|David Goldman talks about his son Sean being home in New Jersey|
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) have accused NBC News for paying for the plane that took David Goldman and his son from Brazil. To this member if the Family Abduction Community, that allegation is horrendous. First of all, I want to ask where was the Society of Professional Journalists in 1997 when Mackenzie Carpenter and Allen Detrich covered the abduction of several children into Faye Yager's Children of the Underground. In fact Photographer Allen Detrich took pictures as the underground mothers kidnapped their children. Detrich was later resigned from the Toledo Blade for a breach in ethnics after he was caught digitally altering his photos. At the time, we felt that some of the underground moms may not have kidnapped their children if Carpenter and Detrich or the media had not covered the story. The idea of appearing in the news may have actually acted as an added incentive for these moms committing this crime.
But that was back in 1997, and if the Society of Professional Journalism had taken the time to understand this parental kidnapping crime, they might have realized that from the viewpoint of this member of the family abduction community, the chartering of a private plane was more of a humanitarian issue. David Goldman had already flown to Brazil numerous times and paid thousands in legal fees, it is wrong for the SPJ to criticize this issue. Furthermore, if David would have been a passenger on a public airlines, you would have seen cell phone pictures and possibly YouTube videos all over the media. That would have been horrible.
So Dateline is exploiting the David Goldman story by its exclusive coverage. In my opinion, they deserve it since they have been covering this case from the very beginning after Sean's mother passed away. This case dragged on for many months and despite the good or bad news, NBC was there. Again, it is very wrong for the SPJ to take away from this very joyous occasion, the reunification of David and son Sean.
Finally, it's well known in the Family Abduction Community that after a recovery, several Airlines will provide discounted or sometimes complimentary tickets to left-hind parents. The reunification flight back home is by far one of the most cherished and memorable experiences for a left-behind recovering parent. I would hope to expect more from the SPJ!
Goldman case: Journalism group rips NBC News
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) blasted NBC News for practicing checkbook journalism to obtain an interview with David Goldman and his son, Sean, in connection with a headline-grabbing international custody case. NBC News paid for the plane that took Goldman and his son from Brazil (where the boy was living) to the United States.
SPJ's Ethics Committee said in a statement released Monday that it is "appalled" that "NBC News breached widely accepted ethical journalism guidelines by providing the plane that carried David Goldman and his son Sean back to the United States from Brazil...."
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
If Brazilian Supreme Court Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes rightfully rules today today to lift a stay which would pave the way for custodial and biological parent David Goldman to bring his son back to the United States, it should end a long International Parental Kidnapping case. It would also place the total time of resolving this Brazil/United States case from the time of the biological mother's death to 16 months, over 9 months longer than the Elian Gonzalez United States/Cuba case. Additionally, in the Goldman parental kidnapping case, it has been almost 6 years since the child was kidnapped.
Bruna Ribeiro, Sean Goldman's mother passed away on August 22, 2008, on that date after she had Internationally kidnapped David Goldman's son from the United States in June 2004. Even after his former spouse's death in which he is the sole surviving biological parent, victim parent David Goldman's has had no success in resolving this issue swiftly through the Brazilian legal system even with help of high ranking U.S. Government officials and U.S. media. For David Goldman and many other left-behind parents in International custody cases, the only success is when they board the plane with their child back to their child's home residential country.
In the Elian Gonzalez case, his mother died at sea in November 21, 1999. Despite the political issues injected by the Cuban community in Miami and efforts by Elian's relatives in the United States, even with the significant media coverage in the case, Elian was sent back on a plane to Cuba by the United States legal system in 7 months.
In the Goldman case there are allegations that Sean Goldman's step father Joao Paula Lin e Silva, a family law attorney and his family have injected their own political agenda and influence in prolonging the eventual and rightful return of the child to his biological and custodial parent, David Goldman.
I am further reading from several media sources that there are reports that the Brazilian family is open to negotiation. In my opinion, in the Sean Goldman case, those negotiations should have begun 16 months ago, the day Sean's mother passed away. After that day, this Brazilian family is committing one of the most heinous crimes against young children and most severe acts of family violence --"parental kidnapping". It's really sad in the spirit of the holidays, that Brazilian Family Law Attorney and proclaimed loving step father Joao Paula Lin e Silva, doesn't father-up and in the spirit of co-parenting surrender Sean to his father. This would really pave the way for possible summer visits from the United States back to Brazil so that Sean can see his biological grandparents, step parent and his family. Unfortunately, through Joao Paula Lin e Silva's sole decision, all trust is lost between not only these parents but the International legal system including the Hague Convention signed by both the United States and Brazil.
I sincerely doubt that Joao Paula Lin e Silva represents the views of all Brazilian fathers and Brazilian family law attorneys. I really hope that this Supreme Court Justice as well as other officials in the Brazilian government take immediate action to resolve this case now!
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
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Monday, August 31, 2009
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Friday, August 28, 2009
He said in an interview with The Chronicle that he was surprised at his only sibling's alleged crimes - but he didn't doubt the story.
"It just seems so bizarre, but I can believe it," said the 65-year-old Brentwood resident. "I know my brother, and I can believe he did that. ... He's a fruitcake.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
Early Identification of Risk Factors for Parental Abduction - OJJDP Study
The Interview Study found that abductors had
high levels of narcissistic and socio-
pathic character disorders. People with
these character disorders often have
contempt for the law and feel that laws
do not apply to them and, therefore,
they can easily run afoul of the criminal
Defense lawyer Jeffrey A. Denner challenged Chu's diagnosis, which largely contradicted those of two forensic mental health specialists who testified for the defense on Wednesday and yesterday. They concluded that the defendant suffers from narcissistic personality disorder and grandiose delusions that made him legally insane at the time of the kidnapping.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
When Bonnie Rubenstein went on trial in Connecticut, it was the a jury of college students that acquitted her. Now in Massachusetts, another pool of young adults on college summer break will decide the Clark Rockefeller parental kidnapping case. Rockefeller's real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter and he is the con man on trial who is also using the insanity defense.
For the crime of parental kidnapping or a family abduction, it is difficult to think of any credible defense including insanity that would exonerate one from this horrible and heinous crime. Let's just hope that this pool of Massachusetts young adults does a better job than that group of Connectiut kids on the Rubenstein jury.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
1) Susan Smith
2) Andrea Yates
3) Mellissa Huckaby - if she did what she is alleged to have done.
4) Faye Yager
5) Underground Moms - Any mom or protective parent that cowardly goes underground with the belief that they are protecting their child is just as pathetic as the Susan Smiths and Andrea Yates.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
In Brazil, their legal system is yet to return David Goldman, he is still awaiting the return of his son from the Brazilian legal system even after efforts by U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and other U.S. politicians.
I simply don't understand what legal position the particular judges in Brazil can find to justify a parental kidnapping. If it were their children or grandchildren that were married to an American living in the United States and the American Citizen left Brazil, the child's country of residence with no court order and parentally kidnapped the child, wouldn't they want their child or grandchild back in Brazil? Furthermore, in David Goldman's case, what if the biological parent passed? Wouldn't they want the child living with their biological parent? Is it Anti-Americanism? Or is is Anti-Americanism toward the American legal system, the best in the world? What about the case of Francois Larivee, a Canadian Citizen? Shame on those judges! Shame on the Brazilian government for not pressuring those judges to do the right thing for this child!
David Goldman (American seeking custody of his child in Brazil)
Francois Larivee (Canadian seeking custody of his child in Brazil)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I applaud the efforts of Secretary State Hilary Rodham Clinton as well as Senators Lautenberg, Menendez and Feingold for speaking up for the rights of Sean Goldman, David Goldman. The plight of the victim parents and victim children of International Family Abduction cases is one that few politicians in Washington have taken the time to address.
I'm sure anxious victim parents with International Family Abduction cases await the verdict in this case. Now it's time for the Brazil and their court system to do the right thing. Put Sean Goldman on a plane for United States right now, just like the United States did with Elian Gonzalez.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So what do Sean Goldman, 8 years old son of International parental kidnapping victim parent David Goldman http://www.bringseanhome.org and Elian Gonzalez, 7 years on June 28, 2000, son of Juan Miguel Gonzalez Quintana of Cuba have in common? Both Sean Goldman mother and Elian Gonzalez mother tragically died and at very young ages found themselves involved in International parental kidnapping cases (source: Wikipedia).
In the United States of America, some of us claim to have the best legal system in the world, bar none. Despite what some special interest cause groups in America think, I believe this extends to our family court system, especially in our handling of International Parental Kidnapping cases such as the Elian Gonzalez case. On June 28, 2000, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, the boy's asylum petition filed on behalf of a Miami relative was upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta and Elian was returned to his biological father in Cuba. That cases involved International politics but eventually the correct decision was made in accordance with International parental kidnapping treaties such as the Hague Convention.
In Sean Goldman's case, he was born in the United States in 2000, the son of parents David Goldman of New Jersey and Bruna Ribeiro, a Brazilian national. In June 2004, Bruno Ribeiro boarded a plane in New Jersey for Rio de Janeiro. She called her husband David and told him she wanted a divorce and was keeping their son in Brazil. As in many International parental kidnapping cases, rather than seek custody of the child through the child's last residence, the New Jersey county court, she took the law into her own hands and fled to Brazil, playing judge, jury and executioner, refusing to let David see his son. To further complicate matters, during the ensuing International legal battle, Bruna Ribeiro, the abducting parent was granted a divorce in Brazil, married her lawyer Joao Paulo Lins e Silva a son of a family law attorney in Rio, then died during the birth of a new child in 2008. The Brazilian court granted custody to the step father, Mr. Lins e Silva and since that time, despite litigation, David Goldman has only seen his son once and the Brazilian Court refuses to return Sean Goldman to his biological parent. With the Brazilian step grandfather a family law attorney and the wife marrying her attorney, this case is not as much about International politics like the Gonzalez case as it is about the shortcomings of the Brazilian family court system and the lack of response by the Brazilian government to intervene.
Nevertheless, the New York Times is reporting that it is possible that Hilary Rodham Clinton, America's new Secretary of State might add this case as an agenda item when speaking to Celso Amorim, the Brazilian foreign minister when they meet today. As a member of the family abduction victim parent community, I would really like to see Hilary step up to the plate ensure Sean Goldman is returned to his biological father, David Goldman immediately as well as other kidnapped children residing in Brazil.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
In 1992, Faye Yager was unsuccessfully prosecuted by a District Attorney in Georgia. We'll see if the Tennessee District Attorney will also seek charges and evidence against third party co-conspirators in 1989. Also, there should be an investigation into how Marvin Maple was able to create false identities and social security numbers for his adult children. This information could lead to the hope for more parents that are still searching for their children such as victim parents and the arrest of abducting mothers with ties to Faye Yager's Underground like: Elizabeth Stratton, Antioch, CA in December 1997, Dorothy Lee Barnett, April 1994 and Annette Rosenberg in October 1990. These cases are still open...
Here is the info on the link between Faye Yager's Children of the Underground and Marvin Maple.
Mrs. Baskin thinks activist Faye Yager played a part in her parents' flight and their earlier campaign to destroy the Baskins in court.
"There are records that my parents called Faye Yager two or three times in February ," Mrs. Baskin said. Police confirmed the calls.
Mrs. Yager, whose Atlanta-based underground network hides allegedly abused children, was recently charged with kidnapping and cruelty to children for allegedly intimidating a child to lie about sexual abuse and satanism in an unrelated case. She has denied the allegation.
Mrs. Yager said she talked to the Maples "several different times" before they fled with the Baskin children, "but they are not a part of my underground," she said. "I gave them advice on what I'd do if they were my children. I told them step by step. If they've followed my direction, they've done a good job."
Mrs. Yager said she believes the Maples' allegations about the Baskins but said she has not talked to the elder couple since before their disappearance and does not know where they are.
Reference: Atlanta Journal Constitution
Thursday, February 05, 2009
The left behind parents, Mark and Debbie Baskin are now living in Georgia. The grandparents were Debbie Baskin's parents.
There were alleged links to Faye Yager in this case and if it can be proved that Yager helped, it would be nice to see some government agency seek prosecution in this case. Could you image not seeing your children for 20 years?