The title “serial killer” is not exclusively reserved for the likes of Bundy and Dahmer, but applies to Kermit Gosnell in “Serial Killer: A True Crime Podcast.”
With the power to decide laws on abortion returned to the states in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision reversing Roe v. Wade, it is now more important than ever to remind people of the depravity of abortion before the 2022 midterm elections. “Serial Killer,” narrated and produced by the husband-wife duo of investigative journalists Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, is a six-episode podcast series in which McElhinney chronicles the investigation, trial, and conviction of Kermit Gosnell. What initially started as an investigation for selling fake opioids soon opened the door on his house of horrors in Philadelphia, turning his story into one of the nation’s biggest abortion stories.
“From cats roaming about procedure rooms to teenagers administering anesthetics, ‘Serial Killer’ exposes Gosnell’s 40-year killing spree and the political cover-up that allowed him to continue killing,” said McElhinney in a press release. “Several women died, many more were mutilated, and the grand jury that investigated his case found that throughout his career he probably killed hundreds if not thousands of babies born alive. The grand jury found that his crimes were covered up by politicians and Department of Health regulators who did not investigate because his victims were mostly minorities and because they were determined not to shine a negative spotlight on abortion.”
Episode one, which premiered Thursday, June 23, covers the genesis of the Gosnell investigation when abortion was not even a known part of it. The case started as a routine drug investigation, but as police and investigators followed the clues, all roads lead back to Gosnell and something even more sinister than the millions of dollars he made off prescribing oxycontin.
In episode two, which premiers Thursday, June 30, listeners get to enter the infamous Women’s Medical Society Clinic in Philadelphia, Pa., where Gosnell committed a number of atrocities and quite literally hid the bodies.
“It is an incredibly under-reported story,” McElhinney told The Federalist. “Very few people know who Kermit Gosnell is, who the grand jury said killed thousands of children. Even ABC News said he is probably one of the biggest serial killers in American history. Yet, he is not well known. This is an incredibly significant story that was largely ignored.”
“Serial Killer” also debunks the pro-abortion talking point that reversing Roe v. Wade will not reduce abortions, but increase the number of “unsafe” abortions.
“People say that, if you get rid of Roe, you’re going to have all these unsafe abortions,” McElhinney added. “Well, Pennsylvania is a progressive state in regards to abortion, and yet this is what happened [there]. Why would we think for even an instant that this is not currently being replicated across the country?”
“Serial Killer” brings the Gosnell story back to the forefront of our minds with testimonies from firsthand witnesses to Gosnell’s crimes, reenactments of actual court and grand jury testimonies, and jailhouse interviews with Gosnell himself. McAleer and McElhinney have also co-authored the New York Times bestseller, “Gosnell — The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer,” and produced the movie “Gosnell — The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.”