Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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House of Horrors

Grand jury charges doctor in the deaths of a female patient and seven infants at filthy West Philadelphia abortion clinic.

House of Horrors

District Attorney Seth Williams releases a 260-page Grand Jury report after a West Philadelphia abortion doctor was arrested for the murder of one woman and seven live infants. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the report charges, routinely delivered live babies in the third trimester of pregnancy, then murdered them by "sticking scissors into the back of the baby's neck and cutting the spinal cord."

Usually when covering a press conference, I keep an eye on the person at the podium. But here, as the DA decribed detail after horrific detali from the grand jury report I began watching the reactions of the deputy and assistant DA's - professionals who have seen a lot.  I realized even though they were already familar with the gruesome details, it was clear this was not standard stuff.

One newborn who weighed almost six pounds was so big, the report said, "the doctor joked . . . this baby 'could walk me to the bus stop.' "

Click here for more "highlights" from the jury's report. Or here to download a pdf of the entire report from the DA's website.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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