Gay Stripper Gets Life In Prison For Murder Of Secret Lover

William Bradley Morgan (mugshot)

A former dancer at a gay strip club in Atlanta has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his boyfriend.

William Bradley Morgan, 37, was convicted on multiple charges including the murder of 43-year-old Brian Campbell, as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft by taking, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the two men met at a club in 2015. At the time, both were married to women.

Morgan was employed as a dancer at the infamous all-nude Swinging Richards gay nightclub in Atlanta. His estranged wife lived in Alabama.

Campbell, an executive for Comcast, lived in Delaware with his wife and children, but business trips brought him to Atlanta frequently.

The two men soon became intimate and secretly began living together.

But over time Morgan became financially dependent on Campbell. The financial situation, along with Morgan’s addiction to methamphetamines and the secret nature of their relationship eventually led Campbell to consider ending the romance.

After spending the day at a racing event on October 1, 2016, Campbell apparently told Morgan he was leaving him. 

It was at that point that Morgan shot Campbell twice in the head. Attempting to cover up the murder, he wrapped Morgan in plastic trash bags and hid the body in a closet.

Morgan turned the thermostat down and lit a scented candle presumably to conceal the smell. On his way out the door, he stole Campbell’s Land Rover Discovery, two expensive watches, his cell phone, an iPad, his wallet and a handgun.

It would be four days until Campbell’s body would be found when his wife contacted authorities filing a missing persons report. His abandoned vehicle was found in Calhoun County, Alabama. Two weeks later, Morgan was arrested in Jacksonville, Alabama, after a standoff with police.

After his arrest, he admitted to the secret relationship and stealing Campbell’s belongings, but denied committing the murder.

Morgan had previously spent time in prison for aggravated assault and domestic violence.

This week, Fulton Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua sentenced Morgan to life in prison.

Jonathan Van Ness Comes Out As HIV-Positive In New Memoir

Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye fame

Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye fame

In advance of his upcoming memoir, Over the Top, Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye fame sat down with the New York Times to touch on some of the more ‘vulnerable’ subjects in the book.

Among those are coming out about his struggles with sex and drug addiction to the day of his diagnosis as HIV-positive.

Offering a Cliff Notes of the new autobiography, the Times includes details from Van Ness’s life like growing up in Quincy, Illinois, as a self-described “little baby queen;” the taunts he was subjected to throughout school years (“I was too fat, too femme, too loud and too unlovable”); and spending early teen years in AOL chat rooms where he would learn to meet older men for sex.

Exalting in the freedom felt after moving from Illinois to Arizona for college, his first month he blew his monthly allowance on cocaine. Embarrassed by his own recklessness, rather than ask his mother for more money, he began to advertise sex for money on a gay personals site.

He would end up flunking out of college at the end of his first year.

But years of styling his Barbie dolls’ hair would lead him to his current career as a beautician.

The cover of 'Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love'

But as his drug and sex addictions continued, he spiraled downward whle working and living in Los Angeles. 

After a fainting episode, while coloring a client’s hair, he went to Planned Parenthood where a blood test would reveal his HIV-positive status. He was 25-years-old.

“That day was just as devastating as you would think it would be,” he tells the Times.

Since that time, he’s gotten his addictions under control, his parody series Gay of Thrones brought him public attention (it was nominated for 3 Creative Arts Emmys), and ultimately found his place as a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning reboot of Queer Eye.

The Times article closes by writing:

He is healthy and now describes himself as an out-and-proud “member of the beautiful H.I.V.-positive community.”

“When ‘Queer Eye’ came out, it was really difficult because I was like, ‘Do I want to talk about my status?,” he said. “And then I was like, ‘The Trump administration has done everything they can do to have the stigmatization of the L.G.B.T. community thrive around me.’” 

He paused before adding, “I do feel the need to talk about this.”

“These are all difficult subjects to talk about on a makeover show about hair and makeup,” he said. “That doesn’t mean ‘Queer Eye’ is less valid, but I want people to realize you’re never too broken to be fixed.”

“Having the opportunity to write my book and share my story with you is the most important opportunity I’ve ever had,” shared Van Ness on his Instagram today. “The first article about the book came out today from the @nytimes & I’m relieved I can speak fully about the things that shape my experience in life.”

“The book speaks to some extremely difficult times but it’s also filled with my humor, joy and voice & I can’t wait to share it with you fully,” he adds. “Thanks so much for your support so far, it means the world.”

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love will be released September 24.