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      08-26-2015, 01:09 PM   #60

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On his LinkedIn profile – under the name Bryce Williams – Vesper Lee Flanagan said he worked in news at several TV stations around the country since the mid-1990s and also, outside of the news business, held jobs in marketing and customer relations.

Flanagan said he joined WDBJ in March 2012 after working for a marketing company for eight years, and that he left the station after less than a year, in February 2013. On the air Wednesday, WDBJ’s general manager, Jeff Marks, said that after months of disruptive behavior, Flanagan was fired and ushered out of the station by police.

Flanagan “did not take that well,” Marks told viewers.

“Vesper was an unhappy man,” the general manager said. “We employed him as a reporter, and he had some talent in that respect, and some experience, although he had been out of the business for a while when we hired him here. He quickly became – gathered a reputation as someone who was difficult to work with …

“He was sort of looking out for people to say things that he could take offense to,” Marks recalled. “And eventually, after many incidents of his anger coming to the fore, we dismissed him. And he did not take that well. We had to call the police to escort him from the building.

“Since then –well, he then fired an action with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in which he made all kinds of complaints. And there may have been one about Alison and/or Adam – I frankly don’t remember – but about members of the staff making racial comments. He was African American. And none of them could be corroborated by anyone. We think they were fabricated.

“But just as an insurance policy,” Marks said, “we went about and talked to all of our employees who had been able to be exposed to this. And we have a pretty diverse workplace. And we got nothing about that. And the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission dismissed the claim out of hand. And that was that.

“So we had an unhappy former employee. But this happens. And usually they move on. Sometimes they’re just not suited for the work, and they move on and get a job somewhere else. But he remained in town, because every now and then someone would run into him at the grocery store or someplace like that.

“But,” Marks said, “I don’t recall getting a report of any run-ins or difficult situations … so there was not a lot of concern.”
Source: Washington Post

Guy just seemed like he had an anger problem, I'm not a doctor or anything so I don't know if that counts as a "mental illness" or just a weirdo with a temper.