Listen: Vince, Dalton Gilmer, Walker discussed on This American Life
"This is friends said he was drinking three or four nights a week mostly at a bar in downtown Asheville called Jack of the wood. But Terry says he still seemed fine at work. And then he was fine the Monday they closed the clinic early June twenty eighth two thousand four so that Vince could go pick up his father Dalton gilmer. Dalton was at a psychiatric hospital. It's called Brockton hospital. It's not clear what exactly was wrong with Dalton. But according to court records, he was taking antipsychotic medication and he needed help taking care of himself dressing, bathing, even eating sometimes, and he could barely walk. He needed a wheelchair or a Walker. He was sixty years old. Had made arrangements to transfer his father from Broughton to a nursing home, very close to the cane creek clinic. So that Monday afternoon, he drove up to Brockton and collected his father, I had every intention of taking him to the nursing home Vince said at trial, but then says he'd promised to I take his dad too a favorite lake several hours out of the way. He did have a big green kayak in the back of his truck. But remember his dad can't walk and Vince has no Walker in the truck plus it's getting late. So this plan didn't make much sense. The heart events is story about the crime is probably something that if you're listening with little kids right now, you might not want them to hear Vince says his father sexually abused him and his younger sister from the time they were six and three years old respectively. The abuse. He describes is maybe the most horrific I've ever heard of Vince his sister apparently corroborated the abuse. But she disappeared just before the trial in two thousand five and her family has not seen or heard from her since his mother claims she never knew about the sexual abuse. Not until after the murder. She said her husband was Vietnam vet who came back from the war changed and sporadically violent, man. Vince says his father was apt to make inappropriate sexual remarks and gropes, and that's what happened in the truck that day he kept saying filthy filthy things set it trial. And that's when he lost it. He says Vince said a voice in his head like a compulsion was telling him to kill his father. I reach over with the rope. And I place the rope around his neck and pull on it and pull on it and pull on it. Then Vince says he drove around for hours panicked trying to figure out what to do with the body which he'd moved to the bed of the pickup. Eventually he carried it onto the side of Good Hope road near the Virginia Tennessee border, and he performed with the Virginia medical examiner would later describe as traumatic amputations of all ten fingers. He cut off his father's fingers and thumbs VIN says he used a little saw he had in the back of his truck for trees around the house. Vince said he did this to prevent the body from being identified. And then Vince went home. The body was quickly found still warm and quickly identified in the pocket of his tan shorts and the inside color of his polo shirt stamped in black ink de gilmer name tax that Finn says he himself had arranged for.."