Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day One of a Mormon abduction, 16 years later....

By Sean Cruz

Portland, Oregon—

The 16th anniversary of the day that my four children disappeared, kidnapped into Mormon Country, has arrived and it is just as their Mormon abductors intended it to be, both then and now.

A Mormon shunning, with the weight of the church to keep it in place, intended to punish me for speaking my mind so long ago, intended to last forever….

Mormon officials in three states put the scheme together, had decided to hide my children in the mountains east of Ogden, and to hide themselves behind a phalanx of Mormon lawyers and the theocratic courts that pass for a justice system in Utah. An actual Mormon cabal, think about it….

On this day 16 years ago, a Monday morning, a school day during the Great Storm of 1996, my children had vanished, were in fact being driven by a roundabout, secret route from Battle Ground to Salem to a motel near the Oregon coast where they were hidden for a few days, waiting for flooded Interstate 84 eastbound to clear.

Then they were driven out through the Columbia Gorge, through the Blue Mountains, east across Idaho and then down into theocratic Utah, where a group of Mormon zealots awaited their arrival, covert as you would expect a gang of human traffickers to be, months of planning invested in this, not to mention the overtly criminal conduct.

They were going to take my children to Utah and force them to choose a parent—the Mormon parent—and cut all ties with their non-Mormon family members. This amounts to torture, emotional torture, Mormonboarding….

All of this was in clear violation of an Order for Joint Custody that had been in effect for five years. Decisions about the children’s education were to be made jointly.

From this point on, however, every decision regarding my children was made by others, as I fought through four jurisdictions in three states.

Utah officials ignored or refused to comply with orders from Oregon or Washington courts, even a felony arrest warrant for Custodial Interference I. At the same time, all of the courts involved treated the Joint Custody order as if it were printed in invisible ink.

They have their own ways of doing things in Mormon Country, and if you have been labeled as anti-Mormon, they will shut you out. In this respect, they are like the Borg….

And like the Borg, they ganged up on my children, force-fed them the dogma, forced them to reject the non-Mormon parent in favor of Mormon stepdad #1, then Mormon stepdad #2 (the heavy-set thug who slapped my kids around Payson Utah), and now Mormon stepdad #3.

Mormon stepdad #3 has a heavy investment in maintaining the status quo, simple jealousy a good portion of that. I am the one, after all, who his wife sustained a 15-year prior marriage with, a relationship that produced four beautiful children, and these facts are always going to stick in his craw.

But it’s really about the Mormonism, this whole story.

Apart from the shock of losing their father, their grandmother and all of their father’s family, their Oregon homes, their schools and all of their friends, my children suffered an onslaught of indoctrination, far beyond what is normal even in Mormon circles.

This particular group of Mormons was well aware that they were acting criminally in terms of state and federal statutes, but they were group-thinking their way through the series of crimes, convinced that they were working on behalf of A Higher Authority. And they certainly wanted to be sure that their asses were protected from discovery, which could lead to criminal prosecution.

They forced my children to write letters to the court, begging the court not to make them return to Oregon. My children wrote that they never wanted to leave Utah, not ever, not for any reason, and the Courts did nothing to look any deeper than the surface.

This is how my children were forced into a religious war, where they remain today, still in Mormon Country, where many Mormons are heavily invested in maintaining the status quo. Long past the time when the statutes of limitations bar prosecutions, there is still the fear of discovery, embarrassment and loss of status in that closed-off secretive Mormon society, a very real threat.

How differently our lives would have turned out if only the court had required that the children be returned to their Oregon homes and the terms of the Joint Custody Order enforced. For years, that was all that I asked the Courts to do.

Aaron would still be alive today.

Our family would be whole. Maybe some Mormon, some non-Mormon, but not at war within the family over religious bullshit.

Our family would be whole.

And Aaron would be alive today.


Sean Cruz writes at


Steven Burda said...

Max Troitsky, a Russian-speaking US Citizen from Pennsylvania is in a sad situation. His estranged wife ( Anna Troitsky a.k.a. Anna Demyanyuk ), a US-Russian dual citizen illegally abducted their US-born US-citizen toddler daughter Julie Troitsky (to Moscow, Russia) in late November 2011, against the US Court Order, and all the details of this bizarre and unfortunate case are here: (site in English and Russian)
and on Facebook:
and on Twitter:

Thank you for the help, leads and following of this case...

Tom B. said...

I believe that I have in the past 48 hours, managed to stop a single mom with 4 daughters, from taking my daughter from Pahrump, nv to Utah/Idaho/Oregon.

Basically, the mom has been using her 13 year old daughters friendship with my 15 year old daughter as the means by which she could commence into a brainwashing of my daughter into believing she would be better off with them.
First it was a couple of sleepovers...then 3-4 day sleepovers...then after the mom was operated on for a hysterectomy, the need for my daughter to babysit for her was the recent most reason for her to be there for 12 of 14 days.

When I went to pick up my daughter at 6pm that Sunday daughter was pretty set on staying with them instead of coming home...and the mother whom I thought we were helping, was not helping me to get my daughter out of her house to come home.

I called the police and waited 35 minutes for a non-emergency response.

The officer was a woman at approximately 50 years of age, who thank god, was done retrieving my daughter from the home within 25 minutes.

The officer asked me to meet her a little ways down the road, where she proceeded to tell me how the basic plan was for my daughter to leave with them and move to Utah...and via emancipation...?...separate from me after I spent the past 12 years raising my daughter by myself.

Well after playing ice hockey for 23 full seasons over a 10 year span, paving just shy of a million tons of asphalt, working on almost every building at Nellis AFB...this dumb bitch has no idea what I'm capable of.