Where is Australian Protective Mom Cassie Watter & the Twins?

February 23, 2016

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These two identical twin daughters were kidnapped in April 2014 by their non-custodial mother Catherine “Cassie” Watter. This case was featured on May 18, 2014 on the website of Family Court Critic / Protective Parent Movement Safe Kids International run by Cindy Dumas of California. Dumas used the title: “Run Cassie Run!!” and labeled Cassie Watter as a Protective Mom. Watter was the former director of a paediatric health service in Townsville, Australia.

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Cassie Watter – Parental Kidnapper

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Alleged Sighting of Cassie Watter in Queensland’s North Coast

Editor’s Note:

  • Savanna Todd / Samantha Geldenhuys the daughter of Dorothy Lee Barnett is a nursing student at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. By some strange coincidence, that is the city in which Cassie Watter abducted her two daughters. We wonder if Cassie Watter knew Dorothy Lee Barnett or any of the Barnett’s supporters?
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Stockholm Syndrome?

December 8, 2015
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CBS 48 Hours Interviews Young Adult with Stockholm Syndrome

CBS 48 Hours Journalist Liza Finley and Ryan Smith may have done one of the first interviews of an International Family Abduction kidnap victim with Stockholm Syndrome. Samantha Geldenhuys/Savanna Todd, the young America-Australian woman who was kidnapped by her mother Dorothy “Lee” Barnett was interviwed in this episode of CBS 48 Hours. There are a growing number of comments in social media believing that she has Stockholm Syndrome. The belief is that she expresses empathy and sympathy for her captor/kidnapper mother to the point of defending and indentifying with her. Dorothy Lee Barnett was convicted of felony parental kidnapping. Her step-brother, Reese Geldenhuys who has coincidently changed his name from Reese Geldenhuys to Reese Barnett was also interviewed.

Stockholm Syndrome – Definition

“Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.” – Wikipedia

Stockholm Syndrome – Patty Hearst

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Patti Hearst with an Assault Rifle in Hand Robbing a San Francisco Bank in 1974  – Hearst’s Defense Attorney Asserted She Had Stockholm Syndrome (Photo: FBI)

The 19-year-old American newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped and held hostage by the Synbionese Liberation Army (SLA) in 1974. She appeared to develop sympathy with her captors and joined in a robbery. She was eventually caught and received a prison sentence.

Sources:

What is Stockholm Syndrome? by Kathryn Wescott (BBC News Magazine, 08-22-13)

Stockholm syndrome (Wikipedia)

Editor’s Note: Since her mother was arrested, we believed this young adult has had Stockholm Syndrome. Had she been found before she was 18 years old, she would have gone through reunification therapy with her custodial father. We believe in these Family Abduction Cases, when the chid is kidnapped at a young age, the kidnapping victim should receive therapy for conditions like Stockholm Syndrome.

We also believe it was irresponsible journalism for Liza Finley and Ryan Smith to interview these young-adults. We do not belive they have received the treatment they should have received after a family abduction. Their story appears to be sympathetic toward the kidnapper with no respect for the victims in this case. We expect better from CBS. However, if any good could come from this, social scientists can study this interview and learn from it.


Breaking News: Savanna Todd’s Father Speaks Out – Monday, March 10, 2014 6 p.m. ET

March 10, 2014

A Special Report: Savanna Todd’s Father Speaks to ABC News Reporter Dean Stephens – For the first time since the arrest of his former spouse Dorothy Lee Barnett, Harris Todd will be make his give his first interview to Veteran ABC News Reporter Dean Stephens. The interview will be broadcasted by ABC at 6 p.m. Eastern Time (Tuesday, March 11, 2013 8:00 AM AEST). In November 2013, Dorothy Lee Barnett was arrested in Australia for the 20 year Parental Kidnapping of Savanna Todd and for Passport Forgery. Dorothy Lee Barnett’s Extradition Case in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court is scheduled to resume this week in Australia.

Click on the Image below to view the the Video. Part 2 of this Video will on Tuesday, March 11, 2012 6 p.m. Eastern time (Wednesday, March 12, 2013 8:00 AM AEST).

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Mal Brough, Australian Politician – A Good ‘Ol Boy?

February 6, 2014

Dorothy Lee Barnett’s supporters claiming that the Charleston, South Carolina Family Law Court of “good ‘ol boys” is corrupt or “got it wrong”. Mal Brough, an Australian Politician is nowMal Brough claiming that he is more qualified than this Judge in America to award custody based on reading the reams of Court Documents from a 12-Day Family Law Court Hearing. He says he will use his influence as a politician to keep the United States from extraditing parental kidnapper Dorothy Lee Barnett. Apparently, Mal Brough has personally determined that an American Mother, Dorothy Lee Barnett living in Australia illegally for the past years had an excuse for committing parental kidnapping and passport fraud, crimes that are punishable by up to 23 years in a Federal Prison in the United States. The controversial Australian Politician’s brother, Rob Brough is a former TV Host and News Reader for Channel 7. This Media Organiztion paid for the exclusive rights to the Dorothy Lee Barnett and Samantha Geldenhuys Story. Apparently, Mal Brough is now taking on the United States Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation with an alleged “good ‘ol boys” network of his own.

It sounds like Mal Brough now wants to help all custodial-embattled mothers in the World that believe they were wronged by the Family Court System in their country. So to all those mothers that lost custody of their children to the fathers, it’s time to contact Mal Brough. His contact information is here. It sounds like Mal Brough believes there is a legitimate defense for Passport Fraud or Forgery in Australia. So if any person has been sentenced to that crime in Australia or is currently on trial for it, then they should also contact Mal Brough.

We don’t understand why Mal Brough doesn’t take this opportunity to help the hundreds of searching families in Australia that are searching for their children both in Australia and Abroad. Rather than support one American Mother and her daughter that are not even Australian Citizens, why not use his efforts to support his own people, their families and their children.

Hey Mal, Find the Children!


Samantha Geldenhuys / Savanna Todd Photos

November 24, 2013

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Photo Credit: The Telegraph News

More photos have emerged of Samantha Geldenhuys / Savanna Todd. You have to wonder if Savanna / Samantha likes and some of her friends like the media attention or they are now wanting their privacy. If Savanna were under 18 years of age, we would not be posting her photos. Meanwhile, we see that several of the members of the media found her Facebook account and posted her profile photo. We are glad that she finally protected her Facebook Account. I really hope the Media is not trying to contact her friends.