Case Number: 288

Blust, Mrs. Kate. 22 ys. old. Died from peritonitis following abortion done by Emma Novak who was held by coroner without bail. 34 prect. No bill by March 1909 Grand Jury.


Date of Offense March 12, 1909
Date of Death March 12, 1909
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Type of Death Accident
Description Illegal abortion
Total Number of Victims 1
Number of Defendants 1
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Blust, Mrs. Katie
Age 22 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Related by Blood or Marriage Former lovers


Name Novak, Emma
Gender Female
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Outside labor force (incl. criminals)
Occupation/ Skill Nurse, Midwife


Precinct 34
Allegations of Police Corruption No
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 and grand jury
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment for felony murder