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How many more men have to be
driven to such despair that they kill themselves?
, 33, of Illinois,
when jailed for felony failure to pay child support, hung himself on
July 21, 2003. Prior to his death, he was one
of 50 Hillsdale County's "Most
". All are alleged to be dangerous and wanted
"for serious and often violent crimes". In fact, more
than 60% are wanted only for failure to pay child support. The
Hillsdale's dangerous, "Most Wanted" list of those unable to
pay the court ordered amount of child support consists of 32 people
of the 51 Most Wanted. Randy is still on the list. How many
of these dangerous felons will take Randy's place on the Hillsdale
mortuary slab before these atrocities end?
According to the unConstitutional family
court's rulings, that made the "Most Wanted" financially
responsible for amounts they are unable to pay and visitors to their
children, the public is to believe these 32 parents would rather,
have their driver's license revoked, lose their voting rights, lose
access to firearms for defense of home and self-protection, lose their
job and ability to find a job, be incarcerated and even to be
forced to the point of taking their own lives, than pay money to support
their children. The problem is, even after their children have
been stolen from them, most have paid all they can and are NOT
ABLE to pay anymore.
Goddard, 37, of North Hollywood,
California, committed suicide on June 8, 2003. Goddard was at
the height of his career. His credits include, Mortal Kombat, Men of
War, JAG, Deep Rising, Gone in 60 Seconds, and the recently released,
Pirates of the Caribbean. Few know that Trevor was in the middle of
a divorce and finding out just what that means to a loving father.
There were many articles on his death, but, only one mentioned his pending
man, unknown age, of Kendallville,
Indiana, committed possible suicide in the only article released on his
death. There was no response, the typical media response, to
the email sent
by his close friend to the 22
email addresses at kpc news. When this article is pubished,
the author will send
them the address of this article, the name of the unknown man, the
link to their story, the link to the email to them, ask them their secrets
to sound sleep and ask them, again, to do a follow-up story on James
Betzner. They must have some great remedies to sleep after ignoring
the email sent to them and still not publishing another story. Will
those remedies work for the next unknown man article?
R Steadman, 33, of Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania, hung himself in
April, 2003 during his second imprisonment for failure to pay
child support. Since Robert was only one sentence of the story
dealing with suicide
watch policy changing for that prison, it is unknown if this second
jailing was a 90
day recycle. The recycle is a jail term of 90 days. After
90 days, the prisoner is released, only to be greeted by another
incarceration for failure to pay child support for 90 days and the
cycle is continued.
Rivera, 25, of New Jersey was jailed for failure to pay child
support. He hung himself with a sheet after one week in
jail in April, 2003.
Edward Dexel, 42, of Canada hung
himself on January, 23, 2003 in a Kamloops motel after he was banned
from seeing his son by the Canadian family courts.
K. Miller, 43, of San Diego, California, walked up the steps
courthouse steps to the San Diego family court's security guard on
January 7, 2002. Miller had recently been judged to pay support he
obviously did not have. While holding his divorce papers in one hand
and pulling a pistol in the other, he told the guard, "You did this
to me!". Derrick quickly pulled the trigger, on the only option
left to him and many other fathers, that sent a bullet through his head
Tarzwell, Jr., 37, was arrested on
June 20, 2001, for failing to pay child support. Carl hung himself
within a few hours of being jailed. Carl's death was revealed in a
November, 2001, article dealing with excessive suicides in prison.
Gunter, 45, an emergency services police officer, described as
"one of those steely, go-to guys, a natural in a crisis", took
his life on the third try while incarcerated for the third time.
James was arrested for failing to pay child support and failing to
stay away from his ex-wife. Gunter's daughter stated, "He
couldn't stand to be away from his kids,". James Gunter found
peace on September 15, 2000. It was not until March 24, 2002 that
Jame's story became noted by the press in a story about jails being at
fault for lack of care in suicides.
Johnson, 34, of Sommerset,
Kentucky hung himself on the second day of his incarceration for felony
failure to pay child support in January, 2001. He could have been
sentenced to 5 years. Johnson worked for the Sugar Shack making
donuts. His employer said he was trying to lead a new life.
Johnson's story is revealed in an article about suicides in Boyle County
Bruce White, 34, of B.C., Canada, killed himself sometime between
March 12, 2000 and March 17, 2000, when his body was found.
Darren's suicide came shortly after a court ruling he was capable,
something US family courts are also known to do as attested by the author
in his personal experience, of paying $2,071 a month in support. The
court had no concern that he was paying $439 a month support in his first
marriage and was only making $950 a month salary. White's daughter,
her grief regarding the current system.
Underwood, 22, the defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, slashed
his throat with a kitchen knife when the Lansing police tried to arrest
him for failing to pay child support. Dimitrius's story, due to his
notoriety, was published quickly on September 28, 1999. But, as
usual, the article only dealt with the effect and not the cause.
Guinn, 38, incarcerated for probation violations and was behind
on his child support, hung himself on November, 1998.
A. Poore, 33, of Bristol, Tennessee, arrested for failing to appear at
a child custody hearing, found a shotgun while on a work release program
and promptly blew a hole in his chest in March, 1999. Sheriff Eddie
Barnes stated it would not stop the work release program.
Taylor, 40, of Nebraska, hung himself while jailed for felony child
support in November, 1999.
Every year 24,000 men commit suicide. Every
22 minutes one male commits suicide. Based on the fact
that a divorced male is 2.5 to 3 times more likely to commit suicide than
the average male, the estimate for divorced men, most likely fathers since
there is tremendously more trauma placed on them, committing suicide every
year would be 15,000 to 18,000 men.
When will it stop? How will it
stop? Where is the men's backlash? Many splintered equal
parenting groups are asking the same questions.
One small group of 13 fathers, Hunger
Strike for Justice, has pledged to start a hunger strike on September
25, 2003 in an effort to break the media blockade and the lack of
government address of family, children and individual rights. Their
determination, resolve and effectiveness is yet to be tested, but, they
have had enough of injustice.
Felons can't vote. The dead can't
demonstrate. Men running from incarceration can't take legal
remedies. Jail severely limits protesting and information
dissemination. Those that are stretched to their limit have neither
the effort, nor the time to do very much, except to be with their children
when they can, if they can. Many that would fight this deadly system
see no hope and have been crushed, emotionally, financially and
spiritually. Many are afraid they will lose the little access they
have to their children if they make waves. Media ignores the
problems being caused and promotes the deadbeat bandwagon. The
government does the same, while spending billions more than they collect
in the child support scam and even more billions for those
incarcerated. That just does not leave many left to be
It is estimated that the total national
number of incarcerated fathers for failure to pay child support is
250,000. Some believe the number is closer to 400,000.
According to the Missouri
legislative report, in 1998 there were 1,770 misdemeanor failure
jailings and 900 felony jailings. Every year, there has been more
and more hysteria to lock up "deadbeats" by the states.
The author has seen similarly populated states in the 4,000 range in years
2000 and 2001. It's not hard to see those numbers could very well be