Myrtle Rose

SUMMARY: Myrtle Rose, age 21, died on December 23, 1931 from complications of an abortion perpetrated in Oklahoma by Dr. Guy E. Brewer.

GuyBrewerHeadshot.pngAbortionist Guy Brewer
On June 7, 1935, Dr. Guy E. Brewer, a 53-year-old bachelor, pleaded guilty to six counts of manslaughter for the deaths of six women who died from complications of abortions he had perpetrated. He was sentenced to serve six consecutive four-year terms. He spent his incarceration working in the prison hospital.

One of those young women was Myrtle Rose, age 21, of Ponca City, Oklahoma, on December 23, 1931.

The other women include Hermoine Fowler, Ruby Ford, Doris Jones, Elizabeth Shaw, and Wanda Lee Gray.

Brewer was sentenced to six four-year sentences, to run concurrently, for six abortion deaths. The likely reason that he got such a light sentence was his extreme popularity for his benevolence in putting local young men through college. So beloved was Brewer that one victim’s husband was fired in retaliation for reporting his wife’s death to the police.


  • “Okla. Physician Pleads Guilty in Operation Deaths,” Abilene Morning News, Jun. 8, 1935
  • “Doctor Now Faces 4 Murder Charges,” Miami (OH) Daily News-Record, May 10, 1935