Friday, September 30, 2005

An interview with a twisted mind

"Dr. Death" will be up for parole on two years. Jack Kevorkian, the physician responsible for some 130 deaths recently told to MSNBC's Rita Cosby that he would pursue his cause a little differently if allowed to walk free:

LAPEER, Mich. --If released from prison, former doctor Jack Kevorkian says he'll still campaign to legalize assisted suicide but won't resume helping people to die that way.

Kevorkian, 77, is serving a 10- to 25-year sentence for second-degree murder for giving a fatal injection of drugs to a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease in 1998. Kevorkian, who has said he assisted in at least 130 deaths, is not eligible for parole until 2007.

In an MSNBC interview recorded at a Michigan prison and broadcast Thursday night, Kevorkian said he also hopes to travel and visit family if granted parole.

He emphasized that he would not help those who want to die by breaking the law or encourage other doctors to do so.

"I have said publicly and officially that I will not perform that act again when I get out," he said. "What I'll do is what I should have done earlier, is pursue this from a legal standpoint by campaigning to get the laws changed."

When asked by interviewer Rita Cosby if he regretted the actions that put him in prison, Kevorkian replied: "Well, I do a little."

Kevorkian also discussed the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman whose feeding tube was removed in March after her husband won a court order to allow her to die.

Kevorkian said that had the woman's situation come up 10 years ago, he would have considered taking her as a patient.

And then like many of his past patients he would have left her body in a van for authorities to find. So much for dying with dignity.

I know that assisted suicide is a touchy issue, especially with those who have had to watch a family member suffer in a hospital bed day-in and day-out. But trust me when I say that Jack Kevorkian is nothing less than a serial killer. His high intelligence and charisma have enabled him to couch his sick obsession in the pretense of a noble cause but I honestly believe the man gets a perverse enjoyment out of watching the life slowly ebb out of his patients. And don't believe for a second that he won't return to his "practice" after being released -- like others of his kind he won't be able to resist.