Lisa Nadig, December 29, 2015
On this, the tragic two-year anniversary of the “Murder by Suicide” of Chris Mackney, a young father “Bullied to Death” in Family Court, I reflect on his life and death, my life, and so many dear friends all across the country currently living this same nightmare; the horror of being bullied and harassed through a broken and corrupt Family Court System. Of being deprived of your children, while being pummeled with non-stop litigation, ever-mounting legal bills and taunted and threatened with jail, lest you fall behind in enriching the very person whose corruption harmed your child.
We pray especially for our children, the hidden victims of this vicious bullying and harassment, that they may know deep in their hearts that we love them dearly and are doing all we can to be reunited with them.
And we pray for the countless other Chris Mackney’s out there, male and female, murdered by vicious legal harassment, those Mothers and Fathers whose stories have never been written. Today, may we light a candle for all of them.
As this holiday season slowly comes to a close, we watch the seemingly endless parade of joyous family photos from friends and loved ones, and we do the best we can to get through it, to survive another year. Some grieve silently, while many of us have decided that in order to survive we can no longer remain silent.
It is my hope that we will band together, Women and Men, Mothers and Fathers, to work together for the greater good, and reform this broken system. In the words of my dear friend and fellow court reform advocate, Neil Shelton, “I’m already dead from all my unnecessary battles. I’m just still breathing. It’s not a man thing. It’s not a woman thing. It’s a money thing. And a corrupt thing.”
I’m especially grateful to Michael Volpe, who had this to say today: “The system was too determined to destroy Mackney and he didn’t survive, but hopefully his story will live on and help others going through a similar ordeal.”
If you haven’t read it yet, Michael Volpe’s book, Bullied to Death: Chris Mackney’s Kafkaesque Divorce, exposes the grave harm being done to countless men and women through legal system abuse. “On December 29, 2013, Chris Mackney sat alone in his parked car, put a shot-gun underneath his chin and blew his head off. It was the tragic end to a near six-year custody battle which saw him penniless, homeless, jobless, with no access to his children, and taunted and threatened with jail: all at the behest of his ex-wife and her father…”Murder by suicide” Mackney called it. The legal bullying didn’t stop with his suicide. His ex-wife followed him into the grave and attempted to copyright his suicide note. When that blew up, Mackney became a martyr and symbol for all that’s wrong with family courts. His suicide note has been read by millions, but now the whole unbelievable story is told.”
Even in death, they tried to control Chris – to silence him, by hiding his suicide note from the world, but here is Chris’s final message: MackNeySuicideNote