International Parental Kidnapper Eileen Clark Finally Extradited from the UK

On July 3, 2014, Eileen Clark a United States Citizen was put on a plane by London Police Officers at Heathrow Airport headed for the United States of America. Eileen Clark can will now stand trial in US Federal Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the kidnapping her three children.

Almost 20 years ago, Eileen Clark intentionally violated a Family Court Custody Order and kidnapped her three children. She made no attempt to tell the U.S. Courts her location or use any of her legal remedies for a custody or any other type of case. She just left the United States and started a new life in the United Kingdom — stripping the biological father of all contact with his children.

The Global Family Abduction Community of searching and recovering parents and Missing Children’s Organizations have been closely following this case after John Clark was reunified with his now adult children on a tear- jerking episode of the Dr. Phil Show. What makes this case additionally horrific is that it took years for the UK to extradite Eileen Clark, and during that time she continued to alienate her now adult children against their biological father. For those in the Family Abduction that believe that parental kidnapping is one of the cruelest forms of maltreatment against a child, they believe the children are further victimized as adults.

This parental kidnapping and extradition case has also brought out special interest groups such as Liberty. Its Legal Officer, Emma Norton has injected such rhetoric as “where the husband she fled almost 20 years ago waits to face her in court”. Emma Norton’s depiction of the searching parent in a parental kidnapping case shows no compassion for the act of kidnapping a child as well as the intentional disregard of a custody court order. Additionally, she and Liberty have disregarded the rulings of Lord Justice Treacy and Mr. Justice Nicol at the High Court in London. They took their time to investigate the known facts in this case and Emma Norton ignores their findings.

It’s only fitting on this July Fourth Weekend that the UK has acknowledged that International Parental Kidnapping is a very serious matter and that Eileen Clark should be returned to the United States to stand trial. It’s important that both the United Kingdom and the United States take leadership in protecting the rights of both children and both of their parents.

The Editor

Editor’s Note: We applaud the efforts of both the United Kingdom in extraditing Eileen Clark and the United States Justice Department in requesting the extradition. This prosecution of Eileen Clark is an important step toward deterring others from committing this really heinous crime and represents an important step toward encouraging the adult children toward reunification with the other parent. We hope the Clark children will step forward and finally do the right thing.

7 Responses to International Parental Kidnapper Eileen Clark Finally Extradited from the UK

  1. Clark says:

    I have reason to feel blessed on this Independence Day, July 4th, 2014…

    God knows what I have been through for 20 years. 20 years of anguish, sorrow and disappointment over the kidnapping of my three children, whom I have loved and prayed for daily since they were taken by my then wife, Eileen Clark. Upon receiving current news on the Eve of Independence Day, all I could do was well up with tears of gratefulness for our country of the United States of America, the justice for which it stands, and the perseverance of those who fight for justice. I am also grateful for the wisdom and clarity of the justices in the UK who made a prudent decision in finally enforcing her extradition.

    It is true and it is sure…Eileen Clark has finally been delivered to the United States of America to face her crime of kidnapping my three children 20 years ago, as she has lost every appeal over the last four years in England. All I can say is “Game Over”. It is time for the seeds of truth to rise up so that the deeds of deceit can be cut off. I empathize with the thousands of mothers and fathers out there who are searching for their abducted children, and I want you to know that I will fight for you and your parental rights, ensuring that all of your voices are heard as the trial of the United States of America vs Eileen Clark proceeds.

    Many people from around the world have inquired as to the “other side”, or John Clark’s version of the story. The details are many, but some I don’t even understand as of yet, hence the “trial”. However, I can assure you that prior to when she left, I was her loyal husband, who was truly concerned about her and the children’s health and well being, and I was committed to being a good and loving father, and mentor to my children. I was in shock when I came home from work one night almost 20 years ago, to find that the house was dark, and I didn’t hear the sounds of children playing and laughing as usual. It was chilling to see that their favorite toys, books and even their clothing were left behind.

    In the coming days and months, you will probably hear many false accusations and negative things about me by news reports which come from human rights groups in England and elsewhere. I can assure you that these statements are not true, which I am prepared to prove in a court of law as a witness. You must understand that this tactic is often used by many in the same situation as Eileen. It is an attempt to plant a bad seed in the public view to create a false sense of “innocence” and “victimization” on her part, when actually the real victims here are myself and my three children, whose lives are forever altered and indelibly scared since our relationship was abruptly cut off by her.

    Eileen Clark will fabricate and say anything that she believes will be effective in thwarting a prison term for her crime, and at any cost. I want my children to hear the account of the crime in a US court of law, verses what they have been told by Eileen Clark and Ron Woolsey, her third ex-husband, repeatedly for 20 years. I believe that the trial process will be revealing and bring much needed clarity to all of us who have questions about the details of her premeditated departure with the children. They were only ages 2, 5, and 7, so where mommy goes, they believed they needed to go.

    Eileen decided that she would start a new life without me, taking the children with her and then allow another man to raise my children without any contact with me. She left me while we were still married. I can only imagine the cries of my children as they were ripped from my home and taken away, with the intention of never seeing me ever again.

    It has taken a long time to process this traumatic event in my life, but I have learned how to keep the faith, allow new love to enter my life, strengthen my resolve, forgive those who falsely accuse me, persevere, and heal through it all.

    But I am greatly assured and at peace, due to the wonderful and supportive family, friends and colleagues I have surrounding me, and my faith in God who vindicates. I am confident that the Truth will prevail.

    Ultimately, I wish for my children to know the truth even if by means of a trial, to set a precedent regarding child abduction and to give hope and encouragement to those parents who are hopeless about ever seeing their children again.

    John Clark

  2. We are here for you John. Always will be and although the accusations are getting worse, we know in our hearts what truth is and we have that on our side! Love you!

  3. Nathan Rhyne says:

    I know this is a late reply, but i am facing the same situation where my ex wife took my daughter from my home during a visitation. she currently has a warrant for her arrest but i cannot get any traction in the State of New Jersey. what resources did you use and can you shed some light on the resources that you may have contacted?

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