Dramatic broadcast ramps up euthanasia issue
In a dramatic confession to British television viewers this week, award-winning documentary maker Ray Gosling has confessed to the mercy killing of a gay lover who was dying of AIDS.
In the broadcast on Monday, Gosling, 70, was shown walking through a cemetery as he told his compelling story.
“Maybe this is the time to share a secret that I have kept for quite a long time,” he told his viewers on “Inside Out” on the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) East Midlands channel.
“I killed someone once … He was a young chap, he’d been my lover and he got AIDS.”
Gosling trembled as he continued his confession.
“In a hospital one hot afternoon, the doctor said, ‘There’s nothing we can do,’ and he was in terrible, terrible pain,” Gosling said.
“I said to the doctor, ‘Leave me just for a bit,’ and he went away.
“I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead.
“The doctor came back and I said, ‘He’s gone.’ Nothing more was ever said.”
Gosling's film on Joe Orton, the gifted gay playwright who was murdered in 1967 at age 34, was part of a program that won the RTS Midlands Best Regional program in 2008.
British authorities said immediately that they would launch an investigation into the matter, although it is unclear whether Gosling will cooperate with detectives. Gosling did not say who he killed or where the mercy killing occurred.
Mercy killings are illegal in England and Wales, and those found guilty can be sentenced up to 14 years in jail.
Euthanasia remains a controversial issue in most nations, including the U.S. Since 1997, Oregon has allowed physician-assisted suicide. Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands allow either assisted suicide or euthanasia.
The clip is courtesy of the BBC.