December 30, 1942

Best-Selling Novelist Charged
MIAMI, Fla.—Ursula Parrott, best-selling author of the 1929 novel Ex-Wife, was arrested last night in Miami on charges she aided the desertion of a serviceman in the Army Air Forces. Private Michael Bryan had been confined in the Army stockade at Miami Beach for being absent without leave (A.W.O.L.) and had previously received narcotic charges in upstate New York. Miss Parrott had flown from New York to visit the man. She subsequently smuggled him out of the stockade and from the base in the backseat of her car on December 28. The base provost marshal immediately notified the F.B.I. of the incident, and an arrest warrant was issued for Miss Parrott. Miss Parrott returned Private Bryan to authorities last night at which time she was served with the arrest warrant. The warrant specifically charged that she “…did unlawfully aid one Private Michael Neely Bryan, a soldier in the military service, to desert there-from and did harbor, conceal, protect, and assist said soldier in said desertion.”

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