(USA TODAY) Anderson Cooper announced on his Anderson Live talk show today that former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner had sent him a package.
"It arrived February 1st at our offices at CNN, he sent it to me directly. As you can imagine, I get a lot of mail and a lot of it sometimes are from folks who have issues or are disturbed one way or another, so I actually don't end up seeing a lot of the stuff and it usually just gets forwarded on to security folks, as was the case in this."
Cooper said he didn't know until Thursday that he had been contacted by Dorner, who is being hunted in California after going on a self-confessed revenge killing spree.
And in the package was?
"He actually sent a coin with three bullet holes in it, it was a coin that formerly belonged to Will Bratton, who was the head of the LAPD, who was his chief. That's the coin right there. I don't know if those are actual bullet holes or if he just punched something through them and there are a couple of messages, as well as a DVD."
Cooper went on to say the whole thing was "very strange. It's a very strange feeling."
Dorner mentioned numerous celebs, media figures, TV shows and films in an 11-page manifesto he posted online. Most of the remarks were complimentary.
But, Cooper mentioned, "He said I should stop interrupting guests. He had a little advice for me, but he was in general complimentary ... Anyway, he's still on the loose and police are obviously still looking for him and it's a very serious situation. If anyone does see him, he is considered armed and dangerous and they should contact their local authorities. It's a crazy, crazy time."
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY