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The Inez Burns Story, Part XVIIII: Conclusion!

Inez Burns soon learned that she had been framed double-crossed by Walter and Gloria Shannon–the people Inez had given shelter to in her Fillmore Street flat. Testifying before the new grand jury, the Shannons were to be the “star” witnesses … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part XVIII

When police searched Inez Burns’ house on Guerrero Street in San Francisco, they found the safe holding more than $300,000. Later one officer testified that Inez told him to take as much as he wanted “to forget the whole thing,” … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part XVII

While Inez worked long hours in the hospital-like environment upstairs, she was unaware that Gloria Shannon was compiling material for a book about Burns’ abortion business. Inez may have known that on the street outside the Fillmore Street flat, state … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part XVI

Inez Burns’ staff of four women and one man grew accustomed to the sound of her loud voice barking a series of orders–to be followed without argument. When at home Inez often expected family guests to help with chores, including … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part XV

At the Fillmore Street flat in San Francisco, a full day of appointments awaited Inez Burns as well as deliveries of surgical equipment and “anaesthetic gases.” “She was so much into her business–she was a workaholic who didn’t trust anyone … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part XIV

Edmund G. “Pat” Brown–a future two-term California governor–moved into the office of former San Francisco D.A. Matthew Brady, whose 24-year career paralleled the success of Inez Burns. She “considered Brady a fine fellow,” remembers Pacifica resident Caroline Carlisle, Inez Burns’ … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part XIII

But the political hierarchy she had relied on for three decades was changing. Still, the saavy abortionist believed she could survive even in the new environment. Inez Burns recalled that in the past when she had faced trouble, she found … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part XII

Clutching a package containing colorful dime store notebooks, Inez Burns rushed out of her San Francisco Fillmore Street flat on September 26, 1945. The time was 9:30 a.m. Walking briskly to keep up with his wife was ex-San Francisco Assemblyman … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part XI

  Between Prohibition and World War II, Inez L. Burns earned millions of dollars as the “queen of abortionists.” During her amazing career, Burns’ clients ranged from housewives to Hollywood movie stars. Her San Francisco facilities were antiseptic and she … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part X

As they drove through the magical redwood forest on the narrow road, Joe Burns often blurted out, “Oh, heck, let’s take a chance,” before negotiating a hairpin turn without knowing for certain if another car was coming in their direction–an … Continue reading

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