People Magazine: Who Was Vester Lee Flanagan, the Man Who Allegedly Shot 3 People on Live TV?
A Close Family
Born in 1973 in Oakland, California, to Vester and Betty Flanagan, he was raised as a strict Jehovah's Witness. Life seemed stable. His mother was a teacher for 37 years. He had two sisters, Vicki and Valerie. "His family was close," says childhood friend Shaun Barton. "Both of his parents came from pretty big families, so he had a lot of cousins, too. The family would have a lot of get-togethers, and I always got the feeling that he liked that."
When his mother died in 2008, Flanagan took the loss hard. "That's when we fell out of touch," says Barton. "He just withdrew to himself and cut off all contact with anyone from his past. You could tell he was in a lot of pain."
Hi, could Anyone tell me please tell me
what denomination was the shooter that killed all those people in the movie
theater? What about the shooter from the elementary school? Or the guy that
killed a police officer yesterday in LA or the guy that shot that guy in NC? Or
the recent shooting at the church. Even that was not religious related but a
hate crime based on race only. I don’t remember their religion ever becoming a
factor AT all. please don’t make this an issue about religious and blame JWs.
regardless of who you are and what you are, what you choose to do is on you and
you only and if is a matter of mental faculties, then is that and only
that. Terrorism can be blamed on religion because is about that. This
senseless killing is about a sick man and nothing more
Orwellian Watchtower World.
Coping & reasoning skills are lacking among folks who are raised JWs.According to US studies, "Jehovah's Witnesses are more likely to be admitted to psychiatric hospitals than the general population".
"As a writer in the American journal Free Inquiry puts it: 'Either the Jehovah's Witness sect tends to ATTRACT an excess of pre-psychotic individuals who may then break down, or else being a Jehovah's Witness is itself a stress that may precipitate psychosis. "'Possibly both of these factors operate together ...'" The religion in their very own literature will ADMIT to Jehovah's Witnesses members *high stress levels* in other words manifestation of member mental illness: PTSD, depression,suicidal ideation,anxiety etc....
They ADMIT to this when propaganda serves them to advertise the *hardships" and *persecution* associated with being in the *one true religion*.
Do a search google*Jehovah's Witnesses* scroll past their 'official' propaganda page and find out what others who have had dealings with them say.
While no one can really know what was going on inside his head, there are a couple of points in this article that, growing up as a Jehovah's Witness, I understand all too well.
Some other articles I have read, share stuff about him that is more related to mental illness in general and not a by product of being a JW, but I can honestly say, being a JW doesn't help anyone. They discourage (discourage is a euphemism for forbid -encourage is a euphemism for a command, in JW speak) outside help, their idea of help is "pray more, study more, and go door to door more", that doesn't help anyone who is having mental health issues, it makes it worse. "Jehovah told me to shoot them" for example.