Alimony Killed Robin Williams, But The problem Is Bigger Than Imagined.

by Bruce Eden –

Actor-comedian extraordinaire Robin Williams had serious money troubles with alimony months before he committed suicide.

Robin Williams‘ tragic death at age 63 came as a shock to the world who knew him only as a lovable comic figure. But a source close to the Mrs. Doubtfire star tells that in addition to his addiction struggle, the actor recently confided to a family friend that he had “serious money troubles,” and was worried about his family’s financial security.

According to a family friend who had spoken to Williams recently, “All he could talk about were serious money troubles. There were clearly other issues going on and Robin sounded distant during the telephone conversation. Robin was known for being so generous to his friends and family during the height of his success, and would help anyone out that needed it.”

“There was also frustration that Robin expressed at having to take television and movie roles he didn’t want to take, but had to for the paycheck,” the source said, referencing his recently announced decision to film Mrs. Doubtfire 2. “Doing sequels was never Robin’s thing, and he wasn’t that excited at having to reprise the role of Mrs. Doubtfire, which was scheduled to start filming later this year.”

He also recently worked on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third installment in that franchise.

In addition, Williams revealed in a Parade Magazine interview last year, that he took a role on the now-defunct CBS show The Crazy Ones because he needed the paycheck.

“The idea of having a steady job is appealing,” Williams told the magazine. “There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way.”

“I’m selling the ranch up in Napa,” he said of his $35 million Villa Sorriso. “I just can’t afford it anymore.”

Though Williams had one of Hollywood’s most enduring careers, divorce ­ from first wife Valerie Velardi in 1988, and from second wife, Marsha Garces in 2008 ­ had gutted his bank account.

“Divorce is expensive,” he recently said. “I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money’, but they changed it to ‘alimony’. It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.”

With financial pressures weighing, the insider said that the cancellation of The Crazy Ones in May sent him spiraling.

“Robin slipped into a deep depression,” the source said. “He felt embarrassed and humiliated that the show had been a failure. It was very hard for Robin to accept. Here he was in his sixties, and forced to take a role on television for the money. It’s just not where he thought he would be at this point in his life.”

Williams is survived by third wife, Susan Schneider, and three children,Zachary Pym, 31, from his first wife, Velardi, daughter, Zelda, 25, and son,Cody, 25, from his second marriage to Garces.

It drives 50 fathers a day to commit suicide in the U.S. alone. “Every year 24,000 men commit suicide. Every 22 minutes one male commits suicide. Based on the fact that a divorced male is 2.5 to 3 times more likely to commit suicide than the average male, the estimate for divorced men, most likely fathers since there is tremendously more trauma placed on them, committing suicide every year would be 15,000 to 18,000 men.” – | Distraught Father’s Courthouse Suicide Highlights America’s Male Suicide Epidemic

According to Los Angeles divorce consultant Jayne Major: “Divorced men are often devastated by the loss of their children. It’s a little known fact that in the United States men initiate only a small number of the divorces involving children. Most of the men I deal with never saw their divorces coming, and they are often treated very unfairly by the family courts.” “The courts in the United States are in a position now whereby money is given to the woman, or the man is forced to pay alimony, child support. The man is also asked, in some cases, to vacate the house.”
“There have been a lot of people labouring in the family and father’s rights fields for a long time, and they as well say it is a terrible uphill battle … and I understand 20,000 wronged fathers are committing suicide in the US each year, so we have a few hundred thousand dead from these last decades from these crimes, and so many millions of families and children harmed.” – Dr. Les Sachs

Implementing the “Family Law Act of 1970” caused the divorce rate to jump almost 40% in just one year. 21 million Americans died as a direct result of this increased divorce rate, including one million divorce related suicides and one million divorce related homicides in the 20th Century alone. 8 million of these deaths were due solely to the 44% increase in the premature mortality rate of the children of divorce.

The increased divorce rate in the US killed 21 million Americans in the 20th Century alone. Each additional one hundred divorces nationwide parallels five additional suicides, ten additional murders, twenty additional rapes, and three hundred more men in prison. The fifty fold increase in the US divorce rate paralleled a ten-fold increase in the murder rate and a seventeen fold increase in the incarceration rate. In the four minutes it will take you to read this page, eighteen more fellow Americans will be divorced, and nine will die as a direct result of that divorce.

The Centers for Disease Control report that divorce triples the risk of suicide. Twelve different scholarly studies demonstrate that divorce significantly increases the premature mortality of fathers, mothers, and the children of divorce. Divorce and illegitimacy put almost half of the nation’s children in fatherless households where they are up to 73 times more likely to be fatally abused. One child of divorce dies prematurely for each 15 divorces in the US.

“Social workers were identified as falsifying records and lying in court, and I heard horror stories from family court judges. The lack of transparency has harmed far too many families and children,’’ Kentucky Rep. Susan Westrom said.

Former Family Court Judge Deann Salcido “family court is a circus. Its a billion dollar industry in which the public, the average citizen’s interest, is lost.”

March 2014: Judge Joe Brown, age 66, was sentenced to five days in jail after he “challenged the authority” of Magistrate Harold Horne and stated “This is a circus sir. “ Brown, a former Shelby County criminal judge, was in court to represent a client in a child-support case and experienced first-hand the intolerable egos, corruption, and falsified paperwork which is stealing children for profits, incarcerating fit, loving parents for “contempt”, and driving 50 fathers a day to suicide in the U.S. alone. Judge Brown exposed falsified documents in an attempt to keep him behind bars longer. The U.S. judicial system is now repeatedly caught falsifying test results, paperwork, court recordings, withholding exculpatory evidence, falsifying evidence. Ken Burns even made a documentary about it.

“As bad as the Bush Justice Department was, we didn’t see this kind of … vindictive and selective prosecution of people that we see under Obama,” John Kiriakou said. “That’s really what it is, it’s vindictive and it’s selective.”

“I don’t want public attention because I don’t want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing… I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in… I do not expect to see home again. I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things… I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.” ~ Edward Snowden

“Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.” ~U.S. Congressman Larry P. McDonald.


Randy Orville Brouse, 33, of Illinois, when jailed for felony failure to pay child support, hung himself on July 21, 2003. Prior to his death, he was one of 50 Hillsdale County’s “Most Wanted”. All are alleged to be dangerous and wanted “for serious and often violent crimes”. In fact, more than 60% are wanted only for failure to pay child support. The Hillsdale’s dangerous, “Most Wanted” list of those unable to pay the court ordered amount of child support consists of 32 people of the 51 Most Wanted. Randy is still on the list. How many of these dangerous felons will take Randy’s place on the Hillsdale mortuary slab before these atrocities end?

According to the unConstitutional family court’s rulings, that made the “Most Wanted” financially responsible for amounts they are unable to pay and visitors to their children, the public is to believe these 32 parents would rather, have their driver’s license revoked, lose their voting rights, lose access to firearms for defense of home and self-protection, lose their job and ability to find a job, be incarcerated and even to be forced to the point of taking their own lives, than pay money to support their children. The problem is, even after their children have been stolen from them, most have paid all they can and are NOT ABLE to pay anymore.

Trevor Goddard, 37, of North Hollywood, California, committed suicide on June 8, 2003. Goddard was at the height of his career. His credits include, Mortal Kombat, Men of War, JAG, Deep Rising, Gone in 60 Seconds, and the recently released, Pirates of the Caribbean. Few know that Trevor was in the middle of a divorce and finding out just what that means to a loving father. There were many articles on his death, but, only one mentioned his pending divorce.

Unknown man, unknown age, of Kendallville, Indiana, committed possible suicide in the only article released on his death. There was no response, the typical media response, to the email sent by his close friend to the 22 email addresses at kpc news. When this article is pubished, the author will send them the address of this article, the name of the unknown man, the link to their story, the link to the email to them, ask them their secrets to sound sleep and ask them, again, to do a follow-up story on James Betzner. They must have some great remedies to sleep after ignoring the email sent to them and still not publishing another story. Will those remedies work for the next unknown man article?

Robert R Steadman, 33, of Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania, hung himself in April, 2003 during his second imprisonment for failure to pay child support. Since Robert was only one sentence of the story dealing with suicide watch policy changing for that prison, it is unknown if this second jailing was a 90 day recycle. The recycle is a jail term of 90 days. After 90 days, the prisoner is released, only to be greeted by another incarceration for failure to pay child support for 90 days and the cycle is continued.

Reinaldo Rivera, 25, of New Jersey was jailed for failure to pay child support. He hung himself with a sheet after one week in jail in April, 2003.

Mark Edward Dexel, 42, of Canada hung himself on January, 23, 2003 in a Kamloops motel after he was banned from seeing his son by the Canadian family courts.

Derrick K. Miller, 43, of San Diego, California, walked up the steps courthouse steps to the San Diego family court’s security guard on January 7, 2002. Miller had recently been judged to pay support he obviously did not have. While holding his divorce papers in one hand and pulling a pistol in the other, he told the guard, “You did this to me!”. Derrick quickly pulled the trigger, on the only option left to him and many other fathers, that sent a bullet through his head and died.

Carl Tarzwell, Jr., 37, was arrested on June 20, 2001, for failing to pay child support. Carl hung himself within a few hours of being jailed. Carl’s death was revealed in a November, 2001, article dealing with excessive suicides in prison.

James Gunter, 45, an emergency services police officer, described as “one of those steely, go-to guys, a natural in a crisis”, took his life on the third try while incarcerated for the third time. James was arrested for failing to pay child support and failing to stay away from his ex-wife. Gunter’s daughter stated, “He couldn’t stand to be away from his kids,”. James Gunter found peace on September 15, 2000. It was not until March 24, 2002 that Jame’s story became noted by the press in a story about jails being at fault for lack of care in suicides.

Randy Johnson, 34, of Sommerset, Kentucky hung himself on the second day of his incarceration for felony failure to pay child support in January, 2001. He could have been sentenced to 5 years. Johnson worked for the Sugar Shack making donuts. His employer said he was trying to lead a new life. Johnson’s story is revealed in an article about suicides in Boyle County prison.

Darren Bruce White, 34, of B.C., Canada, killed himself sometime between March 12, 2000 and March 17, 2000, when his body was found. Darren’s suicide came shortly after a court ruling he was capable, something US family courts are also known to do as attested by the author in his personal experience, of paying $2,071 a month in support. The court had no concern that he was paying $439 a month support in his first marriage and was only making $950 a month salary. White’s daughter, Ashlee, expresses her grief regarding the current system.

Dimitrius Underwood, 22, the defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, slashed his throat with a kitchen knife when the Lansing police tried to arrest him for failing to pay child support. Dimitrius’s story, due to his notoriety, was published quickly on September 28, 1999. But, as usual, the article only dealt with the effect and not the cause.

David Guinn, 38, incarcerated for probation violations and was behind on his child support, hung himself on November, 1998.

James A. Poore, 33, of Bristol, Tennessee, arrested for failing to appear at a child custody hearing, found a shotgun while on a work release program and promptly blew a hole in his chest in March, 1999. Sheriff Eddie Barnes stated it would not stop the work release program.

Kenneth Taylor, 40, of Nebraska, hung himself while jailed for felony child support in November, 1999.

By Bruce Eden, Civil Rights Director                                                                                                                                                                            DADS (Dads Against Discrimination)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


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