Tuesday, October 30, 2012

1923: Chicago Doc Kills Teen Patient

On October 16, 1923, 19-year-old Lydia Nelson died at Chicago's Englewood Hospital from an abortion performed there that day, evidently by Dr. Charles Klinetop. (Note: I was only able to more accurately identify Lydia's date of death today, which means that I missed the actual anniversary. Sorry.)

On January 15, 1924, Klinetop was indicted by a grand jury for felony murder in Lydia's death. Back in 1912, he had been identified by a coroner's jury as the doctor responsible for the abortion death of Minnie Miller.

Lydia's abortion was typical of criminal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.

Keep in mind that things that things we take for granted, like antibiotics and blood banks, were still in the future. For more about abortion in this era, see Abortion in the 1920s.

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1 comment:

Cati N said...

I was absolutely stunned when I ordered my long-lost great grandmother’s death certificate to find she’d died from septicemia and murder by abortion. Everything finally made sense: all the family secrecy, her unmarked grave, etc. To find out Lydia Nelson was murdered is beyond shocking and apparently it was a well guarded secret, not even my dad knew. Do you know what happened to Dr. Klinetop? Was he ever jailed?