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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 Rosemont with their father, who has custody, after nearly two years with their mother. 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 Abductions.org 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)
  • 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 News.com, Whose Child? International Parental Abduction An explosive story by Lilian Huang of ABCNEWS.com. 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 waterfordpolice@waterfordpolice.org, 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 Rubenstine’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
    admits 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, 1998)
  • 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’s search 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 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)
  • 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 StruppCustody 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 News 2

  1. Karin Hatfield says:

    My nephew, Dylan Redwine, recently went missing during his fathers court ordered visitation. My sister recently gained sole custody of Dylan. So many similarities between Dylans case and others that were taken by members of the u.r are striking. Could it be possible? Should my family encourage the fbi in this direction? We don’t have the money to hire a private investigator like many of the other families were able to do…

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