Emil Gleitsman

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Dr. Emil Gleitsman was a criminal abortionist in Chicago with a long and sordid history.

The Journal of the American Medical Association said in 1943 that Gleitsman’s legal troubles went back to 1928 when a grand jury refused to indict him for abortion. This seems an odd assertion– since it in January of that year that Gleitsman was indicted for felony murder in the November, 1927 abortion death of 22-year-old homemaker Lucille van Iderstine.

Gleitsman evidently beat the rap on Lucille’s death, since he was free to be arrested for murder by abortion in the 1930 death of 22-year-old Jeanette Reder. He definitely beat the rap on that one; he was acquitted in June of 1931

JAMA also notes that the Tribune reported Gleitsman being convicted three times on a single charge of manslaughter by abortion in 1934 (I’m assuming related to the death of 21-year-old Mary Colbert in 1933), but each time his lawyer got a reversal and eventually the prosecutors gave up.

The Journal of the American Medical Association also noted in 1943 that the Illinois Supreme Court had upheld Gleitsman’s 1942 murder by abortion conviction, for which he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Two women were apparently left dead by Gleitsman’s hands in 1942, since a Chicago Tribune article on November 6, 1942 indicates that Gleitsman had been sentenced to 14 years for murder by abortion in the death of Marie O’Malley and an inquest on another woman I’ll call Maggie Doe was being held while Gleitsman was awaiting a hearing in his appeal.

Gleitsman was born in Germany around 1866, and as far as I can tell died in Chicago on February 20, 1956.


  • “Hearing Delayed,” Chicago Tribune, Nov. 6, 1942
  • “Physician Gets 14 Year Term for Abortion Death,” Chicago Tribune, Nov.14, 1942