Herkimer Soars As Americans Migrate From Coasts

Hits: 15

Stephen Ames Berry

Herkimer’s soaring into a brave new world, as people migrating from our coasts to climate and pandemic safety zones such as upstate New York move here, contending briskly for homes. A house in our cute conveniently located village seems to sell every 90 seconds, even as prices continue ever upward. The sharp-eyed will have spotted license plates from as far away as Alaska and Washington state, California and Texas, with the Carolinas and Florida well-represented. 

There are a phenomenal number of people scoping out our once forgotten area. Linda Kaidan’s photos of the Mohawk Valley, centered on Herkimer, have had over 4 million views. In the last 30 days, The Herkimer Post has enjoyed almost 15,000 page views, 90% of them from new visitors. We have a well-earned reputation for telling it as it is. And you do want to know how it is there before you commit to someplace new. (“We Publish What They Won’t” proclaims our masthead. We are not “The Herkimer Happy Hour.”)

Herkimer Post 30 Day Page Views as of 5.4.21
Herkimer Post 30 Day Page Views as of 5.4.21

When the eviction moratorium ends, we’ll probably see more houses for sale here as nonpaying tenants are moved on and battered owners decide to wash their hands of what was once a safe, reliable investment. Even then there won’t be enough housing stock to meet the press of the demand.

Historically in boom times, undeveloped land is the next to go. Given the rapid growth of chip manufacturing in Upstate, notably Cree in Utica, this region may become the new Silicon Valley. Hopefully, New York will impose strict controls on growth. I hope we won’t see our magnificent countryside crammed with houses and choked by traffic. 

 

Somangshu Mukherji’s Brazen Lawlessness And Treachery

Hits: 32

Stephen Ames Berry

Latest in the ongoing series A Herkimer Kidnapping, which chronicles the illegal taking of our four-year-old grandson Avram from his mother by her Green Card husband, U. Mich professor Somangshu Mukherji, and Mukherji’s continuing outrages against our family. Our daughter Alexandra hasn’t seen her son for two years and only spoken with him twice.

Somangshu Mukherji And The Little Boy Who Wasn’t There exposed the cruel hoax Mukherji perpetrated on his mentally ill American wife, inviting her to visit with her young son in Ann Arbor, only to find after a grueling trip that Mukerji had left the four-year-old with a couple in Rhode Island. (Mukherji’s not his birth father.) Mukherji succeeded in making her return train trip to us here in New York harrowing.

Somangshu Mukherji Violates Custody Order – Stealthily Exiles His “Beloved Son” To Rhode Island

During his custody hearing testimony, Mukherji complained that the presence of his “beloved son” interfered with his academic duties and research..

By exiling little Avram, Mukherji, the sole custodial parent, flagrantly violated multiple Michigan family court orders–the child was not to be with anyone other than Mukhjeri and not to be removed from Michigan. Yet Mukerhji placed him without court approval with a couple over 700 miles away, exposing his true feelings for the unfortunate boy his wife alleged he often called “the little bastard.”

As Mukherji likes to point out, I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me his admitted callous disregard of a small child entrusted to his care puts him a  risk of criminal prosecution for child neglect and abuse. 

When Mukherji’s heinous and illegal conduct was outed by Avram’s grandmother in a surprise visit to Rhode Island, Mukherji threatened  her and Avram’s mother with arrest. He asserted in an email exchange with Alex that the power of attorney he’d given the couple to care for Avram was all the authority he needed to be rid of the kid.

Our Grandson Avram Is Back In Ann Arbor

In a safety and wellness check on 4/12/21, Ann Arbor police confirmed that Avram was finally back at Mukherji’s townhouse condo in Ann Arbor.  (Michigan State Police had reported on 10/21/20 that Avram wasn’t there.) We’ve reported Mukherji multiple times to Michigan Child Protection Services.

Alex has been allowed to speak with her son twice for a total of about 30 seconds since Mukherji says he returned him to Michigan. Although Mukerji teaches via Zoom, he refused to put Avram on camera, true to the obscene vow that earned him a restraining order: “You’ll never see your son again!” Mukherji says our grandson (still not toilet trained at 4) is enrolled in Ann Arbor’s premier daycare center, Gretchen’s House. And why would we not believe him? 

Somangshu Mukherji Impedes Parenting Time For Avram’s Mother

In violation of a May 2020 Ann Arbor  Family Court order, Mukherji has impeded parenting time for Alexandra: he refuses to speak with her about scheduling and told Alex that he’d called the court-appointed parenting time coordinator, Catholic Charities Social Services of Ann Arbor, to advise he would not participate in parenting time, and that talking with her son would jeopardize Avram’s safety. (Per a three-way phonecon on 3/17/21 between Alex, her mother, and Catholic Charities.)

Somangshu Mukherji’s Identity Theft And Tax Fraud

Somangshu Mukherji Commits Tax Fraud
The Treachery Never Ends: Somangshu Mukherji Steals His Penniless American Wife’s Stimulus Payments

Alex has lived in upstate New York with us since January of 2019. She was eagerly looking forward to receiving her Federal Stimulus payments so she could retain a Michigan attorney to pursue enforcement of her visitation rights. Those payments never came. Mukherji stole the first two and tried to get the third one.

In February, Alex met with an IRS agent in the Utica IRS office. According to the tax transcript  IRS gave her, Mukherji filed his tax year 2019 return as a joint return, fraudulently signing Alex’s name. Based on that identity theft, he was paid her portion of Stimulus Payments 1 and 2, totaling $1,800, laundering her payments through the medium of an old joint bank she’d forgotten. As he’s historically done, Mukherji moved her money to his own account.

Alex found and closed that account. And seemingly in just time for Mukherji’s combined electronic “family” stimulus payment of $4,200 to bounce, $1,400 of which was our daughter’s money. Given her identity theft and fraud reports to IRS, Mujkherji may never see any of that money or the new child tax credit.  Then there are his fraudulent tax filings with the State of Michigan.

Federal and state tax authorities will audit Somangshu Mukherji. If the fraud reports are confirmed, penalties and interest will be assessed. Mukherji could also be charged with a felony and deported.

Although he does not seem to have a job for the coming academic year, Mukherji appears to have used some of his more recent ill-gotten gains to finance his defamation suit against me. It would have amused him.

In January, I was deposed for six hours by Mukherji’s two attorneys regarding my allegedly defamatory postings about him, albeit in the comfort of my home and underwear. (Mukherji was present as a muted observer. Perhaps he thought it was a trial.)

Somangshu Mukherji’s Income Doesn’t Support His Serial Litigation Passion

UMich Professor Somangshu Mukherji sues his "white trash" American wife and her "pedophile" father.
11.14.20 Prof. Somangshu Mukerji’s largest body of work: litigation against his “trailer trash” American wife and her “pedophile” dad. His restraining order and our failed attempts to have him served for spousal support lie at the bottom. (5.1.21 The mound’s grown about six Inches since the photo was taken.)

Somangshu Mukherji clears about $2,000 bimonthly, according to the joint checking account statement Alex obtained while shutting down his money laundering account. He rents an upscale condo townhouse at 2767 Barclay Way, Ann Arbor, close to where he teaches. Similar condos rent for $2,000 a month.

Minc Law of Ohio, the defamation litigation specialists representing Mukherji, state that “If your case proceeds all the way to trial, it’s possible to see total costs reach $30,000 to $60,000.” And to trial it is going. Minc’s initial retainer requirement is $7,500, with the amount on deposit never allowed to drop below $1,000. My son-in-law must also cover the costs of Minc Law’s New York co-counsel, Peter S. Hobaica of Utica.

Somangshu’s current legal adventure is nearing its third year and is tentatively scheduled for jury trial in November of this year. My son-in-law is not a wealthy man and is not from wealthy circumstances–his parents are retired and live in India. (Unlike his only child, Somangshu’s father is an eminent scholar, Professor Nirmalangshu Mukherji.) 

Somamgshu’s defamation suit is but the latest expression of his passion for expensive paper. His child custody litigation, order of protection, avoidance of divorce and spousal support for his mentally ill American wife, the source of his Green Card, have so far generated about another 6 inches of paper above that shown in the 16-pound mound above. He must have surely spent in the middle to high five-figures in legal expenses these past three years.

“How does Somangshu Mukherji, on his modest income, afford his lifestyle even while bettering the lives of so many attorneys? Not by teaching music theory.”

Somangshu Mukherji – A History of Abuse and Treachery

How does Somagnshu Mukherji, on his modest income, afford his lifestyle even while bettering the lives of so many attorneys? Not by teaching music theory.

Alex, back with us after an absence of many years, and stable on her meds, has some insight: Her husband Somangshu is a big saver, she reports. Of his and others’ money. 

A Big Saver of His And Others’ Money

Somangshu Mukherji A Big Saver of His and Others' Money
Somangshu Mukherji – A big saver of his and other peoples’ money.

Back in 2003, after we posted a $40,000 bond to help Somangshu stay in the US after Harvard curtailed their sponsorship for his alleged “academic dishonesty,” we gave Alex $25,000 to attend community college in Charlestown, MA, and to get her own place. She rented an apartment with Somangshu, who used her money to pay the rent and all their other expenses. “He said he was a poor man,” she said.  

A few years later, when Mukherji was a lecturer at Princeton, I cosigned a Federal student loan for Alex so she could, at his insistence, resume her art studies Queen’s College in NYC. Faster than summer lightning, she says, he stealthily moved the cash payout portion of her loan from their joint account into his own account. That money was for her educational expenses  She never saw a penny of it. She was very ill at the time with the untreated bipolarism Mukerhji ignored. She dropped out of college. I am still paying on that loan. 

And of course, Somagnshu is very frugal. In her custody case filings, Alex attested to his never buying anything for Avram but diapers, formula and Ovaltine, denying our grandson decent clothes, shoes and toys. “Never a dime,” she said. Alex he kept in rags and ill-fitting shoes. For years. Us he kept out of her life, she attested, confiscating the phones and clothes and toys we sent her, restricting and monitoring her Internet activities, and imposing a regime of forced social isolation. 

Avram was overjoyed with his first toys ever when Alex and he fled here in February of 2019:

Avram first toys ever
2/19 Herkimer, NY. Avram delights in first toys ever. His toys are here. He’s gone. There were no toys for him at Somangshu’s house. Just gruel and ill-fitting old shoes and clothes. (He’s wearing the new clothes we bought him.)

Somangshu Mukherji’s relationship with his American family has been one of endless treachery.” 

Somangshu Mukherji – A Purpose For Writing

 Writing this, I struggled for the right word to describe our son-in-law’s 17-year relationship with our family. Conning. grifting, knavery? They don’t jibe, and they don’t speak to the depth of his perfidy. He’s repaid kindness with abuse, warmth with cruelty and open-heartedness with thievery.

I finally hit on it: treachery. Somangshu Mukherji’s relationship with his American family has been one of endless treachery. 

At my deposition, one of Somagnshu’s attorneys intimated that my postings are impacting my son-in-law’s ability to find employment, and reminded me that Somangshu is the sole breadwinner for our grandson. I said if Somangshu wanted to see why he couldn’t find a job, he had but to look into a mirror. And of course, one doesn’t negotiate with a faithless hostage-taker.

I’m not young. I’ve written this series not solely out of a duty to warn about my smooth-talking son-in-law, but also in the hope that someday our grandson will read it and know that, no matter what he’s been told, his true family fought for him and loves him and always will. 

Fair winds and following seas to you always, Avram.

Avram Mukherji Exploring
Our house, Herkimer NY, February 2019. Our grandson Avram delighting in his first-ever toys.

Anti-Copyright Notice

The author of this work hereby waives all claim of copyright (economic and moral) in this work and immediately places it in the public domain; it may be used, distorted or destroyed in any manner whatsoever without further attribution or notice to the creator.

Vaccinated? Prove It. New York’s Covid-19 Vaccination Passport

Hits: 61

Stephen Ames Berry

“In every well-ordered society…the rights of the individual may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand.” Justice John Harlan 1905

Responding to vaccination resistance during a smallpox epidemic, the US Supreme Court found in 1905 found that Americans do not have an inalienable right to sicken others. 

Criminals are producing forgeries of the CDC Covid-19 paper vaccination card. Hopefully, the Feds will eventually create and mandate an encrypted card verifiable in real-time from a federal database. Until, then New York again leads the way, with its unhackable pass from IBM. Excelsior! indeed. I ❤ New York.
 
Walmart will be issuing digital passports to those vaccinated in its stores, possibly as a way to restrict access and encourage vaccinations. Not being able to shop at the fabled Supercenters should encourage even the most selfish to be vaccinated.
 
Get vaccinated, please. If not for yourself, for your kids: Covid-19 variants are rapidly spreading and sickening children.
 

Beyond-Barcode Scanning Chaos at Walmart Herkimer NY

Hits: 96

Linda Kaidan

Yesterday when shopping at the Herkimer New York Walmart, I had to call for assistance 4 times at the self-checkout, as the software failed to recognize some scanned items, including fresh produce and cat food. My daughter had a worse experience that same day, trying to use her  EBT card. After 30 minutes of shopping, her purchase was canceled and all items returned to the shelves due to a single item recognition failure.

The cashier guessed that it was because she used her EBT card to purchase organic carrots. It is normal for humans to attribute cause to action, but the untrained Walmart clerk’s analysis was wrong: In New York, organic food products can be purchased with SNAP benefits. My daughter noticed that many carts ladened with food were being returned to the shelves by employees.

Walmart’s Deficient Image Capture Checkout Software

It’s apparent that Walmart’s point of sale software is using image capture to verify checkout items. When the barcode or customer-identified item does not agree with the image, the item is rejected by the checkout system. For an EBT purchase, the entire purchase is terminated. This is demoralizing and disrespectful to customers. The Walmart staff is obviously not trained to handle this situation, easily triggering a conflict between the staff member and the frustrated customer.
That my order, purchased with a debit card, wasn’t canceled but my daughter’s SNAP-based purchase was, indicates a value judgment by Walmart staff that SNAP benefit recipients are inherently suspicious.
(When my daughter objected to the cancellation of her order and the rudeness of the customer service rep, the checkout employee called security and store management.)

A better approach would be to publicly identify certain Point of Sale self-checkout machines and let the customer decide to use them as a part of an announced beta test of the software. Customer time should not be wasted because Walmart software doesn’t work. Employees should not speculate about invalid items and should be trained to treat all customers with respect.

Walmart is generally the least expensive and best-stocked place to buy food. Walmart is a leader in Business Intelligence and is planning to fully automate stores, as is Amazon. Change can be challenging–those considering a career in retail should look to other occupations that aren’t so easily automated.

 

 

Drug Thug Kim Vargas Models TV Toss And Washer Drop Skills

Hits: 102

Stephen Ames Berry

Last Wednesday our neighbor, Herkimer drug thug Kim Vargas, demonstrated skills acquired through decades of deadbeatism. Called on to surrender her unpaid for rented TV and laundry equipment, Vargas, tenant of Ft. Plain landlord Joe Handy, flawlessly demonstrated the aerodynamic potential of a flatscreen TV, sending it soaring gracefully from the driveway of her 328 Pleasant Avenue driveway to land beside the Great Rentals pickup van. Vargas then delivered the coup de gras to the machine, chucking it into the van as the Great Rentals guys stood clear.

Not pressing their luck, the rental recovery crew called the Herkimer Police to aid in the recovery of their laundry equipment from mighty mini Vargas. After some off-camera discussion with officers, Vargas again showed off her well-honed vandalism skills, scoring a perfect ten-point washer drop onto the sidewalk. A neighbor kindly delivered an unharmed dryer to the van (not shown), ending that day’s performance. Rest assured, there will be more. Vargas is an unending source of entertainment.

Does Kim Vargas have a sugar daddy? She couldn’t afford the equipment rental fees, yet someone’s paying for those FedEx Ground packages she gets day after day, week after week.

“Jews Telling People What To Do!” Kim Vargas’ Brother-in-Law, Thug Vargas, Moves On

Hits: 86

Stephen Ames Berry

Thursday, 3/18, gave a brief glimpse of the simmering conflict between Herkimer’s entrenched gang families, their combat-seasoned neighbors, and the Herkimer community’s desire to see drug and child trafficking gone. Its focal point was the angry departure of Thug Vargas from 328 Pleasant Ave. Thug is the brother-in-law of our immediate neighbor Kim Vargas, who we’ve outed for drug trafficking and neighbor harassment. Don’t know his first name, but Thug is appropriate. (Surely there’s a warrant out somewhere on this guy?)

At 12:24 pm we heard enraged males shouting incoherently, off-camera, from the direction of the Vargas’ driveway. It’s next to landlord Jay Smith’s 326 1/2 Pleasant Avenue, aka The Drunks’ House.  The loudest voice sounded like Kim Vargas’ brother-in-law, Thug Vargas—we know his voice from the Vargases’ threats and harassment. (“Kick your teeth down your throat.” I was trimming my yard.)

“We waited, but no pitchforks-and-torches mob descended on us…

Our indefatigable resident Jew popped outside for a moment as the angry shouting continued. “Some guy screamed ‘…Jews telling people what to do!” she reported. I pulled the audio feed. Couldn’t distinguish much from amid the berserk male voices. I may have heard “scum” repeated a few times. We waited, but no pitchforks-and-torches mob descended on us, for which we thank the well-known synergy between our surveillance cameras and law enforcement.

Video Timeline

12:26 pm (0.01-0.17) Thug Vargas gets into U-Haul and drives off. Haven’t seen him since.

12:29 – 12:32 pm (0.18-1:10) Two Herkimer Police officers visit with the Vargases. (We didn’t call them. Our thanks to whoever did.)

1: 55pm – 2:04 pm (01:14-end)  In the tradition of Jew gassing… I was out on an errand. Our driveway was clean when I left and filled with the usual pesticide when I returned. Only two vehicles passed in that brief time. One was neighbor Joyce Barton’s (333 Pleasant) gray car, the other an unfamiliar pickup truck. Over the years we’ve documented the drug-dealing Bartons’ rich history of harassment, assault and poison gassing of us.

With the weather turning nice we expect some of our murderous band of neighbors will try to resume their traditional Spring harassment and poisoning offensive. (Year eight.) In the past, we’ve overheard that our child trafficking and drug trafficking videos “hurt a lot of families”.

Herkimer Police respond to Kim Vargas 328 Pleasant Avenue
3.18.21 Herkimer Police respond to Kim Vargas’ 328 Pleasant Avenue again.

Herkimer Folks Not A Pack of Rabid Bigots

Note to new readers: We’ve been getting thousands of views per month from ip addresses across the US. Except for our child trafficking series, this is unusual for us. We assume many are from people looking to relocate. Underway now seems to be the start of the largest mass migration since the fall of the Roman Empire. Certainly, any decent real estate in our village is sold almost the instant its listed. License plates from coastal states and as far way as Alaska, California,and Nevada have been spotted in the Walmart parking lot.

About those Devolved Humans In Our Videos

The devolved humans on our street and in our videos aren’t reflective of Herkimer as a whole. Pleasant Avenue has long a gang street, and we’re ringed by the several houses still occupied by gang members, dug in like ticks.

Kyle Stone performs
Herkimer’s post child of a devolved human: Our neighbor Kyle “Gonna sell crack until I die” Stone, 328 Pleasant Avenue

It’s become obvious that the wholesale drug and child trafficking reported here has sharply declined. Regional and federal law enforcement have eyes in the skies and boots on the ground, and we quickly post about evildoing. Backed by the state police, the Herkimer PD has stepped up and respond speedily and effectively.  Herkimer and all of Upstate New York are an area in transition.

Much of the property here in south Herkimer village is in sound shape, with spacious, sturdy 19th-century homes built by the master carpenters of the vanished Herkimer Standard Desk Company. They’re underpriced and in the most flood-safe part of the village, neighborhoods protected by a network of well-maintained dykes.

Flood control berm Herkimer NY
One of Herkimer’s many flood control berms.

Those properties will come on the market once their owners are convinced that housing traffickers is no longer profitable. 

The area around Herkimer’s gorgeous, sitting as it does at the confluence of the Mohawk River and West German Creek., an easy fifteen-minute walk from our home:

 

 

 

Welcome Herkimer Newcomers! But Beware

Hits: 150

Stephen Ames Berry

Welcome Herkimer newcomers! It’s obvious you’re here–there are but a paltry handful of houses for sale in our pinch-its-cute-little-cheeks village. (Locals are over their shock and quickly fixing up properties.) The good stuff quickly vanishes even as realtors scramble for listings. Same throughout the Mohawk Valley. And Utica! Talk about a renaissance. That grimy old rustbelt city looks like someone swung wide its top and is pouring in the hidden horde of Bernie Madoff. After years here in the trenches and predicting this, it’s exciting and gratifying. 

If you’ve been reading our blog, you know much about the hidden Herkimer we stumbled into 7 years ago. #HereBeDragons And yet still you came.

But as many of you came bearing license plates from as far away as California, Texas, Alaska and Washington (“The Evergreen State” their plate read hopefully), you may not know of the false promises of our New York weather. Today, for example, holds the promise of an early spring. As with many things Herkimer, appearances can be deceiving. Fulfilling our civic duty to warn, below’s a pictorial guide to New York weather. (Tip: Now’s a great time to buy a snowblower.)

Again, welcome aboard. The world and Herkimer are changing around us. Don’t know how it’ll all shake out, but just by moving here, you’ve infused new life and possibilities into our cynical old village. Going to be good days ahead. Stay safe.

Herkimer weather unmasked

 

Herkimer Covid-19 Deaths Per Infected Much Lower Than Norm

Hits: 310

Herkimer’s Covid-19 survival rate is much higher than that of New York State, the US, and the world!

by Linda Kaidan

As I went doom scrolling recently, I was amazed to discover that Herkimer County has a much lower death rate among Covid-19 infected. In comparison to world stats of 1 death in 44.6, Herkimer has reported 1 death in 81.7. New York State reports 1 death in 21.7 infected. It appears that up till now individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19 in our county were 4 times less likely to die from this virus than in New York State as a whole.

This data came from Worldometer today, December 12, 2020. We can conjecture why. Is our health data erroneous? Are Herkimer County residents super isolative in nature? Did I do my math wrong? Or do we possess some type of immunity?  This last hypothesis is my favorite. Last year family members here became quite ill with the flu lasting 3 months. (August-November 2019). The symptoms were very similar to those of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.  A near epidemic flu was reported in the US at that time.

Often statistics are given as occurrences per 100,000–homeowners, high school graduates, teachers per 100,000. I find the 1 in a number statistic more compelling because it’s personal and easily visualized. We can clearly imagine sitting in a classroom with 80 people. One gets up and walks away.

Somangshu Mukherji And The Little Boy Who Wasn’t There

Hits: 1725

Stephen Ames Berry

Avram Mukherji Exploring
Herkimer 2/19 Avram Exploring His First-Ever Toys

 Latest in the series A Herkimer Kidnapping

Overview

After winning sole custody of our 4-year-old grandson, University of Michigan Professor Somangshu Mukherji had Avram’s mother stripped of visitation rights. Stealthily depositing Avram 740 miles away, Mukherji returned to his solitary life in Ann Arbor. 

He’d successfully shucked himself of his mentally ill American wife–the ticket to his green card–and of her son, who was not his blood relative. Free of the double-edged threat of child and spousal support, Somangshu Mukherji lay back to enjoy the prospect of lifetime tenure and a six-figure income. The good life was at hand.

Alas! The best-laid plans…

In April of 2019, our grandson Avram was taken from his mother here in our home in Herkimer, New York. He was taken by Herkimer County Sheriff’s deputies without a New York court order, at the behest of our wife’s husband, University of Michigan music professor Somangshu Mukherji, an Indian national. 

4.11.19 University of Michigan musicologist Somangshu Mukherji braving the "seedy reek" of his "trailer trash" American family's' neighborhood.
4.11.19 Braving the “seedy sad street” of his “trailer trash” American family’s’ neighborhood, University of Michigan musicologist Somangshu Mukherji advances on his wife’s “self-loathing”… “pedophile father”. In my opinion, he was going to try to snatch our grandson without a custody order and nip back to Michigan with him, in the guise of a parental visit. It would have saved him money.

Mukhjeri, who is not Avram’s blood relative, had just won a Michigan custody battle for sole custody of Avram. I’ve documented that travesty of justice separately in “A Herkimer Kidnapping.”

Somangshu Mukherji sent these warrantless Herkimer sheriff's deputies to take our grandson from our daughter and give him to us. He promptly shipped the kid to Rhode Island.
4/2019 Somangshu Mukherji sent these Herkimer sheriff’s officers, acting under the color of law, to take our grandson Aram from our daughter at our home. Loving father Somangshu shipped the kid to Rhode Island and got back to his life in Ann Arbor, unencumbered by child support payments and the stress of dodging spousal support actions.

Spiriting Avram back to Ann Arbor, Mukerji quickly oversaw the crafting and rubber-stamping of a court order essentially preventing our daughter Alex from seeing her son again. The order freshly in hand, Mukherji sent our daughter an obscene and sadistic email, vowing “you will never see your son again!” Based on that email, she was granted an order of protection (restraining order) to stop Mukherji’s cyberstalking. 

True to his word, Mukherji prevented our daughter or anyone in our family from speaking with or seeing Avram. Mukherji wouldn’t answer Alex’s phone calls, or immediately hang up, sometimes with a terse “Go see a psychiatrist!” No photos of Avram were sent or offered. Somangshu Mukherji’s only interaction with his American family was to retain a “reputation protection” law firm to sue me for defamation by documenting his treatment of our daughter and grandson.  His child custody and defamation litigation against us measures 6 inches and weighs 14.1 lbs and growing.  Our failed attempts to have him pay spousal support and accept service for a New York order of protection are as light as they were futile.

UMich Professor Somangshu Mukherji sues his "white trash" American wife and her "pedophile" father.
11.14.20 Weighing in 14.1lbs and growing: UMich Professor Somangshu Mukerji’s largest body of work: litigation against his “white trash” American wife and her “pedophile” dad. Top layer’s defamation, middle layer’s child custody. (His restraining order, our failed attempts to have him served for spousal support and miscellaneous forms lie at the bottom.) 

Somangshu Mukherji’s actions made a mockery of his glib custody testimony. Our daughter had no lawyer.

Somangshu Mukherji's, love, redux: Mother must be part of son's life, Mukherji testifies

Somangshu Mukherji's, love, redux: Mother must be part of son's life, Mukherji testifies

Absent from his email was the deep and abiding love of her that Somangshu swore to during Avram’s custody hearing:  

Somangshu Mukherji Relents

Suddenly, on August 12th, 2020  Mukherji called our daughter. It was Avram’s 4th birthday. Mukherji was civil–my son-in-law can be winsome when he wants something. He let Alex speak with her son, who was overjoyed to talk with his mother for the first time in 16 months. Mukherji told Alex how much he and Avram missed her. He shared with her that Avram had made a dance video entitled “Where’s My Mommy?” and invited her to return to them in Ann Arbor, to see how things went, and offered her a train ticket.

Avram’s Mom Goes to Ann Arbor with Hope, Fear And Trepidation

Somangshu told Alex that his mother, who’d allegedly been Avram’s principal caregiver since he’d taken Avram from Herkimer, was returning to India on August 18th, 2020 and he couldn’t care for Avram alone.  With much hesitancy and great trepidation, given Mukherji’s alleged long abusive treatment of her, Alex agreed. Only after four tries and four changes of schedule was she able to overcome her fears and board the train from Utica to Ann Arbor. Her mother Linda argued that she really had to go, as her son needed her. If it didn’t work out, she was welcome to return to us in New York.

I’ve know Somangshu Mukherji since 2003. Skeptical that he’d had an epiphany, I waited for the other shoe to drop.

Somangshu Springs A Surprise 

2767 Barclay Way Ann Arbor MI Somangshu Mukherji's townhouse condo
Somangshu Mukherji’s imposing professorial townhouse at 2767 Barclay Way, Ann Arbor. 

On September 6th, after an exhausting eight-hour train and bus ride, Alex arrived via local bus at Somangshu’s capacious upscale Ann Arbor townhouse condo, eager to be reunited with her son. “He’s not here,” said Somangshu, opening the door. “I just took him to Rhode Island.” As he surely anticipated, she was crushed.  

Watch For the Flying Pig!

Somangshu had left our grandson with my sister-in-law, Alex’s mother’s estranged sister, and her husband in Providence. “But he says he’s going to pick him up on Friday,” Alex told her mother on the phone, still hopeful. That call from Somangshu to Alex on Avram’s birthday must have come from Providence, we surmised.

How Somangshu Mukherji would have returned his son to Ann Arbor.
I thought there was a greater chance the famed flying pigs would return to the kid to Ann Arbor than would Somangshu.

I thought there was a better chance of a flying pig returning the kid to Ann Arbor than Somangshu. In her custody hearing Answer, (page 9) Alex alleged Somangshu often called Avram “the little bastard” which  would belie his honeyed “my beloved son” custody testimony:

Love of His Son -Somangshu Mukherji's Custody Testimony


And of course, he loves his wife:

Somangshu testifying to his love for his wife.

That evening,  Somangshu ordered takeout. He even shared it with Alex. In a touching attempt at reconciliation, she gave Somangshu her new tablet. 

Somangshu Mukherji Judges And Diagnoses

Somangshu Mukherji Sitting In Judgment
Somangshu Mukherji Judges. (Shani Dev, Hindu God of Justice)

A few days later, Somangshu allegedly told her it would be a few more days–he hadn’t completed his judgment of her mental fitness to be near her son. Somangshu has a doctorate in music theory and worked with primates at Harvard.  Disagree with him, oppose his will, you risk being diagnosed:

Wife's wanting to divorce him symptomatic of delusion, testifies Somangshu Mukherji

Father-in-law's dislike of him symptomatic of self-destructive personality, testifies Somangshu Mukherji.

Father-in-law's dislike of him symptomatic of self-destructive personality, testifies Somangshu Mukherji.

Although he wouldn’t let her speak with Avram on the phone, he did supposedly play Alex an audio of Avram speaking with Somangshu at her aunt’s in Providence.  Alex tried calling her aunt directly, but her Aunt Janice didn’t pick up or respond to a voicemail.

Alex told her mother that Somangshu’s townhouse was mostly empty of furniture with little indication a young  child had lived there.

Alex and Avram, Somangshu Mukherji’s Apartment, Ann Arbor November 2019

Somangshu Mukherji's wife in the sackcloth garment he allegedly provided her, a major part of her wardrobe.
11.2019 Ann Arbor. Daughter Alex and grandson Avram at the apartment of her husband, Somangshu Mukherji. Photo taken by Alex’s mom during a covert visit from NY. Visits had to be while the good professor was out of town, and arranged via email accounts Alex would create then delete to avoid detection, she noted in the custody case. As she also alleged, Somangshu monitored her phone call history to ensure she wasn’t communicating with her family. Violation =  confiscation.  The alcohol bottles and cat palace are Somangshu’s. Mom, as always bought clothes for Alex and Avram while visiting. Stuff we mailed them rarely made it past Mukherji’s front door.

Alex Before Somangshu Mukherji

Alex (right) Before Becoming Somangshu Mukherji Bride
Alex (right) with sister Shelly, before her absorption by Somangshu Mukherji.

“Mukherji quickly moved to strip Avram’s mother of visitation rights, then surreptitiously deposited him far away and returned to his life in Ann Arbor.”

Bare ruined choirs: Interior of Somangshu Mukherji's capacious 2767 Barclay Way Ann Arbor MI
Bare ruined choirs: Interior of Somangshu Mukherji’s capacious 2767 Barclay Way Ann Arbor MI

The three of us were skeptical as to how long ago Avram had really been shipped off to Providence, or if Somangshu’s elderly mother had ever been in Ann Arbor. It seemed unlikely he’d stashed mom on the sofa for 14 months in a house mostly devoid of furniture.  Avram’s grandparents speculated that if our grandson was in Rhode Island, he’d been there since Somangshu had him taken from his mother in April 2019.

As with his wife, so with his son; Mukherji’s words were in sharp contrast to his deeds. He’d won custody of our grandson with these heartrending words of love and anguish at being separated from Avram for the three months Avram was with his mother and us in New York:
 

Somangshu Mukherji testifying to emotional "anguish" caused him by 3 month separation from his “son”. Here’s where he  stashed him after regaining custody 20 months ago: Rosenfield-Kaidan Home, 13 Elmway St., Providence RI. Mukherji’s gotten on with his life in Ann Arbor, unencumbered.

Somangshu Mukherji testifying to emotional "anguish" caused him by 3 month separation from his “son”. Here’s where he stashed him after regaining custody 20 months ago: Rosenfield-Kaidan Home, 13 Elmway St., Providence RI. Mukherji’s gotten on with his life in Ann Arbor, unencumbered.

Yet after winning sole physical custody of Avram, Mukherji quickly moved to strip Avram’s mother of visitation rights, then surreptitiously deposited him far away and returned to his life in Ann Arbor. The specter of child support payments no longer loomed. As for his cast off and penniless American wife, Mukherji capitalized again on the lack of a unified national family court system. He shrugged off New York spousal support hearings, dodged service of an order of protection, and left his mentally ill wife dependent on her retired parents and the State of New York.

Somangshu Mukherji no longer had need of his American family. His money was safe, his academic future bright. He would be granted a sinecure at the University of Michigan through tenure, his salary jumping into the six figures. He was also anticipating the publication of some books. He shared his achievements, real and envisioned, with the court:

Somangshu Mukherji testifies to his bright future.

Somangshu Mukherji testifies to his bright future.

Grandma Sends The Cops  

Meanwhile, back in New York… Told that her grandson had been stashed at her sister Janice Kaidan’s house in Providence for god knows how long, the scales fell from my wife’s eyes. Only a few weeks before, she and Alex had briefly visited with Janice en route to overnight camping in Rhode Island. Janice and her husband Norman Rosenfield met only briefly with Linda in an empty first-floor room of their house. It wasn’t unusual–the two sisters’ relationship has been strained for decades. And Alex had long felt spurned by her Aunt and Uncle because of her bipolarism, and more so since she’d had Avram. Linda gathered Alex and left after an awkward and brief visit. 

Norman Rosenfield House Providence RI
The home of Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan, 13 Elmway St., Providence RI. Janice is my wife’s estranged sister.

After speaking with Alex in Michigan,  my wife immediately called her sister. Not unusually, Janice didn’t answer that or subsequent calls, nor would she respond to voice or emails. 

Has Somangshu Been Fired?

Somangshu allegedly confided to Alex that he was losing his academic teaching post at UMich’s School of Music. Just when was not clear to her or us.  It was Mukherji’s eighth year at UMich and he’d again failed to make tenure or publish those books he’d mentioned in his custody testimony. He assured Alex that “your idiotic Dad’s” blogging about him had nothing to do with it. (Though maybe my emails reporting him to his Dean and the UMich President served as a catalyst–the good professor was using his university email account to harass our family.)

Was Mukherji losing his academic teaching post? Not the sort of thing you say if it’s untrue. 

Relations became strained, Alex commenting to her mother on the phone, “He can never be nice for more than seven days.” Alarmed at her husband’s alleged increasing attempts at micromanagement and growing hostility, she went out for a walk and didn’t go back.  Calling her mother from the Ann Arbor Amtrak station, Alex got herself booked on the next Amtrak bus to the Toledo OH train station, the pickup point for the eastbound train to New York. There was the usual three-hour layover in Toledo waiting for her train.

Somangshu Mukherji In Pursuit

Toledo Amtrak Station Passenger Waiting Area
Toledo Amtrak Station Passenger Waiting Area

 At 1215 am on 9/15, Alex called her mother from the Toledo Amtrak Station. She reported that Mukherji had followed her from Ann Arbor MI to Toledo OH via Uber. (He does not drive.)  From what she said then and later, it was a harrowing experience involving Mukherji, the Toledo police, and Alex fleeing to the Women’s Room, Mukherji in pursuit. It would be her word against his. Though if what she said is true, it would under Federal law qualify as Interstate Stalking. 

My wife and I can attest to an overheard portion of the incident, in which Mukerji approached Alex and threatened to have my wife, Avram’s grandmother, arrested for “potential kidnapping” and “contempt of court” if she tried to visit her grandson at her sister’s home in Rhode Island. (My wife is not a party to any of Somangshu’s voluminous serial litigation.) 

Somangshu Mukherji sneering
Mukherji told the court that my dislike of him was driven by envy, racism, and self-destructive self-loathing.

It was awesome awakening at midnight to that familiar voice.  I hadn’t heard Somangshu speak since his custody hearing testimony. There he decried me for everything but saving his ass from deportation in 2003–No Good Deed Goes Unpunished–and at great financial risk to our family, when he was allegedly ousted from Harvard. We did it because it seemed the right thing to do.

My wife asked Alex to tell her husband that if he followed her on to the New York train, she would meet the train with the Utica police and a copy of his New York Order of Protection.

Alex reported from her train that Mukherji eventually left the Toledo Amtrak Station, presumably for the echoing emptiness of his townhouse. She returned home safe but shaken and very depressed.

Knowing where Avram probably was, the action shifted south to Providence Rhode Island and the home of his secret keepers, Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan. 

So Far Away -Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan’s – Where Somangshu Mukherji Stashes His Beloved Son

13 Elmway St., Providence RI - Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan
Where the trail of our grandson led–13 Elmway St. Providence, RI. Home of our relatives, Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan. Somangshu Mukherji could have surreptitiously stashed his beloved son there as long as a year and a half ago, after gaining sole custody of him. When my wife, Avram’s grandmother tried to visit him at her sister’s, Mukherji responded with a torrent of bizarre and threatening emails.

Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan have always been Somangshu Mukherji’s go-to for stashing our grandson. Janice is my wife’s estranged sister, Norman is her husband. In our experience, Norman makes the decisions. We assume Mukherji pays them for Avram’s upkeep, and that it’s less he’d pay in child support.

Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan
Norman Rosenfield and Janice Kaidan of Providence RI – circa 1992 Sadly, the last time we were close.

Following Alex’s difficult delivery of Avram, Alex needed help caring for him and herself while she recovered from her C-section and postpartum depression. Rather than allowing her mother to come and stay with her, Somangshu traveled with his wife’s infant son to Rhode Island and left him there with Norman and Janice. FOR SIX MONTHS. Alex was coerced into being separated from her son – cut off from direct or indirect contact with her child by her husband- no photos, no status reports – a cruel pattern of behavior still in place.

During Aram’s custody hearing in April 2019, Alex, unrepresented, questioned Somangshu about this–allegedly he’d never before deigned to offer her an explanation for taking her son. Under oath, he finally did, shrugging it off:

Somangshu Mukherji Took His Wife's Son From Her At Birth, Sending Him Out Of State for 6 Months. Under Oath, He Finally Explains To Her.

Somangshu Mukherji Took His Wife's Son From Her At Birth, Sending Him Out Of State for 6 Months. Under Oath, He Finally Explains To Her.

  

Unable to inspire a response from her sister, Linda took Alex and on 9/17/29, drove the 500 roundtrip miles from upstate New York to her sister’s home in Rhode Island. Linda rang the bell and knocked on the front and side doors of her sister’s home. Two men working next door said hadn’t seen a four-year-old within the last 2 days. Her sister’s neighbors ignoring her when she knocked on their doors, Linda walked the neighborhood, decrying that a grandmother wasn’t allowed to see her grandson and on a high holiday. (Rosh Hashanah)  Her cellphone video is below. (As per YouTube requirements, the identifying attributes of the guilty have been edited out.)

Somangshu Mukherji And The  Little Boy Who Wasn’t There – Where The Trail Led

Video of 9/17/20 Trip to Providence

“You don’t have an appointment.”

Linda called the police and waited for them across the street from Norman and Janice’s. At this point, when she was no longer videoing, her brother-in-law Norman opened his front door a crack and peered out. When Linda approached, she said “Norman, Alex went all the way to Michigan because Somangshu said she could see Avram, but he wasn’t there. He said he was here. I just wanted to see if he’s here. I just want to see him, I don’t need to talk with him. I’m very very concerned. Especially as Somangshu told Alex that his teaching contract isn’t being renewed.”

At that news, the color drained from Norman’s face. “You can’t come in,” he said. “Why not?” asked Linda. “You don’t have an appointment,” said Norman, slamming the door in her face.  

Shortly after that, the Providence police arrived in response to Linda’s call. Told what was happening, they advised her to ask for a wellness check. She said she’d done that a few weeks ago. She wanted to see her grandson, but her sister wouldn’t let her. She was advised to file in Michigan for grandparents’ rights. The police left.

Somangshu Mukherji Rages And Threatens Again

His grandmother’s attempt to see Avram triggered a torrent of email threats and abuse from the real Somangshu Mukherji to his wife, the honeyed words of his court testimony long behind him. They lend further credence to her calling him out as abusive and controlling:

Loader Loading...
EAD Logo Taking too long?

Reload Reload document
| Open Open in new tab

Somangshu Mukherji Michigan State Police

Soon after Somangshu’s tirade, an email from Aunt Janice told Alex that Avram had returned to Ann Arbor.  On 10/29, Alex called the Michigan State Police and asked for a wellness check of Avram at Somangshu’s townhouse.  They reported at 8 p.m.on a cold night there was no answer to their knocks, no lights visible, no furniture on the first floor, and that the window glass was cold. Avram’s grandmother then emailed her sister, reporting what the state police had said, and asked for a photo of Avram. There was an unsigned reply: “The last time I saw him he was fine.” No photo was attached.

Your Own Family May Not Care, But Their Neighbors May 

An admirable quality of Orthodox Judaism is its sense of community and mutual responsibility; not all of my in-laws’ co-religionists approve of Norman and Janice’s behavior. Following Linda’s public appeal to their Elmway Street neighbors, we were able to confirm that Avram is still there and looks ok. 

We’ll be applying for grandparents’ rights in the appropriate family court, continue proxy-watching our grandson, and waiting to see where Professor Mukherji lights if he moves on from Michigan. I’ll continue opposing his legal machinations to take down my posts about him, and I’ll continue calling out his heinous conduct.  I suspect more people have now read my articles about Somangshu Mukherji than all he’s ever written. Of course, that may change when those two books of his are published.

Audio recordings in this post were excerpted from the official audio transcript of Somangshu Mukherji v. Alexandra Kaidan-Berry, 19-352-DC, provided by the Office of the Clerk, Washtenaw County Trial Court. All Michigan family court records are public unless pertaining to cases of child abuse and neglect.

Christmas 2020 — A Sad  Update

Our daughter Alex has had no contact with her son Avram since he was taken from her in April 2019. Her mental health declined steadily following Somangshu Mukherji’s sadistic bait-and-switch hoax during her August visit to him, and the cruel collusion of his creatures, her Aunt Janice and Uncle Norman. She’s now hospitalized for suicidal ideation and will be for a while. Wouldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, kept saying she just wanted “to be in heaven with my son.”

2.1.21 Postscript

Alex returned from the hospital at Christmastime, much improved and stable on her meds.

On 1/8/21, she reported that Somangshu called her, allegedly saying that her son was back in Michigan. He let Alex speak with Avram for “about 15 seconds,” adding “Don’t you care about your son?! Your son needs you. Come home!” He also supposedly told her that at four and half years, Avram is not potty trained but attending preschool.

This was the first time Alex was allowed to speak with her son since he was taken from our home in April of 2019. She reported that in this recent conversation, Somangshu offered her a plane ticket from Syracuse to Detroit, changed his mind, then said he’d send a cab to take her to the Amtrak station in Utica. She said sure, but no cab ever appeared.

There’s no proof our grandson is back in Michigan. Somangshu didn’t offer to put Avram on video chat to speak with his mom. He could have called from Providence, where he says his word holds sway. Obviously, there’s no reason to trust anything he said. And no reason for Alex to again rush off to Michigan to again be tormented.

Oh. Somangshu’s upped his demand in his defamation suit against me to a million dollars and is demanding a trial by jury. The Herkimer Post will be there. Stay tuned.

A Herkimer Kidnapping – Somangshu Mukherji and the Herkimer Sheriff

Anti-Copyright Notice

The author of this work hereby waives all claim of copyright (economic and moral) in this work and immediately places it in the public domain; it may be used, distorted or destroyed in any manner whatsoever without further attribution or notice to the creator.

Uncertain Times Call For Herkimer County Local Energy Security

Hits: 269

By Linda Kaidan

Local energy security is key to community survival in times of uncertainty, yet
Herkimer County has the lowest level of local solar energy production in NY state.

Solar energy is priced competitively, dependable and environmentally friendly. Solar farms can produce excellent income for farmers and provide secure local energy.  

Herkimer County Solar Energy Production
Herkimer’s solar energy production in bottom tier of NYS counties

Recently we’ve seen how easily supply chains can be disrupted by international catastrophe.

Before Covid-19 appeared in March 2020, it seemed that our favorite foods, cleaning products and cheap manufactured goods made in other countries like China would be endlessly accessible.  Now when we go shopping we are reminded that this is no longer the case. Think about what would happen with a local energy shortage or outage. No heat in our homes. No light. Health care facility malfunction.

Products like energy often have vulnerable supply chains too.

That is why New York has an aggressive program supporting green energy throughout the state. Local green energy produced by wind, water and sun protects the environment. It also ensures that should there be a disruption in availability caused by epidemic, civil unrest or even war we will have the power we need. We will continue to be capable of manufacturing our own products and also have energy for utilities and transportation.

A NYS solar farm map published in 2019 shows solar production by county.

The light counties have the lowest level of solar farm production. Let’s not count on luck to provide Herkimer with energy. Lets build new solar farms in our county that are wildlife friendly, farm friendly and neighbor friendly.

Plans for a local solar farm on approximately 140 acres adjacent to Herkimer College are currently being reviewed by county officials.

This land has significant forest and includes some wetlands. It is located about 1 mile NW of Herkimer Community College’s baseball field parking lot at 188 Sokol Road. Provided wetlands are protected and  consideration is given to wildlife passing through the area, a new solar farm can greatly benefit our county. While losing forest is not desirable, well designed solar farms can accommodate meadow growth favorable to pollinators and can be farm friendly and aesthetically pleasing.