. Take your meds, read it again, and then post.

CatWoman February 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Money talks!


Like this is a question….


CatWoman February 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

With all the bull s**t posted on here about turning in family members for money, Tredogandi has the right of it. Most people talk crap on here anyway–probably just to vent. It’s always unconditional.

Listen February 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Based on principle of right and wrong I’d have to turn them in. You do the crime you do the time. I’d also take the $1,000,000 because that’s probably what’s its going to cost me in psychiatric bills to come to terms with my family member being a cold blooded killer. I’d also push to turn them in because we all know if the cops get to him first he’s a dead man.

alexz February 11, 2013 at 11:37 PM

I heard that news arent telling the whole story. This so called “cop killer” reported one of his own for assault. Bad cops didnt like it and wanted to shoot him. He shot them instead. and now they make it looks like hes a crazy cop killer.

or was it another story… either way i smell something not right with the story news telling us

The Real McCoy February 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Depends on how much inheritance I stood to collect. It might be better for them to have an “accident.”

Dennis February 12, 2013 at 1:47 AM

@alecz you believe everyone in prison is innocent, framed by crooked cops, don’t you?

Parsnip February 12, 2013 at 6:27 AM

@#68 — Were that the case he wouldn’t be running (and wouldn’t have been planning).

Would I turn in a family member for having committed a like crime? Of course. He or she broke their own family tie. I certainly wouldn’t participate in an attempted cover-up (aiding and abetting).

DudeGuy February 12, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Is that after taxes?

Nice Nancy February 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

If it was an accident, no.

ConcordCatLady February 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Most likely yes, but it also depends on the circumstance. In this one, yes, absolutely I’d turn them in.

Mac February 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

i turn it the family member, and give the reward to the families that lost someone.

Anon2you February 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Actually it wouldn’t matter if you did it for the money or not, since they never actually pay the reward! They always find a way to avoid it…$1 Million if your information leads to the arrest and conviction…oops the suspect was killed during the capture so no payday, sorry only good on “arrest and conviction”.

anon February 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Howard will be happy to know that the LAPD now has a greater score on innocent civilian shootings in this case than Dorner. Apparently, all three members of the The [Dave] Brubeck Ambassadors Jazz Band (are they from Claycord?) look just like Dorner, as all three were shot today. They were probably of poor character anyway and deserved their fate.

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