Ethel Hestland #30s #1930s #oklahoma #illegaldoctor

Ethel Hestland, age 30, died on April 3, 1932, in the Oklahoma City area from a criminal abortion. Her death certificate was signed by Dr. Richard E. Thacker.[1]

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Dr. Richard E. Thacker

Thacker (pictured) had been implicated for a string of other abortion deaths, including:

I believe that Thacker was never prosecuted for the other abortion deaths because the successful conviction in the Ruth Hall case took him off the streets.


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    "Probe 'Epidemic' of Illegal Operations in Oklahoma City," Elyria, Ohio, Chronicle Telegram, April 29, 1932