Wednesday, December 21, 1994
The Times Herald Record
Abortion doc killer happy to die
Starke, Fla. (AP) - Paul Hill, sentenced to death in the shotgun slayings
of an abortion and his bodyguard, says he's worth more to his cause dead
then alive and hopes he is executed.
The 40-year-old former minister said yesterday that he won't appeal, though
his death sentence will automatically be reviewed by Florida's Surpreme
"I'm not hoping that this conviction is overturned. To be quite frank with
you, I am hoping it will be upheld and that I will be executed," Hill said
during an interview at Florida State Prison.
"I think I can save more people dead than alive," he said. "And that's
what I'm calling to do ... save as many innocent human beings as possible."
It was Hill's second interview since he was sentenced to death last month
for murdering Dr. John Britton and James Barret. He also wounded Barrett's
wife, June,as the three drove up to a Pensacola abortion clinic July 29.
As Hill spoke matter-of-factly of his possible execution, he wore the grin
seen often during his trial. He even laughed a few times, in chilling
contrast to his grim words.
Asked if his actions might incite other anti-abortion activists to
violence, he replied: "Indubitably."
Asked if Jesus Christ(sic) would have pulled the triggerm he said:
Hill has portrayed himself as a martyr for his cause, insisting the
shootings were necessary to prevent abortions. He was not allowed to use
that arguement in court because abortion is legal.
He began saying abortion providers should be killed after Dr. David Gunn
was shot to death in 1993 outside aanother Pensacola clinic. Michael J.
Griffin of Pensacola is serving a life sentence for the killing.
"The day that he did that it was like I was clobbered over the head,"
Hill said. "This thought that I had pushed to the back of my mind hit me in
the face and I said what he did was justified."
But he never considered killing anyone himself, Hill said, until five
months later when Dr. George Tillerwas wounded outside a clinic in Wichita,
Rachelle "Shelly" Shannon of Grants Pass, Ore., was sentenced to 10 years
in prison for that shooting.