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The unbelievable story of the original ‘Welfare Queen’

Linda Taylor (one of at least 33 aliases) became famous in 1976 when Chicago newspapers, and later Ronald Reagan, dubbed her the “Welfare Queen.” She lived off of public funds, while driving a Cadillac and wearing fur coats.

Defrauding welfare, however, was only one of her scams. Taylor tried to collect inheritances. She probably sold babies on the black market. And she is probably responsible for at least two deaths.

In part 11 (of 12) of this article, author Josh Levin implies that Taylor was a psychopath.

The Welfare Queen, on Slate.com.


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  1. onmyown says:

    Wow, does this bring back memories!

    I came across a woman something like this once in the course of working for a national furniture chain. We were supposed to either collect money or repossess furniture purchased with an in-store loan. We couldn’t find her because she owned multiple homes under multiple last names and moved around frequently. She and her adult daughters, who all apparently lived together, collected foster children and lived solely on what the government provided for their care. I’m talking about thousands and thousands of dollars per month, plus food stamps and whatever else the state provides for the kids. She came into the store once after I left notices on her doors, and she was driving a BMW and wearing a fur coat like the Welfare Queen.

    Her credit report showed multiple aliases. She had loans at every furniture store in the area. The woman was also a straight hoarder. Every house had at least one very expensive broken-down car in the driveway. I finally made it into one of the houses and there was so many sofas in that house I couldn’t walk through it unimpeded, and I never knew which one to repossess. The one thing I never saw in the all of those months of harrassing her was any of the foster kids.

    I always thought I should have notified the police, made some kind of noise, but the store manager insisted that we stay out of it in hopes that she would finally pay. I ended up leaving that business, and I bet she never came through. I still wonder how all those kids turned out.

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      • onmyown says:

        It is a crazy story, Donna! It was a long time ago – 1995-96 in Canton, OH. The national furniture chain has since gone bankrupt due to over-expansion and bad business practices.

        I had gotten promoted to credit manager and moved to that area to work. This woman was a well-established non-payer when I got there. I was shocked that the store manager kept extending additional credit to her. She often only made one payment out of 6 – just enough that the loan stayed in-store and out of the courts. There was one man working there whose only job was to collect money from delinquent accounts but he got nowhere with her so I took this lady on myself. I got all the information I could on her from the tools I had at hand, then every day I would get in the company delivery vehicle and go searching for her.

        She came into the store that one time when I was there. She didn’t come to pay. She came to complain about me constantly hounding her for money. The store manager let her buy more furniture to pacify her. She played him like a violin and he had NO CLUE he was being scammed. The additional purchase brought her loan temporarily current as it had been refinanced with the new purchase. A month later she was delinquent again with a loan that had jumped up to over $20,000.00.

        This woman gave me headaches and nightmares at the time. She had such an air of entitlement and righteous outrage at *my* behavior.

        I thought about her off and on all day yesterday while I was at work. It definitely brought back visions of walking into her house and seeing all those sofas jammed into her living room, and then peeking down the stairs and seeing sofas lined up in rows in her basement recreation area. She had a great scam going – so great that she was buying more and more stuff she didn’t even need.

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  2. onmyown – It sounds like a case of duping delight. She got such a thrill out of pulling a fast one at the furniture store that she kept buying sofas she didn’t need!

    Maybe it could have been a reality TV show – Sofa Hoarder.

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  3. winifred says:

    My husbands sociopath ex wife continues to defraud the welfare system everyday! She gets SSI(not SSD because she’s hardly ever worked and doesn’t qualify) and there is absolutely nothing physically wrong with her. All of the people out there who deserve Social Security Disability and she gets it and has only worked 6months is 53 years? She got a doctor to go along with her claims of Guillen Bare! She joined a huge church here and lied to the pastors claiming my husband, her ex was a “deadbeat dad”, and that she received no money…the kids went right along with it too. ( she was getting $4400.00 paid a month). She ended up defrauding her church of $24,000.00 before we found out and furnished them with proof of what she was getting, out of shame, they wanted to keep it “hush, hush” so the congregation wouldn’t find out how they were duped.She gets, SSI and gets free rent , medicaid ect…we work so we have to pay for our bills and healthcare. The worse things about this is that their now young adult children have learned the tricks from the master. They too now have it mastered, lie and make everyone feel sorry for you, while we all foot the bill! She is so outrageous and a great liar that she convinces everyone and gets what she wants out of pity and free?
    I just hope I am in the front seat when Karma “comes a knockin”!

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