Thursday, August 27, 2015

Inside the mind of a maniac

Vester Flanagan sued his employer, WDBJ, for wrongful termination in 2014 after he was fired from the tv station.   The case was dismissed but WDBJ submitted reports on his behavior as part of its defense. The court file is 167 pages but here is a road map to the relevant and more interesting pages:

P.22: Seeks personnel records on forty employees
P.47: "Counseling" on emotional outbursts and abuse of colleagues
P.49: Problems continue. Warning letter
P. 51: Performance review. Ouch.
P 54: Had to wear an Obama sticker.
P. 56: Termination letter
P. 58: Firing of Bryce Williams
p. 62: Bryce considered the words "swinging" by some place and "out in the field" to be racist.
P. 62: Wanted to do a snow story after the snow melted. Got very upset when told no.
P. 65: Termination. Police officers called. Watermelon comments made by Bryce.
P. 97: Bryce's letter to judge. Its a doozy.


Anonymous said...

There are so many ways to have protected the rights of those who are mentally ill but not dangerous that it's is very frustrating to me that we " threw out the baby with the bathwater". And, for these fine young people and their loved one's it's fatal and devastating.

After Geraldo Rivera's poor journalism on " 20/20", the emotional reaction by viewers caused a political " opportunity". Neither Geraldo nor politicians bothered to understand that those he was interviewing looked " normal" because of monitored medication and supervised living.

The " abuses" he cited in the early '70s, which did exist but were rare, could have been dealt with easily with laws other than the idiotic " danger to themselves or others".

And, now most have forgotten or never knew how we got into this mess!

Anonymous said...

Oh, look. Another pro se plaintiff nutjob. Shocking.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in the Roanoke Virginia area. That local station has a huge presence there, huge ratings, pays their people very well, is and always has been on the cutting-edge of technology. They dominate local tv news in Virginia in all parts of the state that lie south of the greater DC area, and west of the Capital City of Richmond. After Katrina hit me on the MS Gulf Coast, the reporter who is now their most senior reporter drove down here to the Coast with a cameraman, a 14 hour drive done several days after Katrina, and found me at home. He reported back daily for a week or more on how Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They are truly a first class tv local news operation in every sense, and always will be.

Anonymous said...

In the letter to the judge, he says he is "an expert when it comes to integrity, character[,] and the difference between right and wrong."

Ummmm . . . are you sure????

Anonymous said...

Great acquisition of this file, JJ. Fascinating although horrifying. This truly reads like a roadmap to insanity. It's such a shame he wasn't committed, involuntarily if required, by his family at some point along the way.

We need to encourage families to have members examined for mental illnesses. Then take the right to acquire guns from those so diagnosed. We don't let violent felons own guns already.

More Guns, Fewer Prescriptions said...

There's not enough rubber at Goodyear to build rooms to house every damned soul who has a mental issue. Blaming these incidents on a society that pays poor attention to mental health issues makes no more sense than suggesting tougher gun laws will stop this behavior.

There is NOT an answer out there waiting to be found. A person obsessed and driven by anger and emotion will always find a way to act out.

The only thing that might have reduced the impact of this angry man's actions would have been several armed men accompanying the news crew.

Anonymous said...

After reading this piece of shit's letter to the presiding judge, I think we have discovered the african version of Captain Phillip Francis Queeg:

"Ahh, but the watermelon ... that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic... that a duplicate key to the [newsroom] icebox DID exist, and I'd have produced that key if they hadn't [fired me]. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow [camermen] ... "

I wonder what color the sky was in this gay ass black nutjob's make-believe world?

Anonymous said...

When the guy committed the murders in Charleston all I heard was racism, confederate flag, hatred, etc. Now this guy goes off and all I hear about is mental illness even though he articulates in a letter that this is part of the race war, he dislikes whites, he admires other mass killers that mow down whites, etc. Didn't hear anything about the flag but maybe it just hasn't been reported yet. Interesting the twist that all are putting on this story. I think many Americans see whats going on.

Anonymous said...


"I think many Americans see what's going on"

Yeah, I think a mental illness discussion with your primary care provider might be a good starting point for you.

Anonymous said...

The bodies weren't cold and Democrats were blaming guns. Ricky Gervais, who would mock the Virginia reporter and cameraman for their accents and political views as soon as look at them, immediately used his "sorrow" as an excuse to criticize US gun policy. A Black Lives Matter leader who tweeted as soon as it happened claimed the shooter would get away with it because of his "whiteness" (he tweeted before the perp was known and assumed the shooter was white). By the afternoon, liberals in the media who would be tying a white shooter to every Republican candidate were writing hectoring pieces about how this has nothing to do with #BLM and to associate them is racist.

My God, liberals are the most opportunistic, execrable people on the planet.

Anonymous said...

I always vote republican nationally but I believe in increasing efforts to find those mentally ill, get them help and keep them from owning guns (and taking any from them they may own). There's nothing liberal about that -it's common sense.

Dunce Patrol said...

It's not common sense at all to suggest we 'increase efforts to find those mentally ill'. Newsflash! They look just like everybody else. You'll have better luck looking for drops of Quaker State 30 Weight on a stretch of interstate highway.

And if you walk into a police station and say something like, "I think this fucker is crazy and about to kill somebody", guess which one of you is going to be locked up.

Anonymous said...

The problem is just because someone is hateful, mean, or evil doesn't mean they are mentally ill.

Anonymous said...

Colorado and Louisiana theater murderers and Connecticut school murderer all had DIAGNOSED mental illnesses and bought weapons legally. What don't you understand about common sense numbnut?

Anonymous said...

9:10 Are you lying or spreading propaganda? The CT school murderer didn't buy his weapon. He stole his mother's gun, and she was the first one killed that day. The Louisiana theater murderer (covered here in JJ, despite someone's false claim to the contrary) was denied a gun purchase in his home state of Alabama because of some infraction; I can't remember if it was a felony conviction or a mental illness problem. He did get a gun somewhere else.

I'm all for preventing violent or potentially violent nutjobs from possessing guns. Oliver Wendell Holmes said "The Constitution is not a suicide pact".

Get Momma's Gun said...

9:10; The numbnut is hiding inside your bathroom mirror. None of the guns you mention were bought legally by the perps.

Part of liberal/democrat/progressive gun control ideology is to have the 'background check system' include information from our medical files which would red flag things like depression and the use of any of several typical prescription medications. Now that should please all the numbnuts.

Anonymous said...


Lanza didn't buy the guns. His mother did, although she knew he had severe mental issues. Mental illness roadblocks likely can't stop conspiracies.

Lanza did however tote in more than a "weapon" as 10:12 would indicate. Indeed he had at the school a Bushmaster XM15-E2S .223 semi-auto; Glock 20SF 10 mm semi-auto; Sig Sauer 9mm and an Izhmash Saiga 12 gauge. Not all were used, but he had them.

Houser, who shot up the place in Lafayette, purchased his Hi-Point .40 cal in a Phenix City, Alabama pawn shop in February 2014 - lawfully. In 2008, he had been involuntarily committed for mental health treatment because he was found by a judge in Georgia to be a danger to himself and others.

This site has never covered Lafayette theater shooting story.

If I'm wrong, please correct me.

Anonymous said...

Facts, Cont'd:

James Holmes, of the Aurora theater shooting, had been diagnosed and received treatment for mental illness since junior high. He lawfully purchased a Glock 22 from Gander Mountain in Aurora, a Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun at Bass Pro in Denver, and a S&W M&P 15 later at a Gander Mountain in Thornton, Co.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget about Virginia...his family begged the psychiatrist to commit him and bc he was 21 she did not even speak to them. We have a huge mental health failure in this country. Until we change the medical industry keep mental health issues and gun issues separate.

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