Loraine Allison was part of the unfortunate people who lost their lives during the Titanic incident. Allison was two years old, and the only “surviving” child from the first-class VIP category.
It is said that though the girl did not make it to the lifeboat, while her parents were looking for her younger brother, Loraine’s body was never recovered from the ship’s remains. In 1940, several decades later, a woman named: Helen Kramer made an appearance on a radio show, claiming that she was Loraine Allison; the next of kin to the wealthy family.
Kramer was adamant; she held her claims and backed up her statements through a number of documents and sketchy details. The woman said that she was found by the ship’s designer: Thomas Andrews during the incident. While saving her life, Andrews couldn’t make it. Later on, Kramer was raised in England and made it back to the U.S. after discovering her roots.
On the contrary, members of the Allison family always kept Kramer at an arm’s distance. They were skeptical, and needed further evidence after numerous attempts of convincing were made by the woman. In 1992, Ms. Kramer passed away, but her work was continued by her granddaughter: Debrina Woods who was just as adamant on proving that she was part of the Allison family.
Woods was said to have a trunk full of documents and letters to prove that her grandmother was indeed Loraine Allison. Meanwhile, researchers and authorities, mostly upon the request of the Allisons, founded the ‘Loraine Allison Identification Project’ in order to come up with multiple identity tests.
70 years and a DNA test later; the Allison family is now convinced that Helen Kramer’s story was nothing but a hoax. The DNA tests taken from the Kramer family and Allison family were compared. The genetic patterns were entirely different, which eventually helped the project researchers to debunk the fiasco.
Tracy Oost, the founder of the ‘Loraine Allison Identification Project,’ said, “It is good to have a resolution here, but we mustn’t forget that this is all about one of the more tragic of tales to come from the Titanic. The only mystery that remains now is who was Helen Kramer.”