Robert Thompson

Robert Thompsonabortionistsmale, illegaldoctorAnnaSwanSFChronSep301910.jpgIn September of 1910, The San Francisco Examiner gave extensive coverage to the gruesome death of 24-year-old Eva Swan. Eva, who is described in the census as a stenographer and in news coverage as a schoolteacher, died after a” Dr. Grant” performed an abortion on her.

“Dr. Grant,” it turned out, was actually a Dr. Robert Thompson, a graduate of Dartmouth and Baltimore Medical College. Coverage in the Examiner painted a picture of a pudgy, heartless man who showed no emotion during his trial.