The Telegraph has obtained exclusive pictures and video footage
from inside the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan, revealing
details of the gunman’s life in the days before he murdered
Alison Palmer and Adam Ward.
The images, accompanied with testimony from a source familiar
with the investigation into shooting, paint the most detailed
picture yet to have emerged into the life of the former
journalist who shot his two colleagues at point blank range on
Flanagan prepared for the murder by dumping personal "documents"
into several waste bins around the area, the source told the
But he left behind an apartment filled with his personal
effects, including photographs of himself during his days as a
television journalist and posters that appear to be of male pin-
In a raid on the apartment on Wednesday, police reportedly
confiscated a gay pride flag. They also found "many" sex toys,
which may have "human material" on them, the source told this
In a "suicide note" sent to ABC news, Flanagan said he was
discriminated against in life for being gay and said he had
sometimes worked as an escort for money.
The apartment was dark and dank when police raided it on
Thursday. A large pool of cat urine on the floor of the kitchen
had been hastily covered in a towel. Cat faeces were also found
smeared on the balcony.
He reportedly owned two cats, but neighbours said they had gone
missing since the shooting on Wednesday. In the suicide note,
Flanagan said he had killed the creatures in a forest.
The disturbed former journalist, who was fired from several
jobs, including WDJB, where Ms Palmer and Mr Ward worked,
because of problems with controlling his anger, is said to have
been extremely aggressive to his male neighbours.
The Telegraph has learned whilst he was "really nice to the
girls", he was often taken by bouts of fury toward the men.
"He would literally just throw cat s*** into their balconies,"
the source said.
A "long list" of complaints against him are said to have been
lodged with the landlord.
Despite being fired from WDJB approximately two years ago,
Flanagan continued to live in the apartment, which is located on
Ordway Drive, less than one mile from the television station's
For the most part, Flanagan lived alone in the small house, for
which he is believed to have paid approximately $650 (£420)
every month. The photographs show the apartment after it was
visited by the police, with items that could be considered
evidence already confiscated.
The police used a ladder into the balcony to access the third
floor home, fearing the door might be boobie trapped.
Once inside, however, they found a sparsely furnished place.
His computer sat on a stand on a beige carpet, besides a beige
plastic chair. The hard drive of the computer in the photograph
had been ripped out. The only decoration that was not taken by
the police are scented night light candles. More than a dozen of
them were laid out next to the sink in the bathroom.
A source familiar with the apartment before the murders observed
that it was much less cluttered than it had been in previous
months. Piles of documents, of bills and other papers were gone.
Police later reportedly found them distributed in different bins
around the area.