Bullet-Riddled Coin Sent to Anderson Cooper
A bullet-riddled coin was reportedly sent to CNN’s Anderson Cooper before Christoper Dorner allegedly went on a shooting spree.
Dorner reportedly mailed the parcel to AC360 anchor Anderson Cooper’s office at CNN in New York.
The package arrived on February 1 and was opened by Cooper’s assistant. Inside was a hand-labeled DVD, accompanied by a yellow Post-it note reading, in part, “I never lied” — apparently in reference to his 2008 dismissal from the LAPD.
The package also contained a coin wrapped in duct tape. The tape bears the handwritten inscription: “Thanks, but no thanks, Will Bratton.” It also had letters that may be read as “IMOA,” which could be a commonly used Internet abbreviation for “Imagine a More Open America,” or possibly “1 MOA,” which means one minute of angle, perhaps implying Dorner was notably accurate with a firearm.
The coin is a souvenir medallion from former LAPD Chief William Bratton, of a type often given out as keepsakes. This one, though, was shot through with bullet holes: three bullet holes to the center and one that nicked off the top.
The editorial staff of AC360 and CNN management were made aware of the package Thursday. Upon learning of its existence, they alerted Bratton and law enforcement.
Authorities said Dorner killed three people in Los Angeles. He’s still on the loose.
By CNN’s Paul Vercammen and Michael Pearson
CNN’s AnneClaire Stapleton, Sara Weisfeldt, Barbara Starr, Pete Janos, Mallory Simon, Brad Lendon and Deanna Hackney contributed to this report.
FOX 8 also contributed to this report.