Sunday, November 16, 2014

Doc's Fatal Work in 1935

Photo clipping from Nevada State Journal, 1937, showing Dr. W. R. Mitchell, a middle-aged man wearing a suit and a fedora
Nevada State Journal, May 20, 1937
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 (pictured) 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.

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