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August 4, 2014

Missing and Presumed Dead

Juliet Stuart Poyntz was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and a founding member of the Communist Party of the United States. After resigning from active work with the Party, she disappeared in 1937, and was never to be seen again. It is believed by some that she may have been abducted and murdered by a Soviet NKVD assassination squad. She disappeared after leaving the a club in New York City on the evening of June 3, 1937. A police investigation turned up no clues to her fate, and her belongings and all of her clothing, and hand luggage in her room appeared to be untouched. Before his own mysterious death, a man by the name of Walter Krivitsky suggested a motive for the NKVD kidnapping of Poyntz. During one of her trips to Moscow, Juliet had become a mistress and lover of the Red Army Corps Commander Vitovt Putna. In August 1936, Putna was arrested by the NKVD and accused of maintaining contacts with Leon Trotsky. Trotsky, who was seen as an enemy of the Russian government and was later assassinated later in Mexico.