In January of 1913, 33-year-old homemaker. Margaret Wagner died at Post Graduate Hospital in Chicago from an abortion perpetrated that day by midwife Caroline Orbach. Orbach was held by the Coroner. The case went to trial but Orbach was acquitted.

Caroline "Carrie" Orbach, a divorced German immigrant, was born around 1868. She had a daughter, Anna, who was born around 1888. The two of them immigrated some time between 1900 and 1902.