I wrote “A Triumph for Life in the NYC Theatre World,” which covered the New York City play
based on the sixth and final episode of this podcast. In the article you can read the story of how Phelim McAleer stumbled upon the trial of Gosnell, and how he and his wife, Ann McElhinney, used their skills as journalists to bring this story to light when
no one else on the national stage was doing that. Before the play, they wrote a book, Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, and they produced a film, Gosnell:
The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.
The podcast tells how they helped spark a social media outrage at the lack of coverage, while, at the same time, a Philadelphia murder trial of Jody Arias was covered daily. Finally
Peggy Noonan talked about Gosnell’s trial on a Sunday morning news program and at last the courtroom was filled with reporters.
The podcast could really be called a six-part audio documentary. It includes interviews with the detectives,
members of Gosnell’s staff, prosecutors, Gosnell’s surviving victims, and even recorded phone calls with Gosnell in prison. Also, actors brought court transcripts and the grand jury testimony to life.
The title and format are
intended to reach a secular audience, and Serial Killer made its way to number 11 on True Crime Worldwide podcast charts.
That being said, the team covered the horrific story with only enough details
to make it clear that Gosnell was running, as McElhinney and McAleer labeled it, “a house of horrors.” One of the arresting detectives pointed out there was no five-second rule if you dropped something on that floor. Cats were everywhere. Unqualified
staff, some teenagers, were performing abortions, distributing heavy medications, including anesthesia and… This is where McElhinney, who narrates, would say, “I should warn you that some of the details are distressing.…” Gosnell
and some on his staff would allow babies to be born alive before snipping their necks with scissors. Most of the blasphemy and profanity has been bleeped out, and most of that language comes in the first episode, during recorded calls between the detective
and the drug dealer buying fake opioid prescriptions from Gosnell.
This is not only a story of Gosnell’s crimes, but how the state allowed him literally to get away with murder because Republican, pro-abortion Governor Tom Ridge
forbade inspections of abortion clinics, so Gosnell had 17 years of zero oversight. McElhinney said, “This failure to inspect effectively facilitated Gosnell in his campaign of abuse and murder.” There was a clamor in the Grand Jury room to bring
charges against the Department of Health staff, and though that didn’t happen, I believe something major did happen.
I believe when Gosnell was stopped a curse over Pennsylvania was broken. Lori Meed’s article “You
Can Awaken Penn’s Holy Seed of a Nation” reports how William Penn’s vision for founding Pennsylvania, much of which was adopted for our nation, is now revived through the Celebration of Penn’s Proclamation for Peace and Unity, which
was held on July 1 in Pennsylvania’s capital, Harrisburg.
On the national stage, the first episode of the podcast was released the day before Roe v. Wade was abolished. It arrived just in time to speak into the national debate about
what abortion really is.
Last year I tweaked a one-man drama about Gideon that I’ve been performing since 1991. I had been studying Baal and Asherah and put Gideon’s
destruction of their worship sites into the sketch for the first time for a church in Mississippi. That’s the state where the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case, which was taken to the Supreme Court, originated. Gideon’s action prevented
the people from sacrificing their children to foreign gods. Then, in Texas, I performed the piece again, the Sunday after Roe was abolished, and in the midst of the performance it dawned on me: God
could not protect the Hebrew people until they stopped sacrificing children! Now that the national mandate to sacrifice children is gone, God can protect us from our enemies without and within. Let’s pray into that!
pray that an event like celebrating Penn’s Proclamation is held on a national level!
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