Case Number: 1954

Paffrath, Mrs. L. 21 ys. old, died at German American hospital from effects of an abortion. 41st Prect. Alice Rastone and Hacrone Schuetner, midwives, held by Coroner, July 25-07. Alice F. Gustafson arrested and held. "No bill" by Grand Jury, September, 1907.


Date of Offense July 21, 1907
Date of Death July 21, 1907
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 American Hospital
Type of Death Accident
Total Number of Victims 1
Location German American Hospital
Number of Defendants 1
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Paffrath, Mrs. L.
Age 21 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Name of Hospital Where Victim Was Taken German American


Name Gustafson Alice F.
Gender Female
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, skilled (butcher, electrician, cab drivers, street car, etc.)
Occupation/ Skill Other, professional


Precinct 41
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date Defendant Arrested 25-Jul-07
Time Between Crime and Arrest Days
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 3


Charges Against Defendant No
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict and grand jury
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Grand Jury Decision September 15, 1907
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment for felony murder