SUMMARY: Wanda Lee Gray, age 20, died in Oklahoma after an abortion perpetrated by Dr. Guy E. Brewer.

Abortionist Guy Brewer

On June 7, 1935, Dr. Guy E. Brewer, a 53-year-old bachelor, pleaded guilty to six counts of manslaughter for the deaths of six women who died from complications of abortions he had perpetrated. He was sentenced to serve six concurrent four-year terms. He spent his incarceration working in the prison hospital.

One of those young women was Wanda Lee Gray, age 20, or Enid, Oklahoma. The others were Hermoine Fowler, age 20, Ruby Ford, Doris Jones, Myrtle Rose, 21, and Elizabeth Shaw.

It's likely that Brewer got such a light sentence, in spite of all the women's deaths, because of his extreme popularity. So beloved was he that one victim's husband was fired in retaliation for reporting his wife's death to the police.

  • "Doctor Faces New Charges," Abilene Morning News, Jun. 7, 1935