Vester Flanagan’s male escort days were long gone when he executed 2 Virginia TV journalists live on air before killing himself.
Flanagan, 41, shot and killed WDBJ-TV journalist Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, during a live broadcast on Wednesday.
In a letter sent to a friend before he killed himself, the openly gay former TV news reporter feared getting old and losing his good looks.
“I do NOT wanna get old … HELL NO!!!” Flanagan wrote.
“Please keep working out player … when the heads stop turning, it’s AWFUL!!!”
Flanagan mailed the package containing modeling photos and handwritten letters to former roommate and friend, Robert Avent.
Avent, 45, told the NY Daily News he received the package on Sunday — four days after the murder-suicide rocked Virginia.
In handwritten and typed letters, Flanagan obsessed over his fading looks and his inability to find a sex partner.
“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 $1,000… I playfully said, ‘No.’ Well, he gave me 2k.”
Early Wednesday, Flanagan sent a text to Avent telling him he did something “very bad.” But Avent, who was still asleep, didn’t see the text until later.
“Please do not respond to this text,” wrote Flanagan.
After the shooting, Flanagan called Avent on his cell phone.
“He said, ‘Oh, I did something this morning.’ And he was talking normal, like nothing. Like he didn’t do anything at all. Like a normal voice,” Avent recalled.
“And he said, ‘I shot and killed two people.’ Just like that, in a normal voice,” Avent said.
“No you didn’t,” Avent replied.
Flanagan told him to turn on CNN and he hung up.
“I’m just riding. But I’m not going to jail,” Flanagan said, according to Avent.
As police closed in on Flanagan on I-66, Flanagan called his friend again.
“Now it looks like a bunch of police cars behind me now,” Flanagan told Avent.
“He asked me if there was anything I wanted to say before he goes,” said Avent, who struggled with what to say to Flanagan.
“He said, ‘Come on, spit it out! I don’t have much time,’” Avent recalled.
“I said, ‘Just don’t do it,’” Avent said. “He said, ‘I love you and thank you for being there for me.’”
Avent said he played no part in Flanagan’s life as a gay male escort.
“He didn’t hit on me. We were just friends and roommates. I didn’t participate in any of that,” Avent told The News.
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