A Pennsylvania Grand Jury indicted former abortion physician Kermit Gosnell for seven counts of murder. “These seven murders were not isolated incidents. Severing the spinal cords of moving, breathing babies outside their mothers’ wombs was standard procedure” under the direction of Gosnell, the Indictment read.
He has since been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to prison for life.
In a new book, “Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer,” the author dug into the murder and background of many of the victims. The Grand Jury said, “This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.”
The Indictment continued, “Last April, he was charged with the murder of seven infants who were born alive after failed abortion attempts.” According to employees at the facility where the gruesome procedures took place, killing newborn infants was common. Some employees estimated nearly 100 living babies were gruesomely murdered moments after birth.” One detective puts the number of murders in the thousands.
The clinic where the murders took place was named “The Women’s Medical Society and was located and operated in West Philadelphia by Gosnell for the past four decades. The putrid conditions at the clinic “reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again,” the indictment read.
Most of Gosnell’s criminal acts were never prosecuted because Gosnell destroyed the files. One allegation was described as follows:
“Among the relatively few cases that could be specifically documented, one was Baby Boy A. His 17-year-old mother was almost 30 weeks pregnant – seven and a half months – when labor was induced. An employee estimated his birth weight as approaching six pounds. He was breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for disposal. The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could “walk me to the bus stop.”
The author maintains that the horrific story of Gosnell, and his associates, attracted minimal attention by the mainstream press, in large part, because the case placed legal abortions in a bad light. She also opines that the victims need coverage and recognition. A movie has apparently been made, and distribution efforts are underway.
OUR FREE OPINION
Gosnell is not really a “serial killer” in the usual sense where one murders two or more people with a cooling-off period between the murders. He is more of a comfort or custodian (see above under serial killers), killer. Sometimes the murderer takes individuals’ lives to make their lives more comfortable, either financially or emotionally. Gosnell appeared to kill for profit—his clinic made more than one million dollars per year. He also seemed to have a visceral hatred for pregnant minority women even though he was black. He had the victims in his custody and their trust at the same time—the perfect scenario for carrying out his ugly and demented psychotic punishment against them. He is among the worst of the mass murders. Having said this, he is, without a doubt, the exception where abortion clinics are concerned—the vast majority are safe facilities.