Monday, September 19, 2011

Lizzie Geisler, Utah Serial Killer Midwife - 1905

FULL TEXT: Salt Lakes, March 16. – Following the arrest of Mrs. Lizzie Geisler this morning, charged with murder, the police believe they have unearthed numerous child murders. The woman operated a lying-in hospital, patronized by young women.


[“Child Murders,” syndicated (Scripps News Association.), The Spokane Press (Wa.), Mar. 16, 1905, p. 1]

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5 comments:

  1. My grandmother was delivered by Lizzie Geisler in the home on 326 West 3rd North, Salt Lake City, in 1909. She continued to work as a midwife and advertise midwife services in the Deseret News. My guess would be that Mrs. Geisler was acquitted of the crimes mentioned.

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    1. Every single of the scores of midwives in the United States charged with murdering infants after birth was acquitted. This fact is due to strong evidentiary standards that protect defendants. You cannot have due process that protects the innocent and at the same time avoid acquitting guilty people due to the absence of hard physical evidence. In other countries, Australia, New Zealand, England, Russia and European countries many midwives and baby farmers were indeed convicted of murder of infants. --- I recommend reading my article "Death on the Baby Farm" ------ http://www.avoiceformen.com/series/unknown-history-of-misandry/death-on-the-baby-farm-the-devil-is-in-the-details/

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  2. Lizzie Geisler is listed as the midwife on my father's birth certificate in 1909. Midwives were widely used and respected in Salt Lake City. Since she performed as a midwife successfully after this period it would seem that she also provided abortions as in the movie Cider House Rules. These facilities were necessary.

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    1. And as a midwife she would have lost some babies at birth and babies were likely to be buried where they could be.

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    2. Whether or not Lizzie Geizler was innocent or guilty is something I cannot ascertain. Nevertheless it is a fact that none of the dozens of midwives and baby farmers of the United States accused of, or tried for, murdering live-born infants (or toddlers on rare occasions) was ever successfully prosecuted. It is indisputable that many midwives and baby farmers (in the US and elsewhere) were either paid to murder live-born infants or murdered them without permission in order to pocket the child care expense money received from the parent(s). I include the Geizler case in order to make the most complete collection of such cases available for the use of other researchers. When a jury finds a defendant “not guilty” it is often a just verdict (under the law as due process) based not on the opinion that the defendant is probably innocent but rather that the prosecution has failed to meet the proper standard of evidence. Acquittal dies not equate withy actual innocence. Please read “Death on the Baby Farm” to see the issue in a broader context: ---- http://www.avoiceformen.com/series/unknown-history-of-misandry/death-on-the-baby-farm-the-devil-is-in-the-details/f murder of infants.

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