Case Number: 6395

Koss, Helen - Age 26 - Died at the Norwegian American Hospital from a criminal abortion alleged to have been performed 12/30/23 by Mrs. Emma Morch, a midwife, who , on 1/7/24, was held by the Coroner. 30 Dist. 10/6/25 s/o - McGoorty.


Date of Offense December 30, 1923
Date of Death January 6, 1924
Time Between Offense and Death Within 1 week but more than 1 day
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 Koss, Helen
Age 26 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Name of Hospital Where Victim Was Taken Norwegian American H


Name Morch,Emma
Gender Female
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Nurse, Midwife


Precinct 30
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision January 7, 1924
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Trial Judge McGoorty
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence October 6, 1925
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment, other homicide, homicide unspecified
Outcome of Trial Stricken off