Terri Schiavo Case Highlighted in New Mark Fuhrman Book

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 29, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 29, 2005

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — The Los Angeles policemen who achieved national notoriety in the O.J. Simpson murder trial has written a book on the Terri Schiavo case. Mark Fuhrman says he doesn’t understand why local police officials didn’t do more to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding Terri’s 1990 collapse.

Fuhrman appeared on CBS’s "Early Show" on Wednesday to discuss the new book, "Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo’s Death."

Fuhrman said television and radio political talk show host Sean Hannity inspired him to investigate Terri’s situation. His findings led him to write the book to counteract the media bias he says surrounded her plight.

When he began looking through legal and medical records, Fuhrman said he was "shocked with what I read, not only from a humanitarian angle from Michael Schiavo — he was completely absent of any compassion or empathy for the direct family of Terri Schiavo — but there were many questions about how she collapsed … none of which have ever been answered."

Fuhrman says police did a poor job of looking into Terri’s mysterious collapse.

"They never investigated anything," he told CBS News.

"They arrive at the hospital. I understand, two patrol officers are there. An unexplained collapse. And they wait for the toxicology to come back that she wasn’t under the influence of drugs," he explained.

After doctors were unable to determine why Terri collapsed, Fuhrman said the police left.

"So they left, never to return, even though the doctors could never find out why she collapsed, why her heart was deprived of oxygen," he said.

In his book, Fuhrman cites a co-worker of Terri’s who recounts a conversation with her about an expensive haircut Terri got the afternoon before her collapse. Terri said her estranged husband Michael was furious with her and told the co-worker the two had a heated argument.

Fuhrman told CBS that he was surprised Michael couldn’t remember the events leading up to the collapse or when he called 911 to report Terri’s condition.

"He couldn’t even remember if they had an argument," Fuhrman explained after looking at court records.

"He couldn’t remember what time he left work, couldn’t remember what time he got home, couldn’t remember if she was awake or asleep. Couldn’t remember, when he found her, if she was face up or face down. It goes on and on," Fuhrman told CBS show host Hannah Storm.

"There are so many things that Michael Schiavo can’t seem to answer," Fuhrman concluded. "In a time when you would think that you would have a memory, a videotape that you could put on play and those memories and those images would be etched in your mind forever, he couldn’t figure them out, from the first morning to this very day."

He indicated Michael declined to be interviewed for his book. While Fuhrman does not accuse Michael of any crime, he believes Michael knows more about what caused Terri to enter into an incapacitated state than he’s saying.

Michael’s brother Brian told the St. Petersburg Times newspaper that no one in the Schiavo family plans on reading the book and he labeled it a part of a smear campaign by the Schindler family against Michael.

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To read an excerpt from Fuhrman’s book, go here.