Monday, April 15, 2013

Florence Mack, Military Bride Bigamy Fraudster – New York, 1944

FULL TEXT: A marriage to a Chinese merchant at the Brooklyn marriage license bureau in 1935, and two other marriages performed without the convenience of a previous divorce are keeping Mrs. Florence Nickerson Milhouse Richardson Pang Mack, 32, guessing about her fate today.

The much married Mrs. Mack was arraigned in Federal Court yesterday on charges of illegally receiving Government allotment checks from a navy seaman, her third mate on the matrimonial sea, with no divorce on the records. Commissioner Garrett W. Cotter held her in $1,000 bail.

The three husbands are Bernard Richardson, whom she married in Manhattan in 1931; Theodore Pang, the Chinese merchant, and Christian J. Mack, a sailor now in the Pacific, with whom she tied the knot 18 months ago.

[“Score: 3 Mates, No Divorces, Plenty Trouble,” Brooklyn Eagle (N. Y.), Jul. 27, 1945, p. 3]


FULL TEXT: Mrs. Florence Nickerson Milhouse Richardson Pang Mack, 32, a firm believer in the marriage ceremony – though Mack, 32, a firm believer in the marriage ceremony – though apparently not equally not equally convinced of the necessity of a divorce between ceremonies – was arraigned in Federal Court late yesterday.

The charge: Illegally receiving government allotment checks from a Navy seaman, the mate of her third voyage into matrimony with nary a divorce in the log.

~ Wed All Right, But –

Assistant U. S. Attorney KJ. Betram Friedman conceded that the knot was duly tied 18 months ago in the Manhattan Marriage License Bureau between herself and Christian J. Mack, 33, now in the Pacific.

But in her application, said Friedman, Florence failed to mention Marriage No. 1, in the same bureau in April, 1931, to Bernard Richardson, and Marriage No. 2, in the Brooklyn Marriage License Bureau, Dec. 12, 1935, to Theodore Pang, a Chinese merchant of 56 LaSalle St. in fact, the prosecutor charged, she stated she had never been married.

The marriage to Pang was annulled when the Chinese learned she was still legally wedded to Richardson, Friedman stated, but nothing was done to dissolve the first marriage. This, he added, made her acceptance of Mack’s allotments illegal.

Commissioner Garrett W. Cotter held her in $1,000 bail.

Mrs. Mack is a sister of Mrs. Joan Schlutter, 30, sentenced to an intermediate prison term last Fall for stealing baby Barbara Anne Goggin from New York Foundling Hospital. Mrs. Schumer pleaded she committed the crime while intoxicated. She, too, was a seaman’s wife and had been married twice before, but with divorces.

[“3 Marriages Make Allotment Snarl,” Daily News (New York, N.Y.), Jul. 27, 1945, P. 4]




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


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