Kermit Gosnell’s run-down house still causing a problem for his neighbors


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Dr. Kermit Gosnell is serving multiple life sentences for serial murder and selling illegal drugs at his filthy “house of horrors,” but even in prison his squalid and unkept ways are causing problems for the poor people of Philadelphia.

CBS Philadelphia has found that his home in the city of Mantua is falling down, strewn with trash, and making neighbors worry that the rotting structure – or the undesirable elements it attracts – will one day destroy their own homes.

“Neighbors fear the crumbling building could collapse or catch fire,” Eyewitness News reports.

They visited his home on the 600 block of North 32nd Street, which adjoins several other houses, and found molding air conditioners, floors strewn with trash, and a partially collapsed wall among numerous violations.

Vandals had stripped the home and torn the front door off its hinges, something that could cause a squatter to accidentally set the house on fire.

The Philadelphia Dept. of Licenses and Inspections confirmed the house was unsafe and that they had sent notices to Gosnell in prison, apparently without triggering any response.

Now his neighbors have hired a contractor to try to repair the worst damage, to make sure the late-term abortionist's home does not topple into their domiciles.

According to city police who investigated him for infanticide and drug pushing, the fact that Gosnell is in prison has hardly changed the home's cleanliness; the doctor lived in filth, they said.

Philadelphia Police Crimes Scene Unit Detective John Taggart said, “He would leave plates of food on the floor. There was stuff everywhere in the bedroom. You couldn’t see the bed.”

“As soon as [investigators] went down into the basement, they were covered in fleas,” he added.

Gosnell became infamous for the run-down conditions inside his Women's Medical Society, located in West Philadelphia, which serviced primarily economically distressed minority women. Flea-ridden cats wandered the premises, urinating on the recliners that post-abortive women used for recovery, and instruments that had never been sterilized passed sexually transmitted diseases from infected patients to healthy patients.

In addition to his Manuta home, Gosnell owned a beach home in Brigantine, NJ, and a number of rental properties. Police investigated the New Jersey estate, because they thought Gosnell may have thrown the babies he murdered into the bay. No bodies were ever recovered.

More recently his son, who changed his name to Barron Alexander, had been living in a home Gosnell owns in Mantua when police say he broke into a neighbor's house and stole electronic devices and cash. Alexander was shot several times in the early morning hours of June 4 by the tenants. 

(This story originally appeared on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, on