Case Number: 3054

Benzing, Mrs. Marie - Age 28 - Died from an abortion at the Chicago Union Hospital, 834 Wellington Ave., operation performed by Helen Dugdale who on 2/28 was held by the Coroner. 49th Pct. March 1917 No Bill.


Date of Offense February 15, 1917
Date of Death February 15, 1917
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 834 Wellington Ave
Type of Location Medical facility (Hospital, doctor's office, clinic) Midwife, Abortion place
Location Description Chicago Union Hospital
Type of Death Accident
Description Illegal abortion
Total Number of Victims 1
Location Chicago Union Hospital
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Benzing, Mrs. Marie
Age 28 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Name of Hospital Where Victim Was Taken Chicago Union Hospit


Name Dugdale, Helen
Gender Female
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Doctor


Precinct 49
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date Defendant Arrested 28-Feb-17
Time Between Crime and Arrest Weeks
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision February 28, 1917
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Grand Jury Decision March 15, 1917
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment for felony murder