Marianne Grin embarked on a campaign of false accusations after the couple separated. During the divorce the judge appointed a psychologist (CTU) to assess the parents for her custody determination.
Excerpts from the CTU – Court Appointed Psychologist’s Report after one of his interviews with Grin:
“According to Ms. Grin, in January 2007, the husband decided to leave the house, but, as had happened before, she implored him to stay and he did, as he did not feel ready to move to a new place. In August 2007, …he decided to move definitively to an apartment belonging to friends. This time she accepted her husband’s decision, but she states of their separation, ‘in no way was it consensual’.
“At the beginning of their separation, the couple’s relationship seems to have stabilized into a sort of equilibrium that has in some way calmed their heated conflicts. In that period Ms. Grin worked, as they had hired two nannies to help with the kids; the husband had full access to the family house, he liberally spent time with the children, and only slept at a different apartment.
“In January 2008, Grin said she asked him to move to America to better cure the older son’s psychological illness and to better cope with the difficulties that she felt were emerging with the youngest son (whom she wanted to treat for autism).”
But the father felt that the older son was being well-followed by professionals in Florence, where he also had friends and family whereas a move would be disruptive, and that the younger son was not autistic (it would later be confirmed the father was right). Grin’s behavior was consistent with what the family and child abuse authorities suspected could be Munchausen by proxy syndrome.
The family remained in Florence.
In the beginning of 2009, Grin embarked on a campaign of false accusations against her former husband, after learning that, two years after their separation, he had begun a serious relationship with another woman.
Parts of her divorce strategy of false accusations are in Marianne Grin (Марианны Гринь) – Discovery of Fraud – part 1.
Grin tells her lawyers on March 10, 2009:
“We need to come to an agreement on violence. To make or not to make accusations of domestic violence is a question of Strategy […] My husband is now elsewhere and I should do nothing??”
April 14, 2009
Out of the blue, Grin insists that her ex bring one of the children’s music books to her apartmearrives implies and arrives in the company of a witness, who confirms that he never entered the apartment but stayed outside. Grin stays behind the door and violently slams it on him, cutting and bruising his head, as the witness attested following the incident.
April 15 2009 – first attempt to falsify evidence
There was no interaction between Grin and her ex on April 15, 2009. Instead, as insurance records show, she was undergoing a series of treatments for severe adult nodal acne. On April 15 2009, she went to an appointment with a doctor for treatment with Isotretinoina (Isotretinoin), which would leave her face reddened and dry for days.
The children were with their father on April 15, and Grin took the opportunity to visit the hospital emergency room at 7:03pm, after her acne treatment. At the hospital, she claims her reddened face is due to aggression from her ex and makes a vague claim about pain in her back.
She claims to have been “pushed” on the morning of April 14 when therather dropped off the music. She does not explain to the attending physician why, if this was true, she waited over 36 hours to seek medical attention.
The hospital report indicates she had no bruises, and the x-ray test confirms she had no injuries of any type. They dismiss Grin for lack of anything to treat, and tell her they cannot confirm any evidence of aggression.
April 16, 2009 – second attempt at falsified evidence
The father drops the older children off at school, but Grin insists that her ex bring the youngest one to her. He complies, and again has a witness present. The witness reports that, once again, there was no contact between the parents, and that Grin remained behind the door as her ex dropped off a sleepy child (3 years old).
Later that morning Grin takes photos of her face, what appears to be a cold sore on her upper lip from herpes simplex (Grin had purchased aciclovir dorom, used to treat herpes), claiming it was the result of “being pushed against the door” by her ex. In the photos that Grin takes of her face, it is clearly visible that she has scratched acne and smeared the blood across her cheeks and onto her lip.
With her fabricated injury, Grin then calls an ambulance (for a lip injury) and forces the couple’s 3-year old to ride with her to the emergency room. Years later, in Russian media, she claims there was blood all over the child and in the ambulance. Yet hospital records show she arrived at 9:41am and due to the non-serious nature of her “injury”, was not seen until 10:46 am. The same records show she was dismissed at 11:00 a.m. after only 14 minutes, or about the amount of time necessary for Grin to tell the attending physician she was “attacked” and for the physician to confirm that she had no real injuries.
In her war against her ex, Grin showed the photos of her acne-treated face and herpes lip to the children’s teachers and the parents of their friends – a fact confirmed by the court-appointed psychologist who interviewed the teachers – proudly claiming to be a victim of abuse. She also posted these photos on her website in Russia. But she removed them after being sued for defamation in Russian court (where she also denied ever having accused her ex-husband of violence; it was all, apparently, a mistake by Russian newspapers in reporting what she had told them. She denied ever having spoken of violence).
The hospital record shows the attending physican only noted some “abrasion” on her upper lip and no injuries to her face or head.
Grin later filed a criminal charge against her ex for this fabricated violence.
April 19, 2009 – third attempt to falsify evidence
Given the lack of any finding of injury on April 16, Grin returns to the emergency room three days later complaining of vertigo from the same “incident”. The hospital staff take x-rays but confirm, once again, she has no head trauma.
April 22, 2009
On April 22, Grin used an old doctor’s perscripton from October 2008 to buy a box of Tavor (Lorazepam) and two boxes of Sertalina (Sertraline). This is an odd combination as Lorazepam comes with a specific warning that it should not be taken by people with depression, and Sertaline is for depression.
Lorazepam is used for the short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, acute seizures including status epilepticus and sedation of hospitalized patients, as well as sedation of aggressive patients. The side effects are similar to what Grin claims in her doctor visits: feeling light-headed, fainting, dizziness, blurred vision.
Sertralina (Sertraline) is an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Sertraline is primarily used to treat major depression in adult outpatients as well as obsessive–compulsive, panic, and social anxiety disorders. It has the following side effects: Nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, increased sweating, diarrhea, upset stomach, or trouble sleeping may occur
April 24, 2009 – fourth attempt to falsify evidence
On April 24, Grin redoubles her effort to obtain some type of medical documentation to “prove” that she sustained an injury at the hands of her ex-husband. She is confounded by his insistence on having witnesses present whenever he drops off the children.
So she returns to her April 16 hospital visit and meets with her local doctor who repeats in his note what Grin says, that she suffered an “aggression” on April 16, 2009 casuing trauma “cranio-facciale” with injury to her lip and that she claims to have vertigo. He gives her 21 days of rest. She asks him to authorize an eye examination, which he does.
May 26, 2009 – fifth attempt to falsify evidence
Dr. La Torre (optometrist) does eye exam of Grin and writes to Dr Seghi that he could find “no alterations of sight attributed to trauma”. Instead, he notes that Grin suffers from strabism, a condition of lacking stereo-scopic vision, and he also indicates this is not related to trauma.
What La Torre and Seghi do not know (but La Torre confirms in any event) is that Grin has had issues with her vision at least since 1993 when she discovered, while at Harvard, that she had strabismus. She summarized the discovery of her hereditary condition after visiting the Harvard University Health Services (using their stationary): “My left eye’s strabismus is hereditary. So watch out for my children”
June 22, 2010 – sixth attempt to falsify evidence
A year later, even after a prosecutor and judge dismissed Grin’s accusations following a police investigation in which she was found to be lying, Grin continues to try to use her hereditary vision problem against her ex-husband. She takes another eye test called a “threshold exam” in which she tries to claim that she has a problem with her vision due to trauma.
But the operator who administers the exam catches Grin lying, and highlights her as a patient who is faking symptoms, noting on the exam report: “Low Patient Reliability” (under the notation “FASTPAC”) in the print out below.
Undeterred, Grin continues her claims of “loss of eyesight” when she arrives in Russia, claiming to Russian reporters that her hereditary condition was instead a result of domestic violence. She tells this to on-line tabloids like “Pravda.ru” which make no effort to confirm her accusations, do not contact any witnesses, and perhaps are ignorant to the dismissal of her false accusations.
After three years Grin realizes she has lost her ability to manipulate and further slow the Italianlegal process. She lost custody of her children, was given only 6 days per month visitation as she was deemed to be inadequate as a parent and mentally unstable and she kidnaps the four children out of Italy and hides them in institutions in Russia.
What Grin did to try to hurt her ex-husband was eventually stopped by the justice system. But almost one year has passed and the children have not come home