On July 2, 1900, Sarah Bonda, age 20, died at her home as a result of a criminal abortion performed on her there that day. On July 6, police arrested Mrs. Martha Heisig, a midwife, in connection with the death. She was to be held without bail pending trial.
from the Englewood police station to the county jail, Heisig asked if
she could be brought home to say goodbye to her family. The officer
extended this kindness, only to have Heisig commit suicide by grabbing
and drinking down a vial of carbolic acid in the presence of her loved
ones. She fell to the floor and died immediately.
I have been
unable to find any evidence that any attention was paid to Sarah's death
by the authorities or the press after Heisig's death.