NOTE: The Heart Balm Racket – a popular term for a breach of promise lawsuit – in the United States had been creating scandal since the late 19th century. By the 1920s it was an institutionalized major racket known by everyone. Shakedown, blackmail, set-ups of victims, frequently involving perjury, forgery and enlisting the aid of conspiring accomplices was a lucrative business for the predatory female.
It should be noted by readers who have been indoctrinated in fake history (“herstory”) that the IRS official here in the early 1920s who had the power to make the interpretation of the tax law was of the female sex, with a substantial “career.”
Her decision cites the male’s “personal right” to have made an offer to a woman to marry her as the rationale behind the female recipient of pay-off gaining the freedom from taxation of easy money gotten as balm to her putatively broken heart.
FULL TEXT: Chicago, Nov. 10. – Breach of promise suits are quoted higher in demand on the ruling by Mrs. Mabel Reinieke, collector of internal revenue, that damages obtained for breach of promise are not subject to income tax. “A promise to marry is a personal right, not subject to any appraisal of market value,” decides Mrs. Reinieke, “and payments in compromise do not constitute taxable assets.”
[“Cash For Heat Balm Untaxed – Chicago Ruling Will Set Premium on Breach of Promise Actions,” Los Angeles Times (Ca.), Nov. 11, 1923, part I, p. 5]
NOTE: By the late 1930s the racket was outlawed in most if not all states. Other rackets took up the slack, such as the Alimony Racket, Allotment Wives, and various shake-down rackets related to the old Badger Game.
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