Dread Pirate #BrettKimberlin and Alternative Healing

There’s a whole chapter in Mark Singer’s Citizen K (Ch. 35) that deals with TDPK’s alternate version of reality as compared to the recollections of others. One story deals with an attempt at alternative healing.

When his high school girlfriend Susan Harvey, then in her early twenties, lay comatose in the hospital after a terrible car accident, he saved her life—so he said. Her doctor told the family to “pray for her to die, that she probably wouldn’t come out of it.” Kimberlin, the sole believer in recovery, “stayed by her side for literally three months.” He had mystical experiences in her hospital room, where he spent a lot of time in “meditation and affirmation.” To discourage scarring, he salved her wounds with vitamin E. …

Kimberlin advised me to speak to Susan’s mother, who he assured me was quite fond of him. “He was a nice teenager, I think, ” Darlene Harvey told me. “But my children said I didn’t know him very well.” Brett’s ministrations, she asserted, had not been beneficial. “We hired private-duty nurses so Susan wouldn’t fall out of the bed, but they were worth nothing. I went in one evening after work and found this one nurse has gone to eat and left her alone. So that was that, no more private nurses. I guess after that Brett and his mother would slip in the back door to visit her. He poured oil on her stomach, which was all cut open from surgery. It was vitamin E or something like that. The surgeon was so outraged—he read the riot act to me. Brett didn’t nurse her back. He might have thought he did. ‘Nursing her back’ is a figment of his imagination. The surgeon said if that oil had gotten into her stomach it would have killed her. Brett thinks one thing, but the doctor thinks another, and I’m sure the doctor knows more about this particular situation.” Susan Harvey refused to be interviewed, allowing only that she wanted “nothing to do with Brett Kimberlin.”

If the Rules of Civil Procedure don’t apply to TDPK, why should the rules related to medicine?

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