Case Number: 4477

Matson, Ellen - Age 29 - Died at the West End Hospital from a criminal abortion performed by Dr. Lillian Hobbs, who, on Dec. 12, was held by the Coroner. 36 Pct. 2/21/20 - 14 yrs. Joliet Pen. - Scanlan.


Date of Offense November 18, 1917
Date of Death November 18, 1917
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address West End Hospital
Type of Location Medical facility (Hospital, doctor's office, clinic) Midwife, Abortion place
Type of Death Accident
Description Illegal abortion
Total Number of Victims 1
Number of Defendants 1
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Matson, Ellen
Age 29 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Name of Hospital Where Victim Was Taken West End


Name Dr. Hobbs, Lillian
Gender Female
Ethnicity Other, eastern european
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Outside labor force (incl. criminals)
Occupation/ Skill Doctor


Precinct 6
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Arrest Made at Crime Scene Yes
Date Defendant Arrested 20-Nov-17
Defendant Identified at Scene No
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision December 12, 1917
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Scanlon
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Jury Verdict Yes
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence February 21, 1920
Length of Sentence 14 years
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville