Here is more on Ms. Tann.
Georgia Tann was a woman of high-society who dedicated her life to helping orphan children.
Or so it seemed.
Tann was a nationally recognized children's advocate, and operated the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis for decades (1924-1950).
Eleanor Roosevelt once sought her guidance on child welfare.
President Harry Truman invited Tann to be his guest at an official function.
But in 1950, Tennessee state authorities completed an investigation and closed Ms. Tann's agency.
She died of cancer a few days before the information about her agency was made public.
What was Ms. Tann really?
After her death and the truth about her child welfare activities were revealed, she became known as "The Hollywood Baby-Snatcher."
It was estimated that Tann sold through "adoption" nearly 5,000 babies--many to wealthy clients that paid her large sums of money.
Superstar actresses Joan Crawford and Lana Turner both used Tann to adopt infants.
Unknown to them or other want-to-be-parents, Tann acquired these infants through fraud, deception, and old-fashioned kidnapping.
She regularly targeted the poor, mentally ill, and women in prison--children that she could remove from families that could not fight back.
One of her common strategies was recounted in this article:
And, she did this for more than 20 years.
As she watched her baby coughing in her cot in a corner of her tiny apartment, Alma Sipple felt increasingly desperate.
A single mother in Tennessee, she could not afford medical care for ten-month-old Irma. Suddenly, a knock on the door heralded a turn in her fate: there stood a woman with close-cropped grey hair, round wireless glasses and a stern air.
She exuded authority as she explained she was the director of a local orphanage and had come to help. Alma rushed to show the lady her sickly child.
Examining the baby, the woman offered to pass her off as her own at the local hospital in order to obtain free treatment.
She warned Alma not to accompany her, explaining: 'If the nurses know you're the mother, they'll charge you.' Lifting the child from the cot, the woman turned on her heel and disappeared. Two days later, Alma was told her baby had died.
In fact, Irma had been flown to an adoptive home in Ohio. Alma would not see her daughter again for 45 years.
For far from being her saviour, the woman who had taken Irma was a baby thief.
For 30 years, Georgia Tann made millions selling children. A network of scouts, corrupt judges and politicians helped her steal babies.
She also targeted youngsters on their way home from school, promising them ice cream to tempt them away from their homes. Legal papers would be signed saying they were abandoned - most would never see their families again...
Tann's criminal activities led to reform of adoption laws in Tennessee and later the US.
And what became of the thousands of Ms. Tann's child victims?
Authorities in the 1950s made no effort to reunite birth families, and very few ever saw their natural mothers and fathers again.
In 1997 after a lengthy court battle, some of Ms. Tann's victims were allowed access to adoption records, but as one can imagine, many of those involved were deceased or the files had been falsified.
A sad ending to one individual's life of crime.
So, could a little missing girl from Pennsylvania have been sold by Tennessee's Georgia Tann?
Yes, it is possible, but based on the information released about the case of 4-year-old Majorie, it is not likely.
Tann's "child grab" activities seem to be relegated to Tennessee, Mississippi, and Connecticut.
But, if a kidnapper contacted Ms. Tann and stated that he had a young girl for sale, I have little doubt that Ms. Tann would make that purchase with no questions asked.
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