Monday, April 08, 2013

Mysterious Death: Chicago, 1928

On April 8, 1928, 26-year-old Mildred G. Jakobsen, a Chicago native, "took sick" at work. She died there before she could be taken to a hospital. On May 4, the Cook County coroner concluded that Mildred had died from complications of a criminal abortion, and recommended the identification and arrest of the person or persons responsible. Nobody was ever held accountable for Mildred's death. However, given Chicago practice at the time, it's highly likely that her abortion was perpetrated by either a doctor or a midwife.

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