Case Number: 7992

Fisher, Betty - Age 24 - Died from a criminal abortion at 1627 Wells St., office of Dr. August Goetz and Dr. Henry Gautsen, both of whom were held by the Coroner on 7/14/25. 29 Dist. 10/16/25 both acquitted - Gemmill.


Date of Offense June 13, 1925
Date of Death June 13, 1925
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 1627 Wells st.
Type of Location Medical facility (Hospital, doctor's office, clinic) Midwife, Abortion place
Location Description 1627 Wells st. office of Dr. August Goetz & Dr. He
Type of Death Accident
Description Illegal abortion
Total Number of Victims 1
Location 1627 Wells st. office of Dr. August Goetz & Dr. He
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Fisher, Betty
Age 24 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo


Name Goetz, August Dr.
Gender Male
Ethnicity German
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Killed While Protecting Person Protecting person outside family
Occupation/ Skill Doctor


Precinct 6
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 2


Date of Coroner's Decision July 14, 1925
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Gemmill
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence October 16, 1925
Outcome of Trial Acquitted