CHARGE DOCTOR CAUSED DEATH OF LOCAL GIRL
Dr. W. R. Shortridge, of Flasher, is Arrested as Result of Mrs. Angelo Holta's Death
Second Degree Murder
Is Charge Preferred Against Physicial on Charge of Performing Operation.
Mandan, N.D., March 20— A complaint charging Dr. W. R. Shortridge of Flasher with murder in the second degree was swork out here early today by States Attorney L.H. Connolly and Sheriff Charles McDonald went to Flasher, where he placed Dr. Shortridge under arrest.
The basis of the complaint was that Dr. Shortbridge caused the death of Mrs. Freda Nadler Holta by performing an illegal operation.
No charges are to be preferred against Mr. Holta by Connolly, who absolved himself of blame in the matter of his wife's death.
Holta made a statement which the States Attorney brought back to Mandan in which he said that his wife, fearful of becoming a mother, had undergone an abortive operation which led to her death. She died in Flasher and her body was brought to Bismarck and placed in the apartment in Pordon Court where they lived and death announced the next day. Holta, according to the story told the states attorney, decided to aid in keeping the matter a secret because of the nature of the case, and it was announced to the newspapers that Mrs. Holta had died of hemorrhages which followed influenza.
Bismarck Tribune, 3-20-1924