1917: An Unknown Perp in Chicago
On March 15, 1917, 24-year-old waitress Celia Steele died at Chicago's Jefferson Park Hospital from septicemia and purulent peritonitis caused by a criminal abortion. The coroner was unable to identify the guilty party.
1915: Two Deaths in Two Days Attributed to Chicago Doc
On March 15, 1915, 22-year-old homemaker Elenora Cassidy died at Cook
County Hospital after being treated for two days for septicemia. Before
her death, Elinor named Dr. Julia Patera as the guilty abortionist, and indicated that the abortion had been done at Patara's house on March 6.
was indicted for Elinor's death on March 15 by a Grand Jury, but the
case never went to trial, even though the very next day another woman, Hazel Wilcox, died after an abortion attributed to Patera.