Thursday, February 20, 2020

Vivian Eggers, Bigamist War Bride Hoaxer – Ohio, 1943

FULL TEXT: Cincinnati, Aug. 28 – A bond-haired, 34-year-old mother awaited extradition to Arizona today after admitting to FBI agents she was married to seven soldiers “without bothering to divorce any of them,” Alan H. Belmont, district FBI chief, disclosed.

The woman, Vivian Eggers, was being held in the city prison at Columbus, O., following her guilty plea before U. S. Commissioner Robert Newton on a charge of feloniously obtaining a soldier’s $50 allowance check.

She is accused of unlawfully representing herself to be the wife of a Phoenix, Ariz., soldier, Gordon H. Campbell, was not one of her husbands, the FBI said.

Belmont said the woman told FBI agents she married five privates, a sergeant and a lieutenant from May 1935 to June, 1943.

“You just get to drinking and having a good time, you meet some one that’s kinda nice – and that’s the way it happens,” she was quoted by the FBI.

[“Weds 7 Soldiers But Divorces None,” The Star (Marion, Oh.), Aug. 28, 1943, p. 7]


FULL TEXT: Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 13 – An 18-month prison sentence today lay ahead of Vivian Eggers, 34, who fell into the hands of federal agents after relating in Columbus, O., that she had seven soldier husbands.

She received the sentence in federal court on an indictment charging that she accepted a $50 army family allowance check while posing as the wife of Pvt. Gordon H. Campbell.

Although Miss Eggers said she married Campbell Dec. 17, 1942, a federal grand jury charged she was not his legal wife because she acknowledged that she had not been divorced from any previous husband.

[“Girl Who Married Seven Soldiers Goes to Prison,” The Salem News (Oh.), Oct. 13, 1943, p. 5]





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


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