The article goes on to reflect on the Grand Jury Report:
A grand jury that sat through months of testimony might never be able to erase those images.
"We had witnesses who broke down and grand jurors who begged us, 'Please, don't show us that picture,' " said Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, who presented the case with Assistant District Attorney Christine Wechsler.
Wechsler and Pescatore said they had no idea how heinous the crimes were when they got started.
"It was a total shock and it continued to shock as we uncovered it," Wechsler said.
"Every witness taught us something else. It snowballed. We didn't know about how he induced labor or how he killed them until we got the remains of the babies with snips in their spinal cords."
Then he goes back to musing about the man he used to know: "I'm still trying to figure out what happened in the years since I've seen Kermit Gosnell that may have turned one of our best and brightest into a man who murdered babies for profit."
It makes me think of Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard, who went from stalwart defender of the poor to seedy abortionist who couldn't see his own deteriorated condition.