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Larry Harnisch reflects on Los Angeles history

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May 11, 1957
Los Angeles

Felicitas Sena, born Dec. 19, 1936, in Texas, died May 10, 1957, as the result of septic poisoning from an illegal abortion.

In a deathbed interview at General Hospital with Sheriff's Detectives Charles W. McGowan and Claude Everly, Sena, of 1908 1/2 E. 1st St., implicated Pauline Castaneda Delgado, 25, 4521 E. Gleason.

Delgado, who was in custody in County Jail on murder charges, told the Mirror she had merely tried to help Sena, who had attempted to perform an abortion on herself.

As far as I can tell, The Times never reported this story.

According to the LAPD annual statistics for 1957, police received reports of three women dying of self-induced abortions and one dying in some other manner related to an abortion.

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