Douglas Karpen might want to whip out his Ouija board and talk to Raymond Showery.
of Showery's employees testified against him. They said that Showery
was performing an abortion in 1979 on a woman who was between five and
seven months pregnant. He was performing a hysterotomy, which is
basically a c-section, but with the intention of achieving the death of
the baby. The baby was a girl, about a foot long, with light brown hair.
child lay curled up in Showery's hand. She was attempting to breathe.
Showery held the placenta over her face. She continued breathing.
Showery then dropped her into a bucket of water. Bubbles rose to the
surface. Showery then retrieved the child from the bucket and put her in
a plastic bag which he tied and set aside. The employees reported that
the sides of the bag moved as though somebody was breathing inside it.
Eventually the bag stopped moving.
was convicted in 1983 and sentenced to 15 years in prison, though the
body of the infant was never found and employees could not identify the
baby's mother from among the facility's patients. Showery had "been
convicted of a felony charge of altering his hospital's records," which
hindered the state's attmepts to locate the woman. The jury chose to
convict him of murder even though they had the option of convicting him
of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Karpen might do well to remember that unlike his own workers, Showery's
workers only had their testimony, not any photos of the murdered