Rose Glickfield

SUMMARY: Rose Glickfield, age 39, died on April 4, 1937 after an abortion perpetrated by Dr. Charles I. Gordon in Brooklyn.

CharlesGordon.pngDr. Charles GordonOn March 30, 1939, Dr. Charles I. Gordon, evidently of previously good repute, was found guilty of manslaughter in the first degree for the abortion death of 39-year-old Rose Glickfield.

Gordon had perpetrated the abortion at his office on April 2, 1937. She evidently remained at his office, because she died in transit from his office to a hospital by ambulance on April 4.

His first trial for her death had ended in December of 1938 with a hung jury.

Gordon was sentenced to serve 10 to 20 years in Sing-Sing, but won a new trial in January of 1940. He was again convicted and sentenced to 6 to 15 years in Sing-Sing, but won another new trial in December of 1940.

I believe that Rose Glickfield is the identity of the woman I had been calling “Jane Roe of Newark.”


  • “Doctor Has Toothache, His Trial Is Postponed,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Mar. 28, 1939
  • “Physician Guilty In Woman’s Death,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Mar. 31, 1939
  • “Set Aside Manslaughter Verdict Against Doctor,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Jan. 23, 1940
  • “Convicted Abortionist Freed Pending Appeal,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dec. 24, 1940