Murder In the Morning

Alison Parker and Adam Ward: R.I.P.

If you’re looking for videos of two journalists being gunned down, look elsewhere. It’s not here.

If you’re looking for a link to a madman’s manifesto, you’re outta luck. It’s not here either.

If you think I’m going to obsess over the killer of Alison Parker and Adam Ward and why he did it, you’ve got another think coming.   I don’t care why the killer did it.    I’m glad he’s too dead to ever do it again.

If you want someone to be sympathetic to Vester Flanagan, the TV reporter turned psycho killer turned maker of ISIS-style bloody porn videos,  there’s no sympathy for the devil here.

I was actually hoping they would take Mr. Flanagan alive but it didn’t ruin my day when he decided wanted to be taken dead.

I’ve seen a thousand pretty young reporters like Alison Parker doing stand-ups on television a thousand times. These are usually the softball, slice of life, non-news stories every station uses to fill time between the hard stuff, weather and sports.

I’ve seen ’em a thousand times. I’ve never seen a pretty young reporter murdered on live television. I’ve never seen a cameraman’s last act is film his killer.

Whenever you think you’ve seen it all you get a nasty reminder you haven’t seen anything yet.

Fuck Vester and fuck his fucking “manifesto.”

I don’t want to read his manifesto. I don’t want to know his sob story. I don’t care about his petty little grudges and bullshit beefs. I never knew “Bryce Williams” OR Vester Flanagan existed before today and I will NOT give this psycho turd the recognition in death he never got in life.

Vester Flanagan a.k.a “Bryce Williams” a.k.a. Dead Guy.

These chicken shit assholes and their murder-suicides. Why can’t they reverse the order and spare us all their bloody insanity? They always have to reach out and drag someone down with them.

Goddamn coward. Burn forever and in agony, Vester. You worthless, godless, evil, twisted little FUCK.

Maybe it’s because we’ve been here so many times before when the kill zone was a school, an office, a shopping center, a church or anywhere human beings/targets can be found. We’ve seen the blood, the bullet holes, the corpses and the terrible aftermath of a killing spree. We’ve even seen the deadly slaughter play out in real-time.

But this…this is different.

I can’t say I have ever seen a young woman murdered as we watch in horror and revulsion. I can’t say I have seen a murderer exult in his kill by triumphantly posting it all over social media. I can’t say I have seen two people die like this before my disbelieving eyes.

Now I can say I have seen all this and it makes me sick to my stomach and saddened to the core of my soul.

This isn’t about Vester Flanagan being a Black gay man who believed his ex-employer didn’t treat him nicely. I don’t know what his grievances were and I don’t care to know. He’s just an asshole and he’d STILL be an asshole no matter what his race or sexual orientation or gender or religion was.

A comment from Gawker summed up what, if anything Flanagan’s rampage “means.”

Tthis is a cultural problem. Flanagan belongs to a community that prides itself on wanton violence, theft, and brutality. people need to open their eyes to this ongoing trend of American male-on-American crime

That might be too subtle for some so I’lll be blunt.  This is not a Black thing or a White thing. It’s an asshole thing and now that Flanagan is a dead asshole, the world is better now that he’s no longer in it.   If only it had happened one day sooner Parker and Ward would still be alive.

Alison Parker w/ Adam Ward - WDBJ7 reporter and cameraman.

Alison Parker w/ Adam Ward – WDBJ7 reporter and cameraman.

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4 thoughts on “Murder In the Morning

    • Prevent murders like this, Glenn?

      No. There is no way. Not unless we ban guns, lock up everyone who someone else considers potentially dangerous and wrap ourselves in Kevlar every time we step out the door. I do think stronger background checks which can detect angry people who end up having to be escorted off of the premises should red flag them from purchasing firearms. At the very least, more can be done to stop guns from falling in the hands of the mentally ill.

      We can’t prevent the Vester Flanagans of the world, but we can do more to protect ourselves from them.

  1. Yes, but now we will have to spend days with people pointing fingers and blaming everything but the real problem. Taking pot shots at all the incidentals instead of focusing on the real problem. Why are we so violent? What is wrong with us, all of us.

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