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Kopp confesses. (News in Brief: United States).

Buffalo, N.Y.--James Kopp shocked and dismayed the North American pro-life community on November 20, 2002, when he confessed to killing Buffalo abortionist Barnett Slepian in 1998. In a four-hour interview with the Buffalo News, Kopp declined to comment on his involvement, if any, in the shootings of three Canadian abortionists in recent years.

With this admission, Kopp knocked the feet out from under those pro-life supporters who had suggested that he couldn't have committed the crime because he was a pacifist, had poor eyesight, was a poor marksman, or was being framed by the police. Many wondered why he waited until now to make the confession, after he had been the subject of a two-and-a-half-year, world-wide manhunt.

Pro-life advocates who earlier had condemned the shootings as unacceptable acts of violence, could take solace in the fact that Kopp made it clear he acted alone in the Slepian shooting and that no one in the Buffalo pro-life community had suggested Slepian as a target.

On the Canadian side, the Hamilton Spectator reported that police think there is "a strong possibility" local people were involved in helping whoever shot three Canadian abortionists, but they have no evidence that this is so.

"We have never closed our eyes to the fact that he could have had accomplices in Canada," said Inspector Keith McCaskill, spokesman for a Canadian multi-jurisdictional task force probing the shootings. However, McCaskill indicated that investigators are not doing any work toward that end.
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Title Annotation:James Kopp, in killing of abortion doctor Barnett Slepian
Publication:Catholic Insight
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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