Yesterday, the University of Minnesota's Dr. Bernadette Gillick was best known as a nationally recognized scientist for her research into how the brain recovers from injuries.
After today, she will likely be forever known for coming forward and telling the world that Scott Walker fathered a child and refused to take responsibility for it while at Marquette:
Bernadette Gillick was a college freshman in 1988 when she first met
Scott Walker. It was spring semester, and she had just transferred to
Marquette University. She was assigned a room in O’Donnell Hall (then a
women’s dormitory), which she shared with her new roommate, Ruth (not
her real name). Ruth was dating Scott Walker, who was 20 at the time,
and, according to Bernadette, Ruth was deeply in love with him.
Midway through that spring semester, Bernadette alleges, Ruth found
out she was pregnant. She informed her boyfriend, Scott, and initially
he was supportive. That support changed to callous indifference for his
girlfriend’s predicament after Scott informed his parents of the
Bernadette reports that at this point Scott began denying that he was
the father of the baby, and when Ruth said she was considering an
abortion, he claimed he didn’t care, as he wasn’t the father anyway.
Bernadette remembers being present when Ruth was dealing with the
wrath of Scott’s mother, who allegedly admonished Ruth for trying to
“ruin [her son's] reputation.”
“I supported her [Ruth] as he [Scott] went from encouraging her to
get an abortion, to telling me it was in my best interest to keep my
mouth shut, to denying that he was the father and having his own mother
call her and tell her to stop erroneously accusing her son of
paternity,” Bernadette recounts.
It was a “horrible time” for her friend. “Imagine her being 18 years
old and pregnant, walking around Marquette’s Jesuit Catholic campus with
her boyfriend denying he was the father,” says Bernadette.
All this was taking place while Walker was running for student body president. As one of his classmates, Dr. Glenn Barry recalled,
Walker’s campaign was, “one of the dirtiest in school history.” The
student newspaper Marquette Tribune called him “unfit for office” after
his campaign was discovered collecting and throwing out copies of their
paper that endorsed his opponent. Commenting on the election and
Walker’s political career and style at Marquette, he noted, “Walker lost
on all counts, but not before destroying a few people’s reputations,
and amassing personal power.”
If Bernadette’s story is true, Ruth – and eventually their child –
were just a few of the people who got in the way of Walker’s quest for
After consulting with her family, Ruth decided against an abortion.
Bernadette was with Ruth in the hospital for the birth of her child
later that year (and says Walker was not present), and later stood up as
a bridesmaid in Ruth’s 1992 marriage to another man. She says Walker
eventually had to concede that he was the father, after the birth and
Normally I would roll my eyes at such a story, but considering the
impeccable credibility of the source, I can't fathom a scenario where
what she is saying isn't true.
Also, keep in mind that Gillick is represented by Michael Fargione,
an attorney who is well-credentialed and highly respected, by both his
peers and the judiciary.