1. johnny says

    Not to be too heartless about things, but this has Academy-award-winning movie starring Anthony Hopkins written all over it.

    I can see the opening credits and the time-flashbacks already…

  2. AlexInBoston says

    Back in the day, before life saving and life altering drugs for HIV/AIDS, men, women and children died horrifically (and in parts of the “developing” world they still do). They died in ways you cannot imagine today because we, in the USA, rarely see anyone suffering as we did in the 80’s and early 90’s.
    This was not the first “pact” that was honored I am certain. We can not imagine what his partner endured nor can we second guess the terms or conditions of the “Pact”.
    If he feels guilt or seeks absolution for his actions then that is his right, and I am hopeful he receives the understanding, and compassion he showed to his partner at the time.

  3. says

    Agreed completely, empathetically and sympathetically, Alexinboston… I will never forget those times; the hazmat suits just to visit dying friends and lovers, the fear, the watching as beautiful men wasted away, gauntly, as they were eaten from within…

  4. AlexInBoston says

    Thank you Kile – I just hope the world and the press and everyday people apply the same compassion as we did in those days – maybe then this man will be judge by the times and not by the law!

  5. Charlie says

    And this highlights the issue of how people are under-medicated for pain control because their doctors are afraid of drug charges. The anti-choice crowd like to oppose physician-assisted suicide because they say pain can be controlled, but in reality the medications are restricted.

  6. Bob R says

    I think Mr. Gosling has been living with this guilt for many, many years. I think he feels he is now approaching death himself and doesn’t want to carry this awful secret to his grave. I believe Mr. Gosling is at last exorcising this demon.

    I lived through the horrors of watching friends slowly waste away, in terrible pain and suffering in many cases from horrible bouts of dementia. Then there was no cure, and many suffered from AZT allergies that only prolonged suffering. Not a happy time or experience.

    I was fortunate with a close friend of mine, his doctor agreed to a morphine drip during his last days. He died comfortably in his sleep after month of agony. Not many doctors would help then. At the time one doctor suggested my friend should get right with god for his sinful ways.

    I wish Mr. Gosling well and although many may think it is wrong to end a loved one’s life, when suffering horribly with no chance for survival, I personally do not. I wish Mr. Gosling peace, he’s punished himself far more and far longer than society can punish him now.

  7. Andrew says

    I wonder why they felt the need to carry out a search of his home. While I understand there are standard operating procedures, do they think they’re going to find the pillow? It’s probably in a landfill somewhere.

  8. Sancho says

    I’m quite sure the police investigating this case wish that Gosling had never said a word. However much compassion they (or we) might have for him, though, there’s a huge difference between helping someone die and putting a pillow over someone’s face to smother him to death – it’s not an accident that the word “kill” is the operative one here. The victim’s alleged consent can’t be a defense against a murder or manslaughter charge, or else that could open the door to all kinds of horrible abuses, especially against the elderly and the disabled. The “slippery slope” dangers here are huge.

    All that said, I’m guessing that it will be very hard for the police to gather enough forensic evidence to try or convict Gosling.

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