From the mailbag:
Just wanted to let you know that the fate of Christine Collins has been solved. Collins is listed in the death index under Christin Collins. This linked her name to a Kathleen Collins in the social security death index. Collins indicated that this was an alias she used after the high profile trial. The time period fits and I’m fairly certain it is her. Collins died on 12/8/1964. There is also an interesting back story. At one point in time, she was staying with James C. Borton in 1930. Borton took in Collins because he and her father were members of the Knights of Pythias. She also spent sometime in Oakland Californa in the early 1930’s, with friends they met when the family was in Hawaii. At one point in time she took a telephone number under an assumed name as well. As it turns out, her sister, at one point in time, was listed on a passenger manifest as visiting Hong Kong in 1930, in the midst of the events involving her son. She is listed under race as Octoroon. Even in my work as an Archivist, I have never come acrossed that term. It’s a guess, but I believe that Aimee Dunne was of Chinese Origin, which I also thought was an interesting note.
I’m planning on taking the research further and write a book. I’ve spent too much time learning about this family, so I need to justify it somehow!
California State Archives