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Clark Rockefeller seems like a desperate man. Yet, as a partner at McKinsey and Company, he is clearly not on welfare. Divorced since 2007, he sees his daughter Reigh during supervised visits and he can obviously afford them. According to Cara Buckley from the New York Times, Clark kidnapped his seven-year old daughter Reigh at the beginning of a supervised visit yesterday. The police thought the fugitive wanted to ferry Reigh to Bermuda. He is now suspected to hide in New York City with his daughter.

Clark Rockefeller is being charged with “custodial kidnapping.” In addition to all the alerts for terrorism, there is an Amber Alert for “custodial kidnapping.” The illegal one. However there is no alert for legal custodial kidnappings, the ones supported by the family justice system, that deprive fathers from their rights to be part of their children’s life. For these ones, the alert should be bright red all over this country.

It might be pure speculation on my part but in Clark’s case, I tend to think that the illegal kidnapping is the desperate answer to the legal one. Why? Sandra Boss, Clark’s ex-wife, successfully petitioned Probate and Family Court to change the name of their daughter from Reigh Storrow Rockefeller to Reigh Storrow Mills Boss. Radical way to boss Clark out of his daughter’s life, isn’t it? Even sicko ex-wife has not pulled – yet?- that one on me. And contrary to Register Ianella declared to the Boston Herald, supervised visits do not necessarily mean that “there is an implication of serious issues.” Ianella should know better: restraining orders and supervised visits are part of the panoply of tools used against fathers in family courts, evidence or not of a threat to the safety of the child.

Photo: Boston Police Department

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