On September 9, 1930, 20-year-old telephone operator Matilda Kleinschmidt underwent a criminal abortion, believed to have been performed in the office of Dr. J. Murney Nicholson.
When she took
ill, her boyfriend told her that he would call in another doctor to care
for her. Matilda insisted, "Another doctor won[']t look at me. He
won[']t take the case."
Matilda died on
September 21. On September 22, Nicholson was held by the coroner for
murder. John C. Ross was held as an accessory. Nicholson was indicted
for felony murder in Matilda's death.