Gosnell's trial and conviction was particularly controversial because it went largely unreported by the media - prompting allegations of a "cover-up by liberal journalists" not wanting to cast a harsh spotlight on the abortion industry.
"Together with all the interviews we have done with the prosecution, cops, victims, Gosnell's neighbors, people who went to school with him and the complete trial transcripts which we have also acquired means that now we have a very full picture of this story from a variety of sources," she added.
"Gosnell was the most difficult interview I ever did--funny and warm enough that I enjoyed every conversation, but ultimately so self-aggrandizing and righteous that he could casually twist or try to reframe the facts of his case to make himself the victim of a wrong-headed prosecution. It took me a long time to understand him, to get that he was so convinced of his own rationalizations that he couldn't fathom why no one else saw events the same way he did."
"To him the movements of the babies weren't "real," weren't "signs of life" precisely because he was there to kill them. In this way, for him, his view was reality. I also think he rationalized his treatment of women in a similar way. The way he saw it he was doing a greater good so what was it if mistakes were made, some transgressions occurred, in the course of fighting what he saw as a just war."
And Volk says that when he was interviewing Gosnell on the phone, he sometimes had to hang up on him.
"There were times I hung up with him, when he so casually justified all his actions and seemed to see himself as such a superior intellect to, for instance, the prosecution, that I hung up and got chills and just needed to find some way to anchor myself back to reality."
"Very well written ... A must-read for anybody who followed this case." — Jake Tapper, CNN
About the filmmakers:
Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney are a married film making team. They work with Magdalena Segieda in their independent production company Hat Tip Films and are based in Los Angeles, CA.
Phelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist. He most recently produced and directed FrackNation - a documentary to uncover the truth about Fracking. He has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries. Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for The Economist. Before that he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times. He has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada and China. McAleer has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including Fox News, CNN and the BBC. He has been interviewed on over 100 US and international radio shows.
Ann McElhinney is a filmmaker and investigative journalist most recently producing and directing FrackNation. She has produced documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). She has written for a series of newspapers including The UK Sunday Times and the Irish Times. Ann has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Indonesia, Romania, Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Madagascar and Uzbekistan. She has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including ABC, BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) and Fox News. She is a regular on a number of US talk radio shows including Hugh Hewitt and the Dennis Miller. A well known public speaker she has spoken most recently at conferences in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Toronto, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis, Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City.
Magdalena Segieda was born in 1982 in Szczecin, Poland. She studied political science and international relations. In 2007, she worked on a documentary for Polish state television (TVP), shot in Dublin. Right after, she met two Irish filmmakers, Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. McElhinney and McAleer had just returned to Ireland to start pre-production for a feature documentary, Not Evil Just Wrong. Ms Segieda was involved in all aspects of the production of the film. Ms Segieda moved with the filmmakers to Washington, DC and worked on the independent distribution of the film. After the team relocated to Los Angeles, she worked on “Hypocrites,” a series of short films, released online, taking a critical look at celebrities who run anti-development environmental campaigns. Most recently, she co-directed the feature length documentary FrackNation - A journalist's search for the fracking truth.