Bertie Hammarmiller

SUMMARY: Bertie Hammaremiller, age 19, died on January 4, 1887 from an abortion performed with the assistance of her lover.

Bertie Minnie Hammaremiller, age 19, had lived with her mother on Langdon Street in Chicago. She already had one child to 19-year-old Fred C. Dethloff.

On January 4, 1887 Bertie died from a botched abortion.

Dethloff, who admitted that this was the third time he’d helped Bertie to abort two other pregnancies with medications in the three years they’d been together, was put on trial for his life.

  • “Two Men on Trial for Their Lives,” The Chicago Tribune, Feb. 25, 1887
  • “A Young Girl’s Sad Death,” Chicago Daily Inter Ocean, Jan. 6, 1887