Thursday, November 24, 2022

November 24, 1907 and 1916: More Mysterious Chicago Abortion Deaths

Once again I am stuck with only the information from the Homicide in Chicago Interactive Database.

On November 24, 1916, 24-year-old Mrs. M. Marazak died at Chicago's West Side Hospital from an abortion performed by an unknown perpetrator.

On November 24, 1907, homemaker Lizzie Paulson, age 38, died at County Hospital in Chicago from an abortion performed that day. John and Minnie Nelson were arrested and held without bail. John Nelson was sentenced to Joliet for his role in Lizzie's death. John Nelson's profession is given as "outside labor force" and "abortion provider", so likely he was a professional lay abortionist. According to Cook County death records, Lizzie was a widow, which might have been a large part of her reason for undergoing an abortion.

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