Recently, I received an email from a woman who had been kidnapped by her father in 1961. She described the psychological damage and the destruction of the family structure that can be so damaging to a child who has been kidnapped by a parent. She invited me to share our conversation with my readers.
"Dear Ms. Hannah,
I'm not sure if you can answer my question or not, but your name came up in my Google search. My father abducted me and my siblings in 1961 from our home state of Illinois to Mississippi, then to Louisiana, then back to Mississippi. According to my mother, she divorced my father shortly after the abduction and was awarded sole custody (could this have occurred without my father's knowledge?). Also, according to my mother, the judge told her if you can find them, they're yours. My mother also said if she had found us and attempted to take us back from our father she was told he could have had her arrested for kidnapping in that state. Were there any laws back then that could have helped my mother? Just for the record and speaking as a now adult victim of a parental kidnapping, I am of the opinion that parental kidnapping is a crime against a child, whether it's 2010 or 1961. Thank you for your time. Carolyn"