Pamela Colson, age 31, was 12 weeks pregnant when friends drive her to Women's Medical Services in Pensacola, Florida, for a safe and legal abortion June 26, 1994. Pamela bled heavily during the drive home. According to her friends, Pamela became unresponsive, so they stopped at a motel. Two passers-by did CPR while Pamela's friends called for an ambulance. Pamela was taken to a hospital where she died after an emergency hysterectomy. The cause of death was given as "irreversible shock from blood loss due to a perforated uterus occurring at the time of an elective abortion." William Keene was tentatively identified as having performed the abortion.
On June 26, 1888, 16-year-old Annie Dorris died at Dr. Lucy Hagenow's
"maternity hospital" in San Francisco. She was buried the following day
based on a death certificate filed by Dr. Xavier Dodel, who claimed
that he'd been called to tend to her at her home for chills and fever
and had transferred her to Hagenow's care about two days before her
death, when his treatment was not successful. “A autopsy held on the remains which were disinterred for the purpose, showed that death was the result of an abortion.”
Augusta had read in a German newspaper that “Mrs. Hagenow's hospital on
Twelfth street was a good place,” so she took Annie there. “Mrs. Hagenow
said that she would cure the girl for $30 and took her into a private
room to examine her.” After Annie emerged, Hagenow charged her mother an
additional $10, saying that she had damaged an instrument due to Anna's
inability to lie still.
Three days later, Annie took to her bed, complaining of pains in her
legs and back. According to Annie's father, Frederick, Hagenow came to
the house to check on Annie. Hagenow took the girl into a side room,
from which Frederick heard Annie cry out. Hagenow emerged and said that a
"man doctor" had to be called in due to inflammation of the bowels and
high fever. Hagenow left and returned with Dr. Xavier Dodel. The two of
them went into the room with Annie, and again Frederick heard his
daughter cry out. Dodel emerged from the room with bloody hands.
Upon his recommendation, Annie was removed to the "Maternity Home," where she died on the third day.
Augusta said that
Hagenow's sister, Mrs. Seibert, told her that she'd taken her daughter
to a “hell hole” and that “other persons had been murdered there.” Anna
Hickert, who operated a bakery, said that she relayed to Hagenow that
Seibert had told her that Hagenow ran “a murderous den,” but Hagenow had
told Hickert not to relay this because her sister would deny having
ever said any such thing.
As Augusta testified
about her daughter's death, she “cried pitifully.” After being given
time to regain her composure, Augusta, with her husband by her side, was
asked about her encounter with Hagenow at the coroner's office. Augusta
said that Hagenow told her to denied ever meeting her, or she (Hagenow)
would end up doing 25 or 30 years at San Quentin. The coroner had
chased Hagenow from the room.
Hagenow eventually made bail, but the San Francisco Chronicle
noted, “The bond itself is a queer one. Although the signers qualify in
the aggregate for $20,000 there is more than the faint suspicion afloat
that it is a bond of straw.” Pretty fishy – perhaps in one case even
fictitious – characters were putting their signatures on it. “When Mrs.
Hagenow was released she ran to Dr. Dodel's cell and held a short
conversation with him. It is quite probable that he will soon be out on
bond if [Judge] Hornblower can be persuaded to accept the same kind of
sureties for him as he did for his female companion." Hagenow stuck to
her story that Annie had been deathly ill before she'd even been called
Three trials in the case led to three hung juries.
Hagenow was also implicated in the San Francisco abortion deaths of Louise Derchow and Abbia Richards, as well as for the suspicious death of Emma Dep at Hagenow's maternity home.
to Chicago and began piling up dead bodies there as well. She was
implicated in numerous abortion deaths, including: