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Case File: Juliet Stuart Poyntz - 1495DFNY

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Juliet Stuart Poyntz circa 1906 at age 20 (left); Circa 1937 (center & right)

Juliet Stuart Poyntz

  • Case Classification: Missing
  • Missing Since: June 4 or 5, 1937
  • Location Last Seen: New York City, New York
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

  • Date of Birth: November 26, 1886
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 50 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Height at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
  • Weight at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
  • Hair Color: Unknown
  • Eye Color: Unknown
  • Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
  • Dentals: Unknown
  • Fingerprints: Unknown
  • DNA: Unknown
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Circumstances of Disappearance

    Juliet Stuart Poyntz was one of the founding members of the American Communist Party. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University, she traveled all over the world promoting Communism, until she dropped out of the American Communist Party in 1934 in order to work as an agent for the OGPU, the secret police agency of the Soviet Union and predecessor of the KGB.

    She received intensive training in espionage and returned to the United States. In 1936, she was recalled to Moscow for debriefing and to receive further instructions. But while she was there, she became disillusioned. She had been interrogated and her loyalty questioned. She had barely managed to allay suspicion before returning to the United States. Badly shaken, she quit her espionage work and openly denounced Communism. She told people she was thinking about writing her memoirs.

    On the day she disappeared, Juliet Stuart Poyntz took a phone call at her hotel from a former lover. She put on her hat and coat and walked out into the night. In her room, her clothes were neatly folded, her passport was in her drawer, and a candle was burning. She was never seen again.

    One of her friends, the anarchist Carlo Tresca, investigated her disappearance and concluded that an old lover had lured her out to be kidnapped and killed.

    In early December 1937, her lawyer reported her missing to the New York City Police Department. In her apartment at the American Women's Association Clubhouse at 353 West 57th Street, she had left behind all of her belongings. She also left behind a bank account containing $10,500 which had not been touched since she was last seen. She was declared legally dead on October 26, 1944.

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  • NCIC Case Number: Unknown
  • NamUs Case Number: Not listed
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    Information Source(s)
  • Wikipedia: Juliet Stuart Poyntz
  • Bernard College Archives
  • Spies and Spymasters of Espionage
  • Marxist History

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    Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 6/16/15 By: BR / Missing Persons Coordinator

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