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Marianne Grin (Марианны Гринь) Discovery of Fraud – Part 2

Марианны Гринь

Marianne Grin
Марианны Гринь

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

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Chapter 2 of the Half Elf

Edo (left) and Eli meet briefly in Russia

As previously posted,  Eli (Elliot) began writing a book while 11-years old, getting up in the early morning before school each day to work on it.

Eli’s goal was to be published at 12. Although the mother, Marianne Grin, has prevented communications between Eli and his family and friends, the project to publish his book continued. Eli’s father has assembled the work he left behind, and drafts of the book have been reviewed by Eli’s close friend, Edo.

As a teaser, here is Half Elf – Chapter 2 by Elliot Mcilwrath.

CHAPTER 2

An Unplanned Trip

The room was white with doctors all around me all dressed in white.  Through the window I could see it was night outside but I had no idea what time it was.

“Hello there, sleepyhead!” said a man, the only one not dressed all in white. “You’ve been out for almost two days!”

He started to bombard me with questions. “How did it happen? Did you see the arrows before they hit you, or who was shooting them? Why were there arrows at the gym? Do you know why anyone might want to hurt you?”

Download entire second chapter:  Half Elf – Chapter 2

To Russia with Love: two Florentine children find their lost friends

Emma awaits her friend, Sara, at her last day of school in Russia

Travels with Emma and Edoardo to St. Petersburg on the trail (found) of the little ones kidnapped by their mother

From the Corriere Fiorentino (Florence edition of the Corriere della Sera), May 31, 2012: Corriere – page 1Corriere – page 2Corriere – page 3

ST. PETERSBURG  – Emma clasps tight in her hand a small card, as if it were a trophy. “This is priceless,” she tells her mother, skipping. Inside is the name of her dear friend, in Italian and Russian. It is priceless because that card is proof of an encounter that took too many months to occur. Mission accomplished. Emma and Sara, “friends for life,” finally managed to hug and now Emma is skipping as her dark eyes brim with joy. Her emotion from clasping that card so tight prompts her mother, Francesca, to tuck it safely into her purse so it doesn’t crumple.

Emma had to come to Russia to see her friend, and while preparing for this important trip she seemed much older than her nine years.  She waited for Sara for nine months in Florence, for her return from summer vacation. She was supposed to celebrate her birthday but that party never took place because Sara, together with her brothers – all in the custody of their father  by a court decree after the parent’s separation – was taken away to Russia, far from the father, the aunt and uncles, from their friends and from the lives they had always lived.

The criminal code refers to this as parental child abduction, a polite term for kidnapping, but for Emma it is simply called injustice. “Why did they leave without even saying goodbye?” she kept asking.  For months her parents hid the truth, and gradually her mother tried to explain.

Even Edoardo, 13 years old, last summer waited in vain for his friend Elliot to return from vacation. He waited because after having devoured together many fantasy novels, they decided to write a book based on real people. “We wanted to see who could write more – explained Edo – when he came to sleep at my house we would stay awake until late playing videogames and bouncing ideas off of each other about what to write.”

Elliot got all the way to 90 pages. That book is now in a computer file that remained in Florence when Elliot was forced to burn all of his bridges with the life he had always lived.

Michael, the “orphaned” father of his four children (Sam, 14, Elliot, 12, Sara, 9, and Ezra, 6) is an American lawyer who has spent his life in Italy.  Accustomed to difficult cases, he now finds himself with the most difficult battle of all. But he refuses to treat it as war. “I never declared war on anyone.  I only want my children to be well,” he repeats.  Notwithstanding the odyssey that he’s living through, he doesn’t use ferocious words against his ex wife. Of her he says only that, “she is ill and needs help, but refuses to accept any. She doesn’t realize the harm she is doing to the children.”

The Florence court two years ago awarded him sole custody of the children. A court-appointed psychologist painted a clear picture of the cyclone that was raging through Marianne’s mind. “Psychologically suffering with unpredictable and bizarre behavior, driven by paranoid fantasies” and victim of “plots and persecutions.”

Despite this psychological portrait, the judge allowed the mother to take the children on vacation as if that evaluation had never existed. Since last summer Michael’s life has been a pursuit without end. When he discovered where the children were located, he went to find them, a battle against his ex wife – who wants to prevent any contact with the children – and even the Russian media since Marianne presents her situation as an escape from Italy rendered necessary by a violent husband.  Only one newspaper, Fontanka, dug further, thanks to a reporter, Irina Tumakova, who did not limit herself to Marianne’s accusations but who actually read the documents, spoke with the protagonists, and in the end arrived at a different truth.  It was she who called the police when, a month ago, Michael came to the school where the children had been recently enrolled.

Only after the police arrived did the school director allow the children to see their father.  “He has his parental rights,” the policemen explained, “why are you not letting him see them?”  Since that moment, Michael’s life has been based on those trips to Russia, round trip Florence-St. Petersburg, to see his children, if only for a few minutes.

An apartment on the outskirts of town, three school changes: nine months of life as fugitives

A neighborhood of tall apartment buildings on the outskirts of the city, near the sea, with the occasional playground: this is where the fugitive children are now living. By car, it takes about an hour to get from there to the center of this imperial city, which was the court of the tsars. This suburb with its construction works strewn about seems so far from the postcards containing palaces and churches.

Since they arrived in Russia, at the end of August, the children have a fugitive’s life. They have changed school three times:  first one, then to an ultra-orthodox Jewish orphanage, from which the mother took the children out only on weekends, and finally this blue institute near the apartment where they now live.

Today the school is festive because it is the last day of elementary school.  There’s a play, music, and song, and the presentation of end-of-the-year reports.

When Sara sees her dear friend she panics and runs away.  Emma is holding a present for that birthday that was never celebrated. She drew two little girls who are holding each others’ hands. She wrote, “Emma and Sara: friends for life” and she had it printed on a t-shirt.

Edo meets Elliot and gives him a videogame as a present. They talk non-stop the entire morning. It’s the magic of children who manage to latch onto an uninterrupted thread months later, as if no time had gone by.

There she is, the fugitive woman. Wearing a fuchsia pullover and with a camera in hand, she mingles with the other mothers. When she sees the friends from Italy, together with her ex-husband and the children’s uncle Kevin who came from the USA, she cannot hide her anger. She speaks to the children’s friends, scolding them, “Why did you come without telling me? This shows a lack of respect!”

Emma tries to say hello to her friend from the distance, and then breaks out in tears. She only manages to deliver her gift as Marianne takes Sara away.  But a couple of hours later the unexpected call arrives: the children can come to her house. When Sara opens the door, she is wearing the t-shirt that Emma made. Edoardo and Elliot play ball like old times.

In order for this to occur, however, Marianne had imposed her rules, which seem like those dictated by a hostage-taker negotiating the release of one of the hostages:  telephone calls only from a Russian phone number, no adults may be present, the children must arrive on their own to the gate, and she alone will come down and get them.

Earlier in the day, Marianne had explained to Edoardo – why him is anyone’s guess – that she has little money left.  She said that because dentists are expensive, she had to have the children’s braces removed from their teeth.  I wanted to ask Marianne why she refused to accept the father’s offer to pay for all of their health expenses, dental included, in one of the best medical clinics in the city.  But she didn’t want questions and instead just shouted, “go away, I’m calling the police.”

The meeting of the children lasts an hour.  When they leave the apartment, Emma and Edoardo have happiness painted on their faces. “Can we come back tomorrow?” they ask. Marianne will disappear into a void for the nth time. Her phone will ring unanswered in the days that follow.

The mother’s lies: “Papa, why do you want to lock my brother up in an asylum?”

The next day, the father returns to the school with Edo and uncle Kevin. The only one present is Elliot. Sam – the previous day – had attacked the father from behind, when he saw him at school, and doesn’t want to see him.

The meeting with Elliot takes place in a room in the presence of the school psychologist. At the beginning he refuses to speak with his father or to look him in the eye. Then, between laughs at his uncle Kevin’s clowning and his friend Edoard, he levels the following accusation at his dad: “you were here in court on February 7, my birthday, and you didn’t even give me a present. You want to take us away from here in order to put my brother Sam into an insane asylum.”

Michael calmly explains that this isn’t true at all, that he didn’t even know where they were then [NDR and that the accusation of putting his brother in an asylum is false].  And in a moment he understands that the hardest rock to climb won’t be to win a judicial battle, but to combat the lies and phantoms that Marianne is fabricating day after day in the minds of the children.

Antonella Mollica
antonella.mollica@rcs.it