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Titanic hoax DNA: Historic mystery solved with DNA? A family's question remains

A Titanic hoax has risen from the depths this week through new DNA analysis, with a historic mystery possibly being solved through the use of this modern capability. The story involves Helen Loraine Allison and her family aboard the RMS Titanic when it struck a massive iceberg that fateful April day in 1912 — she was only two years old at the time. Now, the search for her fate and her connection to a distant family has come to light with new evidence showing she is likely not the person she claimed she was, the Inquisitr reports this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

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The Titanic hoax and DNA reveal was made this week through a combination of painstaking research and scientific investigation. When the Titanic started to sink that night, Allison’s parents Hudson and Bess were allegedly unable to find their son, only a baby at the time, or his bedtime nurse. The couple was adamant in not leaving their son behind, and Hudson, Bess, and Helen Loraine were last spotted aboard the ship’s deck while it sunk.

Trevor was in fact found aboard one of the rescue ships, but the rest of the Allison family was thought to be dead. However, many years later in 1940, a woman with the name Helen “Loraine” Kramer made a special appearance, saying that she was the missing Loraine Allison. Kramer alleged that she had been rescued and rushed to England by a mysterious man called Mr. Hyde. She eventually learned in this Titanic hoax DNA mystery that the man was Thomas Andrews, the very expert who helped create the ship. Andrews, however, had also been presumed dead.

According to the source:

“Relatives in the Allison family was hesitant to believe Loraine actually survived. However, they still offered to meet with the mysterious woman. Kramer was adamant that she was truly Loraine Allison, but she never followed through and opted to meet with the family. David Allison said his immediate family never truly believed Kramer’s story but she caused them a great deal of worry:”

“… The stress it caused was real. It forced my ancestors to relive painful memories described to me as immeasurable sorrow and unending grief.”

Kramer left the issue alone until her death, but now her granddaughter is pursuing the family, dozens of years after the Titanic's sinking. The lady is Ms. Debrina Woods, who said she has actual evidence to show her grandmother was the 2-year-old girl who went missing all those years ago.

“Ms. Woods said she has several suitcases full of documents, photographs, and letters, which prove Kramer was Loraine Allison. She said the documents were authenticated by a museum and she posted a photo of the documents on her personal website. Despite Woods’ claims, many people have a hard time believing the story. A group of skeptics eventually formed the The Loraine Allison Identification Project in an attempt to debunk Kramer and Woods’ claims.”

Samples of DNA testing have been used to try to trace a connection between the Allison and Kramer families since then. However, no genetic connections have been made between the two families whatsoever. Does this answer the question that Loraine was not the missing child, as she claimed to be? Perhaps.

Nonetheless, Ms. Woods and her family still says this is no practical joke — the Titanic hoax DNA issue is anything but a ruse.

“We regret that many will be confused by the information that is making the rounds now in the press and other media … and that we feel has been irresponsibly released for sensation value. Be that as it may, we WILL be forth-coming with our own HEADLINES once everything has been recorded for print and distribution. It is the truth.”

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