Monday, April 15, 2013

Virginia Jorgensen, Military Bride Fraudster With 3 Husbands – California, 1945

FULL TEXT: San Francisco, March 12. – Mrs.Virginia Jorgensen, who the Federal Bureau of Investigation said had such a way with men she walked the aisle with nine of them since 1931, today was charged with illegally taking the allotment checks of three of her husbands – all sailors.

The diminutive blonde who is 27 according to herself but not by FBI records was arraigned today before U. S. Commissioner Francis St. J. Fox and held on $2500 bond.

The marriages, she told the commissioner, were all legally dissolved. But the FBI had a long list of her husbands for the judge, and alleged that three of them were still solvent.

Jorgensen was the name of her first husband, John, who she divorced in 1932, a year after their marriage.

Lloyd Duncan was next, in September 1933. He died in a Chicago auto crash.

Number three was Jack Washam. She married him in Dallas, March, 1937, divorcing him in October, 1938.

In May, 1940, came Lawrence Paul Nelson. The FBI reported that she had been claiming recently that she was the daughter of “Rear Admiral Nelson” who she said was captured by the Japanese and died while attempting to escape.

Virginia’s marriage to William Carpenter in Reno, July, 1941, was prior to the date of her interlocutory divorce degree from Nelson, the FBI charged.

Then Virginia married Robert Jacob Strahlheber, seaman 2/c; Robert Summy, pharmacist’s mate 1/c, Paul Epoch, electrician 2/c, and Thomas M. Ryder, seaman 2/c.

From Stahleber, the FBI said, she got $612 in allotment checks. A divorce action was filed in San Diego but there was no decree they charged.

Bridegroom Summy gave her a $298 allowance plus a monthly $100 allotment. No divorce, the FBI said.

Ryder, who because number nine in Yuma in August, 1944, gave her two allowance checks for $28. This marriage, she claimed, was annulled.

In court today was husband number seven, Robert Summy. Virginia asked bail be lowered to $1000, which she could raise, so she could take care of a 3-month old baby of a war worker living at the hotel she is managing.

[“Blonde With ‘Taking Ways’ Charged With Appropriating Checks of of Three Husbands,” Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nv.), Mar. 13, 1945, p. 3]



For more cases of this type see: “War-Marriage Vampires”& “Allotment Annies"


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