Case Number: 1958

Paulseu, Lizzie, 38 yrs. old. Died at County hospital from criminal abortion. John Nelson and Minnie Nelson held without bail by coroner's jury Nov. 27-07. 19 prect. No bill by December '07, Grand Jury. John Nelson sentenced to Joliet Pen. Jan. 9, '09, by Judge Chetlain.


Date of Offense November 24, 1907
Date of Death November 24, 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 County Hospital
Type of Death Accident
Description Illegal abortion
Total Number of Victims 1
Location County Hospital
Number of Defendants 1
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Paulseu, Lizzie
Age 38 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Name of Hospital Where Victim Was Taken County


Name Nelson, John
Gender Male
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Outside labor force (incl. criminals)
Occupation/ Skill Other, professional


Precinct 19
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date Defendant Arrested 27-Nov-07
Time Between Crime and Arrest Days
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 2


Trial Judge Chetlain
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Grand Jury Decision December 15, 1907
Date of Sentence January 9, 1909
Outcome of Trial Guilty of murder
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville