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Thursday, September 17, 2020

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 We talk about the recent peace deals in the Middle East, in particular the deals between Israel and UAE and Bahrain. We also discuss the Hayes Production code and how that is similar to a recent dust up with JK Rowling. We end by talking about John Barton, a California dad who said CPS took his three year old son under dubious circumstances and it appears his son may be being abused in care. 

Finally we talk about the new recordings in the Rucki case; they shed light on how the local Fox affiliate reporter Trish Van Pilsum scored an interview with the Rucki girls days after they went missing on April 19, 2013.

Notes are below. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Explosive Audio Reveals Details Behind Remarkable Interview in the Rucki case


A recently unearthed audio recording provides details for how a local Fox reporter scored an interview with the two missing Rucki girls, shortly after they ran on April 19, 2013.

Lori Musolf is a self described advocate for women abused by their ex-husbands and then by courts in Minnesota; she said she has been in that role since 1998, according to these audio recordings. 

Yet, she worked with the police to provide information against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki (SGR) and others who she thought were involved in hiding SGR's daughters, Samantha and Gianna, who ran on April 19, 2013 and were hidden until October 2015.

Musolf said in the recordings she had met SGR in late 2012, but did not appear to cooperate with police, speaking with Lakeville Police Detective Jim Dronen in 2015. 

Lakeville is where the Rucki's lived. 

The Fox Story

Shortly after the girls ran, they participated in an interview with Trish Van Pilsum of FOX 9 in Minneapolis. That interview eventually produced this news story. 


As Van Pilsum states, the girls were missing at the time of the interview. So, how did this interview get arranged?

According to Musolf, she was intimately involved in arranging the interview. Musolf begins explaining at about 11:20 and goes for more than three minutes of the video below. 
 As Musolf explains, she was friends with Van Pilsum, having provided her with other story ideas. 

The Rucki girls ran on Friday April 19, 2013; the next day she received a call from the girls from a blocked number. The girls seemed to know to call Musolf, as she had the connection to Van Pilsum, but it's not clear how. Musolf explained what happened next.

"They called me on Saturday because we tried to do the interview for the weekend but we could not get a photographer who would work the weekend," Musolf said. "We did not interview them till Monday morning."

In another recording, Musolf said she communicated regularly with the girls on Sunday April 21, 2013, as they would called her from a blocked number every thirty minutes. The explanation starts at about 12:45 of the video below. 

The girls, as we now know, were staying with Doug and Gina Dahlen at the White Horse Ranch, in Herman, Minnesota, which is about one hundred-seventy miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Dronen picks up the story from there, "Monday morning the Dahlen's drive the girls to Sauk Center and you do the interview."

Sauk Center refers to an unnamed hotel in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, which is over a hundred miles from Minneapolis. 

"You guys do the interview and leave; the Dahlen's pick them back up and take them home." Dronen added. 

From that interview, Musolf along with Van Pilsum and her cameraman head to St. Cloud, where Dede Evavold lives, and do an interview with Sandra Grazzini-Rucki; parts of her interview were included in the same story. 

Musolf met the girls outside the hotel and then escorted them into the hotel and escorted them out where they were picked up by the Dahlen's and taken home. 

Musolf Dishes on Everyone

According to Musolf, some time between arranging the interview in 2013 and when she spoke with Detective Dronen, she had a change of heart. 

Initially after the girls ran, she viewed SGR as a victim, but by the time she talked with Detective Dronen, she referred to her as "conniving" and "manipulative."

It's noteworthy and ironic that she said this while acting as a secret informant and betraying people who put their trust in her. 

Musolf also had nothing nice to say about the judge who primarily handled the Rucki case divorce, Judge David Knutson. 

"Everything went haywire when that psycho judge, started pulling the shit he pulled. That guy is corrupt as hell, that I can tell you." Musolf said. "I was in that courtroom. I've heard that man and I've never in my life- in all the years I've been an advocate-I've never seen judges do the things that man did."

Musolf was not only describing Knutson's general behavior in this case, but in particular, she described his behavior during the custody trial. During the trial, he forced SGR's attorney, Michelle MacDonald, to conduct part of that trial while handcuffed to a wheelchair. At 1:10:00 of the video below, MacDonald is wheeled in. 

Though Musolf appeared to admit to a crime by admitting to her involvement in setting up the interview, she was neither charged nor did she testify at any of the criminal trials associated with this case. 

Grazzini-Rucki told me Musolf was originally on the witness list at her trial but removed for unknown reasons. 

Who is Lori Musolf?

Musolf, in her conversations with Dronen, said she was an activist since 1998, advocating on behalf of women like SGR, particularly in Carver County, Minnesota. 

In 2012, she wrote this email below to Carver County Commissioners.

Letter From Child Advocate ... by mikekvolpe

The Carver County Corruption blog to which she refers was run by Leah Dannewitz. 

There is little left which is still on-line about her story, though I found this from and here is another site with some information. 

One reason why there is little left is because Dannewitz was sued by David Rucki and forced to remove her blog. More on the story here

However, the elements of Dannewitz' story mirror the elements of Rucki's story. In both cases, they and their children made allegations of abuse, physical and/or sexual, and in both cases, they were accused of parental alienation, their ex-husband's would get sole custody, while the divorce left them destitute. 

As Musolf's letter to the commissioners notes, this was a pervasive problem in Carver County in particular; I also covered the case of Caroline Rice, and her daughter Annelise, which had the same pattern also from Carver County. That also had the same pattern: mother and child allege abuse, father alleges parental alienation, father gets sole custody and mother is left destitute. 

Indeed, Musolf said that she began helping SGR because she believed her case was similar, though it is in Dakota County.

I covered Kim Sperling's story, which is also from Dakota County and has many of the same elements.

Dronen seems to acknowledge systemic issues in Carver County, when he said, "Dale seemed to be involved with a lot of the Carver County cases, or at least was aware of them."

Dale Nathan

Dale is Dale Nathan, a disbarred Minnesota lawyer who became a hero to some because he was disbarred for refusing to release the whereabouts of a client in hiding from her abusive ex. 

Nathan only helped Sam marginally. She first started speaking with him in late 2012 and by January 2013, she had a new attorney, Michelle MacDonald. 

But Nathan was with SGR on April 19, 2013, when her two daughters- Samantha and Gianna- called her shortly after they ran. 

So when SGR picked them up, he was with her, a secret he kept until 2015, when he spoke first to Brandon Stahl of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and even Detective Dronen. 

Below is part of his conversation with Dronen; it's unclear if he spoke with him on other occasions. 

Dronen, in his conversations, appears sympathetic to what Nathan was trying to do when he told Musolf, "I can understand Dale Nathan's perspective a little bit. I understand, he's on a mission with what he's trying to do with reform. He's trying to get the story out because there needs to be reform."

It's a remarkable thing to say, since, as the chief investigator, it's Dronen's job to "get the story out," by solving why the girls ran and who helped them run. 

The story, he, the prosecutors, and the media told, was one of a vindictive mother who tried to manipulate her daughters and keep them away from an innocent father; there is nothing in Dronen's investigation which pointed to any needed reform. 

The story Nathan wanted told is not the one Dronen told; Nathan's story was of an abusive man- physically, sexually, and otherwise- who gets the court, the police, and the media to do his bidding.  

Nathan also spoke with 20/20 for their hatchet job on this case, "Footprints in the Snow", and repeated that he was with SGR the night the girls ran. I suppose he thought 20/20 would get the truth out. He died the day after it aired. 

The Rucki Girls Speak

In his conversation with Dronen, Nathan talks about receiving a CD with audio recordings made by Samantha and Gianna shortly after they ran. 

Nathan thought that if the girls described what was going on and submitted their thoughts while on the run, this combined with the media attention from the Fox story, would force the judge's hand, Judge David Knutson, and he would change his custody order and grant SGR physical custody. 

Dronen doesn't care about the contents of the audio recordings, only how Nathan got it. Nathan did not know, only that he told SGR that if the girls made such recordings that would help. He received the recordings anonymously. 

In the recordings, each girl- Samantha and Gianna- describe horrible abuse not only by their father but by the courts as well. They are below. 


Dronen, as was his pattern throughout, would not probe when the topic came to abuse by David Rucki, the courts, or anyone but SGR. 

When Musolf said of Judge Knutson, "he's as corrupt as the day is long," he does not ask for any examples or for her to expand on that. 

Nor does he ever speak about things that Samantha and Gianna said in their recordings, which include their father's alcoholism, him choking their mother, their sister, and running his hands up Samantha's legs and holding it near her private area, along with making comments about her breasts.

Furthermore, in another recording, Dronen and Musolf speculate that six gunshots left on Samantha's phone were left not by their father but by a friend of SGRs.

 In fact, it was eventually proven in court that David Rucki left the gunshots on his daughter's phone, and as Musolf correctly states, the gunshots were left on her phone months before Samantha ran.

When the audio was played in the criminal trial, the judge would only allow it to be referred to as an "inaudible sound." 

Neither Musolf nor Dronen ever pointed out the obvious which is that maybe the girls ran because they were being forced to live with a father who leaves gunshots on their phones. 

The gunshots are not only mentioned in the Fox story, as Dronen notes, but both Samantha and Gianna mention the incident in the audio recordings they made. 


On September 7, 2012, without a formal hearing, Judge David Knutson switched custody in the Rucki divorce. He ordered SGR out of her house by noon that day. The order is below. 

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SGR, who had physical custody of all five of her children until that point and was their primary caretaker their entire lives, was not even allowed to tell them she would be leaving. 

But Knutson did not even grant her ex-husband custody on this day, but rather his sister, Tami Love. 

When the kids came home, four of them ran to the police station and were allowed to stay temporarily with SGR's sister, Nancy. 

This continued until April 19, 2013, when the two oldest girls, Samantha and Gianna, were ordered to live with their aunt Tami and were told this was a temporary transition to living with their father. 

They were escorted by police to their home and ran shortly after police left. 

They called their mother saying, "we're running with or without you."

They were taken in by the Dahlen's who had a horse farm for abused children. 

Finally, if Dronen had been investigating things like David Rucki's abuse and Judge Knutson's illegal and potentially criminal acts, he may have come to the conclusion that the court engineered a set of events which they should have known would result in this outcome. 

The evidence of this comes from therapists' notes from a therapist involved in the case. They are below. 

Jim Gilbertson notes Rucki ... by mikekvolpe

The notes come from Jim Gilbertson who was assigned to the case in the same September 7, 2012, order I listed above. 

On April 9, 2013, he states, "Successive telephone calls betweent attempting to contact Ms. Frederick (sic), conference calls with Ms. Olson, the maternal aunt, and Tami Love, the paternal aunt."

He later claims that an order to place the girls with Tami had already been written though this doesn't seem to be accurate as the order was supposed to have been signed on April 19, 2013.

He then continues, "I immediately received a call from Ms. Olson stating that she wanted the transfer to occur as soon as possible because of the fear the children would learn of this through some unknown means and will run."

This means everyone knew just how dangerous this April 19, 2013, order was; they knew there was a chance the girls would run and yet everyone schemed and only SGR was not told about it until it happened; the police, courts, and media then all blamed SGR for it. 


Finally, I left emails for everyone involved. No one responded but the email is below. 

I'm attaching an audio. This is of Lori Musolf and Detective Jim Dronen. That's correct, right.

At about 11 minutes in, Ms. Musolf admits to taking Samantha and Gianna to the interview they did with Fox, this interview, Now, it sounds to me like Ms. Musolf admits to a crime as she knew where the girls were days after they went missing and said nothing. 

If Dede Evavold got charged, why didn't Musolf, unless she got a deal. Why would she get a deal? She was just as involved as Dede, no. I'm confused. 

Also, at about 14 minutes, Detective Dronen and Musolf talk about the Carver County cases particularly from the Carver County Corruption blog. What is it you mean Carver County cases unless it is corrupt Carter County cases. So, Dronen, it appears, knows exactly what is happening in this case, or am I wrong Detective Dronen? After all, at about 15:30, you talk about Leah Dannewitz' court case. We all know that one? Father abuses, mother accused of parental alienation, father gets custody, mother left with nothing. 

Then, you talk about Stacy Pinskie, another corrupt custody case. It sounds like Lori is laying out why the girls ran, no. Isn't Ms. Musolf proving to you all in this recording that Ms. Grazzini-Rucki was innocent? 

So, why didn't she testify? Judge Asphaug. You are retired now. What was the legal reasoning for Lori Musolf not to testify? 

Detective Dronen what did you mean about 23;30 about Dale wanting reform and "he's trying to get the story out," what story are you referring to?

Right at 27 minutes, Ms. Musolf states, "everything went haywire when that psycho judge, started pulling the shit he pulled. That guy is corrupt as hell, that I can tell you."..."I was in that courtroom. I've heard that man and I've never in my life- in all the years I've been an advocate-I've never seen judges do the things that man did."

She's referring to you Judge Knutson, am I right? That's referring to the time when Michelle MacDonald was forced to conduct part of a custody trial handcuffed to a wheelchair. You know the incident 20/20 failed to include in their hatchet job. What do you all say about that? Is he, "corrupt as hell,"?

 Detective Dronen, you said you stepped in the case late. You not only didn't care that there's a corrupt judge causing this, but why didn't you at the Lakeville Police Department investigate right away and why aren't you worried there may be a corrupt judge involved?   I guess that's how you train Long, right? 

"The guy should have been thrown in prison for some of the stuff he did," Musolf said. It is interesting that you only care about certain information your informant told you. 

"I've been an advocate since '98 and I've never seen anything so horrific as what happened in this case," that's what Musolf said, but you investigated and charged Sandra Grazzini-Rucki. 

Then, the media painted it like she was the villain and now you all have evidence which proves all of it a lie and you'll ignore because you're all as corrupt as Knutson and as cowardly, which is why none of you will respond. 

My last question is how any of sleep at night knowing what you have contributed to. I think you're too cowardly to answer me but one of you may surprise me. 

I am also doing this article differently; please check out the crowdfunding page associated with this story. 

Finally, in case someone still claims there is still no evidence of abuse by David Rucki below are 99 pages of abuse allegations and 25 pages of Child Protective Services reports, including page 15 where Nico claims his father stuck a gun to his head. Nico now says his father his ever been violent.

Druck i Police Reports by mikekvolpe


SamiRucki by mikekvolpe

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hartger February 21 Warrant Revealed

 Her arrest on February 21, 2020, was so dramatic she filmed it in real time. 

 So, what did Jessica Hartger do that warranted several police officers and breaking her car window?

It turns out she said something mean to a judge in an email and on twitter. 

Jessica Hartger Warrant by mikekvolpe on Scribd

According to the warrant, Hartger sent a threatening email to a judge, "Specifically the Defendant stated, 'DO I NEED TO FLOOD DAKOTA COUNTY WITH PEOPLE? BECAUSE WE ARE READY WHEN YOU ARE.'" Hartger's email stated to the judge in her custody case, Judge Ann Offerman. 

The warrant stated that Hartger continued her harangue on Twitter, "On the same date, Defendant wrote a post on Twitter referencing, which referenced the email from Judge Offerman's law clerk. See confidential exhibit attached. In this post, Defendant threatened to kidnap her child."

The tweet is not revealed, but according to the warrant, this means Hartger violated the terms of her release, "Defendant has violated the terms of her release by failing to remain law abiding."

It doesn't say in the warrant how she did not remain law abiding. Mean tweets and emails are still within the law. 

In fact, an investigation, found she did not violate the law. Here is more on that, "On 02-21-2020, I Deputy Scheffknecht, was assigned to the Bailiff Station at the Division 2 Government Courthouse in Hastings, MN. I was notified by Sergeant Wilkerson about potential threats made toward Dakota County Judges by an individual identified as Jessica Danielle Hartger DOB/ 1992-01-15. After reviewing emails sent by Mrs. Hartger, text messages, and Police Reports forwarded to me, at this time, Mrs. Hartger does not appear to make any threats towards the judges that are criminal in nature. This report is being completed in case Mrs. Hartger's behaviors escalate. This is an informational only report."

Despite the law enforcement's own investigation not finding anything criminal in any of the writings by Ms. Hartger, the Dakota County prosecutor, Cory Monnens, wrote up the warrant and a judge, David Knutson, signed it. 

David Knutson is the notorious judge from the Rucki case; in the video below, he forces a lawyer to conduct part of a custody trial handcuffed to a wheelchair (at approximately 1:10:10 in)

Hartger is currently facing charges from August 2019 for allegedly biting her ex-boyfriend, Cody Myers. That trial is scheduled to start in September 2020. The February 21, 2020, detainment, was the sixth time she was arrested after her initial arrest in August 2019. 

Below, she describes the February 21 arrest and other arrests. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

California Three Year Old Maybe Abused in Social Services Custody

                              (John Barton, from his Facebook page. 

A California man says he three-year-old son was taken haphazardly by local Child Protective Services (CPS), and now, his son may be abused in foster care.

John Barton said his three-year-old son was taken by Child and Welfare Services (CWS) in Humboldt County, California, on July 31, 2020.

Barton and his wife are both products of foster care when they were growing up, and he told me he thinks that does make him a target when dealing with CWS.

He said at a recent supervised visit after his son was taken, he noticed bruises. Barton shared two photos; one is too graphic while the other is below.

Barton said his wife is an alcoholic and he called CWS in July for help getting her into treatment, but this set off a chain of events, and he believes his son is being abused in his foster home.

Barton noted that while he has been homeless, and he constantly struggles with housing, this was not a reason given for taking his son.

“In California all you need is an umbrella for the rain. But they cannot take your children for homelessness,” he said in an email.

However, in this case, CWS certainly suggests his homelessness is part of a pattern of abuse and neglect.

The Set Up

According to the warrant which Humboldt CWS filed, both Barton and his wife were mentally unstable and a danger to their son.

“The Department is concerned the parents are using substances, have mental health issues, and are engaging in domestic violence in front of {their child}. There is also concerns that {their child} and the parents are living in unhealthy conditions,” the warrant seeking Barton’s son’s removal stated.

According to the warrant, in December 2019, there was a referral for physical abuse, and the family was kicked out of housing because Barton’s wife’s alcohol problem.

“On or about 12/16/2019, Child Welfare Services received a referral of physical abuse and emotional abuse of {Barton’s son} by his mother and father,” the warrant stated, “the mother stated the family had been kicked out of PACT housing and their friends put them in a hotel for the evening.”

Barton said the only involvement CWS had at the time with his family was when he needed housing after they got kicked out of this low-income housing program, PACT.

He said CWS helped with temporary housing, but he thought the matter was closed after that.

The social worker in charge tracked down the director of a homeless mission where Barton and his wife were staying in January.

According to an employee of this homeless shelter, “they were no longer welcome at the mission due to hygiene and cleanliness issues. Ms. Freeman said that mom’s arm pits stink and her personal care was not good. Ms. Freeman stated that Ms. Payton was a good mom. Ms. Freeman stated that the mother was loving and takes good care of {their son},” the warrant stated.

The warrant now states that Barton and his wife fled California to escape the burgeoning investigation, but the investigation stopped and did not start again until May.

Barton told me they did not flea but that COVID made housing in California impossible and they needed to go to another state for a while.

The May Encounter

In May, Humboldt CWS again investigated the family again.

“On or about 5/15/2020, the Butte Interagency Narcotic Task Force had a referral alleging general neglect of {Barton’s son} by his mother and father.” The warrant stated. “The referral alleged the parents and {their son} were seen at the emergency room in Butte County for bed bugs. {Their son} had bite marks and some scratches. {Their son} was clean.”

Barton told me they did go to the emergency room in May for bed bugs which were found in the housing they were staying at the time; they have since moved into another hotel.

It appears that this report was later determined unfounded.

“It was noted on the referral that the family did not have any substantiated referrals and the 5/15/2020 referral was evaluated out,” the warrant stated.

The July Encounter

In July, Barton told me, his wife’s drinking became uncontrollable. He initiated a phone call, he told me, on July 23, 2020, to CWS to get her into treatment.

The warrant says something similar, “The father expressed wanting to have the mother at Waterfront Recovery Services but did not have a plan for that and it is unknown if the mother was in agreement.”

Barton’s wife has since entered treatment.

But the warrant said more, “On or about 7/23/2020, CWS received a referral of emotional abuse of {Barton’s son} by his mother and father.”

Humboldt CWS decided to take the child eight days later, 7/31/2020.

There are reasons to be skeptical of this narrative.

A Staffer Responds

I spoke with a staffer at the Motel 8 where Barton and his wife were staying when this referral was made and the staffer painted a much different picture, saying much of the information was misleading or lies.

“He showed me somethings in the report stating that the Motel 8 had called them- the social workers- to tell them they were leaving their child alone for long periods of time, and that’s completely untrue,” the staffer said, “We will call social workers if we see something like that. We never saw anything like that.”

“I never saw that kid unattended,” the staffer also stated.

The warrant also stated, “The referral alleges the mother and father fight daily and almost every night. The father could be heard threatening to punch the mother. It is unknown if he did punch the mother. It was reported that the father will go outside the room to yell and curse.”

But the staffer said none of this is true, “One time, I got a complaint that they were arguing, and the guest called the police, but that’s the only one that I know of. They would argue sometimes- but people argue.”

“It’s a couple with a young kid,” the staffer noted, “they argue like normal.”

The warrant even suggested that Barton and his wife refused to wear a mask for COVID, “Motel staff was concerned about COVID and them not following COVID precautions.”

The staffer said this too was blow out of proportion. Initially, they were not wearing a mask but after being warned, they have worn one since.

The warrant also suggested that Barton and his wife were unreasonably dirty, “Motel staff that the sheets that they were unable to wash the sheets and had to throw away the sheets. The living environment was filthy and dirty, and the motel staff had concerns about the living conditions inside the room.”

The staffer noted this was very misleading.
“We had to toss the sheets. All we did was tell them to try and maintain more cleanliness. But it’s because when they checked in- obviously they were staying with the county- so I was assuming they were homeless before, because all the people that the county pays for to stay with us are homeless, so obviously, they’re dirty.”

But the staffer noted that this was immediately fixed, and the sheets were clean going forward, “That was in the beginning. That was it.”

More Reason for Skepticism

The warrant also noted that John Barton became belligerent when his son was taken.

He said, “fuck law enforcement” and “the father began raising his voice while holding {their son}, telling the mother, ‘I told you not to fucking talk,” according to the warrant.

Barton provided video footage from the motel and it shows him leaving before their son was taken.


He denies doing any of the inflammatory things in the warrant, like saying “fuck law enforcement.”

The Humboldt County CWS said they could not comment due to privacy issues.

Thank you for your inquiry, but we cannot answer questions about cases involving juveniles due to confidentiality,” stated Christine Messinger, from the California Department of Health and Human Services.

However, Barton told me that a subsequent hearing, only days after my query, he was warned in court that speaking to the press could lead to sanctions.

He said he is being punished for taking proactive steps to treat his wife’s alcoholism.

Post Script

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020


(Screenshot of Neal Sutz, from Twitter)

The case of an American whose two children have been legally kidnapped by Swiss authorities has heated up.

On July 25th, 2017, Neal Sutz two children were taken temporarily by the Switzerland version of Child Protective Services which is called SPMi.

More than three years later, the two children remain in the custody of SPMi.

Sutz story has been covered extensively; for instance, the website, MedicalKidnap, covered their story in July 2019: It was also previously covered by NOQ Report and Northwest Liberty News

Sutz also wrote a book entitled: “Scream of Silence – A Father’s Unfathomable Story to Save His Sons”.

The Set Up

Sutz left the State of Arizona in 2017 after receiving proof of child molestation allegations against the family of Sutz then wife, Cortnie.

Sutz, whose mother was born in Switzerland, was thereby both American by birth, as well as a Swiss citizen.

He, his wife, and two children moved to Switzerland at the end of June 2017.

On July 14 or 15, 2017, his wife had an episode and tried to kill herself and her son.

“It was during the night of July 14 or 15, 2017, that Cortnie, who suffers from serious psychiatric disorders as a result of the abuse she suffered throughout her life at the hands of her family and their associates, made then much worse by her exposure to seeing her nephew being molested by his step-father (also non-biological grandfather) on video tried to end her life in our apartment in Geneva, with severe serious threats of committing a double suicide with our son,” Sutz said in a lawsuit he filed last year.

Sutz continued that he got the situation under control, “Fortunately, I was able to retrieve Skyler from Cortnie’s grasp, place him in safety in a separate room and then talk Cortnie out of killing herself.”

Though the situation was eventually calmed down, SPMi came to visit Neal and his two sons less than 24 hours later saying they were concerned about the well-being of the two boys.

“Just nine days later, on July 25, 2017, completely as a surprise to me, social workers from Geneva’s Child Protective Services (further referred to as SPMi), in company with multiple doctors, nurses, social workers, and two HUG (Geneva University Hospital) hospital security guards, tore both my sons from my arms, during a physical exam, and placed them immediately in a small hospital room in the pediatric ward of HUG.” Sutz stated in the same lawsuit. “The SPMi and HUG Hospital authorities then had me physically removed from the HUG Hospital, by two security guards, having shown me no paperwork whatsoever, upon seizure of my sons, and told me only, ‘We are keeping your sons here at the hospital. Get a lawyer.’”

The nightmare was only beginning

Here is some more from the Medical Kidnap article.

“His wife is allegedly part of an influential family in the Mormon Church in Arizona. She claims, and has testified in court, that she and other members of her family were sexually abused as children, and she feared her own children were in danger. (Link to her handwritten letter submitted in court.)

“Both boys are special needs children needing medical care, and shortly after arriving in Switzerland, they were allegedly medically kidnapped under the authority of Swiss child protective services (SPMi) after their mother experienced a psychotic breakdown in Geneva.

“SPMi brought in an American psychiatrist living in Geneva, Dr. Daniel Scott Schechter, to handle the Sutz case.

“One of Dr. Schechter’s special interests is the effect of mothers with post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) on their children. He was the winner of an award for this work shortly after taking on the Sutz boys’ case (link), and continues to win awards for his work on studying the effects of mothers with PTSD on their children. (2019 award link.)

“Neal has been fighting the system for over 2 years (3 years and 3 weeks as of the publication of this article) to try and get his children back, and even took out a full page advertisement in the Washington Times to publish letter written to President Donald Trump asking him to intervene in Switzerland. He does not believe President Trump or anyone (high-up loyalists to President Trump) in his administration ever saw it.”

ISS (International Social Services)

Recently, Sutz discovered a shadowy group called the International Social Services (ISS), which Sutz told me was the “International CPS.”

They have been involved in the Sutz Family case for about three years according to court-certified documents, from just days after the boys were first seized.

Sutz even claims, and offers extensive written documentation, that the US State Department was in cahoots with ISS and SPMi.

I reached out to ISS and Swiss CPS but received no response.

The Bivens Suit

All these allegations are part of an explosive lawsuit which he filed in April 2020.

It is called a Bivens action and the lawsuit is below.

SUTZ v POWERS ET AL Origina... by mikekvolpe on Scribd

A Bivens action is named after the 1971 US Supreme Court Case Bivens Vs. Six Unnamed Agents. A Bivens action, “generally refers to a lawsuit for damages when a federal officer who is acting in the color of federal authority allegedly violates the U.S. Constitution by federal officers acting,” according to Cornell Law.

The U.S. State Department

A State Department official provided this statement, “The U.S. Embassy in Switzerland is aware of the case. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.”

The official continued explaining what services an American abroad would receive in Neal’s situation, “Regarding support provided by consular officers, consular officers generally provide all appropriate consular services to U.S. citizens overseas. Consular assistance may include:  attempting to monitor the legal process and access to legal counsel; visiting U.S. citizens to ensure that they are receiving humane treatment, including medical treatment if needed; and with the individual’s permission, facilitating communications with their families or others as they wish.”

Remarkably, Sutz filed his lawsuit on April 27, 2020, by April 30, 2020, it was dismissed.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson

The judge who dismissed it is one who has found her way into the news a lot recently: Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Judge Jackson presided over the trials of Paul Manafort and Roger Stone.

Just on August 10, 2020, Judge Jackson made a significant ruling on executive privilege. Here is part of a story in Politico.

A federal judge has rebuffed the Trump administration’s attempt to invoke executive privilege to withhold a batch of emails about a hold President Donald Trump put on U.S. aid to Ukraine in 2019.

“U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Monday that the government had failed to make a convincing showing that the 21 messages between White House aide Robert Blair and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey were eligible for protection under legal privileges protecting the development of presidential advice or decisions made by other government officials.”

In the Sutz case, she seemed to have dismissed the case before the lawsuit was even served to the defendants. She ruled before the defendants themselves had provided a legal reasoning for the case to be dismissed.

Sutz insisted to me that her legal reasoning was defective. That is difficult to assess, but even if Sutz lawsuit should have been dismissed, it is rare a judge decides to dismiss it before the defendant has had an opportunity to raise an argument.

I called her chambers for an explanation but received no response.

Daniel Scott Schechter, M.D.

Another interesting detail in this case is the presence of Dr. Daniel Scott Schechter. Dr. Schechter is a world-renowned child psychiatrist.

In 2019, he received the Sandor Ferenczi Award, which is given yearly “ the best published psychoanalytically-oriented clinical or research paper on trauma and/or dissociation in adults or children,” according to the award’s page.

Dr. Schechter was an American working at the University of Geneva who was summoned onto the case before the boys were even seized at the Geneva University Hospital.

Medical Kidnap had more, “As we stated in the introduction, SPMi brought in an American psychiatrist living in Geneva, Dr. Daniel Schechter, to handle the Sutz case.

“The first thing he reportedly did, was to go visit Cortnie at Belle-Idée, the Psychiatric Hospital of The Canton of Geneva.

“Dr. Schechter’s is world-renowned for studying the effect of mothers with post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) on their children. He was the winner of an award for this work shortly after taking on the Sutz boys’ case (link), and continues to win awards for his work on studying the effects of mothers with PTSD on their children. (2019 award link).”

The article continued, “After Cortnie’s 60-day confinement was over, Dr. Schechter reportedly advised SPMi to allow her to have almost unlimited visitation rights to the two boys, while advising that Neal have very limited contact with them, and requiring Neal to get psychiatric treatment.

“So the mother, who had just spent 60 days in a psych ward for an attempted double suicide, was granted more visitation rights than the father, who was previously a successful writer and film producer for mental health advocacy work.”

It is noteworthy that Cortnie eventually left Switzerland, have already signed the rights to her children to Neal before the Sutz family even came to Switzerland. Switzerland’s Family Court never acknowledged the validity of that American document.

Sutz told me that Dr. Schechter was and continues to be instrumental in keeping him away from his two sons.

I reached out to Dr. Schechter at the University of Geneva, but he did not respond to my questions.

Recent Media

Since the Spring 2020, Neal has been able to get all sorts of new attention.

He has appeared several times on The Steel Truth with Ann Vandersteel, with RedPill 78, Jeff Dornik, Eric Matheny, National File, and others.

All that media attention culminated in three Arizona political candidates coming out publicly in backing Sutz.

Two of the candidates - Steve Robinson and Shelby Busch - were write-in candidates for the Arizona legislature, but the third - Josh Barnett - recently won his primary for the US Congress in the 7th District as a Republican.

The three initially put a statement on video on July 25, 2020.

     (the three politicians making their announcement from left to right: Robinson, Barnett, and Busch)

“We are Arizona candidates,” Busch says in the video speaking for the three, “that have been provided extensive files, and videos, and audio footage regarding a case of a father and his two sons. We are here today to make a diplomatic demand.”

Barnett continued, “We are here this evening to formally and collectively make disclosure demand as a matter of international humanitarian urgency in support of an American citizen and father, Neal David Sutz, and his two sons, who have been detained by the Child Protective Services in Switzerland for three years now.”

The video was put out on the three-year anniversary of the seizure.

I spoke with Busch and she said Sutz’ case is like many she’s been exposed to.

“You’re talking to somebody who’s seen a lot of corruption within the CPS and DCS system,” Busch said, “A lot of people are under the impression that these organizations are just about protecting children and that mistakes can sometimes happen. I guess I’ve been looking into this too long to realize that’s not really the case.”

She said in 95 percent of CPS cases she believes people are denied due process, “In Neal’s case, he was most definitely denied any form of due process.”

She continued, “There’s no crime committed here. Neal’s not being charged with harming his kids, sexually abusing his kids, doing drugs.”

Busch said one thing which stands out about this case is the US government’s failure to protect its citizens, “Our government is not doing its job to protect American citizens from this kind of egregious intrusion into our lives by foreign governments.”

I had been working on my own article when he sent me an email on July 31, 2020, stating in part, “If there is anything else you need re details to finish the article, I have to ask you to do it yourself.  I received one more severe warning this afternoon here in Switzerland and I am now off social media totally and not doing any more interviews for the foreseeable future.”

I would speak again with Sutz, after having contacted the State Department, Dr. Schechter, and others, and he sounded more hopeful, but he has done only one brief interview in August.

Conversation with Omar Agustoni, Swiss Film Maker and Journalist

 I spoke with Omar Agustoni to get some context on all this.

 Agustoni is the only person to produce a documentary to examine the Swiss social service system; that documentary is entitled, “Trees of Shame – Switzerland’s Crimes Against Children.” Sutz and Agustoni initially met last Autumn when a mutual acquaintance

Introduced the two of them, this meeting resulting in Sutz translating the film from its original French/Italian version into English, including both English subtitles and Sutz doing an English voiceover.

 “For the last five years, I see this reality every day, “Agustoni said, “The system is well built by psychologists and judges: they all work together.”

 Besides Agustoni’s film, Swiss CPS was previously the subject of scandal when it was revealed that many foster children had been turned into “slave children.”

 Neal had mentioned that he believed that approximately as many people were in foster care in Switzerland as in the US; this would be a dramatic number given that the population of the US is 330 million people while in Switzerland is about 8.57 million.

 I asked Agustoni about this, but he said it was impossible to know because the government does not compile such statistics, despite the Swiss Government’s detailed statistics on the swiss cattle population throughout that Alpine nation.

 Neal also mentioned that due to Switzerland being a socialist state, the free speech is not altogether free.

 Agustoni explained that about 90% of all media was financed by the government and as such journalists need to tip toe around sensitive topics like a broken social service system.

 Mr. Agustoni had only this to say in conclusion, “How long will this go on before this father’s two sons are unconditionally returned to him? How many more powerful politicians and journalists will choose to bury the nightmare story of this wrongly persecuted father and his two, now horrifically sad, abused and alienated sons?”