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Gerri Santoro
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    (August 16, 1935-June 8, 1964)
    Born in Coventry, Connecticut
    Birth name was Geraldine Twerdy
    Subject of the documentary 'Leona's Sister Gerri (1995)'
    She had fourteen siblings.
    She married Sam Santoro after knowing him just two weeks.
    While estranged from her husband, she became pregnant by married co-worker, Clyde Dixon.
    The couple checked into a motel, attempting to perform an illegal abortion.
    The next morning, a maid found Gerri's bloody corpse.
    She was known for her upbeat personality.
    She was a victim of domestic violence.
    The graphic photo of her death scene became a symbol for the abortion rights movement.
    Family members objected to pictures of her final moments being published.

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