Waterboarding, Earl Bradley and near-death experiences collide in Morse case

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Last week, in reporting on the arrest of  Milton pediatrician Melvin Morse, it was noted that he had achieved some degree of fame for his interest in near-death experiences.

After all, Morse had moved to Sussex County after leaving  a successful practice in Seattle and spending time on  talk shows talking about his book on near-death experiences.

There was also the other elephant in the room, the notorious former Sussex County  pediatrician, Earl Bradley,  who will spend the rest of his days in prison.

This week,  Bradley, Morse  and  near death  collided in news reports as an Associated Press story cited a document indicating that Morse’s alleged “waterboarding” of his stepdaughter was tied to his interest in near-death experiences. After all, waterboarding is said to simulate drowning.

The AP followed up with a story outlining Morse’s personal struggles that included a difficult divorce and financial reverses.

The Bradley card was first brought up by Morse’s attorney Joe Hurley. In  a WDEL interview late last week, the defense attorney  suggested Morse’s case was being affected by the horrors of the Bradley child sexual assault case. Hurley went on to say that the girl claiming the waterboarding could have made up the allegation.

That story line continued this week with Morse making a phone call to the Associated Press and claiming  the hysteria surrounding Bradley was affecting his case. He also claimed he blew the whistle on Bradley. Morse is now free on bond. His wife, Pauline, was also charged and released.

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