Thursday, January 29, 2009

1883: Abortion by midwife proves fatal; saloon keeper and housekeeper also arrested

On January 29, 1883, a widow named Adeline Savroch died on the scene from a criminal abortion. Midwife Bertha Twachaus was held without bail for murder in Adeline's death. A saloon keeper named Julius Grosse, and his housekeeper, Celia Arlep, were held as accessories.

The most likely scenario is that the saloon keeper and the housekeeper arranged the abortion for Adeline, and perhaps helped Twachaus to try to cover up the real cause of death.

For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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