Voices — Christine Collins, August 16, 1932

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5 Responses to Voices — Christine Collins, August 16, 1932

  1. Jim says:

    One wonders how Walter would have fared in today’s prison system. Would he have been paroled? Would he have gotten better care? I wonder what sort of disease acute yellow atrophy of the liver really is? Perhaps cancer, perhaps some disease he picked up in prison.
    Christine must have been devastated.

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  2. kelly conti says:

    i am not quite sure i understand? walter went to prison, why? at such a young age ? please explain?

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  3. Kye says:

    This is a record of the death of Walter Collins Sr., Christine Collins’ husband, not her son. This is almost all the information on him that I can find, does anyone know more of him? He is never mentioned but from what I can find, Walter Sr. and Christine were married until Walter Sr.’s death.

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  4. Pav says:

    I enjoyed tracking down all the info about this rather interesting case. I feel sorry for that poor woman, having a husband in a prison, trying to bring up a child, and then loosing her only son in such a horrible way, followed by a death of her husband in 1933…
    I think he could have died of hepatitis, jaundice. Quite likely in a prison condition…Alcoholic liver failure?
    I liked the film Changeling a lot. Only think that Angelina played a strong, quite wealthy looking woman, however from Christine’s letters, we know she wasn’t coping very well and lost her job too…

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  5. tls says:

    Jaundice is a symptom of liver failure, not a disease.
    He died of liver failure, either hepatitis or alcohol induced. The terminology used on the death certificate is archaic, but means the same thing.

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