Lucy Hagenow

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Dr. Lucy Hagenow was a physician who operated an illegal abortion practice in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She also did business under the names "Dr. Louise Hagenow" and "Dr. Ida Von Scultz".[1]

Hagenow ran thinly veiled advertisements for her abortion business in Chicago daily papers, a typical one reading, "Dr. Louise Hagenow; licensed physician; expert; twentyseven years; female diseases; a new scientific, painless method; no operation; good results; 330 East Division street, near Wells; 10 to 4, 7 to 8."[1]

Hagenow was convicted of murder in the 1907 abortion death of Annie Horvatich.[1]

Author Leslie J. Reagan indicated that Hagenow was linked to the deaths of abortion patients in 1896, 1899, 1905, 1906, 1907, and (after getting out of prison) 1926.[2]

The Homicide in Chicago Interactive Database links Hagenow with the abortion deaths of:

  • Marie Hicht (1899) - convicted and sent to prison[3]
  • May Putnam (1905) - held to Grand Jury but not brought to trial[3]
  • Lola Madison (1906) - held to Grand Jury but not brought to trial[3]
  • Nina H. Pierce (1925) - indicted, no trial[3]
  • Lottie Lowy (1925) - indicted but not tried[3]
  • Elizabeth Welter (1925) - coroner's verdict, no arrest[3]
  • Bridget Masterson (1925) - indicted, no trial[3]
  • Jean Cohen (1925) - coroner's verdict, no conviction[3]
  • Mary Moorehead (1926) - indicted but no trial.[3]

Deaths of her patients must have been a common occurrence, since undertaker W. J. Freckleton, sent by one husband to collect the body of his wife for burial, testified that he had complained to Hagenow how difficult it was to get the body down the narrow staircase; Hagenow had replied that her usual undertaker never had any trouble getting bodies out.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 236 Ill. 524, 86 N.E. 370, People v. Hagenow
  2. Leslie J. Reagan, When Abortion Was A Crime, University of California Press 1997
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Homicide In Chicago 1870-1930