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. He was
implicated in about half a dozen other abortion deaths, but I have been
unable to get more details about those cases.
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.
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 1930s.
For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion