MADMAN COULDN’T LET IT GO
Vain killer obsessed by days as a $2000 escort
RICHMOND, Virginia: The savage killer who shot dead two of his former colleagues live on television was obsessed with his fading looks and missed his glory days as a $2000-a-night male escort.
Vester Lee Flanagan made the shocking confessions to his friend Robert Avent after he killed reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, (below) last week.
Mr Avent, Flanagan’s ex-flatmate and gym buddy, received a package filled with typed and handwritten letters, photographs, driver’s licences and student IDs sent by the madman before he took his own life.
The contents drew a clearer picture of Flanagan, who went from being a male prostitute to a disgruntled TV reporter and finally to a calculating killer.
The rambling letters sent to Mr Avent seesaw between the cheerful and apologetic. Flanagan divulges his physical insecurities to Mr Avent and appears to lament the end of his glory days of easy sex.
“I do NOT wanna get old ... HELL NO!!!” Flanagan wrote. “Please keep working out player – when the heads stop turning, it’s AWFUL!!!”
Flanagan also recalls his time as a male escort and boasts how he could attract a fee of $2000.
“I totally CANNOT score right now,” Flanagan wrote. “And this is from a man who used to be paid hundreds an HOUR to sleep with men ... one was a hot YOUNG guy in SF ... he once asked, ‘Can I f--- you?’ He offered to give me $1000 ... I playfully said, ‘ No.’ Well, he gave me 2k.”
Mr Avent also told the New York Daily News of his last phone conversation with Flanagan in the lead-up to the murderer’s suicide as police closed in. The killer had sent a bizarre text message to his friend in the early morning, saying he did something “very bad” before apologising and saying, “I had no other choice”.
Later that morning and unaware of the murders, Mr Avent rang his old roommate. Flanagan replied, calmly saying, “Oh, I did something this morning ... I shot and killed two people.”
Stunned by the news, Mr Avent immediately rang him back. Flanagan told him he was “just riding” in his car but “not going to jail”.
“Man, I’m not going to prison. I’m going to shoot myself in the head,” he told Mr Avent.