The Crime of Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation is a crime of hate using psychological abuse.


Part 1 in a Series of Articles

By Joan Kloth-Zanard, RSS, ABI and LC

A heart-wrenching court case is going to begin Tuesday, September 11th, on the 3rd floor of the New Haven Superior Court.  Jerry Mastrangelo, a father who has shared joint legal custody of his 13-year-old triplets since December 2007, has not seen them in almost 2 years.  One might ask why.  Is he a bad father, did he do something wrong, did he abuse them or the mother? The answer to all of these questions is apparently, No.  Instead, he is the victim or targeted parent of alienation.

Mastrangelo’s rights to maintain a relationship with his children are fundamental rights protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.  When those rights are violated, the courts should be applying strict scrutiny to any of those statutes that directly and substantially impair those rights." (P.O.P.S. v. Gardner, 998 F2d 764 (9th Cir. 1993)) According to Mr. Mastrangelo, this is his constitutional right as a US citizen.

To keep a child(ren) from a biological parent when there is no evidence of that parent being unfit is a crime, which is why Mr. Mastrangelo hired, Attorney Norm Pattis, a high profile criminal attorney, who rarely if ever, steps foot in a family court.  According to Mr. Mastrangelo, his attorney would rather be in criminal court on the 5th floor than in a family courtroom.  It seems that Attorney Pattis is very cognizant of the extremely emotional trauma that occurs when a parent creates a contentious divorce and custody situation by isolating the children from the other parent.   Starting on September 11, Attorney Pattis will be trying to reunite Mr. Mastrangelo with his children in a highly publicized court case.  He believes that denying a good, loving parent from having a parent/child relationship, is a crime.

The crime we are talking about here has several names.  It is called Parental Alienation, Hostile Aggressive Parenting. Parentectomy or simply, PAS.  It is a form of psychological abuse where one parent deliberately undermines the relationship between the children and the other parent using bullying, manipulation and scare tactics.  In fact, it involves any action that impedes with a child having a healthy relationship with the other parent.

Mr. Mastrangelo was recently interviewed by Mary Jones on WDRC-AM and Vinnie Penn on WELI-AM 960.  In addition to these local media outlets, this case has captured the attention on a Regional and National level thanks to Ann Baldwin, a media specialist and president of Baldwin Media Marketing.  Calls to Mr. Mastrangelo’s ex-wife’s for her response to this story were not returned.


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An Honest Observation May 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM
The broken family court system will be looked at much closer. There is now much exposure of the practices of the GAL's, the attorney for the children and the therapists who have been living well off of these parental alienation cases, claiming to have the best interest of the children in mind. Every child that is unjustly denied the natural privilege to be in a parent's life is a victim. How shameful that so many "professionals" have created so many victims. Double shame on the alienating parent.
Joan Kloth-Zanard June 01, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Honest Observation, you are so right. I think the key is that we need to start focusing on the Children's Rights and not the parent's rights since parent's right seem to mean nothing. The children have a right to healthy, happy, unimpeded relationship with both parents. These professionals take an oath to protect the children's best interests which includes their rights. So why are they still not doing this?
An Honest Observation June 17, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Why do something to put an end to a case that brought in thousands of dollars to the mother's attorneys, the GAL (Lynne Pellegrino), the attorney for the minor children and the therapist involved with such a high conflict case? Remember Anne Epstein's theatrical move forcing Jerry to open his wallet while he was on the stand so she could ask him the amounts left on each credit card? She wanted her money and she thought of a way to get it! GREED plus GREED equals the players in family court. They, along with Trudianne, each forgot about the children and repeatedly acted in ways to satisfy their own selfish needs.
Joan Kloth-Zanard June 18, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Yes, Money seems to be the root of all evil when it comes to family court and what is decided. It is why I believe as a Certified GAL, the best interest of the child is the most important objective. It is why I refuse to charge the ridiculous fees that most GAL's charge. If as a GAL our first priority is the best interest of the child, then how is it in the best interest of the child to charge their parent's astronomical fees and take money that would be better spent on the kids. That is not in the best interest of the child. Yet, get this one, the state refuses to approve me for state rate fees paid by them, yet have me listed as a victims advocate. Hello, does anyone see a problem with this?
An Honest Observation July 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM
A good parent has the natural instinct to be able to know what is best for their child. What would possess a parent to deprive their child(ren) of a relationship with the other parent? Shame on any parent who hurts their children by being so vindictive. The CT courts are pitiful for allowing these parents to deliberately alter the minds and emotions of all alienated children. The child abuse needs to stop!


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