BBC Announcer Charged in Murder of Dying Lover

Ray Gosling confessed to mercy killing on UK television
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2010 5:15 AM CST
British television reporter Ray Gosling, in Nottingham, England, Tuesday Feb. 16 2010.   (AP Photo/PA)

(Newser) – British police have arrested a BBC presenter who confessed on television that he'd killed a former lover who was dying of AIDS. Ray Gosling, 70, was arrested on suspicion of murder this morning, less than two days after the airing of a TV program in which Gosling tearfully described smothering his terminally ill partner with a pillow to end his suffering, the Guardian reports.

Gosling said he'd made a pact with the man to kill him if his condition progressed beyond a certain point, and that the killing was carried out with the tacit consent of the man's doctor. Nobody knows, however, who the victim and doctor were or when and where the murder took place, details that Gosling said he'd vowed never to reveal, "even under torture."
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