Terri Schiavo is dead, but her cause — the cause of life — is very much alive. In “Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo’s Death,” former LAPD detective and New York Times bestselling author Mark Fuhrman details why. For although the media jackals and unconscionable Leftist hecklers who cheered her starvation and death have moved on, lingering questions remain about Terri’s life and death. Fuhrman here applies all his highly respected investigative skills to the medical evidence, legal case files, and police records. The result is this sobering book.
With the complete cooperation of Terri Schiavo’s parents and siblings, as well as their medical and legal advisers, and exclusive interviews with forensics experts, friends of Terri, and Terri’s caregivers, Fuhrman uncovers detail after shocking detail of the Schiavo case — details that the liberal media overlooked in its haste to see Terri die. He reveals explosive facts about Terri’s marriage, her condition when she collapsed (including the truth about her alleged “bulimia”), the bitter battles that went on for years between her parents and her husband Michael Schiavo, and the sparsely reported circumstances surrounding her death. He sifts through the evidence and frankly examines the oft-discussed possibility that Michael Schiavo strangled Terri, or that her condition was caused by his beating her.
Above all, Fuhrman proves that the death of Terri Schiavo was a legal homicide perpetrated by the State of Florida at the behest of Michael Schiavo — who, while he always protested that he was doing it all for Terri, was actually in it always and only for himself. He demonstrates that Terri died because everyone failed her: the people charged with her care, the police, the politicians and judges involved with the case, and above all the man who claimed to care for her more than anyone else: her husband Michael Schiavo. Says Fuhrman of Terri’s husband: “the control that he exerted over even the smallest details concerning her treatment, the efforts that he made to restrict access to her medical records and permission to visit her, and finally the stubbornness with which he pursued her legally sanctioned death — is extreme to the point of suspicion.”
Fuhrman’s conclusions about the details of the case are often surprising, always carefully weighed, and more urgent than ever — now that the Left is doing its best to use the precedents set by the Schiavo case to narrow the right to life even further. Now that Terri is dead, the Schiavo controversy has dropped out of the headlines and talk shows. But the struggle for the defense of life rages on. The legal issues and ethical questions provoked by Terri Schiavo’s extraordinary case may be hotly debated for years to come. Silent Witness reveals why the struggle to make sure there are no more Terri Schiavos is more urgent than ever.
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