Award-winning documentary maker Ray Gosling, 70, revealed to TV viewers Monday night he once carried out a mercy killing on a former lover who was suffering from AIDS.
Asked whether he had any regrets, he replied: “None whatsoever, I did the right thing.”
Gosling, 70, made his revelation on BBC East Midlands’ Inside Out program.
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Strolling through a graveyard for a segment of the show about death, he broke down as he recalled the day he took his lover’s life.
“Maybe this is the time to share a secret that I have kept for quite a long time. I killed someone once… He was a young chap, he’d been my lover and he got AIDS. In a hospital one hot afternoon, the doctor said, ‘There’s nothing we can do,’ and he was in terrible, terrible pain.
“I said to the doctor, ‘Leave me just for a bit’ and he went away. I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead.
“The doctor came back and I said, ‘He’s gone.’ Nothing more was ever said.”
It is understood that the killing took place sometime in the 1980’s.