Or did the writer just make it up in the course of inquiring about whether or not incestuous conduct could be hereditary? Rainey All I can find is that it was published in the New York Times Magazine on October 13, 1974. In other words, it didn't sound like a case of coercion. Rainey This makes it sound like what you are doubting is whether incest of the kind described is possible, rather than necessarily wanting corroboration that the particular instance in the letter occurred.
I have done a lot of Googling, but I have never found any satisfactory answer. So the letter is legitimate that it appeared (as you have said). Michigan and New Jersey both criminalize some incestuous sex involving persons under 18, but not between adults. Also, they were no doubt flaunting their unnatural behavior. I can assure you, it happens, sometimes as blatantly as in the letter.
But then, the girl might not want to reveal who the father/grandfather is. Whether that particular letter writer was telling the truth, or whether the letter was made up, probably is impossible to know.
Or maybe, it’s because her photo looks like the girl-next-door.
More likely, it’s due to her compassionate beyond-her-years advice. For example, in an August 2017 Dear Annie column, “Feeling sad about growing older,” I think Annie Lane tried her best to offer a couple helpful suggestions.
Furthermore, the letter writer made it appear as if the father and daughter were consensual partners. I find it completely believable that people in family relationships (through blood, marriage or adoption) do not "normally" or "naturally" develop romantic feelings for one another. [...] immediate family members, such as parent and child or brother and sister, don't naturally fall in love or lust after each other.
In other words, it didn't sound like a case of coercion. Rainey In a Wikipedia article on incest that I read recently, some studies have shown that people who lived together in a family--whether they are related by blood, marriage or adoption--usually don't develop romantic fealings or sexual desires for one another. I would pick a nit though and say that neither do husbands and wives- those feelings typically develop before marriage, although the living arrangements after marriage might deepen or strengthen those feelings (not always and there are probably many examples of the feelings and desire developing after marriage, but that is not the "typical" scenario). ) effect of making people lust after family members (when the user would not normally)? Furthermore, the letter writer made it appear as if the father and daughter were consensual partners.
So a child born after she was 18 would not necessarily have made the incest public at least not to the point that it could be referenced now to prove or disprove this particular letter. 257, 298-309 (1984); Christ Mc Niece Metteer, Some Incest is Harmless Incest: Determining the Fundamental Right to Marry of Adults Related by Affinity Without Resorting to State Incest Statutes, 10 KAN. Forcing people to do something may start with physical force or obvious pressure - but can end up being pretty much inbuilt.
*The following quote is blatantly copied from a Wikipedia entry that can be found here As University of Minnesota Law School Assistant Professor Brett Mc Donnell explains in his research paper "Is Incest Next? One of the references Mc Donnell provides with respect to this fact is AMERICAN LAW INSTITUTE, MODEL PENAL CODE AND COMMENTARIES, PART II, 398 (1980). Victoria J If you're looking to verify this particular letter as true it seems unlikely that such corroboration is possible, as others have said.Of course, if the letter writer found out about the "relationship" when the girl was 15, then it would be a crime in most states and countries. If she was aware of it when the girl was a minor, then yes she should have reported it.Therefore, it behooves me to ask why the letter writer did not report the father's behavior to the police and child protective services. But even that would not, I don't think, leave enough of a public record to verify this particular letter this many years after the fact.However, it has been referenced several times, but nothing I can find has any further information as to veracity. I recall the exact day of the letter's appearance in Ann Landers' column as October 9, 1972. I work in the criminal law field, and stories like that, while not common, are also not terribly rare.As to what kind of corroboration, well, possible pregnancy for one. So, yes, it could have happened as described in the letter.I think we will never know or sure, even though it is unfortunately possible that it could be true.