Documents reveal why man drove fiery truck into Moyock law firm

Posted at 7:29 PM, Oct 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-28 19:29:16-04

Norfolk, Va.- NewsChannel 3 has hundreds of pages of documents and letters from the man who killed himself earlier this month by driving into a law firm in Moyock.

Alan Lanier sent his family a binder full of documents, explaining why he did it, before his death. Lanier's brother sent NewsChannel 3 a copy of the documents, saying he was fulfilling his brother's dying wish. The documents show Lanier was upset with the legal system in North Carolina.

"If I get there first, I would be willing to escort you to hell in the next world," he writes to one attorney. The pages explain his anger about a complicated bankruptcy case involving a Russian woman and her daughters. Lanier says he was trying to be a good Samaritan in the case, acting as a financial consultant.

"If the Catholic Church failed to obey God, how can you expect the legal profession to be different?" Lanier asks that question in a cover letter of sorts to the two TV stations he intended to send the letters.

Lanier also claims he filed a grievance against John Morrison, an attorney at the Twiford Law firm in Moyock. Lanier claims Morrison used to represent the Russian woman. On October 17, witnesses say Lanier set a bale of hay on fire and then drove into the law firm. Lanier was killed, but no one else was hurt.

NewsChannel 3 still has several questions about the case. We reached out to all the attorneys and the judge he sent letters. One of them told NewsChannel 3 the attorneys tried to work with Lanier in the case, but he didn't work with them.