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Titanic hoax DNA: 'Colossal fraud' uncovered 74 years later

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A Titanic hoax and DNA evidence turned a mystery into a solved one 74 years later. USA Today reported Jan. 20 that back in 1940 a woman by the name of Loraine Allison Kramer claimed she was a two-year-old girl everyone believed died -- along with her parents -- when the Titanic sank. She also claimed that she was rescued by a man she joined on one of the rescue boats who identified himself as Thomas Andrews, the man who designed the Titanic ship. He was also believed to have gone down with the ship.

Kramer knew details that only Allison family members would know about.

The Allison family blew off Kramer's very public claims and it remained a mystery after she died in 1992, but the Titanic hoax DNA story got interesting when Kramer's granddaughter -- Debrina Woods -- picked up where she left off. She reignited bold claims that she and her family were members of the wealthy Allison family. She said she intended to write a book about it and sell merchandise, like mugs and mouse pads. The Allisons continued to ignore Woods' claims. They reportedly filed a restraining against Woods preventing her from spreading Kramers' ashed on the family plot.

Next in the Titanic hoax DNA story came a breakthrough from a Titanic researcher who created the Loraine Allison Identification Project. A "mitochondrial" piece DNA from a member of the Allison and Kramer family was tested. In December the results proved there was no match.

Despite the evidence, Woods is singing the same tune that she is a member of the Allison family. A relative of the Allison family refers to this as a "colossal fraud that has haunted my family for years."

This sounds like quite an elaborate lie that was fabricated by Kramer. The Titanic hoax and DNA evidence solved the mystery, but will Woods ever let it go?


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