Executed abortion clinic killer Paul Hill left behind a “how-to manual for people looking to follow in his violent footsteps,” Time magazine reports. A close friend and advisor to the former Presbyterian minister says the manuscript is more than a call to action, or martyrdom, as his supporters term it. Hill reportedly details not only how to stalk an abortion doctor, but also advises potential martyrs on a number of other details, such as how to prepare themselves mentally and emotionally to kill a law enforcement officer who might be escorting the doctor. You have to kill the officer first, says Hill. He stresses the importance of financial backing, because a potential martyr’s family is likely to be left destitute, as Hill’s was until an anonymous supporter came forward with a large check.
The book apparently contains theological arguments supporting the use of lethal force to prevent abortions. Hill’s backers, mostly pastors who lead small congregations or splinter groups on the extreme edge of the anti-abortion movement, say it would be published in one form or another. Time notes that “whether there is anyone willing to actually kill, then die for their crimes, as Hill was, is another matter.”