Chelsea Smith and Zachary Smith – What About Some Compassion?

Hey Chelsea Smith and Zachary Smith. What kind of human beings are you? When both of you were missing, I remember talking to your dad on the telephone. He was doing everything possible to find you. Now, it sounds like both of you have not even bothered to contact him. What’s the harm in contacting him? Your mother is a Wanted Fugitive by the FBI. Your mother was not alone in asserting allegations in a custody dispute. At some point, she obviously had a mental breakdown and fled with both of you. She made a very poor decision. She could have merely done the right thing and shared custody but she wanted the final say. Now it’s your opportunity to help and coach your mother into doing the right thing. She must come forward and enter a plea agreement with the local District Attorney. Until she does so, both of you will live the rest of your lives in fear that she will not only be arrested, but will be sentenced to prison. Both of you may even be asked to testify in a court hearing. Both of you as Victims need to move on with your lives. You will never do so until you contact your father and start a reunification process with him. Someday, both of you will probably have children. When that day comes, wouldn’t be ironic if one or both of you would someday become victim parents of Family Abduction — it’s only then that you will know what it is like to walk in your dad’s shoes. What reasonable young man or woman would marry either of you knowing your history? Okay, Chelsea Smith and Zachary Smith – it’s time for both of you to Woman-up, Man-up or Adult-up and call your father Michael Smith. That’s the first step and only step toward Recovery!

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13 Responses to Chelsea Smith and Zachary Smith – What About Some Compassion?

  1. Celeste says:

    But why is it their fault? Their mother was the one who made them believe all of that stuff about their father.

    • underwatch says:

      It is Chelsea and Zachary’s fault that they don’t blame the abductor or kidnapper. In the eyes of the left-behind or victim parent, what their mother “the parental kidnapper” is not much different than what Jaycee Dugard’s kidnapper, the horrible acts of a child abuser. Yet most would agree that Jaycee and her children should never have contact with Philip Garriod or his wife Nancy ever again. That should be the same for Chelsea and Zachary. Instead, Chelsea and Zachary don’t want anything to do with their Father. That is cruel and they too are “abusers”. What happens when they have children, will they repeat the crimes of their mother?

      • Celeste says:

        No it isn’t their fault. While it’s true that the mother broke the law, and absconded with the children, your post is certainly not helping Mr Smith by any means.
        If I was you I would take this post down because it’s very unprofessional of you to post something like this and it won’t help Mr Smith with his cause.
        It’s not in your hands to make sure that Chelsea and Zachary connect with their father. It’s in the hands of Chelsea and Zachary. And you’re posting this won’t make them come out of hiding.

      • underwatch says:

        Celeste,

        What if your husband kidnapped your children and your children surfaced as adults and didn’t want anything to do with you? Would you like to be told that it should be left to your adult children? Don’t you think that you would rightfully deserve a reunification? What’s the harm in a reunification?

        Elizabeth Stratton denied Mr. Smith of the right to parent his children. She deserves to stand trial for what she did. Zachary and Chelsea will eventually be parents. It may be difficult for them to move forward as parents until they reconcile with Mr Smith. They need to take ownership for what their mother did to them — since apparently Elizabeth Stratton won’t. The Abuser in this case is Elizabeth Stratton.

        The Editor

      • Celeste says:

        Right now their father is a stranger to them. They don’t know who he is so they view him as “threat” to their mother. So I don’t know where you get off saying that their desire to not have contact with their father is their fault?
        Chelsea and Zachary have to make the first move when they want to. I did put up Mr Smith’s video in case they see it but I don’t think that there’s very much that anybody can do about it. Not until Chelsea and Zachary are ready.
        But the least that their mother can do is turn herself in to the police so that she and her ex-husband can settle things.

      • underwatch says:

        But the least that their mother can do is turn herself in to the police so that she and her ex-husband can settle things.

        Celeste,

        It’s between the local District Attorney and Elizabeth Stratton. Mr. Smith and the brainwashed Smith Children are the victims. I don’t think Elizabeth Stratton will turn herself in. She’s probably remarried and moved on to the next man, or next man, or next an, that’s usually how these Underground cases go.

        There are Reunification Professionals or Therapists that can help the Smith children reunify with Mr. Smith. It’s shortsighted to think that they would be able to decide on their own, especially with the parental alienation and brainwashing that their mother inflicted on them. We have not seen any Underground case where their was any proven child abuse – the underground moms leave before any investigation is ever done. What happened to Zachary pre-911 and the Underground is unlikely to happen today. Parents, especially in Joint Custody States like California accept co-parenting and move on with their lives. Most are not narcissistic like Elizabeth Stratton to think that co-parenting does not apply to them.

        Finally, what qualifications do you have to think that supporting the Smith children’s decision to not reunify with their father isn’t the morally correct thing to do? Are you a licensed therapist or child custody professional. I think it’s time for Chelsea and Zachary to adult-up and give Mr. Smith a call.

        The Editor

  2. Celeste says:

    Underground Underwatch Editor,

    I’m speaking from my own experience of being whisked away from my father when I was 6 years old because he had an emotional breakdown and getting shitfaced drunk. My mother had custody of me and of my brother. And because he was an alcoholic she got the police involved.

    To this very day, I’ll be 36 in September, I’m still very afraid of him. My brother and I haven’t EVER been normal. He made the rounds on Facebook and found my cousin and my brother.

    If you think that 2 and a half years is enough time for Zachary and Chelsea to get over the shock of finding out that their father was looking for them then you’re WRONG!

    If the fact that their mother took them out of the Antioch, California area wasn’t traumatizing enough the shock of learning that their father was looking for them would be equally as bad.

    So don’t be so judgmental of them for not wanting to contact their dad right away. Remember the Clark kids? At first they didn’t want to have contact with their dad either but then Hayden made the first move and contacted his dad.

    Just remember that Zachary and Chelsea were only 8 and 5 years old when their mother took them underground and hid them for all of this time.

    When they’re ready they’ll make the first move.

    Celeste

    • underwatch says:

      Hi Celeste,

      Everyday that passes is too much time. Remember, if Zachary and Chelsea were recovered earlier, they would have been mandated by the courts to reunify with their father. These reunifications have been successful in most cases. There are stories that some children are so traumatized from a family abduction that they are unable to put together the part of their life that were made up during the abduction to the portions that were not. Hopefully, both are in therapy. The abducting parent makes up so many falsehoods when kidnapping a child, that’s really the very cruel part of this crime. If you have a child that’s 8 and 5, could you ever imagine making up a story about your children’s parent? Telling them that their father is dead or doesn’t care about them anymore?

      In your case, you have a memory of your father being drunk and having an emotional breakdown. Based on that information and your mother’s, you have arrived at a conclusion. You also have to look at how father’s life turned out. Did he re-marry and father other children? How did those children turn out? In the case of Zachary and Chelsea, there is no evidence that their father is anything like he has been wrongfully portrayed as.

      Just because Zachary and Chelsea were very young at the time, it doesn’t mean they can’t adult-up now. They are showing are being so disrespectful to their father and his family who spent months, days and hours searching for them. Their loyalty to any kidnapping parent is acknowledges, but still wrong.

      The Editor

      • Celeste says:

        No not to knowledge he didn’t. He was too drunk to really care about the kids he already had.
        And what makes you think that calling Zachary and Chelsea out is going to help? It’s been almost a year and a half since I posted that video that their father made.
        I’m not saying that Mr Smith doesn’t seem sincere enough, he does, but did the thought ever occur to you that maybe the phrase “time heals all wounds” is not the case with Zachary and Chelsea? In fact “time heals all wounds” is a bullshit statement.
        We don’t even know what exactly their mother told them about their father?
        All I’m saying is that it’s evident that the kids have been warpped against their father? And what makes you so sure that they haven’t tried to contact their dad while they’ve been in hiding?

        Anyways this very last time I’m going to say anything about this thread. I’m getting really annoyed at how poorly I’m being treated and you’re getting too emotionally involved with this.

      • underwatch says:

        No not to knowledge he didn’t. He was too drunk to really care about the kids he already had.
        And what makes you think that calling Zachary and Chelsea out is going to help? It’s been almost a year and a half since I posted that video that their father made.
        I’m not saying that Mr Smith doesn’t seem sincere enough, he does, but did the thought ever occur to you that maybe the phrase “time heals all wounds” is not the case with Zachary and Chelsea? In fact “time heals all wounds” is a bullshit statement.
        We don’t even know what exactly their mother told them about their father?
        All I’m saying is that it’s evident that the kids have been warpped against their father? And what makes you so sure that they haven’t tried to contact their dad while they’ve been in hiding?

        Anyways this very last time I’m going to say anything about this thread. I’m getting really annoyed at how poorly I’m being treated and you’re getting too emotionally involved with this.

        Celeste,

        I think everyone knows what parental kidnapper Elizabeth Stratton told Zachary and Chelsea. It’s exactly what all the underground mothers tell their children. I’m also sure that life was tough for Zachary and Chelsea while they were in hiding. In almost all cases except for one, the children lived in near-poverty — while that was not the case for the left-behind parent and possibly his/her new children. Their life would have been significantly different had the FBI or local police department found Zachary and Chelsea in the months or several years after the kidnapping. The problem with adult children is that the psychological trauma they suffered while in hiding will never be understood unless they devote the time to get therapy then reconcile with their father. Someday, the FBI will get around to taking the time to finding and arresting Elizabeth Stratton, or she’ll be found by some lead or tip.

        There is an organizationhttp://www.TakeRoot.org. They are a group of former missing children that are now adults. I understand that these survivors have discussed many things they have in common. Both Zachary and Chelsea have probably have had similar experiences. Contacting a group like that would also be a first step toward moving forward in their life.

        It’s difficult now to feel sorry for Mr. Smith. I recollect one of our Editors spoke to both he and a reporter for a well-known Newspaper that was doing an article on his story. I remember that he devoted many years, months, days, hours and minutes in his search for Zachary and Chelsea. I’m sure the ultimate revenge that Elizabeth Stratton gets from today’s outcome is the children have not yet been reunified with their father. As most recovering parents will say, no matter what the age, after they are reunified — it may feel to both the victim parent and the children as if they had never left. It’s a feeling that almost every recovering parent I have heard about has said.

        – The Editor

  3. Brandy says:

    “I think everyone knows what parental kidnapper Elizabeth Stratton told Zachary and Chelsea. It’s exactly what all the underground mothers tell their children. I’m also sure that life was tough for Zachary and Chelsea while they were in hiding. In almost all cases except for one, the children lived in near-poverty”.

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. You REALLY do not.

    How would YOU know what parents in hiding tell their children??? You make yourself sound like a fool with these blanket statements. Do you REALLY believe this stuff you say? You REALLY believe that you know what EVERY parent in hiding does and says? ‘

    My child did not live in near-poverty, lol. She always had a safe, warm home…adequate amounts of nutritious food…..proper clothing…educational toys and books, etc. She took tap dancing lessons and went to Chuck E. Cheese and to Sea World and to the movies, etc. However…even if she had not been able to do all of those extras…at 2 years old, even a simple, no-frills life still beats a life being used as a sexual partner for a grown man. (I’m not insinuating anything about Mr. Smith – I don’t know ANYTHING about his case and I don’t presume to. I am simply pointing out that YOU don’t know every detail of life of everyone who has ever been in hiding, even though you enjoy speaking as though you do. If you ever truly want to advocate for children in any capacity, you’re gonna need to Get.Over.Yourself first).

    • underwatch says:

      Brandy,

      Have you ever been diagnosed with a narcisisstic personality disorder? That’s very common with parental kidnappers. We have been following these cases for so many years. What’s also common is underground moms moving from relationship to relationship. I think April Curtis had 3 children from 3 different men. She divorced while underground and remarried.

      What I can’t understand is why we have not heard about your case before. If you went underground around that time, you would be either Elizabeth Stratton or Dorothy Barnett.

      The Editor

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