Social media slaying hits close to home
So this is what it has come to — a murder designed for social media.
A carefully directed snuff film. A horrifying live action execution by a disgruntled former reporter who uploaded the graphic point-of-view footage to his Facebook and Twitter accounts, multi-tasking like any good multimedia journalist, all while being pursued by the Virginia State police.
Vester Lee Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, wanted this attention; he wanted the fame that his firing had stolen from him.
And he wanted revenge.
So he constructed a GoPro slaying of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. A shooting that would be carried live with no warning. And for those who missed it — a replay posted on his social media accounts. His final Twitter posting: “I filmed shooting see Facebook.”
It was maniacal. But in this selfie age of chronicling everything online — including ISIS beheadings — I suppose it shouldn’t be as surprising as it is.