DR. KERMIT GOSNELL, 72, IS SHOWN IN THIS COURTROOM ARTIST SKETCH DURING HIS SENTENCING AT PHILADELPHIA COMMON PLEAS COURT IN PHILADELPHIA, PA., ON MAY 15, 2013. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
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Who is the most prolific serial killer in modern history?
Was it Robert Pickton, charged with murdering 26 women, convicted of six, but whose statements suggest he may have killed 49?
Was it Andrei Chikatilo, the Russian convicted of murdering 53 women and children in the 1980s?
Was it Anders Breivik, who killed 77 and injured more than 300 in a shooting spree in Norway?
No, it was none of these. It was an American doctor, named Kermit Gosnell. The exact number of murder victims is not known, but is likely well into the hundreds, perhaps more than 1,000.
Gosnell was a doctor who ran an abortion clinic in Philadelphia. He aborted thousands of babies, but that is not what we’re talking about.
What Gosnell did in that office, over a period of decades, was not limited to abortions. He delivered hundreds of live, healthy babies. But once they were born, he killed them. He murdered baby children.
Gosnell killed a six-pound baby boy, born at 30 weeks. Healthy, premature babies are regularly delivered a month and a half younger than that. He killed an even older baby, for an extra $1,000. He would deliver the babies, and then cut their spinal cord — a procedure he and his staff called “snipping.”
It was murder, over and over again, over decades. Police found a house of horrors in his office — even dead babies stacked in the freezer.
Why haven’t you heard of this monster? He was charged and convicted, as were many of his staff. It was a spectacular trial — a doctor who took the Hippocratic oath to do no harm being a cold-blooded executioner.
Canada was riveted in horror and sorrow for weeks during the trial of Paul Bernardo, convicted of rape and three murders. Pickton’s name is infamous.
Gosnell’s death toll eclipses many other mass murderers combined. Even more diabolical was the factory approach to it, the clinical, scientific assembly line, fully staffed, paid for in part by taxpayers. And the majority of Gosnell’s victims were African American babies.
He was convicted just 12 months ago — it’s not ancient history.
He was convicted of more than 200 offences, including several murders. So again, why the media blackout?
Why isn’t his name as well known as other serial killers? Why has there not been a TV movie about him?
It surely cannot be because of media squeamishness. Hollywood media loves gore; brutal crime shows like CSI, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, a show that glamorizes rape. Dexter — a show where a serial killer was the hero — ran for eight seasons, won several Emmys, and was a ratings hit.
If there is such demand for brutality and gore in the media, why the blackout on the Gosnell murders?
Why were the benches in the courtroom, set aside for media, nearly empty, week after week?
The answer is obvious: Because the murderer was an abortion doctor, in an abortion clinic, committing hundreds of late-term, partial-birth abortions and full-birth murders, usually of minorities, usually paid for by taxpayers.
That sort of horror story would sell. Too well. Because it would undermine the official narrative that abortions can’t be criticized, that late-term abortions are a myth, that it’s all safe and sound and medically approved and happy. That happy left-wing pro-abortion narrative would be damaged by reports of a multimillionaire abortionist, getting rich off murder, operating in the system for decades.
So, the story itself was aborted.
Enter filmmakers Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magda Segieda. They have decided to do what Big Hollywood won’t: To make a true crime TV movie about Kermit Gosnell.
They’re raising $2.1 million, not from Hollywood studios, but online. They’re crowd-funding it, in thousands of little contributions from ordinary Americans and Canadians.
Do you think this movie should be made? If so, you can help make it. Go to http://www.GosnellMovie.com. It’s a story that must be told.