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DNA testing solves the final mystery of the Titanic

The Telegraph reports that the Loraine Allison Identification group has used DNA to solve the final mystery of the Titanic. The Loraine Allison Identification group posted the DNA results on their website yesterday. In 1940, a woman named Helen Kramer claimed to be Loraine Allison, a two-year-old infant that died when the Titanic sank into the ocean in 1912. Kramer said she was Loraine Allison and had survived the Titanic disaster. The sordid story led to restraining orders, conflict, and threats of harassment.

Allison family members: Bess, Loraine, and Trevor.
The Telegraph website

In 1912, Trevor, Hudson, Bess, and Loraine set sail on the Titanic with their servants. During this time, Hudson Allison was a successful and wealthy Canadian entrepreneur. Tragically, only seven-month-old Trevor survived. Older sister Loraine was two.

Rescuers only recovered Hudson Allison’s body. No one found the remains of Bess and Loraine. For nearly thirty years, no one questioned Loraine’s death until 1940, when a woman named Helen Kramer claimed to be Loraine Allison. She convinced some doubters with information about the Allison family that no one else knew. She began her quest to become a member of the wealthy Allison family.

However, most family members discounted her claims and didn’t believe her strange tale. In 1992, the mystery ended with Kramer’s death. For the next twenty years, the mystery remained unsolved. The mystery would reopen in 2012.

Debrina Woods, Kramer’s granddaughter, approached the Allison family and requested a visit. She also asked to have her grandmother’s ashes spread on the Allison family burial plot. The Allison family rejected the requests and filed a restraining order against Woods.

To solve the mystery, the Loraine Allison Identification Project conducted DNA testing and collected samples from the Allison and Kramer families. Based on genetic testing, Kramer’s genetic profile didn’t match with the Allison family. The mystery that began in 1940 is now over. The Allison family members have finally proven that Helen Kramer’s claims were fraudulent.

Read more about this strange mystery at the Telegraph website or the Loraine Allison Identification Project website. The article presents the DNA results.

Marc Hoover is a freelance writer and author of two books “You Need a Cellmate, Not a Soulmate” and “21 Things you Gotta Know About the NFL.” Click on the links to buy his books or contact him about this story or anything else at Marc also has a website for family members to write messages to their deceased loved ones. Visit Letters Beyond Heaven to either share or read personal letters to beloved family members and friends.

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