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  •  U.S. Department of Justice – U.S. Marshals Service – Fugitive Kidnapper Arrested at Atlanta Airport and Missing Person Mary Nunes Found. (April 15, 2015)
  •  U.S. Department of Justice – U.S. Marshals Service – Fugitive Kidnapper Surrenders After Pressure by U.S. Marshals and the Television Program “The Hunt”. (November 17, 2014)
  • ABC News 4 Charleston – Isle of Palms girl missing since 1994 found in Australia; mother charged – A girl missing since 1994 has been found and an indictment has been unsealed against the girl’s mother. (November 21, 2013)
  • NBC News 2 WCBD-TV Charleston by News 2 Staff – Child missing since ’94 found safe, Isle of Palms mom charged with Kidnapping – United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today the indictments charging Dorothy Lee Barnett, a/k/a Alexandria Maria Canton, a/k/a Alexandria Maria Geldenhuys, age 53, of Queensland, Australia, formerly of Isle of Palms with one count of International Parental Kidnapping and two counts of False Statement in a Passport Application. (November 21, 2013)
  • ABC News Charleston IOP child missing since 1994 found, mother charged – A girl missing since 1994 has been found and an indictment has been unsealed against the girl’s mother. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 53-year-old Dorothy Lee Barnett, of Queensland, Australia, has been charged with one count of international parental kidnapping and two statements of false statement in a passport application. (November 21, 2013)
  • The Post and Courier Missing from Isle of Palms since 1994, girl found safe; mother arrested in Australia by Andrew Knapp and Glenn Smith – A former Isle of Palms woman whose alleged abduction of her own infant daughter sparked a search in the Lowcountry nearly two decades ago has been arrested in Australia, where she’s accused of hiding out with the girl. (November 21, 2013)
  • The Australian Law catches up with mum 20 years after she fled with baby Savanna by Adam Shand and Sarah Elks – NEARLY 20 years ago, Dorothy Lee Barnett was alleged to have abducted her infant daughter Savanna from her father in South Carolina. (November 14, 2013)
  • Jeffery Shipman pleads guilty in Syracuse after taking daughter out of country Jeffery Shipman, who took his daughter out of the country in a custody dispute, pleaded guilty today to one count of obstructing the lawful parental rights of the girl’s mother…Shipman told the U.S. District Court in Syracuse today that he spent three years in Thailand and a year and a half in Europe. He said he taught English in Thailand. He was formerly a project manager with state Department of Transportation…Prosecution and defense agreed on a sentence of 30 months in prison. Judge Norman Mordue said that jury selection had been scheduled to begin Friday. (August 23, 2012)
  • Calif. man gets prison in parental kidnap case LOS ANGELES – A 16-year-old boy whose father abducted him and his brother and took them on a two-year, international odyssey with their uncle and cousin pleaded Tuesday with a federal judge for his father’s freedom. But it was to no avail.U.S. District Judge Otis Wright ordered a 27-month prison sentence for George Silah, one of two brothers who abducted their sons and took them out of the United States without the consent of their ex-wives in 2008. (May 29, 2012)
  • Former Niagara Falls woman sentenced for international parental kidnapping
    BUFFALO, N.Y — An upstate New York woman who was convicted of international parental kidnapping of a child was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) (March 26, 2012)
  • Defendants Sentenced to the Maximum in International Parental Kidnapping CaseU.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Linda Wynn, 63, and William Amacher, 40, of Jamestown, New York, were sentenced to three years in prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny after pleading guilty to international parental kidnapping in March, 2010.(July 21, 2010)
  • Affidavit of complaint details 1989 background; states charges against the Maples by Doug Davis Marvin L. Maple has been served a warrant for kidnapping of his two grandchildren and is being held in the Rutherford County Detention Center on $1 million bond.“He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions County at 8 a.m. Tuesday,” said Det. Sgt. Dan Goodwin, spokesperson for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. (Feb 9, 2009)
  • The Controversial Holly Collins Custody Case–What Really Happened? by Glenn Sacks, Holly Collins and her supporters among domestic violence and feminist advocates assert that the case demonstrates that family courts are biased against battered women and favor abusive men. Below I take a look at the evidence in the case.. (Jan. 26, 2009)
  • Woman Who Fled With Son Agrees To Pay Legal Fees In Child Custody Dispute by Izasku E. Larraneta, Norwich – Bonnie Rubenstein, will not go to jail after complying Tuesday in Norwich Superior Court with an order to pay legal fees she owes. (Jan. 21, 2009)
  •  CityPages Holly Ann Collins faces new custody dispute by Beth Walton – According to the Order for Enforcement, the 15-year-old and his mother are to appear in Hennepin County Judge Charles A. Porter’s courtroom today for yet another hearing. After more than a decade of having no contact with him, Chip’s father, Jeff Imm of Zimmerman, wants the boy back. (Oct. 15, 2006)
  •  The Evening Bulletin Wanted Fugitive Narberth Mother Captured In Canada However, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office is complaining Canadian authorities are choosing to ignore the arrest warrants and are instead treating the arrest as an illegal immigration case.  (Aug. 08, 2006)
  •  The Times Herald Fugitive mom arrested in Canada COURTHOUSE – A wealthy Main Line woman, who was the subject of an international search after going on the lam with her then-three-year-old daughter in January 2003 during a bitter custody battle…But Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., who Monday announced Librett’s capture at a noontime press conference, said he was concerned that Canadian authorities at a hearing scheduled for today could release Librett on bail, leaving her free to flee again.  (Aug. 08, 2006)
  •  The Philadelphia Inquirer Wanted Fugitive in custody case found by Keith Herbert — In January 2003, Common Pleas Court Judge Rhonda Daniele issued an order that awarded Michael Marran, the father of Librett’s daughter Rachel, joint custody.  Librett, formerly of Narberth, refused to comply with the order, police said, and the child was not seen at her Wynnewood school after Jan. 10, 2003.( (Aug. 08, 2006)
  •  NBC Philadelphia Wanted Mom on the Run Caught with Daughter (NBC 10) NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The search is over for a mother who took off with her daughter three years ago, but authorities in our area might still have a tough time bringing her back to the United States to face charges. Claudia Librett and her now 6-year-old daughter Rachel have been missing since January 2003. The two disappeared the day after a Montgomery County judge granted Librett’s husband, Michael Marran, joint custody of Rachel. “He finally gets to see his daughter and she disappears,” said Colleen
    Consolo, Marran’s attorney (Aug. 07, 2006)
  • ABC Philadelphia Wanted Mom on the Run Caught in Canada (ABC 6) It took a three and a half year international manhunt. The FBI has finally captured Claudia Librett, the woman wanted for kidnapping her own daughter in Montgomery County. Police in Ontario, Canada say Librett surrendered in a small
    town near Niagara Falls. She had been living with her daughter, Rachel, for several years. Librett fled Lower Merion with Rachel, in January of 2003, when the girl was 3-years-old. She was involved in a custody battle with her husband Michael at the time. A press conference on this case is scheduled to take place at the bottom of the hour. (Aug. 07, 2006)
  • CBS KYW Philadelphia Wanted Search For Missing Main Line Girl Comes To An End (CBS 3) NORRISTOWN by Robin Mackintosh A missing persons case involving a Main Line girl came to end this weekend after a three year search. Rachel Librett Marann vanished from her Main Line home January 10, 2003. CBS
    3 has learned the search for Rachel Librett Marann came to an end Saturday when police in St. Catherines, Ontario, arrested the child’s mother. (Aug. 07, 2006)
  • NBC 10 News Philadelphia Mom On The Run Caught With Daughter in Canada A Montgomery County
    woman and her daughter have been found in Canada after being on the run from Montgomery County for more than three years. Claudia Librett and her now-6-year-old daughter, Rachel, have been missing since January 2003. The two disappeared the day after a Montgomery County judge granted
    Librett’s husband, Michael Marran, joint custody of Rachel.  (Aug. 07, 2006)
  • AM900 CHML Wanted Alleged Pennsylvania kidnapper cuffed in The Falls ST.CATHARINES, Canada by Jay McQueen- A woman wanted for kidnapping and avoiding authorities in Pennsylvania has been arrested in Niagara Falls. 51-year-old Claudia Librett was arrested last night in Niagara Falls after she surrendered to Niagara Police. She and the child had been living in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the past 2 years until leaving the area last week. The FBI, Canada Immigration and Niagara Police all had a hand in the investigation which has been featured on America’s Most Wanted.  (Aug. 06, 2006)
  • AM900 CHML Wanted Women Flees Niagara ST.CATHARINES, Canada by Ken Mann – A 51-year-old woman, wanted by authorities in Pennsylvania, has been tracked to Niagara-on-the-Lake. But Niagara Police believe that Claudia Librett has managed to slip through their grasp. They say the woman and her 7-year-old daughter were last seen running from a condominium complex on Wednesday. They’d been living there for the past two years. (Aug. 05, 2006)
  • America’s Most Wanted Millionaire Mother Takes Off With 4-Year-Old Daughter The FBI and
    Pennsylvania authorities say 4-year-old Rachel Librett Marran disappeared from Narberth, Pa. on Jan. 10, 2003. According to officials, Rachel was kidnapped by her mother, Claudia Beth Librett, after a judge ruled that Librett and Rachel’s father had to share custody of their daughter. (Jan. 16, 2006)
  • The Independent Reward Offered For Missing Child by Kathryn Georgette, Michael Marran
    last saw his now five-year-old daughter, Rachel, nearly two years ago. This week the East Hampton resident offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to Rachel’s return; her mother Claudia Librett, currently faces federal kidnapping charges — she was charged with concealment of a child’s
    whereabouts and interference of the custody of a child, both felonies, by the Lower Merion Police Department in Ardmore, Pennsylvania — near where the child and mother were living. Investigators recently met with experts in the field of international child abduction behind closed doors. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been involved with the case since March 2004.  (Dec. 7, 2004)
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA Father offers $25,00 in quest to find missing child by Stephanie
    L. Arnold, Inquirer Staf Writer Lower Merion police and a Long Island man have initiated an international search for the mother of his 5-year-old daughter who police say fled with the child in 2003 after a judge awarded the couple joint custody.  (Nov. 24, 2004)
  • The Bonnie Rubenstein Accused Of Violating A Court Order Records Say She Accosted Her Son Outside His School by By ETHAN ROUEN, Waterford – Bonnie Rubenstein, the Waterford woman who was acquitted last year of custodial interference after being prosecuted for fleeing the country with her son, was in court Monday after she and her mother approached her son, violating a court order. Rubenstein and her mother, Elaine Dembroff of Waterford, accosted Randy Rubinstein and relatives at Oswegatchie Elementary School at about 3:15 p.m. last Tuesday as Randy’s paternal grandmother was giving him a ride home, according to court records.  (Nov 16, 2004)
  • Mother In Custody Row Back In Court by Alaine Griffin, Courant Staff Writer,
    CTNOW.COM NEW LONDON — Bonnie Rubenstein, the Waterford mother who gained nationwide attention when she disappeared with her son during a bitter custody battle seven years ago, was back in court Monday defending herself against breach of peace charges stemming from an incident at
    her son’s school. Waterford police charged Rubenstein, 44, with two counts of second-degree breach of peace and loitering in or near a school after she and her mother, Elaine Dembroff, went to Oswegatchie School in Waterford on Nov. 9 to deliver birthday presents to Rubenstein’s son, Randy .. (November 16, 2004)
  • The Times Herald News Attorney acts on behalf of absentee client MARGARET GIBBONS, Times
    Herald Staff, COURTHOUSE – His client may be on the lam but that is not preventing a Montgomery County lawyer from continuing to act in her behalf. Advertisement Defense attorney Marc R. Steinberg, who is representing wealthy Main Line mother Claudia Librett, has petitioned the county court to throw out a charge of kidnapping that was filed against his client in February by Lower Merion police. .. (April 15, 2004)
  • Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA Mother accused of abducting her child, A Narberth woman allegedly defied a judge’s order to share custody of her daughter, now 4. by Keith Herbert, Inquirer Staf Writer Montgomery County authorities have added a kidnapping charge to those a Main Line mother faces after defying a court order to share custody of her 4-year-old daughter with the child’s
    father. (Feb. 26, 2004)
  • Office of the District Attorney, Sacramento County, CA Press Release: Case of Interest People v Stephanie Elizabeth Sim, 98F06895 by Office of the Ditrict Attorney, Sacramento, CA – Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that a 5-year manhunt for 37-year-old Stephanie Elizabeth Sims ended with her arrest by the Scranton Police Department in the State of Pennsylvania. Sims was a wanted fugitive on criminal charges for Parental Child Abduction, which were filed by
    the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office in August of 1998. (Oct. 3, 2003)
  • Police arrest woman who disappeared with daughter 5 years ago by Associated Press, Scranton, PA – A woman who disappeared from California in 1998 with her 4-year-old daughter was arrersted in her West Scranton apartment by detectives acting on a tip, police said. Scranton detectives
    searched a restaurant where Stephanie Elizabeth Sims, 38, was said to be working before finding and arresting her at her apartment. (Oct. 2, 2003)
  • The Letter to the Editor: Jury Failed to See Rubenstein’s Intent by MIchael Meakem, Waterford – Having read many of the accounts of the Bonnie Rubenstein trial in local and state newspapers, as well as having attended the trial the day that the Bonnie Rubenstein interview with NBC’s “Dateline”
    was played for jurors, I still cannot for the life of me reconcile how Ms. Rubenstein’s statement in her “Dateline” interview indicated that she planned to keep Randy Rubenstein away “forever” does not clearly indicate to this incompetent jury that she had not “intended” to bring him back at all.  (Jul 8, 2003)
  • The Letter to the Editor: From Bonnie Rubenstein As much as I would personally acknowledge each and every individual who has shown kindness and support to my entire family, that is not possible. (Jul 6, 2003) Editors note: Here is Bonnie once again violating another court order. We heard that there is a gag order in the family law custody case.
  • The Letter to the Editor: Rubenstein Verdict Has Sickening Effect by Denise Perry-Evertt, Oakdale – I learned our judicial system does not work, again. Bonnie Rubenstein was found not guilty. She takes her child out of the country after her ex-husband is awarded full custody, she parades
    on national TV with the women who hide her, teaches her child to lie about his name and lie about his father abusing him, and they say she is not guilty.  (Jul 5, 2003)
  • The Letter to the Editor: From Juror by Kati Drzewianowski, Waterford… By far though, the most popular question I have been asked is: What if Bonnie Rubenstein was a father who took his son? That question I cannot answer. Why not? Because I would have to see the evidence, hear the
    testimonies; understand the information of that case. This was not a “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” case. You cannot just flip it over and say what if she was a he.  (Jul 3, 2003)
  • The Too
    Young To Drink But Old Enough To Judge
    by Steven Slosberg…Three of the six jurors in the Rubenstein child-abduction case couldn’t have gone out for a drink after delivering a not-gulity verdict last week
    even if they needed one. The are under 21.  (Jul 3, 2003)
  • Correction by CTNOW.COM Bonnie Rubenstein testified during her trial that her son invented an imaginary boy and had nightmares. A story on Page A15 Thursday incorrectly implied
    that her son, …, testified about the behavior. .. (July 2, 2003)
  • Father seeks federal prosecution in abduction case by Associate Press, I The father of a child at the center of a custody battle hasasked federal prosecutors to step in following the acquittal of his wife on state charges that she abducted the boy. .. (July 1, 2003)
  • Mother’s Intent Crucial to Jury – Rubenstein’s Paln to Return To State Determined Verdict by Katie Melone, In reaching their decision, jurors said they keyed on testimony that Rubenstein planned to return from Florida to Connecticut in October 1997, about a month after she first left the state with her then 3-year old son, Randy, amid a custody battle. .. (June 29, 2003)
  • The Bonnie Rubenstein Acquittal: Two Jurors Say Verdict Based Solely on the Law by Katie Moran. Two members of the jury that acquitted Bonne Rubensetin on a felony charge say they jettison emotion and focused their decision dryly on the letter of the the law when renering their decision in the child custody case Friday… “I’m very happy for (Bonnie Rubenstein). It made my night,” Yager said by phone, adding that only one woman among the thousands she has helped was ever convicted for
    fleeing. “The public wouldn’t have accepted” another verdict. (Jun 29, 2003)
  • The Rubenstein Acquitted in Child-abduction Case by Izaskun E. Larraneta, Bonnie Rubenstein, emotionless for days during her trial in Norwich Superior Court cried Friday when the jury foreman announced she’d been found not guility of custodial interference for fleeing with her 3-year-old son nearly six years ago… Tyler Walworth, 19, said he could not render a guilty verdict…Walworth said he and the other jurors believed there was some evidence to show that at some point Bonnie Rubenstein intended to return to Connecticut.  (Jun 28, 2003)
  • Expert testifies that boy did not show signs of abuse by Katie Melone, Judge Robert J.Devlin had instructed the jurors that if the prosecutor failed to prove Rubenstein intended to hold her son for a protracted period between those two dates, or that she knew she was violating the
    law when she fled with him – two crucial elements required to secure a conviction under the law – they should vote to acquit her. .. (June 28, 2003)
  • Expert testifies that boy did not show signs of abuse by Associated Press, Randy Rubenstein showed no signs that he was sexually abused by his father, a clinical psychologist testified at the custodial interference trial of the boy’s mother….Tacy’s testimony was used to contradict earlier testimony from Dr. Charles Nord… (June 25, 2003)
  • The Rubenstein Testifies Ex-Husband Physicaly, Sexually Abused Her Son by Izaskun
    E. Larraneta, Bonnie Rubenstein said her marriage to her ex husband…(Jun 11, 2003)
  • CTNOW.Com Abuse Claims Renewed – by Katie Melone, On trial on charges that she abducted her son six years ago, Bonnie Rubenstein took the witness stand for the first time Wednesday, detailing her claims that her former husband abused their only son.  (Jun 12, 2003)
  • CTNOW.Com Abuse Claims Raised in Rubenstein Trial by Katie Melone,  (Jun 1, 2003)
  • The State Rests Case Against Bonnie Rubenstein by Izaskun E. Larraneta, Lawyer
    Appointed by court in custody case testifies.  (Jun 11, 2003)
  • The by Izaskun E. Larraneta .  (Jun 6, 2003)
  • The FBI Agent Gives Arrest Details in in Rubenstein Trial by Izaskun E. Larraneta Last July, FBI Special AGent Alan Santiago got the tip he’d been waiting for.  (Jun 7, 2003)
  • CTNOW.Com Woman On Trial in Custody Battle by Katie Melone, Norwich, CT. Six years after disappearing with her son during a custody fight, a Waterford woman is standing trial on custodial interference charges. (Jun 11, 2003)
  • The Rubenstein Goes On Trial for Fleeing Country with Son by Izaskun E. Larraneta After five years on the Run, Bonnie Rubenstein will have to defend herself against charges she unlawfully deprived her ex-husband having a relationship with their son when she fled the country…if she is found guility of first-degree custodial interference she could be sentenced up to five years in prison.  (Jun 6, 2003)
  • News Channel 8 ABC Waterford women rejects plea agreement in favor of trial New London-AP,
    A Waterford woman accused of abducting her son during a custody battle rejected a plea agreement yesterday, sending her case to trial…In a proposed agreement, Rubenstein would have been sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after two years or less, in exchange for a guilty plea on a first-degree custodial interference charge.  (Jan 3, 2003)
  • The Contra Costa Times, Dad of stolen girls files suit by Claire Booth The father of two little girls taken and then hidden by their mother has sued Lafayette police because he says they initially refused to take missing-persons reports or investigate the crime. Daniel Nunez contends that police
    refused to credit a family court order forbidding his ex-wife Kelli Nunez from visiting their daughters, ages 4 and 6.  (Jan 1, 2003)
  • NBC 30 Connecticut News Mother Gives Son Questionable Hanukkah Gift Bonnie Rubenstein was
    allowed to visit her son Randy on Dec. 10. According to court testimony, she gave him Hanukkah toys that included a vest and a scrapbook full of pictures of them on the run. She called it a vacation, and wrote that she can’t wait to do it again.  (Dec 14, 2002)
  • The Contra Costa Times,  Underground groups conceal abduction rings by John Simerman Whatever
    drove Kelli Nunez to stash away her two young girls with apparent strangers, whatever willed her to sit for months in jail to keep them form her ex-husband and the alw, whatever spurred her desperation, is good enough for Faye Yager…”The chances of getting caught are high, it’s really not worth it,” said Connie Valentine, president of the California Protective Parent Association.”  (November 29, 2002)
  • The,  Rubensetin denied accelearted rehabilitation by Izakun E. Larraneta A New London Supeior Court judge Friday denied former fugitive Bonnie Rubenstein’s request that she be granted accelerated rehabilitation, which would have enabled her to avoid prison time… “This is the mostextreme custodial interference case that I’m aware of in the state of Connecticut, McMahon said. She had 1,800 days to make things right.”(November 23, 2002)
  • The Los Angeles Times Kidnapped and Raised on the Run From Her Parents by Mitchell Landsberg
    Thirteen years later, they are still in hiding, the three of them, somewhere in Southern California. …She fears, however, that her freedom will come at the expense of her grandparents, who are still being sought by state and federal authorities for violating child custody laws…In desperation, Irene Lopez called Faye Yager…Today, the Lopezes’ lawyer, Carl A. “Tony” Capozzola, says that they were coached to make those claims put in their mouth,…  (November 17, 2002)
  • The, Gag order imposed on Rubenstein proceeding by Katie Melone After spending nearly eight hours in juvenille court Firday, attorneys and family remembers remained tight-lipped on the custody status of ..the 8-year old boy who was bacuted five years ago by his mother….She’s
    in prison,” she said, wiping her eyes, then shrugging. “She never expected to be in prison…” (August 3, 2002)
  • The, Police search home of Grandmother by Katie Melone Local police Wednesday
    afternoon searched the Colonial Drive home of Elaine Dembroff, whosedaugther Bonnie Rubenstein, was arrested last week after abducting and hiding her son for five years. (August 3, 2002)
  • The, Lawmakers support DCF’s caution in Rubenstein case by Connecticut News Alliance Although the father of an 8-year-iold boy returned to Connecticut after an ugly child custody dispute is upset with the Department of Children and Families for delaying a reunion, Connecticut lawmakers
    and the state’s child advocate praise DCF for being cautious. (August 1, 2002)
  • The, Family hoping to meet with Child soon by Katie Melone, Waterford–The
    family of the 8-year-old who was returned safely to Connecticut Saturday after a nearly five-year underground odyssey with his mother appears to be moving closer to reaching an agreement with the state Deapartment and Children and Families to visit the boy.  (July 31, 2002)
  • The Harford Courant, Extradition Waived in Custody Case by Peter Franceschina, Special
    to The Courant. West Palm Beach, Fla — Bonnie Rubenstein, the Connecticut woman who disappeared with her son during a bitter custody battle five years ago, didn’t fight extradition Tuesday in an abduction case that has gotten national attention. (July 31, 2002)
  • The Harford Courant, DCF Review Delays Father, Son Reunion by Karen Guzman – As his family’s
    impatience and frustration grows, an 8-year old remains in state custody… (July 30, 2002)
  • The, Family prohibited from seeing abducted boy by Katie Melone – For nearly five years, Jeffrey Rubenstein of Waterford and his family waited and prayed for the return of his abducted son, Randy. They were elated when Randy was finally found and returned to his home state Friday.
    But the elation faded Monday, they say, when they were denied the right to see him or talk to him. … (July 30, 2002)
  • The Harford Courant, Father Reunited with Son after 5 years by Karen Guzman – Federal
    Agents recovered in Florida recovered the 8 year old child…marking the end of his father’s five-year search for the boy.  (July 27, 2002)
  • The, Waterford Family’s Prayers Are Answered by Bethe Dufresne – Waterford — Today is the day the Rubenstein Family has prayed for since Aug. 25, 1997, when Bonnie Rubenstein took her young son from his father and began an underground odyssey that ended Thursday with her arrest in
    Florida.  (July 27, 2002)
  • The Harford Courant,  Mother wo fled with child arrested in Miami by Karen Guzman – A
    woman who fled from her ex-husbad in 1997, taking their son with her, has been arrested by federal agents in Miami, The Day of New London reported Friday. (July 26, 2002)
  • The Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
    Woman sentenced for taking children.
    WAILUKU – Mary Lou French, found guility by a jury of two counts of first-degree custodial interference, was sentenced Thursday to five years’ probation and ordered to spent six months in jail…But 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza turned down a Maui prosecutor’s request that she be sentenced to consecutive five-year prison terms.  (June 2002)
  • The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Maximum term sought for mom’s custody violation by Gary Kubota —
    Wailuki – Maui County Deputy Prosecutor Carson Tani said he will probably seek the maximum penalty of five years in prison for a woman who fled with her two adopted daughters to Costa Rica and violated a joint custody agreement with her ex-husband James French. Tani said the evidence showed
    Mary Lou French was lying when she claimed her ex-husband had sexually abused the children.  (April 2002)
  • The Honolulu Advertiser, Maui mother guilty of fleeing U.S. with children by Timmothy Hurley,
    Advertiser County Bureau — Wailuki – Mary Lou French, 56, cried when the verdict was announced in Maui Circuit Court after an hour and a half of jury deliberations.  (April 2002)
  • News, Woman guilty of breaking custody agreement — Wailuki – A woman who left Maui with her two children instead of turning them over to her former husband as part of a joint custody agreement was convicted Monday on two counts of first-degree custodial interference. Mary Lou French, 56, a California resident, gasped and wept when the verdict was read. Sentencing is scheduled for June 13.  (April 2002)
  • Honolulu Star Bulletin,
    Woman Faces 5 Years in Custodial Interference Trial By Star Bulletin Staff — WAILUKU – Maui County Deputy Prosecutor Carson Tani said he will probably seek the maximum penalty of five years in prison for a woman who fled with her two adopted daughters to Costa Rica and violated a joint custody agreement with her ex-husband James French.  (April 2002)
  • Custody Interference Trial Begins for Ex Maui Mom By Lilia Fujimoto – WAILUKU — Mary Lou French was unhappy with a court order that she and her former husband share custody of their two young daughters when she left Maui with the girls three years ago, a deputy prosecutor said. “That’s what this case is about,” Deputy Prosecutor Carson Tani told 2nd Circuit Court jurors as French’s trial began Tuesday. “It’s about betrayal and deception.  (March 2002)
  • The Daily Camera, Boulder County – Alan Rosenfeld announces candidacy Boulder attorney Alan Rosenfeld, a child-rights advocate, has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for House District 11 legislative seat. The district includes most of Longmont and stretches down the Diagonal Highway into north Boulder. Trip DeMuth who was a recent Democratic candidate for Boulder County district attorney, will serve as treasurer of Rosenfeld’s House campaign. Lawyer Sean McCallister will serve as campaign manager. In a prepared announcement, Rosenfeld said the goal
    of his candidacy will be to “help create for our children a fairer and more just society than the one we inherited.” He called for campaign finance limitations, campaign spending limitations and implementation of an “instant runoff voting” system.  (March 2002)
  • Women’s eNews, Desperate Moms Taking Abused Children Underground by Miriam Rafferty This is a story from an underground supporter at an overzealos child abuse industry conference. It’s alleged that these conferences are a recruiting event for the underground. The speakers included attorney
    Alan Rosenfeld; convicted underground mom Mary Lou French and Wendy Titelman, a mom involved in a custody case. (November 29, 2002)
  • Mothers and Children In Hiding: The Crisis and Controversies Geraldine B. Stahly, Chair Alan Rosenfeld, Toby Kleinman, and Mary Lou French, For the past 15 years we have heard about mothers going into hiding in an organized underground railroad … … We are on the cusp, however, of having
    the first generation of those children come forward as they reach majority age. This panel discussion will attempt to focus attention on the ongoing crisis and consider changes that need to be made in the systemic response to these cases of child maltreatment and protective parents.  (Sept. 9, 2001)
  • Trial date set for mother charged with keeping kids from father by, A Sept. 17 trial is scheduled in 2nd Circuit Court for a woman charged with fleeing Maui with her two children to keep them from their father. Mary Lou French, 55, entered not-guilty pleas Tuesday to two counts
  • of first-degree custodial interference …Earlier this month, Cardoza denied a fourth request to allow Rosenfeld to practice in the state. Three previous orders granted by Cardoza had expired when he did not pay the bar fee or provide the necessary documents to the bar association. (August 2001)
  • Mother Pleads Not Gulity in Battle Over Two Girls by Timothy Hurley, Advertiser Maui County Bureau, Mary Lour French, 55, wo was considered a federal fugitive for more than a year before her arrest in Panama in April 2000, is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 17 before Maui Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza. A judge earlier allowed her to to remain free without posting bail…The custoidal interference charges carry a potential penalty of five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.  (June 25, 2001)
  • San Francisco Chronicle, Family abduction More parents in custody battles win by fleeing with
    their children
    by Charlie Goodyear, Authorities said Stratton was able to commit a “family abduction” with the help of Children of the Underground, a loose network operating for more than a decade, providing safe houses, means of transportation, even phony passports.  (May18, 2001)
  • MauiNet, Abducting Maui Woman on Trial – Alan Rosenfeld is the Attorney Mary Lou French, a Maui woman is on trial in Wailuku, Hawaii. French was was arrested in Panama City, Panama on her way to Asian. She had previoulsly been in Costa Rica. Underground Attorney Alan Rosenfeld is the pro hac
    vice defense attorney.  (April 2001)
  • Houston Chronicle, Group offers legal aid to child-abuse victims by Bill Murphy — As she spoke before a group of Houston lawyers Friday, a Georgia mother appeared on the verge of tears several times as she recounted why she no longer can see her two daughters…Richard Ducote said lawyers appointed to represent a child’s interests in court, called guardian ad litems, often provide ineffective representation.  (January 2001)
  • New London Day, A Brick Wall by Stan DeCoster — Jeffrey Rubenstein’s son, Randy, was abducted by his wife three years ego. Despite federal and private investigations, no solid leads have emerged on the boy’s whereabouts. Rubenstein believes people with influence and power have greater chance
    to locate loved ones in such cases. (October 2000)
  • Readers Digest, America’s Stolen Children by Daniel Levine — Hundreds of kids are abducted abroad each year. Why won’t our government fight to bring them home? This article attacks the government for the International Family Abudction problem in our country. (September 1999)
  • New London Day, Man in child custody sues Waterford police department by STAN DeCOSTER.
    Day Staff Writer Jeffrey Rubenstein, whose wife disappeared with their son following a bitter custody battle, is suing the Waterford Police Department, claiming that an officer connected to the case had an intimate relationship with the fleeing mother. The suit alleges that the officer, Hugh C. Teel Jr., manufactured a false record of domestic violence complaints against the father of 4-year-old Randy Rubenstein to advance Teel’s romantic interests with the mother, Bonnie Rubenstein, and to influence
    the custody fight in her favor. (August 31, 1999)
  • The Hartford Currant Police Face Suit Over Role In Custody Battle by DWIGHT F. BLINT This story
    ran in the Courant August 31, 1999. Jeffrey Rubenstein, whose wife disappeared with their son following a bitter custody battle, is suing the Waterford Police Department, claiming that an officer connected to the case had an intimate relationship with the fleeing mother. The suit alleges that
    the officer, Hugh C. Teel Jr., manufactured a false record of domestic violence complaints against the father of 4-year-old Randy Rubenstein to advance Teel’s romantic interests with the mother, Bonnie Rubenstein, and to influence the custody fight in her favor. (August 31, 1999)
  • Tulsa World, Sentencing Set for Custody Case by Beill Braun World Staff Writer — Barbara Louise Morton, 42 pleaded guilty to a felony charge of kidnapping her son to Albania and violating a court order. Prosecutor David Robertson recommended a two year prison sentence. Her hearing is scheduled for Sept. 14 in front of Tulsa District Judge Jeffers Sellers. (July 22, 1999)
  • Rediff On the Net, Fugitive Mother Returns To Reunite With Daughters by R S Shankar in Philadelphia — She faces up to 14 years in prison and a $ 30,000 fine for running away with them in defiance of a court order that had given her and her former husband joint custody (May 27, 1999)
  • Philadelphia Online, Mother returns to America to face kidnapping charges by Stephanie A. Stanley and Ralph Vigoda — Ellen Dever returns to Philadelphia after nearly two years on the lam with the Children of the Underground. She was arrested and arraigned in Chester County Courthouse in West Chester,
    Pennsylvania on charges of concealing the whereabouts of a child in violation of custody orders. Her lawyer, Richard Sprague, entered her plea of not guilty and waived her right to a preliminary hearing. After bail was set at $255,000, Dever was booked by detectives and released after her parents’ home near Phoenixville was put up as bail. (May 26, 1999)
  • Philadelphia Online Search Page, Search Page for Philadelphia Online for the most recent stories on Ellen Dever.Charleston Post and Courier, Mother returned to face kidnap charge by Brian Hicks of The Post and Courier staff — Wow, another recovery … Teresa Weber was extradited from Costa Rica after five years on the lam in Federal Court by U.S. Magistrate Robert Carr in Charleston, South Carolina. This story attracted national attention when ABC Prime-Time did a story about Teresa Danzler
    Weber. The case also involved Ambassador Peter de Voss’ wife of the United States Embassy who supported Weber. Weber is being held without bail unless she returns her daughter from Costa Rica to North Carolina where custodial parent Farriel Britt lives. The girl is being held in a foster home in Costa Rica. (April 27, 1999)
  • The Charlotte Observer, Woman who sought peace for kids seeks it for self Activist trying to find
    refuge in Brevard from parents, lawsuits
    by Eric Frazier Staff Writer — This reporter from the Charlotte Observer is trying to tell us that Faye Yager has quit the Underground. He claims that she cooks morning breakfast for her guests at the Bed and Breakfast in Brevard, North Carolina. We have advice for law enforcements officials, they should check the guest registry and the license plates for her guests. Also, if Yager really were responsible for helping hide hundreds of mothers, we wouldn’t recommend staying a night at her B and B. The reporter also gets a quote from the grandfather of a recovered child in North Carolina. He doesn’t like Yager anymore than we do.(April 24, 1999)
  • Philadelphia Online, Family drama leads to a Swiss village – Two girls are back in Rosemon t
    with their father, who has custody, after nearly two years with their
    by Stephanie A. Stanley and Ralph Vigoda — Okay, here’s the story of how Bipin Shah got his children back. He performed a personal recovery of the children, not waiting for the Hague Convention or the State Department to act. Bipin is our hero for his efforts. As the experts say, the Hague, sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. (April 15, 1999)
  • Philadelphia Online, Mother who hid children still is facing warrant by Stephanie A. Stanley and Ralph Vigoda — Federal and local authorities continue their search for Ellen Dever. The federal UFAP and local warrant for her arrest are still active. John Pavloff, an assistant district attorney in Chester
    County is the one handling the case for county. Linda Vizi, is the FBI Agent in charge of the case. Paul Sarmousakis, is the assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, where a grand jury last year looked into Yager’s role in the case. Albert Momjian is Shah’s attorney. (April 15, 1999)
  • Philadelphia Online, Unclear who villain is, but there’s no mistaking the victims by Jill Porter — Ughh, Jill, you need to do some research before you write a story like this. You should speak to the Social Scientists. The victims are the children, the searching parents, family members … Ellen Shah
  • is no victim.  (April 14, 1999) Philadelphia Online, Your Thinking Child V Myrna B. Shure Ph.D. by April Adamson Daily News Staff Writer — More details on Bipin Shah’s personal recovery of his children. It sounds like his private investigators didn’t wait for the FBI to move in. We applaud you Bipin for this decision. (April 14, 1999)
  • Philadelphia Online, Millionaire recovers Missing Daughters by Stephanie A. Stanley and Ralph Vigoda INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS – Wow, here is the story on the recovery. He is back on the Main Line with the children, of whom he has custody. They had been living with their mother in Switzerland.
    (April 14, 1999)
  • Online Post Gazette Pa. millionaire takes back 2 children in custody battle by Mackenzie Carpenter, Post-Gazette Staff Writer — Feminist reporter Mackenzie Carpenter details how in June 1997, Ellen Dever invited the Post-Gazette to photograph her as she prepared to enter an underground network of
    safe houses run by Faye Yager. Her controversial series has been called bias by many victim parents and professional journalists. In this article, only her headline is suspect.  (April 15, 1999)
  • Parental Site, The Morse Children are Recovered The Morse children were recovered
    on March 28, 1999. We understand all three of the children were living with false identities. The mother has been arrested in Texas and is waiting extradition to San Diego, California. “subpoena” not “subpoena”. (March 28, 1999)
  • Washington Post, The Jan Kemp Affair She alleges other harrowing experiences since then – from
    break-ins at her home to the gassing of her bedroom – and has had countless disputes with the local police over their handling of these alleged incidents. She also spent 348 days in a Cobb County jail for contempt of court in connection with a legal battle with her ex-husband over custody of their two children. For the most part, Kemp attributes these experiences not to her lawsuit against UGA, but to her “divorce that never ends” and a close association with Faye Yager, the controversial founder of Children of the Underground  (January 1999)
  • Atlanta Photojournalistm, Underwatch Blooper Award for 1998 Our Blooper Award for 1998 goes to the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Chairman Michael Schwarz and his board members. Their First Place Best Portfolio Award entitled SUBPOENA SERVED to controversial photographer Allan Detrich just proves our point, these photo guys can’t write. There are two things wrong with the following
    text on their page: “Faye Yager, who runs an underground which hides sexually abused children, is served a subpoena stating that she must return a hidden child to Georgia so that the court ordered visitation for the child’s father can be enforced. ” Okay, we don’t think these photojournalists should represent that the children in Faye’s underground are sexually abused without using the word “alleged”. As we’ve stated before, our research indicates there were false allegations on 90 percent
    or more of the Faye cases. Also, the correct spelling is “subpoena” not “subpoena”. (December 18, 1998)
  • Philadelphia Online, Woman who aids moms, kids hounded by area father Wow, the media is now calling Faye Yager, the former operator of Children of the Underground in Sandy Springs, Ga. As long as these children are not recovered, we contend that Faye is still the operator of the Children of the Underground. The article gives more details on the Yager’s The Inn at Brevard, a bed and breakfast in the small college town of Brevard, North Carolina. (December 14, 1998)
  • ABC, Whose Child? International Parental Abduction An explosive story by Lilian Huang of Two stories are featured. One involving John LeBeau’s search for his children in Denmark and England. As of October 21, 1998, John is awaiting a ruling by a England court to bring
    his children back to the United States. John tried to get Attorney Janet Reno’s help on October 28, 1998. Paul Marinkovich, is searching for his child in Sweeden. It is unknown whether the Children of the Underground are involved in the cases. The story does expose the challenges in recovering
    children in Europe.  (December 1998)
  • Maryland SunSpot,Woman charged with abduction is free on $100,000 bail Police accuse mother of taking 5-year-old son Mrs. Wimperis’ bail of $100,000 was met by her supporters. It appears as if she wants the case to go to trial in Maryland where her crime is a misdemeanor. In 1990, the father had sole custody when she fled on Fathers Day. The mother had a regular visitation day each week and had the boy on alternate weekends. (November 19, 1998)
  • Chicago Sun Times, Some parents taking abducted kids underground This very short article that mentions Faye Yager features quotes from Ernie Allen of NCMEC and Howard Davidson of the ABA Center for Children and the Law. As Mr. Davidson would say, Parents who take the law in their own hands are not only giving up on the justice system and trying to evade it,
  • but they’re harming their children. there  (October 11, 1998)
  • Maryland SunSpot, Defense attorney: Wimperis stands by allegations Mrs. Wimperis, 50, formerly of Finksburg, remained at the Carroll County Detention Center on Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 bail, charged with two misdemeanors involving child abduction by a noncustodial parent. Defense attorney E. Thomas Maxwell Jr. is representing Wimperis. The trial is scheduled
    to start October 16th.  (October 1, 1998)
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution,Amendment to suit charges both Yagers Racketeering: Attorney for man blaming Faye Yager for disappearance of children says evidence also implicates husband
    Bipin Shah filed a motion in Federal Court to add Faye Yager’s husband to the 100 million dollar lawsuit. (September 19, 1998)
  • Colorado University National Lawyers Guild, — Alan Rosenfeld trying to teach at Colorado University Underground Attorney Alan Rosenfeld now living in Lousivile, Colorado is trying to teach at Colorado University. (September 18, 1998)
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution,  Judge rules with Yager on father’s missing son Boy’s whereabouts will remain secret U.S. District Court Judge Willis B. Hunt Jr. ruled that the federal courts had no jurisdiction to restrain Faye Yager from hiding Bonnie Rubenstein.  (September 3, 1998)
  • The Hartford Courant, U.S. Judge Stays Out of Custody Battle Federal Judge Willis B. Hunt has denied Jeffrey Rubenstein’s request to order Faye Yager to stop hiding his ex-wife and 4-year-old son. In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Willis B. Hunt said that granting Jeffrey Rubenstein’s request for a temporary restraining order against Faye Yager would involve the federal court in a child custody matter that instead belongs in state court. Okay Judge Hunt, it is common knowledge that Bonnie Rubenstein has been seen abroad. Hasn’t he heard of Public Law 103-173, Section 1204 International parental kidnapping. The jurisdiction for this federal crime with of 3 year prison term is the federal courts. We suspect this case will eventually find its way back in the federal courts. (September 3, 1998)
  • Online Athens, Georgia Supreme Court disbars Athens’ McLarty The Georgia Supreme Court disbarred Faye Yager’s former attorney, Atlanta lawyer Hirsch Friedman for violating five State Bar standards including charging a client in a bankruptcy case fees in excess of those approved by the court.  (September 1998)
  • Online Post-Gazette Special Report, Casualties of a Custody War – Maverick expert exerts wide influence on custody cases. Radical feminist reporter Mackenzie Carpenter is at it again with an attack on Dr. Richard Gardner. Mackenzie uses the phrase children “visiting;” their father. Underground expert witness John E.B. Meyers of Sacramento, California says Gardner’s ;”gender bias
    infects the syndrome and makes it a powerful tool to undermine credibility of women who allege child sexual abuse,”. Meyers has had involvement in the Amanda Otter case and has a quote on MASA’s (Mothers Against Sexual Abuse) web page.  (August 1998)
  • Maryland SunSpot, Sharon Elaine Wimperis, 50, was arrested by FBI agents Aug. 5 at her apartment near Detroit. She was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for parental kidnapping. Wimperis abducted her son in 1990 after losing custody to her former husband. It is believed that Mrs. Wimperis received assistance from the Underground due to the allegations
    that appeared in a 1992 Washington Post Cover Story with the child’s drawings. The child, now 14 was returned to the custodial father. The Washington Post did not cover this story.  (August 25, 1998)
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution, Faye Yager faces backlash from spurned fathers Federal Judge Willis B. Hunt Jr. adjourned the hearing on August 7, 1998 as for at least 10 days as evidence grows against Faye Yager. The new evidence obtained by Bipin Shah that Faye, her husband and teenage son flew to Germany on June 8, 1997, the day Dever disappeared. There’s also numerous civil
    lawsuits in addition to the federal grand jury investigation. A father from Connecticut also testified in front of an Atlanta Judge this week. That’s plenty to handle for her newest attorneys Robert Welsh and Catherine Recker of Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Reporter Clint Williams reports that Howard Yager has paid 695,000 for a bed-and-breakfast inn in Brevard, N.C.  (August 9, 1998)
  • MSNBC, Judge delays ruling on request for restraining order against underground U.S. District Judge Willis Hunt said he would delay his ruling on restraining orders against Faye Yager of the Children of the Underground for allegedly hiding 4 year old Randy Rubenstein. Jeff Rubenstein testifies that two Dateline producers interviewed Bonnie Rubenstein in hiding in Belgium.
    Faye Yager is alleged to have setup the interview. In this article, the Waterford Connecticut police department asks that people email leads to their investigators at, or call 1-860-442-9451.  (August 7, 1998)
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution, Racketeering alleged in lawsuit against Faye Yager Gary Bunch, a Carrollton Attorney has filed an $80 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of Jeffrey Rubenstein, a Connecticut man who has been looking for his son. Rubenstein’s former spouse Bonnie was was one the mothers profiled in the controversial Pittsburg Post Gazette article
    by Mackenzie Carpenter with photographer Allan Detrich present. Nick Souris of Smyrna testified he rented an apartment near Paris to Faye Yager in February. Souris had met a woman named Liz and her son, David. Souris, when shown photos of Bonnie and Randy Rubenstein, identified them as Liz and David.  (August 7, 1998)
  • The Hartford Courant by Karen Guzman, A Mother and Child Go Underground This story of Jeffrey Rubentine’s search for his child put tears in our eyes. There is a piece about 2 year old Randy’s grandfather carrying a picture in his back pocket of his kidnapped grandchild. The real stories of the Underground are buried in the local papers like The Hartford Courant. You’ll find unbias reporting here. Jeffrey is the father who went on the Ophrah Winfrey Show. As Oprah pointed out to her audience, Underground mother Bonnie Rubenstein’s story lacked credibility.  (August 2, 1998)
  • The Hartford Courant Briefs – State Waterford father Jeffrey Rubenstein has filed a 90 millon dollar civil suit against Faye Yager, leader of the Children of the Underground.  (July 28, 1998)
  • Philadelphia Online, Testimony Ordered in Family Abduction Case Wow, here is one of the most interesting underground stories of the story of the year. Faye Yager and her former attorney Hirsch Friedman have been ordered to appear before the federal grand jury. Inquirer correspondent Stephanie A. Stanley reports that Hirsch had written a letter to Shah’s attorney Nick Chilivis
    asking that Shah putt 2 million in an escrow account in a Swiss bank; agree that a 1 million bond to be paid if Shah did not keep the agreement; agree that all legal proceedings against Yager be dropped, with federal prosecutors concurring. The letter also sought monetary and custody provisions for Dever and gave Shah and his attorneys one day to respond. U.S. attorney Paul Sarmousakis has also asked Hirsch for his fingerprints and picture. No agreement was reached and Yager has hired new attorneys that includes Catherine Recker of Philadelphia.  (July 11, 1998)
  • WSB-2 ACTION NEWS, Inside The Underground Here is a RealVideo clip with sound of an interview by Anchor/Reporter John Pruitt with Faye Yager. This local Atlanta Reporter who
    to knowing Faye for years is trying to tell us that she turned down all the national networks so and he would get an exclusive for her proclaimed last television interview. Faye’s also trying to tell us that she is retiring but the underground will go on.  (June 29, 1998)
  • WSB-2 ACTION NEWS, Inside The Underground – The Carrollton Case Here is a RealVideo clip by John Pruitt of the daughter, the mother and the father. Now why would any parents allow their child to be interviewed in this manner? The other common theme here is that this mother is absolutely positive that her former spouse’s custody time should be supervised. (June 29,
  • Time Magazine, Letters:Bipin Shah Responds:. Bipin eloquently responds to the letters that were received and printed by Time Magazine. “My ex-wife and Faye Yager, who runs an illegal underground network, don’t speak for my children. They don’t speak for me. Yet, in concert, they removed my daughters’ rights to see me and my rights as a parent to see them. I find that
    reprehensible.”  (June 22, 1998)
  • Time Magazine, Letters: Where are my girls? . These letters are in response to the Hide and Seek article about Bipin Shaw’s quest to find his children. The letters include one by Faye Yager and Underground supporter Pamela Coukos, Public Policy Director for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Washington D.C. Washington. Hey Pamela, isn’t your agency federally funded?  (June 1, 1998)
  • Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Atlanta Lawyer says Chung got Rough Let’s talk about deja vu. Connie Chung of ABC News is the latest to be accused of by Faye Yager’s cast of of characters while attempting to cover this story. We’ve been told by several parents that this is a common occurrence when the alleged paranoid schizophrenic Yager appears in court. This time it’s her wheel chair bound attorney Hirsch Friedman who is doing the accusing. (May 30, 1998)
  • Time Magazine, Hide and Seek. This is the cover story millionaire Bipin Shaw’ssearch for his two children in the Underground. He has offered a 2 million dollar reward for the location of his children from his former spouse  Ellen Dever. (May 11, 1998)
  • University of Colorado Peace and Conflict Mail List, Harold Pepinsky Posting. Indiana University Feminist Criminal Justice Professor Hal Pepinsky receives a call from Howard Yager. He wants University Peace and Conflict Mail list members to show support for Faye Yager. We recall that Hal has Faye Yager speak in his classrooms. Hal claims that he reviewed the infamous Underground Information Binder on Ellen Dever. It’s a good thing that Indiana University is better known for their basketball team.  (May 8, 1998)
  • The Indian Express, With $2 m bounty, NRI launches a hunt for wife and two kids A good article by reporter Chidanand Rajghatta that details the over $600,000 that Bipin Shah’s former spouse Ellen Dever took off with. The article also discloses that Bipin had custody from Thursday through Saturday every week. We’ve heard that other fathers had similar custody schedules.
    (May 5, 1998)
  • The American Lawyer, The birth of the Underground by Francis Wilkinson — Karen Newsom sees her children once a week for 90 minutes. Her visits with 4-year-old Katy and 2-year-old Adam take place just outside Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in a house owned by her ex-husband, Eugene Newsom, the children’s father. Eugene supervises each minute of the visit and tells Karen when her time is up. Afterward she drives back to her home in Gulfport, Mississippi. (May 1998)
  • MSNBC, A Call for Help. This article includes a picture of 13 year old Amanda Otter by controversial photographer Allan Detrich who was present with his camera when Amanda is alleged to have placed herself in the Underground without assistance from her mother and known underground leader April Meyer. April Meyer entered the Underground when Amanda was a toddler appearing on TV Talk Shows Geraldo and Sally Jesse Raphael while in hiding. There are real-audio sound clips on this site from Amanda, Allan. There is a picture of a crying April Meyer who wants us to believe that she wasn’t involved in this crime. What we can’t seem to figure out is how this photo journalist was present in Ms. Meyer’s home before the crime took place.  (May 1998)
  • Christian Science Monitor, Family:Groups Help Parents Avoid Desperate Measures Marilyn Gardner, staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor reports that “Seventy percent of parents Faye helps are mothers and 30 percent are fathers.” We only know of a couple of fathers that Faye ever helped. These reporters never seem to get it right. Show us the numbers Marilyn and Faye!
    (May 7, 1998)
  • The Press Enterprise-Riverside, CA by Joe Strup Custody Battle for Amanda Otter The State Court of Appeals hears arguments for the trial court’s decision that awarded custody of alleged Underground leader April Meyer’s child Amanda to the father. Alan D. Rosenfeld, the Underground Attorney has several quotes in here. We hear that Rosenfeld is the Family Law Attorney and Meyer’s criminal defense attorney. Rosenfeld has also defended other Underground moms.  (February 5, 1998)
  • San Francisco Chronicle, Family:Groups Help Antioch Mother FleeSan Francisco Chronicle Reporter Charlie Goodyear learns that Faye Yager has been helping Antioch California
  • mother Elizbeth Ann Stratton.  (January 16, 1998) Philadelphia Daily News, NewsBites Courts – Suing ex-wife, woman. In the suit, filed in Georgia, Shah accused Faye Yager of running a clandestine operation that helped his former wife, Ellen Dever. (January 8, 1998)
  • The Southern Short Course in News Photography, Feature Picture Story with Underground leader April Meyer’s daughter by controversial photographer Allan Detrich. For reasons unknown, Detrich decides to provide an alias to the child. Sponsors for this award include Adobe Systems, Inc., Cannon USA, Fuji Film, The Harold-Sun Durham, NC, The News and Observer Raleigh, NC, Nikon, Inc., NPPA Region 6, Photo Systems, Inc., Pitman Photo Supply and Randolph Community College Asheboro, NC.    (December 1997)
  • Allan Detrich, Freelance., Toledo Blade Bonnie watches as Faye Yager.  gives Randy a kiss before he and his mother take a plane flight which will lead them into the underground.
    (December 1997)
  • CNN, Millionaire on quest to find his kids Offers $2 million reward for information. Bipin Shaw announces a $2 million dollar reward for the recovery of his children. His custodial embattled former spouse Ellen Dever is in hiding with his children. (December 24, 1997)
  • CNN Europe Interactive by Correspondent Norma Quarles who contributed to this report, Millionaire on quest to find his kids Offers $2 million reward for information Bipin Shah’s story is on the CNN Europe site.  (December 24, 1997)
  • Unsolved Mysteries, Parental Abduction Wanted:Dorothy Lee Barnett Unsolved Mysteries originally broadcast this segment on this former International Flight Attendant who went into the Underground. She has family in Belize.  (October 20, 1995)
  • Men’s Health Magazine, Alicia, underground Donovan Webster covers the story of Texas abductor Pat Hope. Hope abducted her daughter with her new husband Mark Hall. Hall was a financially troubled former Carrollton City Councilman. This child was eventually recovered in the Dominican Republic. Hope’s parental rights were terminated at the time.  (October 1995)
  • Pioneer Press,  Police Seek Woman Who Took Her Kids paternal custody. The FBI continued a nationwide search Thursday for a Minneapolis woman suspected of kidnapping her two children. Holly-Ann Collins moved out of her Minneapolis apartment June 30 and allegedly kidnapped the children the same day as they walked to a shop near their divorced father’s Crystal home, where they were living. “She and the children haven’t been seen since,” said Minneapolis-based FBI agent Larry Mefford. (July 22, 1994)
  • On The Issues, Sister, Fear Has No Place Here By Phyllis Chesler Feminst author Chesler discusses the Newsome and Singley underground cases. In the mid- to late 1980’s, Mississippi mothers Karen Newsom and Dorrie Singley were forced to ‘kidnap’ their daughters and/or flee the state to rescue their (allegedly) sexually abused children from court-awarded
    paternal custody. (After Newsom’s arrest, the Hensons picketed the jail on her behalf.)  (Fall 1994)
  • Sojourner: The Women’s Forum, Mothers and Children Seek Sanctuary This is one of the older stories on the Children of the Underground in this radical feminists publication.
    You will notice that they use the word sanctuary. This term has been modified in recent years to the newer term protective parent. (September 3, 1988)

2 Responses to In The News

  1. john says:

    Is anyone familiar with the case of Bipan Shah and the kidnapping of his children to Switzerland by his now ex-wife?…I am trying to get details….I believe I know someone who assisted her…back then.

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