Wednesday, June 12, 2013

“War-Marriage Vampires” & “Allotment Annies”




They were called “War-Marriage Vampires,” “Fake War Brides,” "Allotment Wives,” “Allotment Brides,” “Allotment Annies” and “Victory Girls” – women who married multiple young men so they could fraudulently profit from the monthly government allotment checks they would receive for each husband and, when she got lucky, would when the husband died in battle receive a bonus payment.

An article published in 1950 stated that “hundreds of Allotment Annies were convicted of preying on servicemen during and after World War II. Convictions totaled 242 in 1946 but dropped to 47 in 1950, The effects of the Korean War will not be known for some time.” [Frances Spatz, “Allotment Annies are at it again,” The American Weekly (San Antonio Light) (Tx.), Dec. 17, 1950, p. 2]

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►►General Articles ◄◄

►►Individual cases◄◄

►WORLD WAR I

1916 – Florence Langley – England – Married an Australian solder for his allotment and left him.
1918 – Florence A. J. Becker – New York, N. Y., USA – 2 husbands.
1918 – Mrs. Carrie Lanahan – Baltimore, Maryland, USA – Bigamy allotment scam; the first case of its kind to be prosecuted.
1919 – Ida Louise Milton – Chicago, Illinois, USA – Stole allotment from husband and kidnapped their children.
1921 – Mary Brown (alias Kate Kearney, alias Sammillee Lee Connie) – Columbus, New Mexico, USA – 3 husbands.
1921 – Helen Drexler Ferguson – USA – 16 husbands (photo).

►WORLD WAR II

1943 – Frances Lowe – Louisville, Kentucky, USA – 2 husbands (photo).
1943 – Ruby Elizabeth Gaines (Veronica Bax) – Phoenix, Arizona, USA – 3 husbands.
1943 – Mabel LaVerne Saxon – Tucson, Arizona, USA – 2 husbands.
1943 – Doris June Shensky – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – 2 husbands (photo).
1943 – Mrs. Loyal Shafflebarger – Reno, Nevada, USA – 4 husbands (photo).
1944 – Ann Ambra – Bristol, Florida, USA – 3 husbands.
1944 – Rachel Rivers Bell – Clarion, Mississippi, USA – 3 husbands.
1944 – Helen M. Condit – Plainsfield, New Jersey, USA – 2 husbands.
1944 – Korene Stankowich (Korine Buckner) – Detroit, Michigan, USA – 16 husbands (photo).
1944 – Elvira Tayloe – Norfolk, Virginia, USA – 6 husbands.
1944 – Mrs. L. J. Vibbard – Sweetwater, Texas, USA – 2 husbands.
1945 – Goldie Maybel Gill – Reno, Nevada, USA – 2 husbands.
1945 – Iris D. Henderson – Los Angeles, California, USA – 3 husbands.
1945 – Muriel Vivian Hornsby – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – 5 husbands.
1945 – Virginia Jorgenson – San Francisco, California, USA – 3 husbands.
1945 – Linda Moore Kinne – Anaheim, California, USA – 2 husbands (photo).
1945 – Florence Mack – Brooklyn, New York, USA – 3 husbands.
1945 – Mary Massengale – Bowdon, Georgia, USA – 4 husbands (photo).
1945 – Julia Pearl Davis Steele – Fort Des Moines, Iowa, USA – 3 husbands (photo).
1945 – Rosamae Roberts Chester – Columbus, Ohio, USA – 2 military husbands.
1945 – Anne Aline Palmer – Tampa, Florida, USA – 3 husbands.
1945 – Mary Ruth Rich – La Grange, Georgia, USA – 3 husbands (photo).
1945 – Vilma Suberly – Eugene, Oregon, USA – 8 husbands (photo).
1947 – Eunice Carra Donna – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – 6 husbands.
1947 – Mary Carol Harrington – Bloomington, Pennsylvania; California, USA – 4 husbands.
1947 – Doris Warner Knox – Cleveland, Ohio, USA – 3 husbands.
1947 – Linda Thompson – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – 3 husbands.

►KOREAN WAR

1950 – Winifred Jones – Grand Rapids, Mi.; Illinois, USA – 2 husbands.
1952 – Gladys Elsie Woitowicz – Louisville, Kentucky, USA – 2 husbands.
1953 – Barbara Jean Bigsbee – San Francisco, Ca., USA – 2 husbands.
1955 – Mrs. Earl E. McComb – Long Beach, California – 2 husbands.
1955 – Mrs. Benjamin Follette – Sarasota, Florida, USA – 3 husbands.
1957 – Linda Leh – Panama City, Panama – 3 husbands.
1957 – Cynthia Dolores Coraditti – Dayton, Ohio, USA – 3 husbands (4 previous divorces) (photo).
1958 – Dorothy S. Smith – Baltimore, Maryland, USA – 5/1.

►VIETNAM WAR

1966 – Pandora Cooke – San Diego, California, USA – 14 husbands (photo).

Other Military cases

Civil War – Mrs. McCray – USA (Parental Kidnapping) – Wife kidnapped the children while husband was in service. He devoted his life to trying to find them.

World War I – Clothida Cravana – Italy (serial killer) – Attempted to murder husband while he was on the war front by mailing him poison.

Attempted to murder husband while he was on the war front by mailing him poison.

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Review of "Allotment Wives," see: She Did it For Love: Allotment Wives (1945) by Guy Savage

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A recent essay discussing this subject: “Allotment Annies and Other Wayward Wives:. Wartime Concerns About Female Disloyalty and the Problem of the Returned Veteran,” in The United States and the Second World War Fordham University Press September 2010, pp. 99-128]

A 1985 book describes the “Allotment Annie” racket: John Costello, Love, Sex and War: Changing Values, 1939-45, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1985)

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A recent essay discussing this subject: “Allotment Annies and Other Wayward Wives:. Wartime Concerns About Female Disloyalty and the Problem of the Returned Veteran,” in The United States and the Second World War Fordham University Press September 2010, pp. 99-128]

A 1985 book describes the “Allotment Annie” racket: John Costello, Love, Sex and War: Changing Values, 1939-45, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1985)

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Review of "Allotment Wives," see: She Did it For Love:Allotment Wives (1945) by Guy Savage

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World War I. US mobilization 4,355,000. After declaration of war the US target for volunteer enlistment for the first 6 weeks was set at 1 million. Yet only 73,000 men volunteered. On May 18, 1917 the Selective Service Act was passed, with a minimum age of 21. Ultimately 4,355,000 were mobilized. During the war United States forces suffered 323,018 casualties.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7cS6sGa8zU

War Marriage Vampires – MGTOW,” a YouTube talk published on May 22, 2015 is a superb discussion of this subject, based in part on the materials found on this checklist.

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