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A Blackmailing Scheme

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JAMA. 1914;LXII(4):314-315. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560290064035.
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To the Editor:  —I received a letter almost identical with the one given in The Journal, Jan. 10, 1913, p. 153. I answered it stating that I knew of no one who would produce abortion, but that a little later the woman might find a place to stay at the Salvation Army Rescue Home while her child was born. A few days later a western-looking, heavy-set man, clean shaven, about 38 years old, weighing about 165 pounds, having had some old injury to his left hand, called and between sobs and the free use of a handkerchief told me that his niece had bled to death three days before from a criminal operation, and in her hand-bag was found my name and a receipt for some ribbons from a near-by store. He showed me the picture of a girl picking apple-blossoms and asked me if I had ever seen her.


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