December 30, 1991 |
A newspaper story about a human calamity has a beginning, middle and end for readers, but there is no easy closure for those whose misfortunes provide fodder for such accounts. It has been more than three months since Richard Worthington, armed with a pair of guns and a bomb, burst into a Utah hospital maternity ward intending to kill the doctor who had performed a tubal ligation on his wife.
September 23, 1991 |
A first-time mother said she tried to delay giving birth until after a gunman carrying an 18-pound dynamite bomb gave up his siege of the hospital's maternity wing. But Christan Downey, 22, delivered her baby during the 18-hour standoff. Her new daughter became the ninth hostage of Richard L. Worthington, who had killed a nurse when he stormed the Women's Health Center at Alta View Hospital 15 miles south of Salt Lake City.
September 24, 1991 |
A gunman who over the weekend killed a nurse and held nine people, including three newborns, hostage for 18 hours, was involved in a "weak" suicide attempt, officials said in Salt Lake City. Richard L. Worthington jumped backwards off a table and hit his head on the floor in his mental health unit cell in Salt Lake City, Sheriff's Lt. David Bishop said. The wound required stitches.