On the occasion of Scott Roeder’s sentencing for the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, I want to recommend a piece that ran in GQ magazine back in February called “Savior vs. Savior.” Reporter Devin Friedman interviewed Roeder, as well as several of Dr. Tiller’s friends and colleagues, and paints an incredibly detailed picture of these two men and their opposing convictions, and how they collided on May 31, 2009. I don’t believe it’s too sympathetic to Roeder; it is incredibly unfair that he’s the only one alive to speak on his own behalf, but he doesn’t necessarily do himself any favors in that regard.
Dr. Tiller’s death affected me deeply, and this story is not soothing in the slightest to anyone who feels the way I do. But I think that’s a good thing. And whatever your politics, I think you can appreciate Friedman’s work as an extraordinary piece of journalism in the tradition of Truman Capote. Check it out, and I promise to take a break from politics next week.