Dorothy Lee Barnett Details Emerge in The Australian

Reporter Adam Shand who originally broke the Dorothy Lee Barnett Story recently provided the latest on The Dorothy Lee Barnett Dorothy Lee BarnettInternational Family Abduction Case: The long road home. Here’s our analysis of this updated news:

  • Sales Representative – Alexandra Geldenhuys or Dorothy Lee Barnett worked as a Sales Representative on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It is odd that Shand does not disclose what company Alexandra Geldenhuys work for or what she sold.
  • Juan Geldenhuys – In all the media coverage, there is no mention what Dorothy Barnett’s former spouse did before he divorced Dorothy and moved back to South Africa. There is also no mention if Juan Geldenhuys knew of Dorothy Lee Barnett’s true identity.
  • Friend who Turned in Barnett – Shand’s article alleges that a friend of Barnett’s turned her in by calling the left-behind father. There were previous reports that a friend of Juan Geldenhuys has turned in Barnett. There is no also no mention of the person asking for Reward Money. We recollect at one time, the father had offered a reward.
  • State of Deep Confusion – Shand reports that the the victim adult child Savanna is in a “state of deep confusion”.  I’m not sure what that means, but under the circumstances that is expected. We hope that Savanna is getting psychological counseling at this time. There are only a few Therapists in the World that have expertise in this area. We encourage her to call http://www.takeroot.org, the FBI or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for a referral.
  • Peru – It is reported that Savanna studied in Peru for the past 6 months. We always wonder what happens in cases like this with a child’s citizenship. Technically, Savanna is a citizen of the United States. We wonder how Australia now handles her situation. Savanna has lived and born in the United States, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
  • The Biological Father – He’s a graduate of Andover and Yale (one of the top schools in America). He’s a stock broker.
  • Barnett Work History – Dorothy dropped out of college to run a piggery in Belize, bought Jewellery in Africa and was a flight attendant.
  • Barnett Previous Relationship – It is rumored she had a tumultuous relationship with an airline pilot before the biological father. There is no report of the type of relationship she had with Juan Geldenhuys, except that they divorced and he moved to South Africa, away form his family.
  • Judge Robert Mallard – This judge noted in 1994 of Barnett’s “troubled” relationships with men had been characterized by “arguments, temper outbursts and occasional physical violence”.
  • Barnett’s Courtroom Conduct – Barnett apparently had to be admonished by the judge during her custody trial for her conduct.
  • New Mother Dating – As a breast feeding young mother, Barnett went out with five different men since the birth of her child. Now how many breast feeding young mothers did you ever know that dated five men in less than one year? Although as we stated before, we’ve heard of this behavior with other underground mothers.
  • Emerald Ring – We wonder what happened to the $9K Emerald Ring? Did she give it to Savanna? When underground moms are on trial, they usually report to the court they are indigent or without funds so that they can be represented by a Public Defender. We wonder if Barnett is currently hiding her assets?
  • Faye Yager’s 7000 Women Claim – This is an impossible number. The Underground didn’t start until 1984, and in less than 20 years, Yager would have had to have averaged one call per day. That’s improbable
  • Dr. Madelaine Wohlerich Evaluation – In the ’90s, it was typical for a Children of the Underground Mom to get their small network of therapists to perform an evaluation. These would be done after they went into hiding and be used as the legal defense. It sounds like this is exactly what happened.
  • Children of the Underground – The video tape and written note that was sent to family and relatives is a sign that Faye Yager’s Children of the Underground was involved and assisted Dorothy Barnett. However, in these cases only if Dorothy Barnett testifies that she received help from Faye would that provide any real proof. The next sign would be if one of the Underground Attorneys shows up as the legal counsel for Dorothy Lee Barnett in the Federal Case. It is possible that Dorothy Lee Barnett gave Yager the $9K Emerald Ring for entrance into the Underground and in exchange would receive lifetime legal defense from the Underground’s Attorneys. So if we eventually see the names Alan Rosenfeld, Richard Ducote, Toby Kleinman, Sheila Brogna, Meera Fox, Seth Goldstein or Joan Zorza — that would provide further evidence.
  • Falsifying Passport – Shand is reporting that she falsified the passport herself. But it is very possible that this information is meant to prevent the real person that helped her create a false identity such as Faye Yager from being prosecuted.
  • Alexandra Canton – Usually in creating a false identity, the person borrows the birth certificate or identity from another person. If there is a real person named Alexandra Canton, that person could also be charged with the Passport Charges. We wonder if that person exists?
  • The Child’s Room in Charleston – The biological father kept the room for the child. This is very common in kidnapping cases. It is a searching parent’s dream to have Samantha walk through the door of that room someday, even as an adult.
  •  Comment from Father’s Attorney – “That Lee would leverage her daughter’s emotions to win her freedom demonstrates a depth of her selfishness,” says Sturgis. We’re not surprised here!

In following these cases over the years of these arrested moms, it seems to me that extradition to the United States as well as a fast track to a Federal Prison seems probable. During her future sentencing, it seems the judge would look at the defendant’s conduct after her arrest. The mother still claiming she is terrified at the custodial father seems like a fictional story to a woman who is now claiming to be an abuse victim of both an airline pilot and a stock broker. As they say, a Tiger never loses its stripes. It seems odd if Savanna doesn’t somehow know the truth about her mom that is just starting to make sense now.

The Editor

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8 Responses to Dorothy Lee Barnett Details Emerge in The Australian

  1. Mary says:

    Education Sales Consultant
    http://www.pearsons.com.au

  2. Anon says:

    This family lived in our community, we are astounded
    Juan left New Zealand ahead of the family with the intent to start his new job (as a brand manager/ sales rep) and buy a house for the family. Whilst the children finished school year. He had an affair with a estate agent during this process, the Alex/Dorothy found out when they arrived in Australia, made sure no one forgave him. He lived in a house he paid for and no one talked to him. He was another victim in this sick sorry mess! Sam has a father to look toward her little brother has nothing these poor poor kids. Why do people think they are above the law?

    • underwatch says:

      This family lived in our community, we are astounded
      Juan left New Zealand ahead of the family with the intent to start his new job (as a brand manager/ sales rep) and buy a house for the family. Whilst the children finished school year. He had an affair with a estate agent during this process, the Alex/Dorothy found out when they arrived in Australia, made sure no one forgave him. He lived in a house he paid for and no one talked to him. He was another victim in this sick sorry mess!

      Thank you for posting the first information that has been published about Dorothy Lee Barnett / Alex Geldenhuy’s former second husband. That does not sound like the loving household and normal life that is portrayed by the Australian Media. I wonder why the reporter omitted this information?

      It sounds like Alex / Dorothy might be abusive or the abuser and further explains why she lost custody of Samantha / Savannah. It’s too bad that he had an affair but it sounds like it wasn’t a loving marriage.

      Sam has a father to look toward her little brother has nothing these poor poor kids. Why do people think they are above the law?

      Unfortunately, we don’t know why these parental kidnappers think they are above the law or that the rules that apply to the majority of society don’t apply to them. There is not too much research in this area. I have read that many parental kidnappers are narcissistic.

      The Editor

    • underwatch says:

      This family lived in our community, we are astounded Juan left New Zealand ahead of the family with the intent to start his new job (as a brand manager/ sales rep) and buy a house for the family. Whilst the children finished school year. He had an affair with a estate agent during this process, the Alex/Dorothy found out when they arrived in Australia, made sure no one forgave him. He lived in a house he paid for and no one talked to him. He was another victim in this sick sorry mess! Sam has a father to look toward her little brother has nothing these poor poor kids. Why do people think they are above the law?

      This is the most information we’ve received about Mr. Juan Geldenhuys. I’ve heard before that “a tiger never changes its stripes”. It sounds like this information strongly supports the father’s account of Dorothy Lee Barnett that is reported in the media. I think most of us would be interested in hearing more about Juan and Dorothy’s relationship.

      I am actually surprised that Dorothy wasn’t involved with other men during or after her divorce from Mr. Geldenhuys.

      The Editor

      • Anon says:

        Juan and Alex’s marriage wasn’t loving. we witnessed belittling of a loving man. She wore the pants and was fiercely protective of the children, yet very pushy and ambitious on their behalf (ambitious soccer mum type) Jaun was an keen runner and was very fit, story we heard was that was how they met in Cape Town through a running club.
        Sam always appeared older than her years.

  3. sc1420 says:

    In America – most wives “wear the pants” and we do push our kids to be the best they can be. Call it “soccer mom’s or strong people – who cares”. I know that other countries still have the wives just doing house chores and the husbands call all of the shots. I am so happy that we do not do that in America. I knew Lee when she lived in the US and she is a very strong Woman and I would hope that would never change.

  4. Sarah says:

    It’s all very well saying that the Father is great and the mother is a witch (because that’s what this is – a witch hunt) but ask yourself this: What would it take for you to go on the run with a new baby, leave your home, your family and friends? Do you think she did it for fun? The answer is obvious. She did it to protect her child. Thank Goodness for strong woman like Dorothy who saved her child from a life-time of abuse. Even if she does go to jail – which is ludicrous! – at least she has accomplished her goal. She is a heroine – not a criminal. And in case you ask , no I do not belong to any underground or child protection group, I am simply a Mother that can understand another Mother’s love for her child.

    • underwatch says:

      Sarah,

      International Parental Kidnapping and Passport fraud are both very serious crimes. As a Mother, you wouldn’t want your child or grandchild kidnapped. If your husband ran off with another woman and kidnapped your child — you would feel very differently about this crime.

      Your post is myopic and lacks any compassion toward the the father as well the emotional abuse on the child.

      The Editor

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