New citizen commission will make a difference in public accountability. Join the cause!

A newly formed nonprofit organization is generating support and financial investments to finally hold public and private officials accountable. By working together with this entity known as the Citizen Commission Against Corruption, we can have real influence. It warrants your support as a victim or concerned American.

The CCAC is taking action where oversight agencies are failing us. In time, it is destined to operate in communities across the country. We simply cannot ignore the abuses any longer. This commission will take action where oversight agencies are failing us. Check out the details at:

http://www.citizencommissionagainstcorruption.org.

Judicial Whistleblower Exposes Corruption in Public Release

PARENTING RIGHTS INSTITUTE

The alarming video above is unprecedented. It exposes corruption in New York’s court system while addressing the need for overdue reform nationwide. It is being submitted to media and key government officials to demand accountability especially in our divorce and family courts where innocent children and unrepresented parties are most impacted.

The whistleblower here, Dr. Leon Koziol, exposes the abuse of federal funds and human rights in these courts based on more than two decades of litigation experience as a trial attorney and twenty years as an aggrieved parent. You can get a free insight on his book, Whistleblower in Paris, at the book’s website http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com.

Help us publicize this video so that reform may finally become a reality.

Dysfunctional public hearing mirrors government in post-testimony video exposure

PARENTING RIGHTS INSTITUTE

This video is a re-creation of testimony before the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Forensic Custody Evaluations, This expert panel was sponsored by Governor Kathy Hochul to study forensic evaluations in divorce and family courts.

The video was completed, published and re-submitted to the commission due to the dysfunctional manner in which a virtual hearing was conducted on September 23, 2021 by the New York Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. It was based on complaints received from participants and the historic futility of these window-dressing entities.

Philadelphia attorney exposes judicial corruption in viral video: Leon Koziol singled out as “modern day hero” at end

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Billion Dollar Casino Invalided by State Supreme Court in Case Brought by Attorney Leon Koziol Later Targeted For Exposing Court Corruption

As followers of this site, http://www.leonkoziol.com, are aware, whistleblower attorney Leon Koziol has been persecuted by his profession after nearly 25 years of unblemished practice as a civil rights attorney in federal and state courts. Among the 40 trial jurists removed from his originally uncontested divorce, one was permanently banned from the family court bench by New York’s high court after the judge admitted to sexual abuse of his handicapped, five-year old niece (Bryan Hedges). Koziol was vindicated again when Hedge’s replacement judge, Michael Hanuszczak, was forced to resign after being found guilty of harassing his court clerks. Yet another replacement, Utica City Court Judge Gerald Popeo (no longer a judge) was publicly censored by a state judicial commission for racist remarks and physical threats from the bench.

This kind of exposure was obviously a public relations disaster for both federal and state judiciaries when coupled with court filings, lobby initiatives and protest marches in Washington and elsewhere which Leon sponsored to influence a federal investigation of Title IV-D funding abuses and human rights violations in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Indeed the most recent federal judge who dismissed one such filing was removed from a case by a federal appeals court in Manhattan for concocting a human gene for decision making that would not be discovered by the scientific community in “another fifty years.” The appeals court based its removal of Judge Gary Sharpe on the loss of public confidence which he caused to our judiciary by such omnipotence , United States v Cossey, 632 F.3d 82 (2nd Cir. 2011).

As most of us in the reform movement know, the best way of suppressing a highly qualified whistleblower is to attack his credibility and undermine his income producing capacity. Over a twelve year period, a collection of judges and lawyers in upstate New York did exactly that with a record period of law license suspensions, parental alienation and ultimate death threat based on an orchestrated child support debt. This long term persecution nearly cost Leon his life and forced him to seek human rights protection overseas. Too extensive an ordeal for conventional modes of public disclosure, it is now summarized in Leon’s newly published book, Whistleblower in Paris. Get a free insight at http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com. The book is available at Barnes and Noble stores and major bookseller sites.

To offset the defamation wrongly inflicted on this whistleblower, it has become necessary to recite Leon’s accomplishments on this site, in court filings, news releases, and reports to various oversight authorities. Put another way, you can always abuse public office by destroying a critic’s reputation but you cannot erase the achievements which support the credibility of a vital public message. One such achievement is a series of successful decisions in federal and state court in which Leon single-handedly invalidated a billion dollar casino compact against high profile law firms such as Cravath, Swaine and Moore. So humiliating were these defeats that they generated no public comment. Shockingly, they went so far as to dilute Leon’s identity as the successful plaintiff attorney by placing him alongside the law firm, Bond, Schoeneck & King, which did not assist or represent in any way. Look them up at Oneida Indian Nation v County of Oneida, 132 F.Supp.2d 71 (NDNY 2000) and Peterman v Pataki, 2004 NY Slip Op 51092. The headline story in the Las Vegas Sun is found below.

Parenting Rights Advocate Leon Koziol to Testify Before Governor’s Blue-Ribbon Panel on Forensic Evaluation Abuses in Divorce and Family Courts

Administrator’s Notice:

Parenting Rights Institute Director, Dr. Leon Koziol, has been asked by family court victims to testify before a blue-ribbon commission appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul to report on the forensic evaluation process in New York’s divorce and family courts. That process has become part of a silent epidemic which has harmed countless families and led to escalating levels of murder, suicide, criminal activity, parental alienation and serious harm to society. Much of this is documented in various reports issued by this institute.

Dr. Koziol will focus on the abuses of forensic evaluation orders, the suppression of shared parenting efforts, and the retributions he experienced as an attorney/parent whistleblower. These retributions over a period of years led to forced seclusions and hospitalization for a stress-related heart condition on September 9, 2021. It necessitated a rescheduling of his commission testimony the same day. Koziol’s saga as corruption whistleblower is now the subject of his newly published book, Whistleblower in Paris. A PDF copy is available.

The censorship of reform efforts may render futile the testimony of speakers if this commission is treated the same as the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. That oversight entity was created by former governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013 to address a “culture of corruption in Albany.” Dr. Koziol testified at a hearing there to no avail due to its premature dissolution that led to federal convictions of the leaders of both houses of the legislature and a top Cuomo aide by a Moreland speaker, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

You can listen in by using the following link and password:       

https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e65aa488ff9698d6a8a553b7bfaa638c7

Password: NewYorkState2021

Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Government and now Big Family: A four-prong attack of our rights on Constitution Day

Dr. Leon Koziol

Human Rights Advocate

Okay, you’re seeing it here first, Big Family, a buzz word offered to describe a giant bureaucracy exerting undue control over parents and children in our nation’s divorce and family courts. That’s right, a silent epidemic of human rights violations by service providers who thrive on orchestrated controversy for income, profit and revenue.

It’s the monster I’ve been out to slay since 2008 only to discover how truly corrupt and powerful it is. As a whistleblower of widespread corruption in these courts, I suffered retributions that can only be described as inhumane. This website, http://www.leonkoziol.com, provides more than a decade of postings to prove it.

But today, on Constitution Day, commemorating the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, it gives pause for all of us to reflect on the ever eroding rights protected by that venerable document. We are fortunate to have this “rule of law” handed down by “we the people” to prevent tyranny of the kind we routinely confront overseas.

But by taking such rights for granted, we enable powerful entities to make a mockery of that Constitution. Apathy, arrogance and ignorance are only some of the means used by these entities to bring us ever closer to tyranny without much notice taken. We may already be considered a socialist nation in defiance of the kind envisioned by our forefathers.

There are few rights more under attack today than the right to parent ones offspring. According to the Supreme Court, it is the “oldest liberty interest” protected by that Constitution, Troxel v Granville, 530 US 57 (2000). I learned this the profound way as a parent victimized by politicians masquerading as jurists. Together with an army of service providers, they purported to act in the “best interests” of our children. In reality they were detracting from the promotion of their own self-interests.

My ordeal is well conveyed in my latest release, Whistleblower in Paris. It is a book that exposes the realities of divorce and family courts. So revealing and supported is it that aggrieved family members are sharing this book with their lawyers and presiding judges. Even opposing parties are exchanging it to reach compromise and avoid all the carnage caused by an antiquated and adversarial child custody system.

This book is now available at major bookseller sites, any Barnes and Noble store, the publisher on-line at Author House.com and Amazon. Get a free insight on the book’s website at http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com. Help us make it viral for the sake of innocent children everywhere. Here is an excerpt which is timely on this little known day of recognition:

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A Supreme Court justice had this to say about America’s family courts: “Under our Constitution, the condition of being a boy does not justify a kangaroo court.” [1] But that was 1967. An erosion of rights since then has changed his pronouncement to the condition of being a father or career mom separated from offspring under the stigmatizing classification of “non-custodial parent.”

Meanwhile the national focus remains on parent-child separations among illegals at our borders.

Is the disregard of our own crisis then explained by a blind surrender of rights? The answer remains censored by propaganda. The state dictates to the parents that it is acting in the best interests of the child, a dubious claim before it bankrupts them in a protracted legal battle. It manufactures an incendiary contest over one’s offspring reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum only to reap huge profits from the crimes and emotional trauma which predictably result. 

Victims who oppose this centralized power face the prospect of losing everything in these courts. And the retaliation occurs without due process, jury rights, or other constitutional protections. [2] It’s all justified by “the law” created by those who crave that power. During my reform efforts across the country, I encountered victims who could not fathom what was truly happening to them while being subjected to undue scrutiny and evaluations for every kind of indiscretion.

This easily abused best interests of the child standard remains the weapon to achieve all sorts of unconscionable outcomes. Many children are effectively controlling their parents under this system, an inverted order of childrearing as I described it in my reports. Moms and dads under constant threat of losing “custody” are spoiling these children while surrendering their natural authority to “birthing” concoctions and those more focused on self-love than time tested honors.

That was the essence of my public message. It was certainly not novel but promoted by a lawyer and parent singularly qualified to expose it. The abused power I was after had its roots in feudal England where the King declared his sovereignty over all children. That edict was adopted by the courts here despite its clash with our Constitution. [3] It gives pause to reflect on a state leader who understood this power and exploited it over time to wage the most horrific war in human history:

The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty …

                         Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, pg. 403.


[1]   In re Gault, 387 US 1 at pg. 28.

[2]    In his 550 page book, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook (2017) at xvi, leading whistleblower attorney,

     Stephen Martin Kohn, depicts the realities of retaliation:

Difficult choices face (those) who uncover wrongdoing. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, even whistleblowers who won their cases had a most difficult time, both at work and at home. While fighting their cases, they suffered “devastating financial consequences,” including (the forced sale of) their homes, having their cars repossessed, and losing their retirement accounts. Many whistleblowers simply reported that they had “lost everything.”

That handbook was obtained from its author during a 2017 Annual Whistleblower Convention in Washington D.C. Although the ordeals documented there are alarming, none rise to the level endured here by a whistleblower exposing the wrongs committed by those who preside over such cases. It is a niche few lawyers dare occupy. See also, Turner v Rogers, 564 US 431 (2011)(due process and counsel denied to support defendant after jail term) 

[3]   Finlay v Finlay, 240 NY 429, 148 NE 625 (1925), quoting In re Spence, 41 Eng. Rep. 937 (1847)

Divorce and Family Court victims are submitting whistleblower book to lawyers, judges and agencies in their quest for justice and reform

Leon R. Koziol, Director

Parenting Rights Institute

Many of my 5,000 Facebook followers and hundreds of website subscribers are aware of my new book, Whistleblower in Paris, which details the realities of parental alienation and judicial misconduct in our nation’s divorce and family courts. However they may not be aware that this book is being shared with lawyers, judges, agencies and adversaries to influence settlement, mediation and reforms. Such initiatives give it a value well beyond the nominal purchase price.

Indeed, as the book emphasizes with graphic support, the sooner that one extricates himself or herself from the parasitic grip of these courts, the better off they will be, long term and for the benefit of their children and families. Interested persons and groups from across the country are making it all viral so as to overcome the censorship of a vital public message.

As a parent victim and former civil rights attorney who took a stand against his profession, I released it on July 28, 2021 with a goal of exposing corruption and influencing overdue reforms. To that end, on September 23, 2021, I will be promoting this book as a featured speaker at public hearing hosted by a blue ribbon commission investigating these same courts.

Since publication, this book has been purchased by divorce and family court victims globally to gain a real world insight on a growing epidemic of abuses resulting in murders, suicides, violence, bankruptcies, debtor prisons, health impairments and needless parent-child separations. The harm to society is varied and exponential. Help us to get this book to parents and families before they become victims with damage that is irreversible.

Get a free insight on this publication and the epidemic it exposes on the book’s website at http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com.

Censored: Who is Alec Baldwin to compare Governor DeSantis to cult leader Jim Jones after his 2008 suicide disclosures?

Dr. Leon Koziol (fully vaccinated by choice)

Parenting Rights Institute

NOTE:

This post, first published yesterday, September 14, 2021, was derailed from its normal track on this website and Facebook, thereby denying the public access to vital information that is central to our First Amendment value system. American military sacrifice daily for these rights but Big Tech, Big Pharma and now Big Family are trampling all over them to transform our society into a socialist one. You see the proof everywhere in the way of retail establishments closed due to a lack of staffing.

For this reason we are re-publishing this post with the hope that you will help defend our rights on the domestic front by making it viral. Our site, http://www.leonkoziol.com, has been the target of various government entities offended by publications that accurately expose public corruption. Such censorship includes a family court gag order disguised as a protection order which was removed after a challenge in New York Supreme Court in 2016. At one time, we received thousands of shares or likes on various posts. Today we are lucky to get a few.

Censorship? Fear of identification, association or retaliation? Whatever the explanation, it is entirely un-American and typical of the regimes we confront overseas. We do not expect agreement with all our reports or opinions but excluding certain ones is nothing more than an attempt to conform us all to a single thought or way of life. The number who seriously misunderstand free speech and press is staggering. But rest assured, our postings do not coddle hypocrites who exploit their fame to influence public discourse with wild, reckless and highly disparaging analogies. This is one such example:

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Hollywood headlines today in Breitbart and other news outlets featured Alec Baldwin comparing Florida governor Ron DeSantis to cult leader Jim Jones who caused over 900 suicides among his followers in a South America commune 40 years ago. The radical liberal actor was making the radical comparison of face mask freedoms to suicide by those who fail to comply with federal Covid-19 mandates.

This bizarre comparison was obviously designed for shock effect and not genuine public safety given the actor’s periodic aspirations for public office. But it is seriously infected with grave hypocrisy after the actor’s suicide revelations in his 2008 book, A Promise to Ourselves. At page 183, he itemizes such things as a hike deep into the woods to shoot himself, overdosing at a bed and breakfast, and daily thoughts of jumping out his apartment window in Manhattan.

It was all headline news back then after a vulgar answering machine message was made public during a contentious divorce with Kim Basinger. Baldwin’s book was intended to influence a reform of our divorce courts which caused parental alienation and phone messages such as this one. But the actor’s suicide disclosures stole the media hype, taking the focus away from the book’s main objective.

I attended Alec’s book-signing in New York and was pleased to add our group to his cause, but he exited the movement as quickly as he entered the fray, no doubt to avoid further damage to his acting career caused by his status as a controversial whistleblower. Unfortunately in doing so, he crushed the hopes he created among countless other victims.

Suicide choices may have been Baldwin’s right in reaction to a contentious divorce. But that right has no place in a discussion over vaccination choices. And it cannot be excused simply because a famous actor chooses a different one from fellow citizens. How many other divorce victims have been moved to consider suicide based on this actor’s book disclosures? And can we then make the comparison of Alec Baldwin’s influences to that of Jim Jones?

Needless parental alienations and the suicides they cause formed an impetus for my own (newly released) book on divorce court corruption titled, Whistleblower in Paris. Alec Baldwin’s time would be better spent promoting this book especially after he orphaned fellow divorce reformists years ago. Get a free insight on that reform at http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com. And here is the relevant excerpt from Alec Baldwin’s book, reprinted at page 21 of my book:

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Kelly (Hawse) Usherwood: The Ultimate Energizer Bunny of Parental Alienation

Dr. Leon Koziol, Director

Parenting Rights Institute

Administrator’s Note:

Dr. Leon Koziol will be making a presentation before a Blue Ribbon Panel of New York’s newly installed governor, Kathy Hochul, on the subject of abusive forensic evaluation orders used in family court to cause severe parental alienation. The post below, the last of a four part series beginning with the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie divorce, will be a part of that presentation. You can also get a free insight on Leon’s new book from its website at http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com. We will keep you updated on all of our reform efforts.

With all the crises facing society today, you would think that a custodial parent, Kelly (Hawse) Usherwood might finally relent with her parent alienation tactics carried out against a dedicated dad now for a period of more than 15 years. There are others like her abusing our courts to achieve illicit objectives having nothing to do with any child’s best interests. But this one remains off the charts and an ideal poster villain for family law reform.

As the unfortunate victim of this spiteful energizer bunny, never reported for child abuse or neglect, never been found to be an unfit parent, and the victim of numerous family offense petitions thrown out for lack of evidence, I have been forced into the undeserved role of crusader behind such reform. This role was made more pressing when I was targeted for my exposure of corruption within this lucrative system of child control.

You would think that lawyers in robes would have the requisite sophistication to detect parent alienation, a custody tactic often used to increase child support, punish an adversary or replace a targeted parent with a preferred substitute. My case had all these combined, but it was also laced with an agenda for suppressing my public criticisms. More than 40 trial level jurists were disqualified from my originally uncontested divorce, a national record by most accounts.

This makes it an ideal case for a federal investigation because it has elements common to most others and features a support agency’s scheme to conceal $45,500 in support payments during a 2018 violation hearing. That resulted in a secret bulletin and a near death outcome. Because these agencies and family courts in general derive billions of dollars in federal incentive grants based on the number and size of support orders they satisfy, this concealment constituted a clear abuse of federal funds in addition to a violation of human rights.

A maliciously protracted ordeal notwithstanding warnings which the mother of my children ignored, it was originally benefitted by several years of uneventful co-parenting. That benefit was gradually transformed into a destructive process. In 2016, despite having all her prior offense petitions dismissed, this custodial parent and ex-wife, now Kelly Usherwood, filed yet another petition to preserve a substitute father relationship in favor of a childless lover. I never yielded to her evil agenda and was therefore compelled to defend.

I was fortunate to get a state supreme court judge (trial judge in New York) to sign an order against family judge, Daniel King, who was presiding over this petition. He had previously suspended my parenting time without legitimate grounds after I brought testimony against him at the state’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. He then imposed a gag order, disguised as a protection order on my website, http://www.leonkoziol.com, thereby triggering First Amendment issues.

Within weeks of serving that order upon him, Judge King cancelled his hearing on this petition, dismissed it without any appearances, removed his own gag order, and then disqualified himself altogether from ongoing proceedings. Even a biased observer could conclude that this was all orchestrated behind closed doors, further supported by dismissal of my own challenge to the gag order based on those sudden events. It had the effect of avoiding public clamor with a protest set to occur one week later at the state supreme court building.

My defense to the family court petition was not only based on First Amendment but also a fraudulent notice of my daughters’ relocation to the substitute father’s residence (her purported g-mail notice which lacked the required “l” character). The location of one’s children is central to any parent-child relationship, but Kelly Hawse-Koziol had become possessed by an evil that even I could not detect or comprehend. Indeed, even convicts are granted the rights of knowing the locations of their offspring.

This relocation fraud was one of many tactics employed without accountability to erase me from my daughters’ lives. And it occurred without any remedy or compensation in my precedent-seeking actions dismissed in federal and state courts. The painful loss of father-daughter experiences is too extensive to relate here. You would think that the alienator might have learned a vital lesson, but she is at it again with the concealment of a new residence believed to be that of her latest substitute, Lou Usherwood, her spouse since May, 2021.

What possible gain could this obsessed alienator have today for concealing my daughters’ residence given the fact that my youngest turned 18 years of age only days ago? Even the new spouse, a father too, should have sufficient logic to conclude that this residence is easily discoverable and that the ex-mother-in-law was employed for a substitute address simply to enrage the targeted parent. After all, there has never been an incident at the alienator’s home, as he can personally verify, to support the false narrative that dad is somehow dangerous.

This will only renew conflict that has long subsided, conflict that seems to excite the alienator no matter how demented or satanic it may be. It calls for precedent to include those who assist alienators as co-conspirators of civil rights violations. As a victim on many fronts, one would think that all this has to stop at some point especially after the hospitalization which the combined impacts caused me in December, 2020. But this alienator is utterly obsessed with her agenda, one that caused an unprecedented request for an exorcism by a third party in 2011.

My ordeal is likely familiar to countless victims of contrived parent-child alienations. The current, antiquated custody system pits moms against dads and parents against the state to such an extreme that it can make monsters of otherwise normal parents. In my recently published book, Whistleblower in Paris, at pg. 189, I cite only a few examples of the carnage:

It is a (custody) regime that can turn a parent into a brutal killer overnight. Recent examples include a mother who was convicted of murdering her two-year old daughter rather than comply with a custody change order that was not timely enforced. She was also convicted of attacking police with two knives when they arrived. [1] Another featured an NYPD officer charged with murdering his autistic eight-year old son in January, 2020 by leaving him overnight in a freezing garage. [2] In 2019, a mother purchased a gun overnight and killed her estranged husband and two children. [3] According to an investigative report, 725 such deaths were suppressed by a state agency. [4]


[1]   ‘You Are In A Special Category Of Evil’: Mamaroneck Mom Who Killed 2-Year-Old Daughter Sentenced to 25

      Years To Life, newyork.cbslocal.com, October 31, 2019

[2]   Mongelli & Musumeci, Michael Valva, NYPD cop charged in son’s murder, tears up in court as 911 call played,

     New York Post, May 11, 2021

[3]   Mother Charged with murders of husband, 2 children in Tacony, ABC 7 (Philadelphia), October 18, 2019

[4]   Chris Bragg, State agency suppressed 725 child death reports over decade, Times Union, October 13, 2020

In Chapter 2 of my book, I elaborate a bit more on this carnage:

I thought about the dead and walking dead, victims of murder, suicide, premature death and those awaiting justice that would never come. I thought about Investigator Joe Longo, a father of four so traumatized after support court that he used a common kitchen knife to leave them with no parents for life.[1] The predators just kept pounding him with confiscated weapons, protection orders, support intercepts and career damage without considering any breaking points.

I thought about Thomas Ball, product of an overzealous child protection agency who sat down one day on the steps of a New Hampshire courthouse to protest family court abuse. [2] But this was no sit-in, no occupy court mission. He poured gas over his head and burned himself alive. I cringed at the extreme pain he must have suffered before and during this holocaust. In the end, there was no national coverage, no court reforms, they merely washed his ashes into the sewer.

I thought about Alec Baldwin, one of the few victims who did attract national coverage. During his high profile divorce with Kim Bassinger, he dutifully complied with forensic evaluation orders, hoping to quickly exit this matrix as he described it. However, protracted deliberations in California’s court system forced him to expose dysfunction among judges, lawyers, evaluators and others. His goal ultimately was to prevent unsuspecting parents from becoming victims. But in the end, he nearly became the ultimate victim. His own words have long been forgotten:  

My family and closest friends were still there for me, but even some of them had grown perplexed by and weary of the assault on my parental rights that seemed to have no end. On the deepest level, my situation now seemed hopeless to me as well. I had gone to sleep many nights doubting that I had the desire to face these problems another day… Driving up the Taconic Parkway, heading to an inn in the Berkshire Mountains, I began to think about what little known town I would repair to in order to commit suicide. What semi-remote Massachusetts state park could I hike deep into and shoot myself? What bed-and-breakfast could I check into and overdose there? On Long Island, I thought about the old Jeep I owned and the emissions it gave off. When I returned to New York, the thought of jumping out of the window of my apartment was with me every night for weeks. [3]

I thought about so many victims I encountered during my crusade against this killing machine, a mom who drove her children into the Hudson River, the Iraq war veteran who attempted suicide only to be saved through my intervention, a member of our parenting rights organization who hung himself from a tree in his back yard, the mom who called me daily for help until vanishing altogether, and the dad I dissuaded from a kidnapping of his own children now hiding in Israel. As I revisited the interview with that Florida talk show host, an aggrieved dad who took his life a few years later, the roar of a jet engine shook me from my daze.


[1]  Pearce v Longo, 766 F. Supp.2d 367 (NDNY 2011)

[2]  Mark Arsenault, Dad leaves clues to his desperation, boston.com, July 10, 2011

[3]   Alec Baldwin, A Promise to Ourselves, St. Martin’s Press, at pg. 183 (2008)