SERIAL KILLERS

From: Mindszenty Report, July 1997
Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation
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In the late 1880's a series of grizzly killings known as the Whitechapel murders occurred in London. Young girls of ill-repute were brutally dispatched by a never-identified mutilator called Jack the Ripper. In more recent years, in the U.S., the list of wanton mass-slayers has included Albert DeSalvo, the so-called Boston Strangler; Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed dozens of boys and young men and kept their body parts in his refrigerator; and Ted Bundy, "the Preppie Killer" who abducted, raped, bludgeoned and strangled at least forty -- and perhaps as many as 100 -- young, beautiful women with long dark hair, usually students.

Serial killers all. What prompted their crimes against humanity? That's a question asked over and over again by criminologists, psychiatrists, and sociologists. In each case, the answers have been complicated and murky at best. And have been fathomless, in the long run, when trying to understand what prompts such cruelty.

In civilized society, serial killers are sought out, prosecuted and punished. Except, that is, when mass killings and select suicide are no longer called what they in reality are, but condoned, praised and propagandized by the courts and the media as in the public interest. For example:

DEDICATED TO HIS PROFESSION: DEATH

The county medical examiner ruled "the cause of death -- amniotic fluid embolus -- is a rare but recognized complication of childbirth" in the case of Nichole William, 22, a mother of three, age 1, 3, and 7. But Nichole wasn't giving birth to her fourth child. She was having an abortion this past May at Reproductive Health Services of St. Louis which is owned and operated by Planned Parenthood.

She was the third woman to die during a "procedure" conducted by Robert Crist, a tall, slim man with graying hair and glasses described as "committed to his work" by abortion clinic spokesmen. The others were a "severely retarded" 19-year-old and a 17-year-old in Houston who bled to death according to press reports. Six other wrongful death suits have been filed against the doctor, including one in Texas that alleges the baby was born alive and then killed.

During the heat of the last presidential elections, Dr. Crist was identified by The Village Voice newspaper of New York City as the physician who claimed to have performed an abortion 20 years ago for a woman who said she had been impregnated by then - Senator Robert Dole of Kansas. Local newspapers noted that Dr. Crist was performing abortions in Kansas as early as 1970, three years before the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 that made most abortions legal nationwide.

The same media pointed out that Dr. Crist's credentials were impressive: associate professor at the University of Kansas medical school, a stint as officer in the U.S. Medical Corps in obstetrics and gynecological services at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Md., a specialist in abortion during six months of pregnancy, and that he often testified on behalf of abortion rights in legislative hearings and trials.

Lauding his "dedication and expertise," Planned Parenthood director Patty Brous noted: "Why else would he be willing to wear a bulletproof vest to work every day? In the 1980s he became a "circuit rider" going from state to state as a "provider of abortions, a particular hardship," said Planned Parenthood authorities. But he did it for poor women in states that had little access to abortion. Planned Parenthood provided him with his malpractice insurance coverage as a benefit. It also arranged "financial aid from a national foundation" to pay for Nichole William's fatal abortion, but declined to identify the foundation when asked by the media. Doctor/patient confidentiality, said Planned Parenthood.

The day after Nichole Willams died, Dr. Crist was back bright and early at Reproductive Health Services to perform more abortions. "A very brave and tough guy," said Dr. Mike Burnhill, vice-president of medical affairs for the national Planned Parenthood office in New York City.

Health Department figures, the local media pointed out, reportedly show that "a woman is 11 times more likely to die of complications during childbirth than during an abortion." So Dr. Crist's three abortion-related fatalities are minuscule in comparison. In fact, his record is quite good, the St. Louis media inferred. By all accounts "he is one of the prolific abortion providers in the country," said one area newspaper. He "estimates that he has performed 100,000 abortions during his career...that computes to more than 3,300 abortions a year. Close to 280 abortions a month. About nine every day, seven days a week."

Only three mothers died. The 100,000 babies don't count. Rather, says the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Dr. Crist "has helped 100,000 women end their physically or emotionally troubled pregnancies." Or, in the words of an abortionist-colleague: "For many, many women, you are providing something that is life-saving, physically and emotionally."

If abortionist Dr. Robert Crist, living in his posh manor reportedly once owned by multi-millionaire Howard Hughes, is society's epitome of the good healer of womankind's woes, then Margaret Higgins Sanger (1883-1966) was the Godmother of today's abortion industry as founder of Planned Parenthood.

Born in New York state of Irish immigrant parents, her freethinker father forbade his family any association with the Catholic faith. Later in life, when she founded her magazine Birth Control Review, the first issue dated Sept. 1921 featured a cover picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Christchild as a demonstration of the evils of motherhood.

For decades, the media have treated Margaret Sanger as something close to a secular saint -- keeping quiet about her sordid private life as well as many of her pronouncements which dovetailed with theories of the Nazi eugenicists with whom she agreed.

In 1979, a young writer, Elasah Drogin, wrote a small, but devastating book about Sanger called Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society complete with illustrations from Sanger's magazines and assorted public documents. For example a 1934 article from American Weekly Magazine was titled "A License for Mothers to Have Babies." Limited in distribution, the Drogin book was ignored by Sanger disciples, including her grandson, Alexander C. Sanger, who is president of Planned Parenthood in New York City.

But on May 5 this year, author Steven Mosher let the cat-out-of-the-bag to an audience of millions of readers with a short piece in the Wall Street Journal entitled the "The Repackaging of Margaret Sanger" saying: "Following Sanger's death in 1966 Planned Parenthood felt so confident that it had safely buried her past that it began boasting about 'the legacy of Margaret Sanger.'" In the Wall Street Journal article, Mosher, who was thrown out of Communist China as a visiting U.S. researcher from Stanford for first bringing to light China's forced abortion policy, was objecting to an award named in honor of Sanger being bestowed on BBC television of Great Britain for a documentary on China. Here are some excerpts from the Mosher article:

"...Sanger had little but contempt for the 'Asiatic races' as she and her eugenicist friends called them. During her lifetime, she proposed that their numbers be drastically reduced. But Sanger's preferences went beyond race. In her 1922 book Pivot of Civilization she unabashedly called for the extirpation of 'weeds...overrunning the human garden;' for the segregation of 'morons, misfits, and the maladjusted;' and for the sterilization of 'genetically inferior races.' It was later that she singled out the Chinese, writing in her autobiography about the 'incessant fertility of (the Chinese) millions spread like the plague.'

"There can be do doubt that Sanger would have been wildly enthusiastic over China's one-child policy, for her 'Code to Stop the Overproduction of Children,' published in 1934, decreed that 'no woman shall have a legal right to bear a child without a permit...no permit shall be valid for more than one child.' As for China;s selective elimination of handicapped and abandoned babies, she would have been delighted that Beijing had heeded her decades-long call for exactly such eugenicist policies.

"Indeed, Sanger likely would have turned the award on its head, choosing to praise publicly rather than implicitly criticize China's government for its dying rooms. Even the inhuman operators of Chinese orphanages might have gotten an honorable mention, in order to underline the importance of their front-line work in eliminating what she called the 'unfit' and 'dysgenic.' Sanger was not one for subtlety in such matters. She bluntly defined 'birth control,' a term she coined, as 'the process of weeding out the unfit' aimed at 'the creation of a superman.' She often opined that 'the most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,' and that 'all our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class.'

"Sanger frequently featured racists and eugenicists in her magazine, the Birth Control Review. Contributor Lothrop Stoddard, who also served on Sanger's board of directors, wrote in 'The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy' that, 'We must resolutely oppose both Asiatic permeation of white race-areas and Asiatic inundation of those non-white, but equally non Asiatic regions inhabited by the really inferior races.' Each issue of the Birth Control Review was packed with such ideas. But Sanger was not content merely to publish racist propaganda; the magazine also made concrete policy proposals, such as the creation of 'moron communities,' the forced production of children by the 'fit,' and the compulsory sterilization and even elimination of the 'unfit.'

"Sanger's own racist views were scarcely less opprobrious. In 1939 she and Clarence Gamble made an infamous proposal called the 'Birth Control and the Negro,' which asserted that 'the poorer areas, particularly in the South...are producing alarmingly more than their share of future generations.' Her 'religion of birth control' would, she wrote, '...ease the financial load of caring for with public funds...children destined to become a burden to themselves, to their family, and ultimately to the nation.'

"War with Germany, combined with lurid tales of how the Nazis were putting her theories about 'human weeds' and 'genetically inferior races' into practice, panicked Sanger into changing her organization's name and rhetoric. 'Birth control,' with its undertone of coercion, became 'family planning.' The 'unfit' and the 'dysgenic' became merely 'the poor.' The American Birth Control League became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

"And it began handing out cutely-named Maggie Awards to innocents who often had no inkling of her real views. The first recipient was Martin Luther King who clearly had no idea that Sanger had inaugurated a project to set his people free from the progeny. 'We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the Minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any if their more rebellious members,' Sanger wrote, 'Had Dr. King known why he may have been chosen to receive the award, he would have recoiled in horror.'"

On May 21, the Wall Street Journal published two angry letters protesting Steven Mosher's "demonization of Margaret Sanger." One was from grandson Alexander of Planned Parenthood; the other a keeper of Sanger's papers at New York University's Department of History. Neither refuted Mosher's scholarship, but simply insisted Sanger had helped "save the lives of thousands of mothers and women" in her day.

To which Mosher answered in the Journal's June 16 issue: "Will no one who is not related by blood or money come forward to defend this woman's (Sanger) obnoxious views?" He then followed with "a Margaret Sanger Sampler" of equally appealing statements from the Godmother of Planned Parenthood's official writings.

Of course, nobody can refute the truth about Margaret Sanger. And, in general, the media would rather continue the Planned Parenthood myth that she was one of American history's gallant feminists blazing a path to freedom for the poor and downtrodden and oppressed of the world. The millions of babies butchered in abortion mills don't count!

SELLING OF DR. DEATH

Were some kinky cartoonist charged with the task of creating a weird lampoon of Mary Shelley's famed Dr. Frankenstein, he would need to look no farther for a model than Jack Kevorkian, so-called "Dr. Death" of the physician-assisted suicide coterie.

In his first post-residency job as a pathologist, Kevorkian transfused book from corpses into live volunteers. Of late, he has come out with his own CD entitled "Kevorkian Suite: A Very Still Life" with such numbers as "Celery Stalks at Midnight" featuring himself on the flute.

And, in between, Kevorkian has become famous for hooking individuals up to Rube Goldberg-type suicide machines he has devised -- and later dropping their bodies off in the parking lots of various hospitals from the back of his rusty Volkswagen van.

In a truly extraordinary article in the current May 26 issue of The New Republic ("The Selling of Dr. Death: How a Sharp Lawyer and a Soft Press Made Jack Kevorkian Seem Normal") journalist Michael Betzold, for the first time, reveals how the press -- lead by the New York Times and its freelance reporter with ties to Kevorkian and his lawyer -- set the tone for what became an overwhelmingly pro-Dr. Death media frenzy. Even, as Betzold points out, the medical license-revoked Kevorkian was "suicide-assisting" confused clients who had nothing more serious than fatigue and Munchhausen's syndrome -- a condition where patients fake or induce illness simply for attention.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has now ruled unanimously that there is no constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide, don't expect "Dr." Jack Kevorkian or his clones to fade away. As with the old Frankenstein B-movies, sequels will keep on coming.

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