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Interviewing Kermit Gosnell is “sitting in the presence of evil”

by | May 22, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Kermit Gosnell

Kermit Gosnell

Earlier this week we posted about what promised to be a remarkable interview. Trice convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell had, for his own bizarre reasons, agreed to give a prison interview to the producers of “Gosnell,” a forth coming film that will be highly critical of the man whose abortion clinic the Philadelphia District Attorney called a “House of Horror.”

Ann McElhinney was interviewed on TheBlaze TV’s Dana and talked about the two-hour interview, which left her unable to speak for a full hour afterwards, so disturbing was their time with Gosnell. You can read a précis of her remarks and also be linked to the full interview.

Here’s what stands out to me, as someone who has read the entire 261-page report multiple times, dozens and dozens of stories about this 2013 trial, and an e-book.

McElhinney said while she has met many criminals throughout her journalistic career, with Gosnell “you are really sitting in the presence of evil.” She went on:

“It’s almost like all of those literature references to evil and to the devil. He smiles all the time,” McElhinney said, visibly shaken. “He touched my leg. He was physically inappropriate — sat far, far too close in my personal space. Extremely disturbing.” …

“I haven’t met anyone who chilled my blood to that extent ever before,” she concluded. “This man has no sense of guilt.”

Watching the interview it is clear that being in Gosnell’s presence deeply upset McElhinney. “He has an answer for everything,” McElhinney said on Dana. “He lives in his own world. Every word that comes out of his mouth is a lie.”

And then “He lies so easily.”

McElhinney said what on first blush would be impossible to believe, unless you’ve followed Gosnell–that he is “really happy” and “relaxed” in prison. In fact during the interview he “started singing twice.”

McElhinney concluded, “I haven’t met anyone who chilled my blood to that extent ever before,” and perhaps partily explained Gosnell’s bizarre behavior: “This man has no sense of guilt.”

No, he doesn’t. Gosnell is convinced he is a hero to his community, a kind of civil rights leader in his own right, who provided a necessary service to poor women of color. Moreover is also persuaded (somehow) that he will one day get out of jail. In addition, if Gosnell has what most of us would consider to be a conscience, it has never been on display.

Not for the thousands, of viable unborn babies he aborted, nor for the hundreds of viable babies he aborted alive and then murdered by slitting their spinal cords. (Gosnell was convicted of killing just three of these babies; he made sure the records for all the rest vanished.)

I look forward to “Gosnell,” the movie McElhinney and Phelim McAleer are making. But even for the accomplished film makers that they are, it will be an enormous challenge to convey just how evil Gosnell is.

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