This was a book that truly horrified me. The things revealed in this detailed account of Gosnell’s "work" over the years are some of the most horrific stories I have ever heard. Sincerely. There were definitely moments while reading this book that I had to stop, put the book down and step away for a few minutes. It’s truly maniacal and abhorrent what this man has gotten away with.
I’ll give you a little rundown but, I am not going to tell you too much because I want you to read the book. There’s also a movie made about this guy so I am going to be trying to find that soon as well.
Basically, what we have here is a man who is a sworn doctor and is trusted to perform medical and abortion services to the best of his ability and while observing every law regarding such matters. Needless to say, this is NOT what happened.
This is a man who has perverted the field of medicine. Preying on the already poor, the already weak and the already victimized to make his money. He turned his practice into a revolving door of back alley abortions, illegal medications, drug trafficking and murder.
The biggest crime this man committed is a crime against humanity. These women, his patients, came to him needing help, needing an expert, needing medical care and treatments. What they got was something far below standards of care and treatment so careless and inhumane that I would classify it as a form of torture.
What I read about in this book details the crimes of a man who only sees himself and the bottom line. He has no concern for human beings, especially for women, their struggles with womanhood and motherhood, the dangers of practicing improper medicine and the letter of the law.
He had unqualified people in the nurse role, doling out narcotic medication and sedatives without any knowledge of dosages, what can’t be mixed with what, no training on health codes and sanitation and disinfection. He had flea-infested cats roaming his practice, the operating rooms, the recovery areas, reception, everywhere. There was cat urine and feces all over the facility. There was dried blood, fresh blood and all kinds of other things contaminating the facility.
Woman were lied to about the gestational age of their fetuses. Babies were born alive and then killed, instead of performing the correct procedure or refusing to do the procedure altogether. He routinely performed procedures on women who were carrying fetuses BEYOND the legal gestational age for termination. These women would be told they were just under the wire when in reality, they were way over it.
The things that stick out in my mind and made me have an OMG moment were these:
Gosnell delivered fully developed, healthy babies time and time again and murdered them after delivery.
Gosnell had a collection of severed baby feet in his office. Many different baby’s feet.
He stored the removed fetuses in cut off milk jugs and left them in his facility.
He had women “recovering” from these procedures in hard wooden chairs with no medication or antibiotics.
His facility was beyond filthy.
No government or state agency EVER fully did their job.
Gosnell’s facility was called on by a number of officials numerous times. They almost always seemed to either overlook the obvious nastiness or they didn’t follow through with calling him out on it. None of his staff was ever checked out and in fact, staff at other clinics and facilities were directing patients to Gosnell. Medical and nursing schools were directing would-be professionals to go intern at Gosnell’s office! Seems everyone was either clueless or in denial about the tragedies that were occurring at 3801 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia.
There’s much, much more detail to this story. I’ve only brushed the surface of the horrors this man and his personnel put these woman and infants to. And his personnel were almost just as bad as he was.
Still, the actual number of deaths that occurred at his clinic will never be known. But, at least we know what we know…now.
The most gruesome and horrifying things you can read for yourself. You must get this if you love true crime. This is a serial killer of a different order than what we are used to. I highly recommend this book. Just be ready for some shock factor.
I got this book yesterday and after lunch I decided to read a chapter or two to get a feel for the story. By the end of the night, I had read the whole book. It’s rare that I can sit and read a book cover to cover in just one sitting. With a few regular life interruptions halting me every once in a while, I still got the whole thing read in just a few hours’ time.
In an incredible first-hand account, we read of a horribly disturbed and vicious man who preyed on the vulnerable, the weak and the frail, the disenfranchised. Most of these victims were female. Unsuspecting at the start and slowing driven to the terror of knowing their demise was looming over them.
Robert Durst is currently being held in prison during his trial for the murder of Susan Berman, who happened to be his best friend at one time and for many years.
William Steel is NOT the author’s real name. It is a pseudonym that he is using for his protection. Protection from whom? From what? Robert Durst. And the law. He is currently at an undisclosed location and will be until the Durst matter is fully resolved.
The experiences and memories told by Steel are, at the very least, disturbing and at most, bone chilling and blood curdling. Some of it is so incredible that it would be hard to believe if you didn’t know the history of the man in this book and also, the man telling the story.
William Steel is a former jewel and art thief. He has found his redemption and reformation in religion. He describes in as much detail as he can the horrific experiences he encountered as a close personal friend of Robert Durst.
There are many interesting things about this book. The first, and most obvious, is the personal and ongoing friendship with Durst. Steel felt from the very moment he met Durst (due to the circumstances) that Durst had killed his wife. This suspicion was bolstered as time went on until Durst practically confessed to Steel decades later.
William Steel was a thief. That’s an admitted fact. That doesn’t mean he didn’t have a moral compass. He talks about his ill mother and the effects growing up with her had on him. He became a front line protector of his mother and other people he saw bullied, especially women. He may have done a lot of morally questionable things during his years of thievery but, he drew the line at violence. If he witnessed a woman getting mistreated, he became the “knight in shining armor” and at the same time maintained his distance as best he could from the horrors he was so often faced with.
Durst is a multimillionaire. A man on trial for murder with millions of dollars at his disposal for his dream team legal defense squad. But there are some serious hurdles the defense will have to overcome if they are going to get a Not Guilty verdict on the trial over Susan Berman’s untimely demise. The biggest one being that Durst seems to talk about his crimes…a lot…to almost anyone. I have never heard of another serial murderer talking about his crimes so often to so many people.
There is a mountain of inside information from Steel about Durst. Not only his crimes but also just the kind of person and man that he was. Steel gives the exact kind of insight we always look for when talking about serial killers. Who was this person? How did he behave on a day to day basis? What did his eccentricities include and how did ALL of this relate to his crimes???
Another interesting thing is that, even with all his morals about human beings and women, Steel was still (AT THAT TIME) very much a criminal. His inaction in not reporting Durst to the police on many occasions stemmed from not having enough evidence, trying to set him up for blackmail or arrest AND keeping himself, and others, safe from Durst.
The ability to not only put up with someone like Robert Durst but to also be able to stomach the things he did is an incredible feat. There are MANY instances described in detail where Steel, like any normal human being, would want to kill Durst. But, his ability to read Durst and manipulate him saved his own life and at least two others.
Throughout reading this whole book it was never forgotten that the narrator was a convicted criminal. HOWEVER, not all criminals are violent and bad people and NOT ALL CRIMINALS lie. While it is true that we do see a lot of criminals lie a vast majority of the time, do NOT let that cloud your ability to accept information from a first-hand source.
Steel repeats various things many times throughout the book and although I know that books go through many drafts and editing processes, his core statements never change. He accepts what he was and is honest about what happened. Even with things, as he tells us a few times, that are incredibly embarrassing to him.
That’s not always easy for a man to do.
Plus, after reading this, you have to know that their chance meeting outside a restaurant would have been just that, a chance meeting between two strangers and nothing more. BUT, because of Robert’s big boastful mouth and that of his partner and friend at the time, Susan Berman, William Steel was immediately curious about this “millionaire” and was hoping to get a scam going to swindle some money away from the rich man. Instead, what he got was first class, front row seat to the tragic psychopathy that makes up Robert Durst.
This book will creep anyone out. But it’s ridiculous to think that people like this don’t exist. The fact that he is currently on trial does give me some relief, although, these days, the justice system doesn’t seem to be working as well as it could be. I, after reading this book, will be very curious to see how that trial progresses because I DO think Robert Durst killed his wife and others. The things in this book, some of them are just too far out to be made up. I mean, crime drama TV shows haven’t even been able to come up with this kind of stuff.
Any true crime fan will love this book. Horror fans might be partial to it as well. Anyone with a weak stomach or is easily offended, this book isn’t for you. You can wait for the Lifetime Channel made-for-TV movie.
Update: Since this is such a fast read and so fascinating, it would be ridiculous for you not to have your own copy. Visit the link below to purchase and shudder with horror and disbelief.
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Written by Stephanie Harris
A Psychological Thriller Set in the Woods
Stephanie Harris’ new book marks beginning of series
When Rebecca Paige decides to vacation alone at an isolated resort in the woods, it is a welcome break from her position as the administrator of a psychiatric hospital. Little does she know, the poet is also visiting this peaceful hideaway, and his motivation is far more sinister in nature. “The Poet” by Stephanie Harris is a psychological thriller that does not shy away from the darkness of humanity.
On the last day of her trip, Rebecca has an unusual encounter with Jack Shelley, the man in the cabin next door. After he leaves, men with guns suddenly descend on the resort and take Rebecca and the other guests hostage.
“My goal was to create a morality tale hiding underneath an edge of your seat thriller, that doesn't pull any punches.” said Harris.
“Stephanie Harris’s sexy and suspenseful ‘The Poet’ is a genre triumph, with unrelenting action, intriguing characters, and memorable sensuality,” stated a Foreword Clarion Review
Slightly twisted with a literary flair, “The Poet” is the first installment in the new and captivating “The Poet Series” that will have readers thinking about the dark and wondering if love, redemption, and forgiveness really do apply to everyone.
About the Author
Stephanie Harris is the author of psychological thrillers, and she has a special affection for all things disturbing and uncomfortable. A life-long Midwesterner and a licensed professional counselor, Harris spends her free time writing, day dreaming, and pursuing atypical conversation.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s short, captivating and gripping at every turn of the page and is a very fast read. This is a true psychological thriller. The characters are awesomely described and the writer creates some of the most violent and graphic images in the mind of the reader. We go back and forth between a couple of time frames. One is the current happenings at the end of Rebecca’s vacation. The other are flashbacks to a childhood. I happen to believe the child to be “The Assassin” character who is nicknamed “The Poet”. But, that remains to be confirmed for sure.
This is the first book in a new series that I just have to have. By the end of this first book, you will be so hooked and involved in the story you’ll want to continue into book two right away. I do but, I don’t have book two…yet.
If you are a fan of psychological thrillers and like series books, then you will definitely want to pick this up.
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I finally had the chance to read book two of Bedtime Tales of Horror. I so enjoyed it! I think it was a level up from the first. It’s almost as if the first book was an intro to horror and then in book two we get a good solid dose of blood, death, gore and all the things we expect from a great tale of terror. There were tons of spooks and scares, disgusting descriptions and gory goodies to keep you turning pages.
I loved each and every one of these stories.
We have a vengeful band of birds who impose their own form of justice on a pair of misguided boys. A beautiful date with a sweet guy goes very sideways. Then, there’s a scorned woman that develops a unique taste for revenge and murder. We read of a brokenhearted woman who is charmed and seduced by a unique man with unique interests. A group of friends go camping and have a refreshing experience involving an unusual spring in the woods. Then there’s a suspicious group of tenants that take up residence in a house and cause the landlord problems. A poor and hopeless couple turn to desperate measures when looking for a solution to a sleep issue. While vacationing in a cabin, a group of friends deals with a surprise guest. A caring co-worker attempts to help a friend with his ailments. Like a lot of people, we read about a lonely woman that turns to a dating website in search for love. A man attempts his own solutions to a pest problem and gets more than he bargained for. Finally, two female friends at odds over a guy put the past behind them while sharing their favorite beauty secrets.
I really feel like Poage stepped it up for this book. The tales were more intense and more graphic. The imagery was better. I got through this one a lot faster. It held my attention a lot easier which is saying something because the first book was a pretty easy read and held my attention well too. But, I just breezed right through this one. I can’t wait to get into book three. I hope it’s just as good as what I’ve read so far.
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Murder, Lies and Cover-Ups by David Gardner
I just finished reading a very interesting book about conspiracy theories and some of the most famous deaths in our country’s history. This particular book focuses on the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and (of the UK) Princess Diana.
For instance, there has long been talk about the Mob being behind Kennedy’s death whether it be for revenge for not easing up on his cracking down on them or because his father was not doing so well with the mob himself, rumors circulated that JFK’s father went to the mob to help buy the election in his son’s favor in return for getting Jack and Bobby to lay off investigating organized crime activity. Some say when JFK took the Presidency and went gung ho after the mob that he was gunned down in retaliation for going back on the deal that was made.
And Marilyn Monroe. So many don’t believe that she took her own life. People closest to her knew of plans she was making for the future. But she was embroiled in a number or torrid love affairs with some very dangerous people, whether it be physical or the power they held.
Then there’s the tragic deaths of two of the Kings in music history, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. So many rumors have stirred about both of them, their behavior, their drug use, addiction and depression, not to mention unsavory characters weaseling into their lives.
Finally, Princess Diana. A woman the world thought was the epitome of goodness, charity, generosity and love and kindness. That beautiful smile and those innocent eyes his they tragic events of her day to day life, much in the way we all saw Jackie Kennedy pretend her President husband wasn’t sleeping with every girl that walked by. A broken marriage and the constant barrage of displeasure from the Royal Family made life very difficult for Di.
So, what really happened to these extraordinary people that, as it turns out, were just like anyone else? Was it the mob that killed JFK? What about Marilyn? Did her death have something to do with her romantic involvement with John or Bobby Kennedy? And what really DID kill Elvis? Was it his heart? Was it a drug overdose? Was it a money hungry snake in his band of brothers he’d formed to protect him?
The theories detailed in this book are clean-cut, easy to follow and very plausible. Of course, we’ll never REALLY know what happened but, out of all the theories I’ve heard, these sure do top the list as good possibilities. If you like real life mysteries, conspiracy theories or if you have an open mind, you would really find this book interesting. It was such a captivating read, I got through it pretty fast. I also think true crime buff would like this book. It reads like a true crime documentary show. Very informative, seems well researched and it presents complete theories and sound ideas of what happened. Not to mention that countless records and witness were scoured for evidence and the result, this book, is nothing short of mind blowing and fascinating.
Written by April A. Taylor
I can’t even begin to explain how much I enjoyed this novel. But I’m going to try.
This was a gripping and chilling story about a guy, his broken heart, his twisting mind and a vacation of solitude in a cabin.
Here’s the blurb on it:
Welcome to Cabin Green, where the setting is familiar, but the story is completely unexpected. This original, terrifying psychological thriller is the debut horror novel from the author of the highly-rated Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Series. Socially conscious, inclusive, and raw modern Gothic horror that reflects the world around us and takes a close look at the destructive nature of grief. Current Goodreads average rating (as of August 11): 3.85 stars.
Going to Cabin Green alone after the death of his fiancée was Ben's first mistake. His second mistake was tempting fate by saying, "There's no such thing as an evil building." Now he's caught in a nightmare of his own making deep in the woods of Northern Michigan. Even worse, a family history of mental illness makes it impossible for him to know if the ghosts haunting the cabin are real or all in his head.
This modern Gothic horror story takes the reader directly into Ben's hellish experience. Is he crazy? Is a ghost haunting him? The only way to find out is to make it to the end of this deep, dark thrill ride that's filled with more twists than a roller coaster.
This book was inspired by a real-life, spooky green cabin in Northern Michigan that's so well-hidden it can't be found by GPS!
Within this novel, you'll be taken back and forth in time. The time frames are indicated by clear markers. These time jumps provide valuable background information about the main characters and allow you to get to know them more intimately. These jumps are also used as a device to weave a thread throughout the entire book that provides clues about the cabin's sinister secrets. Pay close attention: Can you guess the shocking ending?
Content Warning: This isn't a Saw-type torture story, but it does contain gore, sex, profanity, and deeply disturbing psychological themes. This isn't a fluffy horror story; it's emblematic of the destructive, devastating nature of depression/grief. Readers are taken directly into the main character's experience, which means that feelings of confusion are normal and intentional. Until Ben knows what's going on, readers won't know, either! For mature readers only.
NOMINEE: The Kindle Book Review 2018 Reader's Choice Award for Best Horror/Suspense (winner to be named in October 2018).
In my opinion, I thought this was a spectacular read. While it kept my attention the whole time, the last fifty pages or so were absolutely gripping and wicked suspenseful. I couldn’t force myself to put it down. I had to find out what happened. And I wasn’t disappointed with the ending.
I thought Taylor did an expert and meticulous job creating this story, forming imagery with her words, invoking real emotion on the part of the reader. It’s so easy to get caught up in everything along with Ben. You really do become part of the story yourself, going through the same experiences with the same intensity as our main character.
Anyone who is a fan of horror novels, the suspenseful thriller kind, this is SO for you.
This is an incredible book! Talk about an in depth look at the case file. Ms. Barrett has expertly accumulated a multitude of information about this case. We get the detailed notes and reports of the investigating detectives, along with constant tidbits of news reports from the newspapers of the times. Each offers a unique insight into the minds, behaviors and personalities of the two young killers.
What is truly fascinating is the callousness with which these boys approach this whole ordeal, from the conception of the murder plot to getting arrested to their behavior in court. They are so matter-of-fact about the whole thing. A little boy was murdered. And he was murdered by family. The entire depth of the case is so emotionally empty on the parts of the murderers. It seems as though they were not only unshaken by the killing a young boy but, they were also not stressed by getting caught. Even as they are being questioned we read their utter nonchalance and superiority complexes oozing through their words.
As if that wasn’t horrible enough, even with the boy dead, they sent a ransom letter to Bobby’s parents and made ominous phone calls to the family’s home.
Eight days after the murder, these two young men (Leopold, 19 and Loeb, 18) were officially taken for questioning in the matter. This questioning would launch a wave of horror and bewilderment among the community.
It is found out that these young men were incredibly narcissistic and believed that because they had superior intellect there was nothing wrong with them murdering someone of lesser intelligence. They also thought they committed the perfect murder.
Yet, they made numerous mistakes. The victim was someone they knew. The body dump site was a place where Leopold often took part in bird watching. One of the killers dropped his eyeglasses at the dump site (even though there was no DNA in the 20s, these glasses proved to be a very important piece of evidence in proving the guilt of the suspects). They, like a lot of murderers, planned the crime itself very meticulously however, failed to plan the aftermath in such exquisite detail. And, as so many killers of the “serial” nature tend to display, these two men thought they were not only smarter than the police but, that they were smarter than everyone on the planet.
This book is an amazing collection of the case involving investigative reports, interrogations, court transcripts, photos and other evidence. This is a great way to get a full and complete understanding of the case and also, the way things were at the time of the murder, how society behaved.
The only thing that made it not even difficult to read but, challenging, was that the manner of speaking in the 20s was considerably different than it is now. Some of the transcripts and interrogation notes and such are a little harder to follow because the language is what we would now consider somewhat antiquated. THIS IS, IN NO WAY, THE AUTHOR’S FAULT.
Nina Barrett does a superb job of compiling information and parsing it all out in an organized and logical manner for the reader to absorb and enjoy. Her words are direct and concise and the evidence presented, along with photographs, can be chilling at times.
This is truly a gem of a true crime book. Any true crime fan would LOVE this book. Not only was it interesting to read but, also extremely educational.
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