TV Journalists’ Murderer Blames ‘Homophobia And Racism’ For On-Air Killing

Two hours after Bryce Williams opened fire on Alison Parker, a 24-year-old reporter for WDBJ-TV in Virginia, and Adam Ward, her 27-year-old cameraman, he reportedly faxed a 23-page manifesto to ABC News laying out the motives that led to his on-air killings.

24-year-old Alison Parker (left) and 27-year-old Adam Ward
24-year-old Alison Parker (left) and 27-year-old Adam Ward

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Vester Lee Flanagan, also known on-air as Bryce Williams, filmed himself gunning down Parker and Ward while they were conducting a live on-air interview.

ABC has published portions of William’s manifesto which claims that one of his motivations for the shootings was the mistreatment he felt he received for being a “gay, black man.”

Williams, who was employed at the station until 2013, wrote that he “has suffered racial discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at work”, adding that he “talks about how he was attacked for being a gay, black man”. It also claims “he has been attacked by black men and white females”.

He wrote in part: “Yes, it will sound like I am angry…I am. And I have every right to be. But when I leave this Earth, the only emotion I want to feel is peace…”

“The [Charleston] church shooting was the tipping point… but my anger has been building steadily…I’ve been a human powder keg for a while… just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”


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