Compelled by jasmine to shoplift

Shirley Cromartie was working as a housekeeper at President Nixon's Key Biscayne retreat when, in 1971, she was arrested for shoplifting. She admitted to the crime but insisted that it hadn't been her fault. She explained that a mysterious woman wearing a wig had approached her in the store's parking lot, asked her the time, and had then released a "jasmine-like scent" from her left hand. Cromartie immediately fell into a trance, and the woman instructed her to steal four dresses, which Cromartie proceeded to do.

A medical expert testified that he believed Cromartie was telling the truth.

The Philadelphia Inquirer - Oct 23, 1971

An odd story. But what are we to make of it? There's a couple of possible theories:

Theory 1: Ms. Cromartie got caught shoplifting and made up a b.s. story to explain away her actions.

Theory 2: She was totally nuts.

Theory 3: She had an encounter with an extraterrestrial! UFOlogist John Keel, author of The Mothman Prophecies, advanced this theory. He speculated that the mysterious, wig-wearing woman was actually a "woman in black" (the female counterpart of a "man in black"). He noted that "Women in Black" cases often describe them as wearing wigs, and the aliens are fond of asking people what time it is.

But why would an alien being bother to make a housekeeper shoplift some dresses? Keel speculated, "perhaps this was not some small demonstration for the benefit of President Nixon, similar to the power failures that seemed to follow President Johnson in 1967. (The lights failed wherever he went ... from Washington to Johnson City, Texas, to Hawaii)."

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     Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 18, 2016
     Category: Crime | Paranormal | 1970s

They should have kept her in the White House until the Clintons left in 2001. She could have stolen back all the U.S. property from them.
Posted by Virtual on 10/18/16 at 01:24 PM
Was that guy who asked Dan Rather "What's the frequency, Kenneth" any relation?
Posted by KDP on 10/18/16 at 01:53 PM
1. The Priest/Minister/Rabi/Pastor/ religious leader of choice told her it was in gods name thus ok to steal them.

2. The "presidential plumbers" said it was in the name of national security.

3. She was abducted and probed by aliens and they instructed her to do it.

4. A voice from the sky told her to do it.

5. She needed the clothing for her kids and figured what the hell, I just read about a case like this in the Sun.
Posted by Gator Guy on 10/18/16 at 08:00 PM
scopolmine. first thought esp Miami with the heavy presence of Datura readily available.
Posted by vintage on 10/19/16 at 06:24 PM
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