As a child, I had been told my mother died in a car crash after i was born. . In 1982, I found out that my mother was not killed in a car crash after I was born. My search began. I soon found out that I was sold by a famous baby seller, Bessie Bernard.
I found several women who could have been my mother but none were. I kept hitting brick walls.
In 1987, I sued the State of NY based on my being sold. It took two years but my attorney, an adoptee friend of mine, won my case on appeal.
last year, on a whim, I bought a St. Jude (the Saint
of lost causes) medal and hug it around my neck. I
forgot about it. A few months later, I signed
up with Ancestry.com to try once again to find
additional heritage information. I
was truly shocked when it came up with a match for a
two cousins, Karen and Mel. It happens that
Mel's favorite aunt was named Ruth,
was the right age and living in New York when I was
born. She lived a few miles across the river
from me for most of my life until she died in
OBC says my mother's first name was Ruth but
the last name was slightly different than Mel's aunt
Ruth, and that’s the kind of lying that Bessie
sold me, did when
she sold babies.) When Mel and I spoke
and on Saturday morning it was
clear that Ruth
had to be my mother :)
I am very
very sad about her not being here and will go to her
graveside to visit her as soon as I can.
My Mother - Ruth Braverman
October 20, 1916 - April 12, 1987