By Jay Rogers
Published September 1, 1993
Pro-life leader discovers incriminating report signed by “Dr. Death”
MELBOURNE, Florida (FR) – Lynn Mills, a Detroit area pro-life leader, was reluctant at first to confront Jack Kevorkian, the euthanasia activist known as “Dr. Death.” However, the very first day of surveillance at a home where Kevorkian had performed several killings turned up incriminating evidence. Mills discovered a crumpled death report in the garbage of Kevorkian’s assistant citing the victim as having died amidst protests of “Take it off!” (refering to the carbon monoxide mask).
Mills had organized over 20 rescues and pro-life activities in front of abortion clinics in the last few years. “Professional police departments whose goal is to keep the two sides apart” are what led to no arrests in over half of the events, said Mills who was in Melbourne in September attending a Family Concerns conference.
Advocates For Life Ministries had asked Mills to begin begin picketing Kevorkian in 1992, but she remained unwilling to extend her ministry into a domain which she describes as “creepy.” But when the number of “Dr. Death’s” victims began to increase soon after the inauguration of Bill Clinton, Mills acquiesced.
“At first, the game plan was to follow Jack. If he had gas canisters in his arms we would have taken them out. We would have simply taken the lethal weapon away from him. I really didn’t want to do any of this. We also thought about laying in front of the home of the victim or trying to handcuff ourselves to the hands of Jack Kevorkian. That would have been a trip too,” says the Detroit rescue leader.
“After I showed (AFLM members) Dawn (Stover) and Andrew (Burnett) where he lived, we sat down in a restaurant in Royal Oak. We decided to start surveillance.”
The most obvious plan was to start to watch the home of Neal Nichol, an assistant of Kevorkian, who had let four people die in his home. On the very first day, Mills went to the neighborhood and immediately saw Nichol taking the garbage out.
“It had snowed that day,” remembers Mills. “There were no tire tracks in or out of the driveway. Later when I saw that tire tracks had appeared leaving the driveway, I took the garbage.”
Later that night, Mills, Burnett and Stover picked through the garbage. “The first thing we found were two ECG strips with a heartbeat getting smaller and smaller and then going into a flat line,” said Mills. “We just started crying. I had no idea what I would find when I picked up the garbage.”
When a one page report of victim Hugh Gale’s death was uncrumpled, they discovered something that made national news. They were shocked at what they read:
Patient placed mask over nose and mouth, elastic band around head. A plastic tent was put over his head and shoulders, lid at top open. The patient then pulled a string tied to his left index finger, other end attached to a clip, which was pulled off a crimped plastic tube, opening it from the outlet valve of a canister of CO gas to the mask. In about 45 seconds the patient became flushed, agitated, breathing deeply, saying “Take it off!” The tent was removed immediately, the mask removed and nasal oxygen started. He remained conscious and oriented, and within a minute calmed down to his normal breathing pattern. He was more relaxed and a bit somnolent, but awake and oriented. The patient wanted to continue. After about 20 minutes, with nasal oxygen continuing, the mask was replaced over his nose and mouth and he again pulled the clip off the crimped tubing. In about 30-35 seconds he again flushed, became agitated with moderate hypernea; and immediately after saying “Take it off!” once again, he fell into unconsciousness. The mask was then left in place. Hypernea continued for about 35-40 seconds, after which a slower and calmer breathing pattern ensued, lasting about 8 minutes, gradually diminishing in rate and intensity. Heartbeat was undetectable about 3 minutes after last breath.
The original document was signed by all involved including the victim’s wife, Cheryl Gale and obitiatry workers, Neal Nichol and Margo Janus.
Mills believes finding the report on the very first day of surveillance was divinely appointed. “We did not work hard for this,” she says. “I tried putting emergency calls into the prosecutor. I didn’t know which one to go to. Unfortunately, the prosecutor in the county where Hugh Gale was killed put more weight on the words of living people than on the paper we found.”
Since the prosecutor thought that Hugh Gales’ wife and the two assistants present were credible witnesses they accepted their testimony. A second “doctored report” was offered by the alleged killers in which the cries of protest in the second instance had been removed. Mills sarcastically refers to this as the “38 word typo.” She says candidly, “If this were in any other county, Jack would be in jail.” On an ironic note, Kevorkian is now suing Mills because she is alleged to have told the media that he is a murderer.
Note to readers of The Forerunner:
Together with the abortion issue, euthanasia promises to be the next battle ground for pro-life ministries. Jack Kevorkian would like to see killing made legal in all 50 states and has somehow avoided arrest in at least 15 known cases of assisted homicide. The fact that he has gone free in this obvious instance of guilt is even more frightening when we consider that Lynn Mills is being sued by Dr. Death for stating the obvious to the media.
Pray for Lynn Mills:
1. For her peace of mind while she is on trial
2. For wisdom for her attorneys
3. That Kevorkian would be further exposed
4. For guidance for Lynn Mills’ future ministry
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