At 3 p.m. Dr. Thompson performed the autopsy on Sarah Coburn. He even removed her stomach for analysis.
Originally from a small town in Northern California, Dr. Thompson got to know the Coburns well. Loren was Pescadero’s most famous skinflint and when he fell ill with the so-called “Spanish Influenza” in 1918 –he refused to be treated by Dr. Thompson because he feared being overcharged.
Instead he sent for Dr. Morrison, who had to travel from Redwood City but was less expensive. Loren died before he could pay the doctor, and Morrision had to sue the estate to recover his payment.