Kidnap A Child
by Stephen Baskerville,
Congratulations! You have embarked on a great adventure.
Kidnapping a child is probably unlike anything you have done before.
If you are a first-time kidnapper you may be hesitant; perhaps you
have lingering scruples. It is true you will probably do irreparable
harm to your own child. Children of divorce more often become
involved in drugs, alcohol, and crime, become pregnant as teenagers,
perform poorly in school, join gangs, and commit suicide.
look at the advantages! You can be rid of that swine you live with,
with all his tedious opinions about child-rearing. YOU call the
shots! What could be more rewarding? And a little extra cash each
month never hurts, eh?
people realize how easy abduction is. It happens 1,000 times a day,
mostly by parents! So if you're thinking, "I could never get away
with it," wake up! Millions do. In fact many only realize the
possibility when they become victims. Then they invariably say, "If
only I had known how easy it is I would have done it myself!" So
don't be caught off guard. Read on, and discover the exciting world
of child kidnapping and extortion.
you are mother the best time to snatch is soon after you have a new
child or pregnancy. Once you have what you want, you will realize
that the father is no longer necessary (except for child
father should consider snatching as soon as he suspects the mother
might. Once she has the child, you have pretty much lost the game.
You will always be at a disadvantage, but it is in your interest (as
it is in hers) to snatch first. Preventive snatching may not look
good (and unlike her, it can be used against you). But hey, you have
the kid. If you hit the road, it could take years to track you
Surprise is crucial for an elegant abduction. Wait until the
other parent is away, and clean the place out thoroughly. Take all
the child's effects, because if you don't grab it now you will never
get it, and you will never be forced to return any of it. The more
you have, the better "home" you can claim to provide. You also want
to achieve the maximum emotional devastation to your spouse. Like
the terrorist, you want to impress with how swift, sudden, and
unpredictable your strike can be.
Concealing the child is illegal, but it will also buy you
time. The police will make the case a low priority, and if you are a
mother you will never be prosecuted. In the meantime claim to have
established a "stable routine" and that returning the child (or even
visits) would be "disruptive." Anything that keeps the child in your
possession and away from their father works to your
superficial ways to appear cooperative. Inform the father of your
decisions (after you have made them). At the same time avoid real
cooperation. The judge will conclude that the parents "can't agree"
and leave you in charge. Since it is standard piety that joint
custody requires "cooperation," the easiest way to sabotage joint
custody is to be as uncooperative as possible.
to court right away. The more aggressive you are with litigation the
more it will appear you have some valid grievance. The judge and
lawyers (including your spouses) will be grateful for the business
you create. Despite professions of heavy caseloads, courts are under
pressure to channel money to lawyers, whose bar associations appoint
and promote judges. File a motion for sole custody, and get a
restraining order to keep the father from seeing his children. (A
nice touch is to say he is planning to "kidnap" them.) Or have him
restricted to supervised visitation.
Going to court is also a great opportunity to curtail
anything you dislike about your spouses child-rearing. If you don't
like his religion, get an injunction against him discussing it. Is
he fussy about table manners or proper behavior? Getting a court
order is easier than you think. You may even get the child's entire
upbringing micro-managed by judicial directives.
Charges of physical and sexual abuse are also helpful.
Accusing a father of sexually abusing his own children is very easy
and can be satisfying for its own sake.
Don't worry about proving the charges. An experienced judge
will recognize trumped-up allegations. This is not important, since
no one will ever blame the judge for being "better safe than sorry,"
and accusations create business for his cronies. You yourself will
never have to answer for false charges. The investigation also buys
time during which you can further claim to be establishing a routine
while keeping Dad at a distance and programming the children against
Abuse accusations are also marvelously self-fulfilling. What
more logical way to provoke a parent to lash out than to take away
his children? Men naturally become violent when someone interferes
with their children. This is what fathers are for. The more you can
torment him with the ruin of his family, home, livelihood, savings,
and sanity, the more likely that he will self-destruct, thus
demonstrating his unfitness.
the children themselves involved. Children are easily convinced they
have been molested. Once the suggestion is planted, any affection
from their father will elicit a negative reaction, making your
suggestion self-fulfilling in the child's mind. And if one of your
new lovers actually has molested the child, you can divert the
accusation to Dad.
Dripping poison into the hearts of your children can be
gratifying, and it is a joy to watch the darlings absorb your
hostility. Young children can be filled with venom fairly easily
just by telling them what a rat their father is as frequently as
Older children present more of a challenge. They may have
fond memories of the love and fun they once experienced with him.
These need to be expunged or at least tainted. Try little tricks
like saying, "Today you will be seeing your father, but don't worry,
it won't last long." Worry aloud about the other parent's competence
to care for the child or what unpleasant or dangerous experience may
be in store during the child's visit. Sign the child up for
organized activities that conflict with Dads visits. Or promise fun
things, like a trip to Disneyland, which then must be "cancelled" to
will soon discover how neatly your techniques reinforce one another.
For example, marginalizing the father and alienating the child
become perfect complements merely by suggesting that Daddy is absent
because he does not love you. What could be more logical in their
sweet little minds!
what works with children is also effective with judges. The more you
can make the children hate their father the easier you make it to
leave custody with you.
Remember too, this guide is no substitute for a good lawyer,
since nothing is more satisfying than watching a hired goon beat up
on your child's father in a courtroom.
now you can do what you like! You can warehouse the kids in daycare
while you work (or whatever). You dont have to worry about brushing
hair or teeth. You can slap them when theyre being brats. You can
feed them fast food every night (or just give them Cheez Whiz). If
they become a real annoyance you can turn them over to the state
social services agency. You are free!
Stephen Baskerville [send him
mail] was professor of politics
and chairman of the politics department at Palacky University before
resigning when his daughter was abducted. Though he has never
actually kidnapped a child himself, he has been accused of wanting
to do so by a family court, which placed a restraining order on him.
He now teaches at Howard University.
Copyright © 2001 Stephen Baskerville
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