She reportedly sold posters, mugs, mats and other objects to spread the word about her claim, and she even planned to write a book about it.
But the Allison family never believed Kramer was Loraine, and they fought to expose her as a fraud who was out to get their money for years, even after Kramer's death in 1992. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Thedebrina)
And now, decades later, the Allisons have proof they were right about Kramer.
Recent DNA tests conducted by a group of Titanic aficionados show there is absolutely no genetic link between Kramer and the Allison family's descendants. (Via Daily Mail)
The Loraine Allison Identification Project wrote on its website, "We have received the results of the mtDNA testing... The results confirm that Mrs. Kramer was NOT Loraine Allison. Further updates with comments from the Allison and Kramer descendants will follow... as well as an official press release, and where we go from here." (Via Loraine Allison Identification Project)
A reporter for The Telegraph spoke with David Allison, the grandson of Loraine's uncle, shortly after the news broke.
He told the outlet, "The Allisons never accepted Mrs. Kramer's claim, but the stress it caused was real. It forced my ancestors to relive painful memories described to me as immeasurable sorrow and unending grief." (Via The Telegraph)
While she was still alive, Kramer denied she had any interest in the Allison's money. Investigators are still working to determine who Kramer really was before she came forward as Loraine Allison.
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