Case Number: 1496

Messinger, Sarah, died in St. Luke's Hospital from abortion performed by Marie Kampfer who was arrested by 4th Prect. officers and held for trial in bonds of $5000 by Coroner's Jury.


Date of Offense April 25, 1899
Date of Death April 25, 1899
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address St. Luke's Hospital
Type of Location Medical facility (Hospital, doctor's office, clinic) Midwife, Abortion place
Location Description St. Luke's Hospital
Type of Death Accident
Description Illegal abortion
Total Number of Victims 1
Location St. Luke's Hospital
Number of Defendants 1
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Messinger, Sarah
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Name of Hospital Where Victim Was Taken St. Luke's Hospital


Name Kampjer, Marie
Gender Female
Ethnicity German
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Other, professional


Precinct 4
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Defendant Identified at Scene No
Time Between Crime and Arrest Less than 1 day
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict only
Allegations of Police Corruption No