Case Number: 1206

Koester, Mrs. Alide, died in German Hospital from abortion said to have been performed by Maria Janke, who was arrested March 10, and held by Coroner's Jury March 11. 38th Prect. Sentenced Aug. 3, by Judge Clifford to Joliet Penitentiary.


Date of Offense March 5, 1904
Date of Death March 5, 1900
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Type of Location Medical facility (Hospital, doctor's office, clinic) Midwife, Abortion place
Location Description German Hospital
Type of Death Accident
Description Illegal abortion
Total Number of Victims 1
Location German Hospital
Number of Defendants 1
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Koester, Mrs. Alide
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Name of Hospital Where Victim Was Taken German Hos.


Name Janke, Maria
Gender Female
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Other, professional


Precinct 38
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Time Between Crime and Arrest Days
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Clifford
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Outcome of Trial Guilty, unspecified offense
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville