On November 17, 1935, Georgia Marie McGill, 21-year-old daughter of oil company superintendent George McGill, died from an apparent criminal abortion in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Marie's father identified Dr. W. R. Mitchell as the perpetrator.
Mitchell was already a reputed abortionist, and police had already
gotten many complaints about him prior to Marie's death.
Mitchell was arrested and tried but the case ended with a hung jury.
After the trial, Mitchell resumed his abortion business and was arrested
again for his practice.
Marie's abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.