Bechtel was tried in the October 3, 1895 abortion death of Mrs. Kittie Bassett.

On January 12, 1900, Mrs. Ida Henry, age 26, died at the home she shared with Dr. Paulina Bechtel, from complications of an abortion Bechtel had performed on her there that day.

Bechtel was also implicated in the death of Barbara Shelgren shortly thereafter, but was identified as a midwife in that case.

Bechtel went on to kill Mary Thorning in 1911.

Paulina Marohn Becthel was born May 8, 1846 in Germany, and died August 14, 1913 in Chicago.