Friday, January 30, 2009

Two other January deaths

I have two deaths at the Cemetery of Choice that I don't have specific dates for, but I was able to determine that they died some time in January.

At the very beginning of 1880, Mary McCarty, wife of C.H. McCarty of New Haven, was the "unsuspecting and unfortunate victim of the criminal or culpably stupid operation" that ended her life. She was approximately 30 years old. Dr. Banks was arrested on Pine Island.

On either January 21 or January 26 of 1926, Mrs. Victoria Smith died in Chicago from a botched abortion, evidently performed at Jefferson Park Hospital. On January 26, the coroner pushed for the arrest of Peter Krakowski as the principal and Mary Sprochi as an accessory. Krakowski's profession is not given, though he might have been some sort of medical professional, since the abortion was performed at a hospital. On February 15, Krakowski was indicted for felony murder.

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

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