How I was murdered in my own home and lived to pay for it.

James Kopp

Odd connection on this one. James Kopp was convicted of murdering a Buffalo NY area abortion provider named Barnett Slepian.

The story was that Kopp used a rifle to shoot Slepian through the kitchen window of Slepian's home, hitting him in the elbow and killing him.

Slepian lived near Heike's (My wife) current SUNY Buffalo supervisor, Dr. Joan Dorn where they worked at Social and Preventitive Medicine at UB.

Joan noticed Kopp on at least one occassion pretending to jog in their area knowing he did not seem to live there.

Another odd movie reference with the Asian Dorn in the Bruce Willis Die Hard movie. Likely a euthanasia reference.

Heike (The former spouse and femme fatale) at one time worked for Joan Dorn and Richard Donohue at SUNY Buffalo's department of Social and Preventive Medicine. An odd connection was that Joan witnessed James Kopp jogging in their neighborhood just prior to her neighbor being murdered, a Buffalo area abortion provider named Barnett Slepian.




It is alleged (He is now convicted) that James Kopp used a rifle to shoot Slepian in the morning while he stood in his kitchen window and he died later from the injury. Kopp fled the country to France, leaving his car parked at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga NY.

We are told that Slepian was hit in the elbow and the bullet traveled up his arm to inflict the lethal wound. Kopp must have been an expert and knew what he was doing and picked his shot to send a message. Otherwise Slepian would have been shot twice in the head.


My wife did just this also as did the Police and Firemen who cut me in Wilson in 1981:

"You served as prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner. You decided that you know better than any law."

Joan M. Dorn, PhD -- Professor Emeritus, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Research Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine

Contact Information Email:

Research Interests: cardiovascular disease epidemiology (CVD), particularly the role of physical activity in heart disease prevention.

Richard P. Donahue, PhD, MPH -- Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

268F Farber Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-829-5368
Fax: 716-829-2979


Dr. Donahue's expertise and interests concern the role of immunity and inflammation in atherosclerosis and diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Professional Affiliations

American College of Epidemiology (Fellow), American Diabetes Association (Fellow, Council on Epidemiology and Biostatistics), American Heart Association (Council on Epidemiology), Society of Epidemiologic Research.

CNN's story on the shooting:

Slain New York doctor mourned; police ask for information

Anyone with any information on Dr. Slepian's killing is asked to contact:

Amherst, New York Police Dept: 716-689-1390
New York State Police: 716-343-2200
FBI (Buffalo, New York office): 716-856-7800

October 27, 1998
Web posted at: 6:30 a.m. EST (1130 GMT)
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'I want him remembered as a birth doctor'
Canadian-American task force investigating
No description of shooter
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AMHERST, New York (CNN) -- As family and friends mourned Dr. Barnett Slepian on the day of his funeral Monday, police and the FBI held a news conference to ask for help in finding his killer, offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information, "even if seemingly unrelated," is asked to contact authorities, said John Askey, chief of police in Amherst, New York, the Buffalo suburb where Slepian was gunned down at his home by a sniper Friday night.

Investigators speculate that the killer, who remains at large, is someone opposed to the abortions the 52-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist performed as part of his practice. Authorities did not reveal any leads in the case during the news conference.

The police chief said the sniper hid in a wooded area near Slepian's home "for an undetermined period of time" before firing one shot from a high-powered rifle.

FBI Agent Bernard Tolbert said the agency may include some anti-abortion Internet sites in its investigation (Audio 35 K/xx sec. AIFF or WAV sound) .

'I want him remembered as a birth doctor'

Several hundred mourners attended the private funeral service for Slepian, who is survived by a wife and four sons.

A letter from President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was read, while a rabbi who delivered the eulogy called Slepian someone who "lived to love and loved to live."

One local man, Alan Dickison, arrived in tears outside the funeral home with his daughters Connor, 4, and Kelsey, 2, who were both delivered by Slepian.

"I want him to be remembered as a birth doctor who brought my two daughters into the world, not an abortion doctor," Dickison said.

Abortion rights advocate Mary Lou Greenberg of New York City said she went to Amherst to support the clinic and the work of abortion providers nationwide.

"Women must have the right to choose whether they want to give birth or not, otherwise women cannot be free," Greenberg said outside the funeral home. "Without providers like Dr. Slepian, women cannot be free. The right to choose is a hollow right without providers like him."

Slepian's family asked that, instead of cards and flowers, contributions in the doctor's memory be sent to the Pro Choice Network.

Canadian-American task force investigating

Sniper attacks on abortion providers on or around November 11
October 23, 1998 Sniper kills Dr. Barnett Slepian
November 11, 1997 Dr. Jack Fainman shot in shoulder
October 28, 1997 New York doctor injured by debris from bullet
November 10, 1995 Dr. Hugh Short shot in elbow
November 8, 1995 Dr. Garson Romalis shot in leg

A joint Canadian-American task force is investigating the killing as part of its probe into a series of attacks on abortion providers in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and New York that may be linked to Slepian's death.

The earlier shootings, none of which was fatal, began in November 1994. All happened within weeks of November 11, Veteran's Day, or Remembrance Day, as it is known in Canada. Authorities are not yet sure what significance that date might have.

The doctors were attacked at their homes, and in three of the four cases, a sniper fired through a window.

Slepian died after being struck by a bullet fired through his kitchen window.

No description of shooter

Askey said that police had no description of Slepian's shooter, but that the wooded area behind his home is "frequented by many young people" and police hoped that someone saw something that will lead them to the killer.

He also said that on Friday afternoon, Slepian's wife faxed a notice to an acquaintance of the family who is a member of the Amherst police department. That fax, from a national group that supports abortion providers, warned of the possibility of violence and cautioned doctors to contact their local police.

Askey said that Slepian's wife did not ask for any assistance and none was provided.

Since the attack, Askey said, "We have stepped up security (for abortion providers) locally, and we hope that it will be stepped up nationwide through the U.S. marshals."

Sniper Kills Abortion Doctor Near Buffalo

By Michael A. Fletcher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 25, 1998; Page A01

AMHERST, N.Y., Oct. 24 A sniper wielding a high-powered rifle from the cover of darkness shot and killed a well-known abortion doctor Friday night just days after U.S. and Canadian police warned of such an attack, citing four previous shootings against abortion doctors at this time of year in Canada and upstate New York.

Barnett Slepian, 52, was killed by a single shot fired through a window as he stood in the kitchen of his home about 10 p.m. in this Buffalo suburb, police said today. Slepian, for years a defiant target of antiabortion protesters here, had just returned from a synagogue with his wife and four sons, aged seven to 15, Amherst police said.

Police said the fatal shot was fired from a wooded area behind Slepian's home and crashed through a kitchen window before mortally wounding him. His wife called emergency personnel, who took Slepian to nearby Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m.

The murder shocked activists on both sides of the volatile abortion issue, not only because of its cold-blooded execution, but also because it bore eerie similarities to a series of sniper attacks that have wounded four abortion doctors here in the border region over the past four years. In each of those cases, the doctors were fired on with high-powered rifles through the windows of their homes at approximately this time of year.

Those shootings prompted formation of a joint U.S.-Canadian investigative task force, which last Tuesday warned abortion doctors in upstate New York and Canada to be wary of possible attacks. "The U.S.-Canadian task force has been investigating this string of shootings for over a year," said a spokesman for Canada's Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police Service.

President Clinton, Gov. George E. Pataki (R) and a number of abortion rights activists denounced the murder of Slepian, an obstetrician and gynecologist who refused to stop offering abortions in the face of death threats and furious protests that have sharply reduced the availability of abortions in western New York state.

"No matter where we stand on the issue of abortion, all Americans must stand together in condemning this tragic and brutal act," Clinton said.

Attorney General Janet Reno also condemned the murder, calling it an "outrage. We will do whatever it takes to track down and prosecute whoever is responsible for this murder," Reno said. She added that federal officials are "actively investigating" that Slepian was murdered because of his abortion work.

Pataki said the killer should face the death penalty, adding: "It's beyond a tragedy. It's really an act of terrorism and, in my mind, a cold-blooded assassination."

National abortion rights leaders expressed anger at the attack, the latest in a string of bombings, shootings and other violent assaults carried out against abortion providers.

"The cold-blooded assassination of Dr. Slepian is a shocking example of just how far some opponents of abortion and reproductive rights will go to deny women their constitutional right to choose," said Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League.

Abortion rights activists said Slepian appears to be the seventh person killed in the United States by antiabortion extremists since 1993. The most recent murder occurred in January, when an off-duty police officer was killed in a bomb explosion at a Birmingham abortion clinic. The suspect in that incident, Eric Rudolph, is still at large, having eluded his pursuers in the mountains of North Carolina.

In the wake of Slepian's murder, Planned Parenthood of New York City said its clinics have been put on "an increased state of security alert."

Slepian, a figure both beloved and reviled here for two decades, had long been a target of antiabortion protesters. He temporarily closed his Amherst office in 1992 during "Spring of Life," a massive protest by the militant antiabortion group Operation Rescue in the Buffalo area.

At the time, Slepian told colleagues that he closed the office to avoid having protesters inconvenience other doctors in his building. He said he would continue to perform abortions at a clinic in Buffalo.

Operation Rescue's national director, the Rev. Philip "Flip" Benham, told Reuters that Slepian had "murdered countless thousands of innocent children." Still, he said, his group did not support Slepian's killing.

Through the years, Slepian has made it clear that he was determined not to let protesters or the threats that frequently brought police to his home deter him. In 1988, Slepian was charged with assault after allegedly using a baseball bat to smash the windows of a van that had carried a band of antiabortion protesters to his home. Before the incident, protesters reportedly taunted Slepian, calling him "murderer," while he and his family opened Hanukah gifts in their home.

About 200 mourners attended a candlelight vigil outside Slepian's office tonight. During the brief ceremony, speakers vowed not to be intimidated by the doctor's slaying. They also said they will always remember Slepian not only as a man with the courage to stand in the face of harassment, but as simply a good doctor. "He was a kind, gentle, sweet man," said Candy Stiles, a patient of Slepian's for 15 years. "He took wonderful care of people."

Special correspondent Jennifer Adach in Washington contributed to this report.

Copyright 1998 The Washington Post

Instead of turning the victim into a behavioral study why not arrest those who harmed me?

My father claims there is safety in numbers to support the fact his lynch mob is bigger than me.

I'd argue Hitler killed 6,000,000 Jews legally, so they will get all of his friends and him and mom too.

And the end of it all for law enforcement in the USA is that those deemed sick or mentally ill are just ignored since there'd be no justice for them.

In effect since you suffered harm from the violent crime against you and are injured, and that proves harm by the forensics, then the Police can't and won't help you since they have proof of harm.