Gosnell played Chopin while police investigated flea-infested basement

By Dave Andrusko

NBC10—the Philadelphia affiliate—has done outstanding reporting on Kermit Gosnell, the abortionist who was convicted of three counts of first degree murder and accepted a plea bargain in which the death penalty was taken off the table in exchange for Gosnell accepting three consecutive life sentences. Yesterday, on both the station itself and on its webpage, viewers and readers learned even more shocking details about Gosnell. (The court-ordered gag order was lifted Wednesday.)

Here’s just some what we learn from “Kermit Gosnell Lived in ‘Squalor’: Had Fleas in Home: CSI : Former abortion doctor played Chopin as investigators searched his home for fetal remains,” by Vince Lattanzio and David Chang. Brace yourself.

As NRL News Today has reported, when Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic was raided in February 2010, the stench was overpowering. “The smells were just unbearable,” Philadelphia Police crime scene investigator John Taggart told NBC10. And then this chilling observation: “You could tell there was death somewhere.”

They found dead babies stuffed inside a refrigerator—the same refrigerator where staff stored their lunches. Then they made the discovery that has disturbed people in a very profound way—the severed feet of babies Gosnell had aborted alive and then slit their spinal cords.

“I’ll remember that for a long time,” Taggart said.

What was not commonly known is that “There’s a lot of babies that are still unaccounted for that we don’t know where they’re at,” Taggart explained. So Taggart and his team began searching Gosnell’s other properties.

While Gosnell’s West Philadelphia home had high-end appliances and a piano, “He just lived in squalor,” Taggart told NBC10. “He would leave plates of food on the floor. There was stuff everywhere in the bedroom. You couldn’t see the bed.” Of course this squalor was precisely what authorities found at his abortion clinic.

“As soon as they [his investigators] went down into the basement, they were covered in fleas,” Taggart said. “He actually gave us a bottle of flea repellent and said, ‘See what a nice guy I am? I told you there were fleas in the basement.’ He said ‘I didn’t have to tell ya’s’”

What was Gosnell doing as police donned bio-hazard suits to investigate the basement? Taggard said Gosnell sat at the piano and played Chopin.

The Philadelphia Police Crime Scene Unit traveled down the Atlantic City Expressway to search for the remains of unaccounted for babies. “We went down there because we thought maybe some of the babies were thrown into the bay,” Taggart said.

They found none—in several crab traps owned by Gosnell or in the bay.

“I believe they are either buried out there or I don’t know where they are,” Taggart told NBC10. “We’ve looked, we’ve looked for three years,” he said.

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Taggart revealed some of the grisly recovery details, elaborating on what witnesses told the jury and the Grand Jury’s 261-page report, much of which NRL News Today has reprinted.

We already knew that since the abortions were started long before Gosnell arrived, women would sometimes deliver their babies in the toilet, clogging the toilets.

“They were shoving body parts down the garbage disposal,” Taggart said. “To the point where they plunged it one day and an arm popped out on Lancaster Avenue.”

The details of Gosnell’s plea bargain were worked out Tuesday and formalized in a brief 15-minute meeting in front of Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart. In addition to the three consecutive life sentences, Gosnell was given an additional 2 l/2 to 5 consecutive years for the involuntary manslaughter death of Karnamaya Mongar who died of an overdose of Demerol administered by Gosnell’s untrained, unlicensed staff. Mongar’s family plans on suing both Gosnell and the City of Philadelphia, according to their attorney.

The Philadelphia DA’s office says Gosnell was also sentenced for 229 violations of Pennsylvania abortion regulations, a reference to Gosnell’s failure to wait 24 hours before aborting women.

As reported in NRL News Today, the raid originally was launched because authorities believed Gosnell was engaged in an illegal narcotics distribution.

According to NBC10, Gosnell will plead guilty to this charge and be sentenced next week.

NBC10 concluded its excellent report, “The clinic, though not opened, still stands today.”

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