Case Number: 9738

Crowell, Ethel - Age 20 - Death due to a criminal abortion performed by Dr. Hans Paulsen, in his office at 4779 Lincoln Ave. On 4/16/30 Paulsen and the girl's seducer, Uriah Denniston, were booked, the first for manslaughter by abortion, the second as accessory thereto. On 4/16/30 Dr. Paulsen was held by the Coroner for murder by abortion and Denniston was note mentioned in the verdict: his case was nolle prossed 4/28/30 by Judge Sbarboro. 37 Dist. 9/1/30 - Indictment Quashed - Miller (Paulsen).


Date of Offense April 14, 1930
Date of Death April 14, 1930
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 4779 Lincoln av
Type of Location Medical facility (Hospital, doctor's office, clinic) Midwife, Abortion place
Location Description def's office
Type of Death Accident
Description Illegal abortion
Total Number of Victims 1
Location def's office
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Crowell, Ethel
Age 20 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo


Name Paulsen, Hans
Gender Male
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Doctor


Precinct 37
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date Defendant Arrested 16-Apr-30
Time Between Crime and Arrest Days
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 2


Date of Coroner's Decision April 16, 1930
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Sbarboro
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict and grand jury
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Grand Jury Decision April 28, 1930
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment for felony murder