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Titanic hoax DNA: Story of 2-year-old Titanic survivor turns out to be hoax

Did she survive?
Did she survive?
Loraine Allison Identification Project

DNA has spoiled the Titanic hoax of an alleged two-year-old Titanic survivor. The Titanic hoax began in 1940, but now, after more than 70 years, DNA test results have finally solved Titanic’s last mystery. “A woman claimed for decades that she was the 2-year-old girl reported dead after the ‘Unsinkable Ship’ sank — but it was apparently all a titanic hoax,” reported the Daily News on Jan. 20, 2014.

The Titanic hoax DNA result is ending Titanic’s last mystery of the fate of two-year-old Loraine Allison who had been with her family on the ship when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank on April 14, 1912.

According to Encyclopedia Titanica, which provides a list and the histories of all the children that were on the Titanic, there were 128 children on the Titanic on its fateful day. About half of the children survived. Henderson's statistics reports that six of the seven children in first class were saved, all of the 25 in second class were saved, and only 25 of the 80 in steerage survived.

In 1940, Helen Kramer claimed that she was two-year-old Loraine Allison, the daughter of a wealthy first-class Canadian family, who survived the sinking of the Titanic after her father had placed her in a lifeboat with a man she grew up believing to be her biological father.

“On April 14-15, 1912, as the RMS Titanic sank, one Canadian family tragically missed all opportunities to be saved. Hudson and Bess Allison, along with their almost three year old daughter Loraine, were supposedly last seen huddled together on the boat deck, near the officers quarters, as others were struggling nearby to free the last of the collapsible lifeboats for use. Leading up to this last forlorn vignette, various reports have them searching frantically for their seven month old son, Trevor, not knowing that he had already made it off the ship with his nurse in a lifeboat. Other reports indicate that Bess and Loraine were also placed in a lifeboat, but that they returned to the ship, either because Bess would not leave her husband, or because she was distraught, not knowing that her son was safe. Either way, she apparently would not be separated from her daughter at this point either. One hundred years later no one can actually prove exactly what happened.” (Loraine Allison Identification Project)

The Titanic hoax by Helen Kramer spanned over decades and over generations affecting both Helen Kramer’s family and Loraine Allison’s family. Even though Helen Kramer died in 1992, her granddaughter Debrina Woods claimed that she had found a suitcase belonging to her grandmother that was full of documents proving that her grandmother really was two-year-old Loraine Allison.

To finally bring the Titanic hoax to an end, the Loraine Allison Identification Project arranged for DNA testing of both Helen Kramer’s descendants and Loraine Allison’s surviving family members and published the results on Dec. 9, 2013. “We have received the results of the mtDNA testing. Testing was completed by DNA Diagnostics Center. The results confirm that Mrs. Kramer was NOT Loraine Allison.”

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