The autopsy photo of Vester Flanagan, the man who horrifically shot and killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward on live TV before turning the gun on himself, is reportedly being shopped around to the media. The chilling photo isn’t anything taken for official purposes.
Vester Flanagan, 41, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after killing his former WDBJ colleagues, Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, while they were live on the air on Aug. 26. The gruesome death photo of Vester, also known as Bryce Williams, is now being shopped around to various media outlets, showing the shooter on the autopsy table.
The photo shows Vester mid-autopsy with a slit open chest, according to TMZ, who was contacted about buying the photo but passed. The person who took the photo appears to have lifted the sheet for a better view of his dead body. Northern Virginia Medical Examiner confirmed to the outlet that the photo was not taken for any official purposes. So chilling.
Vester was fired from the Virginia TV station in 2013, and even filed a lawsuit against them in March 2014, claiming wrongful termination, racial discrimination and sexual harassment. On the day he was fired, Adam filmed everything that went down, which ended in the police escorting him out. Before working for WDBJ, Vester reportedly sold sex for money via America Online chat rooms.
Though Vester shot himself hours after shooting Alison and Adam, authorities discovered that he had an extensive escape plan after searching his car. Authorities discovered a wig, sunglasses, a shawl and six magazines full of ammunition. He was ready to disguise himself to avoid being captured. However, he ended up calling ABC News and admitted to shooting Alison and Adam, along with sending a 23-page suicide note. The note praised other mass killers, and seemed to detail why he committed the horrific murder, alleging that he had been a victim of harassment, discrimination and bullying during his time at WDBJ.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Alison and Adam’s loved ones during this difficult time.
— Julianne Ishler