Gosnell Accomplice Steven Massof Sentenced in Abortion “House of Horrors” Case

Final three Gosnell co-defendants set for sentencing March 13

Philadelphia, PA – Kermit Gosnell’s right-hand man, Steven Massof, who pled guilty to two counts of third degree murder for killing babies born alive during shoddy late-term abortions, was sentenced yesterday to 6-12 years in prison.

Prosecutor Ed Cameron had asked for a prison term of 10-20 years even though Massof cooperated with the prosecution and testified against Gosnell, who is now serving three life sentences for murder and a host of other crimes.

Massof, who earned a medical degree in the Caribbean nation of Granada, was never licensed to practice in the U.S. He drifted between jobs, often working as a barkeep before landing a job at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia.

“As evil as Dr. Gosnell was, as charismatic as he may have been, he didn’t do this alone. He couldn’t do this without the assistance of someone like you,” said sentencing Judge Benjamin Lerner.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Massof choked back sobs as he admitted culpability. He could not explain why he continued employment at what became known as Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” for five years under squalid conditions making only $300 per week.

Massof described his employment with Gosnell as “a horrific part of my life.”

Massof’s attorneys, Jeffrey M. Lindy and Paul M. George, asked Judge Lerner for leniency because of the “personal price he paid,” failing to consider that Massof’s helpless newborn victims paid with their lives.

Massof’s testimony during Gosnell’s trial was disturbing. He described how he began working for Gosnell performing non-abortion tasks, yet seeing patients and prescribing drugs – particularly pain killers — even though it was illegal for him to do so.

He was curious about the process of abortion and did everything he could to become involved in that part of Gosnell’s business.

Soon he began doing first trimester procedures and eventually took on the “second tris,” testifying that he saw over 100 babies born alive who had their necks snipped in what he said was “literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.”

During chaotic and busy times, when the women were given drugs to induce contractions all at once, Massof told the court that “it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.”

“I felt like a firemen in hell. I couldn’t put out all the fires,” he said.

Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue who was present at the Gosnell trial and reported extensively on it, remarked, “From my observations of Massof, it was hard to see much regret for his part in the atrocities at Gosnell’s abortion mill, except for being sorry he got caught. I found the fact that he would plea for leniency because of what he had to go through appalling and showed no concern whatsoever for the lives he snuffed so brutally with the point of a pair of scissors. Six to twelve years just seems like a short amount of time for murdering two babies and perhaps as many as 100 more.”

Massof’s attorneys told the court that Gosnell told inmates that Massof is a “snitch,” leading to his placement in isolation due to inmate threats. However, Sullenger describes Massof as an unlikable character, which could contribute to inmate bullying.

Massof is the most recent Gosnell co-defendant to be sentenced in the horrific criminal case that captured the attention of the nation.

The final three accomplices, Sherry West, Lynda Williams, and Tina Baldwin, are set to be sentenced in Judge Lerner’s courtroom on March 13, 2014.

West and Williams, who are accused of the worst crimes, including several counts of third degree murder in the deaths of babies born alive during abortions and in the drug overdose death of patient Karnamaya Mongar. They remain incarcerated at Riverside Correctional Center.

Baldwin, who as charged among other things with contributing to the corruption of a minor for allowing her 16 year-old daughter to work long hours at Gosnell’s clinic, is currently free on bond.
Other Gosnell co-defendants already sentenced include:

• Adrienne Moton, who was sentenced to time served (28 months) and 3 years of probation. Moton testified against Gosnell and provided the prosecution with a photo she took on her cell phone of “Baby A.” Gosnell had joked that Baby A was so large, he could walk him to the bus stop.
• Pearl Gosnell, Kermit’s wife, was sentenced to probation after turning against her husband to save herself. However, she did not testify at her husband’s trial.
• Elisabeth Hampton, Pearl Gosnell’s foster sister, received probation. Disturbingly, Massof had testified that Hampton was the worker called to hold down women writhing in pain during abortions.
• Eileen O’Neill, another unlicensed medical school graduate who claims she never participated in abortions, was sentenced to 6-23 months of house arrest, 2 years of probation, and 100 hours of community service. She was found guilty of numerous crimes, including conspiracy, participation in a corrupt organization, and two counts of theft by deception.

The Gosnell criminal case was considered a seminal event for the pro-life movement. Grisly details of late-term abortions that were conducted amid grossly filthy conditions by untrained and unsupervised staff showed the spotlight on abortion abuses that occur, to one extent or the other, at abortion clinics nationwide. This led to the passage of stronger clinic accountability and safety laws not only in Pennsylvania, but around the nation, contributing to a record number closures of unsafe abortion clinics, including 87 closures in 2013.

“Gosnell’s Babies” Reveals Mental Illness Inside the Abortion Cartel

By Cheryl Sullenger

I just finished reading Steve Volk’s E-book, “Gosnell Babies: Inside the Mind of America’s Most Notorious Abortionist.” I found Volk’s essay to be an honest account written by a man who is struggling in his own mind over the moral implications of the grisly testimony that those of us in the courtroom endured day after day during Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial in the spring of 2013.

I remember Steve Volk well from my own time in the courtroom and the conversations we had during breaks concerning the morality of abortion in general and the question of whether Gosnell was unique in his field. His quest for truth and personal struggle with the matter of abortion was evident in his 52-page book that revealed insights into Gosnell’s personality gleaned through his interviews with Gosnell over a span of several weeks after his convictions on three counts of first degree murder and hundreds of other crimes.

Volk’s account is troubling, yet answers the question posed most in horrific cases such as this involving the infliction of unspeakable acts of barbarity by one human being upon another: Why?

For Gosnell, he embraced “situational ethics.” The boundaries of right and wrong were relative and dependent upon his own needs. His claims of innocence were based not on the laws that he felt justified in ignoring, but on his own comfort level with his behavior as part of some esoteric “war on poverty.”

But for me, Gosnell’s bizarre justifications and even his poetic ramblings are more convincing evidence that Gosnell suffers from some sort of mental illness. Certainly, I’m no expert, but Gosnell displays behaviors that are more reflective of those of a serial killer than those one would expect to find in a stable, mentally healthy human being.

Kermit Gosnell appears to live in a fantasy world of his own making where he is the lone determiner and controller of the rules of life. Perhaps Gosnell cocooned himself in his fantasy world as a mechanism whereby he could maintain his heroic self-image while avoiding the reality and repercussions of his sick behavior.

The laws of which he was convicted became machinations of pro-life forces that plotted to deprive poor women, who he refers to as the “throwed,” from receiving abortions would reduce crime and poverty. “Catholics” that he believed pervaded the police department and District Attorney’s office were religious bigots that had prejudged him through the filter of their Catholic teachings. He was in a “righteous” war and “they” had won.

Gosnell appears only thinly tethered to reality, if he is even tethered at all. He always believed that he would be completely exonerated, and even now fantasizes about the improbable possibility of withdrawing an agreement he made to drop all appeals in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. He maintains his innocence even though he admits to actions that were violations of the law. In his own mind, he was innocent because those laws simply did not apply to him.

He wonders why he never heard from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation or Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative, to which he sent proposals and job applications. He believes even now that he is a “fitting person” to teach young people before they embark on medical careers.

Gosnell maintained a disturbingly serene veneer that made him appear relaxed and cordial even under the stress of a murder investigation and trial. His winsome smile throughout the trial and efforts to make eye-contact in order to connect with those of us in the gallery every day could seem manipulative, but may have just been a result of his inability to grasp the gravity of the moment.

There were macabre accounts of his bizarre behavior during the police raid at his ramshackle, squalid abortion clinic and the police search of his home. Volk referred to him as “unflappable.” During the initial raid on his clinic, Gosnell asked permission to feed his turtles then proceeded to attend to a woman in the delivery of a stillborn baby after which he “calmly” sat down to eat his lunch still wearing torn and bloody surgical gloves.

At his home, Gosnell sat down to the piano to entertain the investigators with a Chopin selection while they searched his home for additional bodies, stopping to warn police that his basement, which they were about to search, was infested with fleas. Indeed, Crime Scene Unit officer Bobby Flade donned a Tyvek hazmat suit and descended into the cellar where fleas immediately attacked, “roiling in piles over his shins.”

In fact, GOsnell’s living conditions at his two homes were as bad – if not worse – than his “House of Horrors” clinic. Photos of his bedroom shown during the trial revealed a “hoarder house” appearance with junk and rotten, partially-eaten food piled and strewn everywhere. Volk notes that even high-end belongings, such as designer purses and Viking appliances, were filthy and neglected. The disorder and squalor seemed indicative of the inner working of Gosnell’s mind, according to Volk.

Then there were the feet. Gosnell kept the severed feet of some of the larger babies he aborted floating in liquid in specimen jars. Kareema Cross photographed shelves that she testified held as many as 50 jars of such grisly remains. Gosnell was never able to fully explain why he kept the feet. His excuses that they were to document fetal age were ridiculous and completely unbelievable. The behavior was more likely the keeping victim trophies, something that is well documented as the sick behavior of serial killers.

Gosnell seemed to seek out those for employment whose lives were in even worse disarray than his own. He targeted the undereducated and the mentally ill to work in his clinic, where they became dependent on him and under his control. He eased any concerned they might have had with bold-faced lies about “grandfather clauses” that made it okay for the unqualified to practice medicine. He convinced these workers that the movements of live babies as merely the “reflexes” of “dead” babies that were to be halted with the “snipping” of their spinal cords.

The lies were justified in the same way as he justified the murders; they were for the greater good. Afterall, those of us fortunate enough to have avoided poverty simply cannot understand the “throwed.” In Gosnell’s perverted world, the difficult circumstances faced by poor urban women warranted — even justified — the squalid conditions, the venereal diseases transmitted by dirty and reused disposable tools, drug overdoses, and the murder of their live infants. That, in his mind, was somehow compassionate treatment and work that was beneficial to society in general.

The mental illness theory is supported by a poem written by Gosnell describing the vulnerabilities of abortionists that he believes society misunderstands.

Abortion Providers
Are Labeled Killers!
Horrendous, Exploitive
Barbaric, Inhumane
Not Physicians, Oathed To Heal
Lest We Forget,
What Chance Have Those?
Those Without The Support
Of Their Parents
Their Families
Their Communities
Their Societies…
So Many
Without Sufficient Support
Stumble Into Drugs
Into Crime
Into Mental Illness
Into Institutions…And…
Languish In Jails…

While Gosnell considers himself somewhat of a misunderstood intellectual “Renaissance Man,” perhaps “Monster” is a more fitting designation. He remains without remorse, justifying in his mind the squalor and murder as heroic acts that those who are not “throwed” simply cannot comprehend. He continues to justify cold-blooded murder and neglect done without a shred conscience.

What is troubling is that Gosnell isn’t simply describing himself in his self-indulgent poem. He is describing his colleagues as well. Operation Rescue has documented incidents of drug use and crime that is rampant throughout the abortion cartel. We have long suspected mental illness. Gosnell’s poem is somewhat of a confession as well as a verification of our suspicions.

Gosnell laces his justifications with ample doses of pro-abortion rhetoric. It’s frightening to think that those “pro-choice” platitudes justify bad behavior on the part of abortionists everywhere. This reveals a crisis in the abortion industry where criminals, drug addicts, mentally ill men and women subject pregnant women to shockingly low standards hidden behind the inherent respectability that the title of “doctor” evokes.

Apparently Gosnell has begun to study the Bible since his incarceration in Federal Prison, and I pray that his callous heart and twisted mind will somehow be softened by the Gospel and he will experience true repentance and spiritual regeneration. We wish that for all abortionists. But until that time, the world would be a better place if they all joined Gosnell behind bars for the rest of their lives.

Gosnell Babies by Steve Volk is available for download at Amazon.com.

First of Gosnell Employees Sentenced to Probation For Perjury

UPDATE: Set to be sentenced Wednesday, May 29, are Adrienne Moton, Lynda Williams, and Pearl Gosnell. On June 26, Sherry West and Tina Baldwin are scheduled for sentencing.

Philadelphia, PA – Elizabeth Hampton, who worked for convicted murder Kermit Gosnell and testified against him, was sentenced to probation today after pleading for mercy from the court, something she did not grant to the innocent babies Gosnell killed at his squalid West Philadelphia abortion clinic.

Hampton had been charged with perjury for fabricating a story she told to the FBI and the Grand Jury to cover up the truth behind the death of Karnamaya Mongar, who was drugged to death by Hampton’s unqualified, untrained co-workers.

Hampton described herself as the “sister-in-law” to Gosnell. She and Gosnell’s wife, Pearl, were raised in the same foster family. Hampton testified that she had a history of alcoholism and mental health issues when she first went to work for Gosnell. She tried to leave, but returned out of a “sense of obligation” after being pressured by Pearl.

Her co-worker, Steven Massof, testified that one of Hampton’s duties at the Gosnell clinic was to hold down women who were “uncooperative” during abortions. Hampton admitted that she put the contents of the suction machine that held aborted baby parts down the garbage disposal, which is illegal in Pennsylvania and testified to the filthy conditions at what has become known as the “House of Horrors.”

Judge Benjamin Lerner indicated that he appreciated Hampton pleading guilty and testifying Gosnell, who was convicted of 3 counts of first degree murder of “snipping” the spinal cords of babies born alive during illegal late-term abortions. He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Mongar and hundreds of other crimes related to his shoddy abortion business that targeted poor urban women of color.

Judge Lerner referred to Gosnell as a “charismatic sociopath,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Hampton told the judge she feared him.

However, Hampton and her common law husband, Jimmy Johnson, another former Gosnell employee who was not charged, continue to live rent free on a house still owned by Gosnell.

Johnson testified about his job removing dead fetuses from the procedure rooms and having to clean out drains clogged with the remains of aborted babies that were routinely flushed into the sewer system.

“I don’t have much sympathy for Ms. Hampton. She seemed more sorry for herself than for the Ms. Mongar, the Mongar family, or the newborn babies that were murdered while she stood by,” said Cheryl Sullenger, who attended much of the trial. “She’s getting an undeserved second chance in life and I hope that she can find true repentance and an amended life.”

Six other former Gosnell employees are set to be sentenced on Wednesday, according to court records, including Gosnell’s wife, Pearl, who pled guilty to abortion on unborn child of 24 weeks or more, two counts of conspiracy, and engaging in a corrupt organization. She was known to assist her husband in very late abortions done secretly on Sundays when the clinic was generally closed. She did not testify against her husband.

Below is a summary of the remaining Gosenell workers’ roles and the charges to which they pled guilty and await sentencing:

Adrienne Moton was the first employee to testify against Gosnell. She is set for sentencing along with Pearl Gosnell on Wednesday. She was an unlicensed worker with no medical background. She administered anesthesia and assisted with abortion procedures. She took the now familiar picture of Baby A with her cell phone, showing a large baby crammed into a plastic shoe box. She remains incarcerated in the County Jail.

Moton pled guilty to Murder in 3rd Degree of Baby D, who was delivered into a toilet and was seen struggling to get out of the bowl. Moton cut the child’s neck in front of the mother. She also pled to conspiracy to commit murder and engaging in a corrupt organization.

Lynda Williams is an unlicensed worker who committed illegal abortions, administered anesthesia, and generally ran amok at Gosnell’s clinic. She dropped out in 6th grade and was being treated for bi-polar disorder and depression when Gosnell hired her. She remains incarcerated in County Jail where she has undergone mental health evaluations.

Williams pled guilty to 2 counts of third degree murder in the deaths of Baby C, whose neck she snipped after the baby was seen breathing for 20 minutes, and Karnamaya Mongar, who she helped overdose to death. She also pled guilty to drug delivery resulting in death, corrupt organizations, and conspiracy. During her testimony in the Gosnell trial, she indicated that in killing Baby C, she was simply doing as she was told.

Steven Massof was an unlicensed medical school graduate who worked as an abortionist at Gosnell’s clinic for $300-400 per week. He expressed a curiosity about abortion and seemed to take ghoulish delight in relating the horrific events that took place at Gosnell’s abortion clinic. He admitted to having murdered about 100 babies and described coping with the chaos at Gosnell’s clinic as akin to being a “fireman in hell” where it would “rain fetuses and blood.” He is currently incarcerated in Federal Prison having pled guilty to 30 federal drug charges related to his work with Gosnell.

Massof pled guilty to 2 counts third degree murder for the deaths of Baby F and Baby G, conspiracy to murder, corrupt organizations, and conspiracy to violate laws related to corrupt organizations. He will be sentenced first on the state charges and separately on the Federal charges.

Sherry West was an unlicensed worker who has an admitted history of unspecified mental health disorders. She committed illegal abortions, administered anesthesia, and dispensed drugs illegally. She and Lynda Williams teamed up to dispense drugs with disregard any charts or orders. West denied having done anything wrong when she testified against Gosnell, even though she admitted to watching one newborn babies “screech like an alien” after having been born alive, prior to being murdered.

West pled guilty to third degree murder in the overdose death of Karnamaya Mongar, drug delivery resulting in death, corrupt organizations, and two counts of conspiracy.

Tina Baldwin was an unlicensed worker who illegally administered anesthesia and performed other medical duties that it was illegal for her to do. She allowed her 15 year old daughter, Ashley, to work as a staff member at Gosnell’s mill. Of this the grand jury report said, “She was required to work 50-hour weeks, starting after school until past midnight, during which she was exposed to the full horrors of Gosnell’s practice. Bad enough that he expected grown-ups to do it.”

Baldwin pled guilty to engaging in a corrupt organizations and conspiracy and corruption of a minor.