Somangshu Mukherji–18 Years Of Knavery And Cruelty In Two Columns

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Where Somangshu Mukherji kept his beloved son and wife.
1/2018 What Alex’s mom’s found: photo of the barren room where Somangshu Mukherji kept her and her son, Avram, “the little bastard,” in his spacious Ann Arbor condo. This was the first time either of us had seen our grandson. Mukherji forbade us to visit or call our daughter. Grandma and Alex arranged the clandestine visit for when Mukherji was away. They planned it using WhatsApp to avoid his pervasive call monitoring. Alex lived in fear of discovery—punishment always followed disobedience. (See her affidavit.)

Now in its third year and weighing over 14 lbs, the defamation suit of Somangshu Mukerji v. Stephen Ames Berry moves toward trial at its magisterial pace. The suit evolved out of the 2019 illegal taking of our grandson Avram from our home in Herkimer New York by Herkimer County deputies at the behest of Mukherji, an Indian national, who we sponsored after he was expelled from Harvard.  I’ve written about the kidnapping and the wildly abusive Mukherji’s later outrages against his American family in A Herkimer Kidnapping and subsequent postings.

The Fearsome Might of the Rustic Septuganairn Blogger!

Mukherji’s attorneys now allege that the University of Michigan denied him tenure because of my blogging about his despicable conduct.  (I shared that with the U.Mich Provost.) Mukherji was fired in May and didn’t take it well.

Somangshu Mukherji- Loving Dad and Husband

Somangshu Mukherji glaring as he lies to the police.
Somangshu Mukherji glares at me as he trespasses and lies to the police.

An unexpected gift from the unemployed Mukherji’s legal maneuvers was this marvelous document (below), a neat two-column indictment laying bare his 18 yeas of heinousness.  

“[Mukherji] further endangered his wife’s physical and mental health by compelling her to abort their child.” See affdavits (below)

As part of his Putinesque campaign to put the shut up on my exposure of the true Somangshu Mukherji, Mukherji filed yet another wordy grandiose affidavit attesting to his goodness. Unsurprisingly, it’s uncorroborated. His assertions are in column one; my responses are in column two. (One column on cellphones) They’re easily read if not easily stomached. Our affidavits–the affidavits of the American family he betrayed, the wife he abused–follow, along with an exhibit of his Ivy-educated writing skills. (References are to our affidavits.) You can read elsewhere his obscene and abusive email to his wife and the order of protection granted her. 

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From Mukherji’s Affidavit
Berry’s Response- 4 Affidavits of 3 People & Exihbits
Alexandra had a difficult relationship with her parents.
Alexandra visited with her parents in Florida almost every summer while living with Plaintiff. Plaintiff could not know the quality of her relationship with her parents, as he shunned them after visiting them once in Florida. It was then that he asked them to post a $40,000 bond as surety for his good behavior so that he could remain in the United States following his dismissal from Harvard.  Which they did. Affidavits LK para 4,5,6 SB 4,5,6
Decided to explore a new course of study…
Plaintiff was dismissed from Harvard University for cause. As he was also required to maintain student status in the US during the one-year term of the Berry’s’ sponsorship of him, at the suggestion of Alexandra’s mother, he enrolled in Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College.Affidavits  LK para 4,5,6, 7 SB para 4,5,6,7
Alexandra’s …struggles…with mental illness [continue] through the present date.
Plaintiff has had little or no contact with Alexandra for the last two years. Although still quite psychologically fragile, she is slowly recovering from Plaintiff’s long-term abuse, living with her parents since fleeing him to their home with her son in 2019. Her only relapse was after she again fled Plaintiff’s abuse when he lured her to Ann Arbor in September of 2020 on the cruel pretext that her son was there. AKB para 22 – 24 LK para 15, 17-20
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[Alexandra is diagnosed with] bipolar disorder with a schizoaffective component.
  Alexandra’s diagnosis is bipolar only. AKB para 3
“…her illness went untreated due to lack of health insurance.” “issue of insurance was insurmountable and prevented ongoing care.”
Plaintiff exacerbated his wife’s mental illness by refusing to include her in his Princeton University family health insurance plan after they were married. Plaintiff enrolled only himself in the plan. AKB para 4 Plaintiff further endangered his wife’s physical and mental health by compelling her to abort their child. AKB para 5 LK para 7 SB para 9
…married to secure health insurance that Alexandra need.
Plaintiff only got himself health insurance. Marriage got him the F1 Green Card plaintiff needed for an academic appointment. AKB para 4
[her] condition worsened exponentially.
Exponential is not a medical term. The plaintiff’s doctorate is in Music Theory.
disappeared for months…months after her disappearance.
She was homeless for six weeks. AKB para 6 LK para 12.
Homeless…Plaintiff flew to Syracuse to pick her up.
He sent her a bus ticket. AKB para 6 LK para 12
”Mrs. Berry…”
As Plaintiff knows, Alexandra’s mother’s name is Linda Kaidan.
the search was unsuccessful
Plaintiff did not join in the search; he found his wife’s homelessness entertaining. LK para 12
after many months…she resurfaced…
Plaintiff counts the time Alexandra spent with her parents in Herkimer as homelessness. After six weeks of truly being homeless in Ann Arbor, an Ann Arbor police officer helped Alex be admitted to a shelter for women victims of domestic violence. Her mother sent her a train ticket and she came to our home Herkimer, where she stayed until returning to Ann Arbor in March of 2015. LK para 12 AKB para 8
Plaintiff made arrangements [for her to come home.
He bought her a bus ticket with 2 changes. She was pregnant. AKB para 9
Defendant’s wife visited Ann Arbor for the birth
Denied. Plaintiff never allowed Alexandra’s parents to visit her or to see their grandson Avram. Alexandra’s mother surreptitiously visited Alex and Avram when she could. Whenever Plaintiff caught her talking with her mother via WhatsApp, he would hit her atop the head with a closed fist and confiscate her phone for months. LK para 8,9 AKB para 11, 12
Plaintiff signing Avram’s birth certificate: “He and Alexandra agreed this was the right course of action.”
Alexandra never agreed to it.
…employed as a professor
Assistant professor.
…providing for all of [Avram’s] needs
Plaintiff bought diapers and formula. No toys, no shoes, no clothes. Sometimes referred to Avram as “the little bastard.” Avram’s grandparents bought him his first new clothes and his toys, ever, after his mother fled with him from Rhode Island to their home in Herkimer. AKB para 16 LK para 12
Alexandra was served with the proper filing papers…
Herkimer Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve Alexandra with a Michigan custody order. When interrupted and challenged by Plaintiff, citing requirement for a corresponding New York custody order, they said they had verbal authorization from the Herkimer County Family Court Judge to take the child. Which they did. See video of the illegal taking.
CPS workers found significant issues…
Official New York State CPS reports stated that Plaintiff’s complaint, including his charge that Plaintiff was a pedophile was “unfounded”. Herkimer CPS workers later malfeasantly provided correspondence supporting Plaintiff in his Michigan custody court case.
“[Defendant was]…aware of her diagnosis of bipolar and schizoaffective disorder.”
Alexandra has never been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. AKB para 3
[her] condition could cause her to believe that family members were out to … get her.
Plaintiff has long concealed his abuse by dismissing his wife’s reports of his abuse as delusional. LK para 14
Becoming homeless for … periods of time
She was homeless once, for 6 weeks. LK para 8
Defendant’s disdain for Plaintiff became clear
Plaintiff has long refused to speak with Defendant.
“Plaintiff has never abused or neglected Alexandra…”  “Such charges stem from her delusions.”
Plaintiff’s abuse and neglect and studied cruelty of Alexandra spans decades: See Plaintiff’s abusive and obscene email to Alexandra, cruelly celebrating his custody case victory, and the resulting Order of Protection served on Plaintiff. See further, abuse by Plaintiff in Affidavit AKB2 and Affidavit AKB para 4, 5, 11- 13
Plaintiff exonerated at a hearing by Washtenaw Family] Court of allegations of abuse of his wife”
There was no such hearing. The only post-custody award hearing that took place had no allegations of abuse brought. And Alexandra was not present, not having been notified
…retrieve Avram at previously agreed upon time and place
There was no agreement. Deputies appeared without prior warning and gained entry to Defendant’s home through subterfuge. See video of the illegal taking.
CPS and police lawfully intervened and retrieved Avram. Defendant knew that [they] had lawfully authority [to do so].
If after viewing the video of our grandson being taken from our home, you believe he was legally taken, I have a bridge to sell you.
“The [blog] articles contain false, defamatory statements…”
None of the material in the posts is defamatory, and accurately report Plaintiff’s years-long heinous abuse and neglect of his wife and her child.
[Plaintiff’s] continuous course of studies and employment at prestigious universities…
Plaintiff is currently an unemployed former assistant professor. Affidavit AKB2 Plaintiff has been dismissed from two prestigious universities and studied at a community college to maintain his immigration status following his expulsion from Harvard. LK para 5 SB para 4
Defendant’s Defamatory Statements to Plaintiff’s Employer and Colleagues
Plaintiff used his University of Michigan email account to defame Defendant to Plaintiff’s estranged wife, to further her emotional distress and to encouraged her to suborn perjury. Defendant complained to Plaintiff’s Dean and the President of Plaintiff’s university. They told Defendant to call the police. (See below, Berry’s Emails to U.Mich)
Damage to Plaintiff…
Plaintiff casts himself in the role of victim. He is upset at the widespread exposure of his heinous treatment of his wife and her son, and the publication of the details of how he repaid the American family that stood by him.
Defendant’s blog postings caused the University of Michigan to deny Plaintiff tenure.
Fear the awecome power of the rustic septuagenarian blogger! Mjukerhji was warned as early as 2018 that unless he produced some credible work,he would be denied tenure. AKB1

Where Is Somagshu Mukherji? Where Is Our Grandson?

Avram Mukherji goes into the storm
Avram – Into the storm

According to his affidavit, Somangshu Mukerji no longer lives in Ann Arbor, but in the same small Ohio town as the offices of his attorneys, Minc Law. If that’s not his real residence, then he can’t be properly served with legal documents. It also makes it harder for the Feds and the State of Michigan to investigate complaints against him by his wife for identity theft and tax fraud. 

Wherever Somangnshu Mujkherji is hiding, we assume he’s stashed our five-year-old grandson with my wife’s estranged sister in Providence, RI,  yet again violating his custody order. The woman spontaneously emailed our daughter recently to assure us Avfram’s not there, which makes us think that he is.

Mukherji finds kids annoying–compelled his wife to abort their child when he was at Princeton, later took our newborn grandson from his mother, deporting him to Rhode Island for 6 months, not letting our daughter see her son. The first time we both met Avram was when our daughter fled to us with him, Mukherji in pursuit, shortly after she filed for child support.

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

Berry’s Supporting Affidavits and NonObscene Exhibit 

AKB1 – Affidavit of Alexandra Kaidan-Berry
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Somangshu Mukherji Loses His Job, Beats His Wife, Steals Her Money, Dumps Her In A Brothel

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My son-in-law doesn’t handle rejection well.

Somangshu Mukherji Loses His Job is the latest in the ongoing series A Herkimer Kidnapping, which chronicles the illegal taking of our five-year-old grandson Avram from his mother by her Green Card husband, former University of  Michigan assistant professor Somangshu Mukherji, and Mukherji’s continuing outrages against our family. (Mukherji isn’t Avram’s birth father.) The series is a cautionary tale of how an unscrupulous foreign national can exploit a mentally ill American to obtain a Green Card and through it, a fine job at a prestigious institution. 

As of May of this year, our daughter Alexandra hadn’t seen her son for over two years and only spoken with him twice. Mukherji, in violation of multiple family court orders, had quietly stashed Avram out of state, returning to Ann Arbor to await his anticipated tenure appointment. Last August, Mukherji invited Avram’s mother to visit with her son in Michigan, only to laughingly announcing when she arrived that the kid wasn’t there. I wrote of his despicable actions and those that followed in Somangshu Mukherji And The Little Boy Who Wasn’t There. 

Suddenly in May, to our surprise and suspicion, Mukherji invited Alex to visit with her son in Ann Arbor. Although he wouldn’t let her speak with Avram on the phone, she heard him in the background. Astoundingly, Mukherji even offered to pay for her train ticket. He was aware that she’d reported him for tax fraud and identity theft to the IRS and the State of Michigan and yet sounded cordial and welcoming. Alex was gravely concerned for the welfare of the child Mukherji sometimes called “the little bastard,” and seized the possibility of seeing him. Given our son-in-law’s long history of deceit and cruelty and with his American family, we weren’t optimistic but agreed with her that she should go. Understandably, she went with great trepidation. 

She was walking into a carefully laid trap.

On May 15th, after an exhausting 12-hour journey, Alex reached Mukherji’s professorial townhouse condo. Little Avram was overjoyed to see her. Mukherji at first kept it together. Over takeout–which Avram wasn’t allowed to share, subsisting on his usual fare of reheated chicken nuggets–Mukherji suggested that he and Alex could get back together. Not wanting to set him off, she was noncommittal. Then began his familiar micromanagement, Mukherji telling Alex she couldn’t call her family or take pictures of her son. Wanting to be with Avram for as long as possible, she reluctantly agreed.

Somangshu Mukherji Gives His Orders To His Wife

Mukherji then ordered her to sign an online document in the virtual presence of a notary in Texas, which he’d carefully prearranged. He wouldn’t allow her to read the document but said it granted him permission to work with the Ann Arbor Family Court on her behalf to set up psychiatric services for her in Michigan, so she could have visitation rights with her son.

Alex indignantly refused to sign Mukherji’s secret document. After a New York court slapped Mukherji with a restraining order, the Ann Arbor Family Court had restored her visitation rights–rights Mukherji was impeding. She added that she was never returning to him.

Faithful to his rich history of spousal abuse as attested to by Alex in the child custody proceedings, Mukerji became enraged. Threatening and menacing her, he again demanded she sign the document sight unseen. Knowing that whatever it was, it would be worthless as coerced under duress, and fearing for her safety and that of her young son, asleep in another room, Alex signed the document unread.

Only later, when she’d safely returned to us in New York, did she get to read the wildly unbelievable affidavit she’d signed for Mukherji’s use in his defamation suit against me, now in its third year.

Obviously written by Mukherji and given legal form by his lawyers, the affidavit attests to the infinite selfless kindness and goodness of Somangshu Mukherji, the hapless victim of the evil machinations of Alex’s dad, who tirelessly strives for the innocent Mukherji’s destruction. And of course, as would any affidant, Alex attests to being a violent, psychotic basket case, a danger to herself and others, incapable of independent judgment, her life blessed solely by the ongoing sacrifices of her husband Somangshu. “No one sane would sign that,” she said disbelievingly, safely back home, as she sat reading Mukherji’s rambling delusional fabrication. Worrisomely, this large man, who has sole custody of our small grandson, may actually believe it to be true because he wrote it.

The Affidavit Somangshu Mukherji Coerced His Wife Into Signing Sight Unseen

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Mukherji’s defamation legal team at Minc Law used the feloniously obtained affidavit in petitioning the New York Supreme Court to grant him a quick bench trial.  He’s trying to get out of the jury trial he initially demanded. Jury trials are expensive and Mukherji is unemployed.  I then requested a jury trial. The court has not yet ruled on his motion. [11/13/]

Safely home, Alex filed another fraud complaint with IRS, reporting the coerced endorsement of her stimulus check and describing the assault. She also submitted an affidavit to the New York Supreme Court disavowing the coerced affidavit. My trial defamation is still scheduled for November.  [Trial adjourned at the request of Mukherji’s legal team, in order to file an amended complaint. They gave me an opportunity to file documents exposing the real Somagnshu Mukjerki. Which I dod.] 

His Wife Attests To Somangshu Mukherji’s Coercion, Beating Of Her And Theft Of Her Money

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Somangshu Mukherji Loses His Job

Serendipitously, while Alex was at Mukherji’s–after he coerced her for the first signature and before he beat her for the second one–she overheard Mukherji being fired. A University of Michigan official called him and told him his academic contract was not being renewed for the next school year. “Serious discrepancies in your work,” was what she overheard. Then came the beating.

Mukherji forged Alex’s signature on his 2019-20 Federal and state tax returns and falsely claimed her as a dependent while she was living with us. He pocketed her 2019 Federal stimulus payments, laundering them through a joint checking account Alex had never been allowed to use and had mostly forgotten.

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

Her husband’s duplicity revealed to her during a meeting with an IRS agent, Alex froze that joint account in time to torpedo the direct deposit payment of both hers and Mukerji’s 2021 Economic Stimulus payments. That money’s in the wind. However, the now-former assistant professor had kept a 2019 $900 paper Stimulus check that arrived for Alex. With the joint account frozen, he couldn’t just mark it for deposit–getting her money required her signature, which he apparently didn’t dare forge with IRS audits looming. (I don’t know if Mukherji desperately needed the money or if stealing from our family has become a vital part of his psyche after so many years of thievery.)

Beats His Wife, Steals Her Money

Shortly after his call with the university official, Mukherji presented Alex with her IRS check and ordered her to sign it over to him. When she refused, he flew into one of his rages, twice slamming her over the head with a baby gate as she defended herself with raised arms and a swift kick. 

Somangshu Mukherji's most recent wife-beating weapon of choice.
Somangshu Mukherji’s most recent wife-beating weapon of choice.

Fearing even more for her safety and that of Avram, she signed the check over to Mukherji and fled into the night. On the street, she, at last, called her mother, who sent the Ann Arbor police to meet with her outside. They were as always unsympathetic, refused to investigate her complaint, and went on their way, to further serve and protect. (Both Alex and her husband are well known to the Ann Arbor police. They were unaware that he was no longer a professor and so no longer a member of a protected class in the city of Ann Arbor.)

Having nowhere else to stay, Alex returned to Mukherji’s, saying she’d been out for a walk. 

Dumps Her In A Brothel

Any premises where prostitution commonly takes place qualifies as a brothel. Wikipedia

Waiting until her son was asleep, Mukherji announced that the child custody order made it unlawful for her to visit with Avram, with whom she was visiting, and that she would have to stay in a motel for the rest of her visit.  He’d reserved a room for her.

Mukherji then checked her into a seedy Ann Arbor motel where she seemed to be the only guest who wasn’t a drug addict or a hooker or a john. The room was devoid of amenities: no toiletries, no fridge, no microwave, a broken heat-cool unit. There was a lot of noise. In unwarranted fairness to Mukherji, he may not have known the motel was one of several Ann Arbor inns notorious for prostitution; his selection was probably driven by price.

He told Alex he’d bring Avram by the next day so they could visit, and he’d also bring her some food. She hasn’t seen him since. Trying later to call him, she found he’d blocked her number as he often does. Fortunately, she had some of the money left that we’d given her. The next day we wired her more, so she was able to eat.

The following morning, on a hunt for toilet tissue, Alex went to the motel’s front desk and blurted–she blurts–“Am I the only one in this motel who’s not a hooker?” They promptly threw her out, backed up by a very large, “scary looking” guy.

Going to the Amtrak station, Alex spent the night on the passenger platform. The next day she began making her way back to us in New York via bus and train.

The Waiting Game

This is now a waiting game. Will Somangshu Mukherji find a job for the next school year? If so, where? Time’s growing short for 2021-22 academic hiring. 

Not finding a job in the US, what will he do? Return to India? His father Nirmalangshu Mukherji’s an eminent retired professor in India, but the two are long estranged.

Perhaps a job in a patriarchal society where wife beating is as acceptable as rug beating? Academic hiring here is an intensely consensual process. (I was only hired at Harvard after five interviews, one of them a seven-person group interview.) My ghastly son-in-law’s highly visible misogynistic social media presence is a stinking albatross around his neck in this era of #MeToo. Tax penalties are going to thin that purse of his we unwittingly helped fatten. The IRS grinds exceedingly slow but fine And it never abandons pursuit.

The Olive Branch Extended

Olive branch
Olive branch

As for our grandson, my pious sister-in-law and her husband, with whom Mukherji has illegally stashed Avram in the past and paid for his care, are not noted for their altruism. Avram’s mother and grandparents will be happy to have him, provided his titular father, Mukherji, agrees to work out joint custody with us through the Ann Arbor Family Court. 

What Now, Somangshu Mukherji? 

“…no employer is going to grant you a sinecure, no matter how prestigious the colleges you graduated.  People expect you to eventually produce work in exchange for your pay.

Mukherji’s a cashiered assistant professor with no credible body of work and an unsavory social media presence. According to his wife, he was frequently warned over the years at U.Mich of the need to indeed publish or perish. No employer is going to grant you a sinecure, no matter how prestigious the colleges from which you graduated. People expect you to eventually produce work in exchange for your pay. Somangshu didn’t, so he was fired, despite years of warnings and feigning ignorance to colleagues as to why he was on the skids. It’s been my sad experience of many years that along with all his other debilitating issues, my son-in-law is one of the laziest creatures on God’s green earth. And that’s what got him fired.

Doing What We Can For Our Neglected Grandson From Afar

Avram Mukherji Exploring
Herkimer February 2019. Avram exploring hisfFirst-ever toys, after chowing down on roast beef, mashed potatoes and chocolate ice cream.
Avram Mohan Mukherji after two years with Somangshu Mukherjii. ill-clothed, ill-fed, dirty, thin, still not toilet trained. Changes his own pullups.i:
May 2021. Avram after two years with Somangshu Mukherji. We’re appalled by the condition in which his mother found him in May (2021): ill-clothed, ill-fed, dirty, thin, still not toilet trained. Changes his own pullups. (Background.)

Despite Mukerhji’s orders, Alex snapped a hurried picture of her son while Mukerhji was in the bathroom. The contrast between Avram now and when he was last with us, his blood relatives, in 2019, is appalling. Here he was happy, well-fed, and not underweight. He was especially delighted to explore the out-of-doors for the first time.

We’ve been sending clothes, toys and small treats to our grandson. We’re appalled by the condition in which Alex found him in May (2021): ill-clothed, ill-fed, dirty, thin, still not toilet trained. 

Avram will be 5 years old in August. The only clothes or toys of his that Alex could find during her visit were a few that we’d recently sent him. Most of the nice outfits we’d sent were missing. (Historically, Mukerji is an active online seller.) Avram dresses and changes his own pullups. And didn’t think it odd that “Daddy” ordered takeout while feeding him reheated chicken nuggets. (“Don’t give him any,” Mukherji ordered Alex, before polishing off the order himself. “Bones.” Must have been a  limited TakeOutTaxi selection.)

Michigan Child Protective Services haven’t reported back on any of our requests for a welfare check. 

7/2/21 Somangshu Mukerjhi Breaks His Silence

Until the other day, Mukherji had ignored all attempts at communication. He responded to Avram’s mother’s latest query of concern with his usual sneering cruelty. (Mohan is Avram Mohan; egrace is Alex.)

Mukherji’s University of Michigan email account is still active.  Seems the university is graciously letting him use it while looking for work, and to continue harassing his American family, despite my many complaints. Go Wolverines.

Our House
Our Herkimer trailer, upon which I’ve seen Somangshu Mukherji cast covetous eyes.

The olive branch has been extended. We await.

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Somangshu Mukherji’s Brazen Lawlessness And Treachery

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Somangshu Mukherji’s Brazen Lawlessness and Treachery is the 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 assistant 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.

11/6/21 Where Is Somangshu Mukherji? 

“Like mailings from an enraged garden gnome, Somangshu Mukherji’s defmation filings keep coming from where he is not.”

Sometime after losing his job at the University of Michigan, Somangshu Mukherji vanished, reported to Michigan and Federal state tax authorities for identity theft and tax fraud. Like mailings from an enraged garden gnome, Somangshu Mukherji’s defamation filings keep coming from where he is not. He recently swore out affidavits attesting that he resides at 4278 Tamalga Drive, South Euclid, Ohio. The address is a house in a rural Ohio village, a short distance from his attorney’s office. I’ve sent that on to the IRS, though I doubt anyone there will know of Somangsnbu, should Federal agents knock on their door.

As for our grandson Avram, historically Mukehrji leaves the kid with my wife’s estranged sister and her husband in Providence. Illegal, but at least they probably won’t sell the child for body parts.

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Somangshu Mukherji And The Little Boy Who Wasn’t There

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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 and her mother, the honeyed words of his court testimony long behind him. They lend further credence to her calling him out as abusive and controlling:

Click to access Compressed-9.18.20-Exchange-Re-Child-Sent-to-RI.pdf

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.

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Somangshu Mukherji’s Vile Email & Restraining Order

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Updated 1/24/21 to include audio transcript excerpts from Michigan Family Court proceedings, and a link to what later befell our grandson at the hands of Somangshu Mukherji.

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The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit, Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.–Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Publication of a recent writing by Ann Arbor Professor Somangshu Mukherji of the University of Michigan School of Music. Shortly after sending that email to our daughter, Mukherji sued me for defamation of character, demanding $500k.  

Mukherji’s filthy email is as untrue as it is vicious: the hearing was in reality a pro forma five-minute review of an earlier visitation order modification essentially stripping Avram’s mother of her visitation rights, an order crafted from uncorroborated allegations by Mukherji. 

Here’s the Washtenaw County Family Court’s official audio transcript of that 10/25/19 visitation review hearing, thoughtfully scheduled without notice to her on our daughter’s birthday. At the end, you’ll hear her mother sharing her opinion of the original custody hearing with the judge, upon whom she did indeed hang up:

10.25.19 Visitation Hearing -- What The Judge Really Said

10.25.19 Visitation Hearing -- What The Judge Really Said

Mukherji’s vile email to his American wife, our daughter Alexandra, heinously celebrates his cruel vendetta to have her stripped of visitation rights with her son, three-year-old Avram–rights she had so briefly that she never once used them. Avram’s not Mukherji’s blood relative. Mukherji as of 2019 was, according to his court filings, an Indian national. Our daughter reported to the Herkimer police that Mukherji sends her abusive emails about once every two weeks. This one she did something about.

The custody hearing of Mukherji v. Kaidan-Berry in Ann Arbor Family Court was as obscene as Mukherji’s email: a sickening spectacle of an unrepresented mentally ill defendant bullied by an attorney before a seemingly soporific judge. Mukherji’s oral testimony with it’s touching avowal of enduring love for his wife, despite her mental illness, was especially nauseating, given his alleged abuse and its probable exacerbation of our daughter’s bipolarism.

Abiding Love of His Wife - Somangshu Mukherji Custody Testimony

Somangshu Mukherji’s true feelings for his wife and her family are on display in his email to her. 

Here are our daughter’s court filings in that judicial proceeding:

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U. Mich's Somangshu Mukherji sneering at his father-in-law
A Trespassing Somangshu Mukherji Sneering At Wife’s “Trailer Trash” Father. Herkimer NY 4/11/19
Avram Mukherji Exploring his first-ever toys
Avram Mukherji Exploring His First-Ever Toys–Trailer Trash Grandparent’s Home, Herkimer 2/19

Fitbit’s James Park, Our Daughter And Somangshu Mukherji

Mukherji’s attorney intimated in her questioning of Alexandra that a symptom of her “psychosis” was her belief that she had dated James Park, the cofounder of Fitbit. Here’s Alexandra with sister Shelly and James in Myakka State Park in Florida in 2002, when James was post-Harvard, pre-Fitbit. We’d recently moved to Sarasota. (Like James, I was also recently post-Harvard.) 

These were our family’s blessed days before Alexandra met Somangshu Mukherji. James was also a frequent visitor to our home in Boston’s Charlestown.  We liked James, and to his credit, he plunged right into those alligator-rich waters with our daughters to free their canoe from the mud, even as he lamented his lack of a pistol. Solid husband material, I thought. Alas!

FitBit's James Park in alligator country
James Park, Alexandra and youngest daughter Shelly . Myakka, Florida 2002

“Mukherji alleged … that her false memory of his abuse was another sad symptom of the “psychosis” that made her a danger to her son.”

Immediately after Mukherji won custody of our grandson Avram in Michigan, he had him illegally taken from our home in Herkimer NY, where our daughter had fled with Avram after what she alleged in her court filings were years of abuse and neglect. (Mukherji later alleged Stalinesque-like, that her false memory of his abuse was another sad symptom of the “psychosis” that made her a danger to her son.)  As our daughter alleged in her Michigan court custody proceedings, Mukherji’s exploitation of her mental health issues led to her tragic marriage to him and the issuance of the Green Card he needed for his academic appointment.

Perfidy’s Prize – Somangshu Mukherji’s Green Card

What Sparked Somangshu Mukherji’s Vile Email?

“The malignant narcissist undermines families and organizations in which they are involved, and dehumanizes the people with whom they associate.[2]

Was it the unexpected sound of his wife’s voice that triggered Somangshu Mukherji’s rage? Or his alleged lies at the custody hearing being denounced as such by Avram’s grandmother? Both? I don’t know. But his love note to his wife soon followed, as did a restraining order (Order of Protection).

Somangshu Mukherji’s Restraining  Order

Click to access Mukherji-Restraining-Order-Highlighed.pdf

Avoiding the Black Spot-Paying Spousal Support Is For Other Husbands

Mukherji’s successfully toadholed in his Ann Arbor condo, avoiding process servers, avoiding service of the Order of Protection and a Spousal Support Summons.  

mukherji refusal of service

Mukherji’s vile email was a minor prelude to the subsequent cruel hoax he later perpetrated on his mentally ill American wife in August of 2020, after disposing of his inconvenient “son”:

SOMANGSHU MUKHERJI AND THE LITTLE BOY WHO WASN’T THERE

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The Admirable Somangshu Mukherji And His Tainted American Wife

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The Admirable Somangshu Mukherji And His Tainted American Wife is one of an ongoing series exposing the exploitation of a mentally ill American citizen by a foreign national to obtain US residency, and from that, a professorship at a prestigious US university. 

As this series sadly illustrates, it’s easy for a well-credentialed and unscrupulous Green Card seeker to exploit America’s mental health crisis and its overwhelmed clinics and courts to cunningly take advantage of a mentally ill American’s desire for love, marriage and a family to secure a good life for himself. This marital chicanery can grow even more heinous when a child becomes involved and when the victimizer is abusive. It’s especially poignant when the victims are one’s own daughter and grandson. Sadly, we don’t believe their plight is unique, just underreported. The mentally ill are easily played by the unscrupulous. People tend to shun them and shrug off their complaints.

Somangshu Mukherji – The Story So Far

Somangshu Mukherji and Herkimer’s Rogue CPS Workers tells how our daughter Alexandra with our grandson Avram escaped her allegedly abusive and neglectful husband, University of Michigan Assistant Professor of Music Somangshu Mukherji, fleeing in the dead of winter to our home in Herkimer, New York, with Mukherji soon in pursuit of Avram, who is not his blood relative.  It details the obvious malfeasant collusion of two Herkimer County Child Protection Workers, Sara Riente and Lisa Bates, in aiding Mukherji in his Michigan court custody case.  Our daughter Alexandra’s court filings in the custody matter clearly state her alleged abuse and forced social isolation by Mukherji, and his alleged neglect of Avram.

Somangshu Mukherji and Herkimer’s Rogue CPS Workers

Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid details the happenings during Somangshu Mukherji’s supposed parental visit to Herkimer and why I believe that visit was just a foiled attempt to grab Avram and head back to Michigan. Our daughter’s certified Michigan court filings, which I rely upon for much of this series’ narrative, are embedded in that post.

Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid

Having won custody of our grandson in the Ann Arbor Family Court, Mukherji came to Herkimer to collect the lad, on the cheap. How that was done and why it was illegal was captured on video and is told in A Herkimer Kidnapping – Somangshu Mukherji and the Herkimer Sheriff.

A Herkimer Kidnapping – Somangshu Mukherji and the Herkimer Sheriff

“His victory secured, Somangshu Mukherji set out on a cruel vendetta to prevent his American wife from ever again seeing the son he’d taken from her.”

Somangshu Mukherji’s Cruel Vendetta Begins

With our grandson safely recaptured and recloistered, and the two of them living in new, nicer digs near U. Mich Ann Arbor, you’d think Professor Mukherji would settle back, get to know his wife’s son, and savor the fruits of his victory. He’d certainly earned it, given the amount of billable legal hours he must have racked up winning his case. (He filed about 130 pages of legal briefs with the Michigan court, plus all the attendant hearings, consultations, motions and consultant expenses.) But no. His victory secured, Somangshu Mukherji set out on a cruel vendetta to prevent his American wife from ever again seeing the son he’d taken from her.  

Buying A Friend – The Friend of the Court 

Mukherji met with his attorney and a social worker certified as a Friend of the Court (FOC) Evaluator and Mediator, most likely recommended by his attorney and paid for by Somangshu.  Out of their meeting came a convenient official document, a Michigan Friend of the Court Proposed Recommendation and Final Order. Our daughter was notified to attend telephonically, but skipped the event, believing that any gathering of her husband and his hirelings is inevitably the Somangshu Mukherji Hour. She was right.

“A process…designed to fulfill the child visitation wishes of affluent parents who can afford to pay their way to a fast and favorable ruling.”

The FOC document has the brassy ring of Mukherji’s previous court custody filings, which our daughter’s Michigan custody filings characterized as “self-aggrandizing twaddle.” The proposed visitation change order marshaled a host of unfounded allegations, cited them as facts and drew the desired conclusions from them.

Click to access ChildVisitationReportMSW-Annotated.pdf

The Recommendation and Final Order is key to a process seemingly designed to fulfill the child visitation wishes of affluent parents who can afford to pay their way to a fast and favorable ruling. It spares a busy family court judge the tedium of having to weigh competing arguments by accepting and rubber-stamping a monied parent’s Proposed Order.  It’s especially effective when the other parent has no attorney and so refuses to participate in the charade.

The Admirable Somangshu Mukherji and His Tainted American Wife

Here are some of the more outrageous portions of the Friend of the Court mediator’s basis for the Proposed Order: 

  • “[Our daughter] is driven by false beliefs against Somangshu’s treatment of her and other delusions.” (page 4)
  • Her son’s “main bond [of love and affection] is through Somangshu.” (page 4)
  • “Recent text messages from Alexandra to [Somangshu] which appeared delusional” (Page 8) (More correctly: text messages from Alexandra’s account to which Somangshu allegedly has access.)
  • Our grandson lost weight loss while with us in New York;  (He gained weight.) p. 7
  • “Maltreatment is not an issue while Avram resides with his father.” p.8 (Why?)
  • “New York CPS finding…spoke to physical and medical neglect [of Avram]” CPS found all of Mukherji’s heinous allegations against our daughter and us “unfounded.” p. 9  And we called out the malfeasant child protection workers who colluded with him.
  • If our daughter were to return to Somangshu, court-ordered supervision of her with her son should be replaced by supervision by Somangshu and his mother. (page 3) [Really]
  • “Interactions between Somangshu and Alex are tainted by the products of her mental illness.” (“Tainted,” like meat? Not a clinical term, but Victorian English of the sort one might hear at Oxford.)
  • “…false beliefs she carries when symptomatic [are] delusions which accuse Somangshu of harm against her.” p.7 (“Professor Mukherji argued that his wife fled him because she was psychotic and a danger to his son. He offered as proof the fact that she had left him.” My perspective on the gist of Mukherji’s voluminous child custody pleadings.)
  • Domestic Violence Category- “Not raised as relevant…”p. 7  [Of course not.] The social worker’s evaluation extolled Somangshu Mukherji’s selfless conduct throughout his marital ordeals as “admirable…admirable… admirable…” (p. 9) It goes on and on. Here’s a copy. I’ve highlighted its most egregious bits.

Loving Mother Stripped of Visitation Rights

The Friend of the Court evaluation argued that “the product”of our daughter’s mental illness, other than the delusion that her husband was abusive, was abuse and neglect of her son, to whom it implied she posed an inherent danger, as attested to solely by husband Somangshu Mukherji. Its Proposed Order recommended therefore that she be stripped of all visitation rights with her son, until she presented herself to the Friend of the Court in Ann Arbor for psychiatric evaluation, with evidence of ongoing psychiatric care to include her treatment plan.  Following its assessment,  The Friend of the Court would, if merited, support an order to modify the visitation order. (p.9) More hearings might be required, of course. With Somangshu and his lawyer notified.

Here’s the order, signed as always for Mukherji by reliable Ann Arbor Judge Julia B. Owdziej:

Click to access Order-Denying-Child-Visitation-Annotated.pdf

  • Cruel, Malicious and Transparently Contrived

Following on the heels of his child custody victory, Somangshu Mukherji moved to crush any hopes Avram’s mother had of ever seeing her son again. It was a gratuitously cruel act, accomplished through the transparently contrived device of a tainted document. It reeks of malice. 

Mukherji’s false avowals of concern and love for his wife, scattered throughout his judicial proceedings, are especially odious, given the lie by his own recent vile actions and a restraining order:

Authored by Somagnshu Mukherji U.Mich Music
The “admirable” Somangshu Mukherji’s email to his wife. It earned him a restraining order.

As for our daughter, she’s understandably bereft. She and Avram had been together, virtually alone, for the three years since his birth. Somangshu gave the kid even less attention than he did resources, alleges our daughter in her court filings: “not a dime.”

Mukherji’s spiteful behavior continues. He won’t even let Avram’s mother talk to her son on the phone. Discouraged, she doesn’t try that often. Yesterday’s attempt was typical. “Can I speak to Avram?” “See a doctor,” snarled Mukherji, hanging up.

11/1/2021 – Mukherji is no longer a professor at the University of Michigan. Or seemingly anywhere else. He alleges through his legal team that my postings caused the U.Mich Provost to deny him tenure. Oh! The power of the septuagenarian rural blogger!   

Avram Mukherji goes into the storm
Avram Into the storm

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Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid

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Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid occurred on April 11, 2019. It was cunningly planned and brazenly executed. It could have succeeded but for the grandfather standing in the doorway. And the Herkimer Police.  

Above is my sneering son-in-law, Somangshu Mukherji of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, lying derisively as he tries to make off with our two-year-old grandson under the guise of a court-approved visitation. (Video below.) 

Our Grandson’s Not His Blood Relative
At time of his raid, Somangshu Mukherji, an Indian national, was a non-tenured assistant professor of Music Theory. [As of 11/1/21, he no longer holds an academic post at U.Mich.] Our grandson’s not his blood relative.  As our severely bipolar daughter’s Ann Arbor Family court filings make clear, Somanghsu’s Mukherji’s marriage to her enabled him to obtain his Green Card, the gateway to his professorship at a prestigious US  university:

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Court Judges Abusive Spouse Better Parent Than Loving Mom
In January, after years of what our daughter in her court filings alleged were years of forced isolation, neglect and abuse by Somangshu Mukherji,  she fled with our grandson Avram, escaping by subterfuge to our home in Herkimer New York. Mukherji was soon in pursuit, alleging in his later custody filing that she had “absconded” with her son. He and our daughter had joint physical custody of the child at the time of his visit.  Over our daughter’s strenuous objections, the Ann Arbor Michigan Family Court (Case 19-352-DC), granted Somangshu an unsupervised visit here in New York.

Prior to his visitation, written request to he and his attorney for a firm visitation schedule and Mukherji’s new address in Ann Arbor were rebuffed. We made clear that without that information, the child would not be released for a visit.  The Ann Arbor Family court had removed all safeguards to Somangshu Mukherji’s heading right back to Ann Arbor with little Avram, address unknown.

Ann Arbor Michigan’s a university town. Many residents are dependent on the University of Michigan for their income. Its family court judges are elected officials and appear to accord any U.Mich professor entering an appearance the status of divine right. Ann Arbor’s family court opened the way for Somangshu Mukherji to try to snatch our grandson Avram and take him back to Michigan with no legal consequences and no additional legal fees. Most importantly, he’d avoid paying child support of at least $1,000 a month for Avram. Getting the kid into that waiting taxi and heading back for the airport would be Somangshu’s Mission Accomplished.  

Rude and Demanding and At Our Door – Video

Somangshu Mukherji's Raid

Somangshu Mukherji's Raid

Timeline of Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid
 0:01 – 0:30 Green Card Dad Somangshu Mukherji [SM] arrives via cab at our home from the airport. Storms the house. I open the door.
0:31 – 0:55 SM “Give me my son.” Avram’s his son on paper only, a Green Card son. His wife believes he signed the birth certificate to enhance his immigration status.
0:56 SM “I’m calling the police.” I remind him that he doesn’t have a lawful New York visitation order.
1:03 – 1:22 I advise SM that he is trespassing.
1:22 – 1:56 SM Refuses to let me step out onto my porch. I do anyway. SM again demands “my son.” I order him from our property. He refuses to leave. As you can see, he’d rather be outed lying on camera than do anything I ask.

Somangshu Mukherji’s Litany of Lies Begins
2:06 – 2:20 SM, still refusing to leave, calls Herkimer Police: “This is about a custody order I’m here to fulfill.” He has a Michigan court visitation order. Had he a custody order, he would have no authority to serve it: Somangshu Mukherji is a Michigan resident and per his custody court filings, an Indian national Legally, he could serve me a cup of tea.
2:22- 2:58 SM complains to Herkimer Police that I am threatening him, and violating his locally-unenforceable Michigan court order, which he now says is a visitation order.
2:59 SM complains to police that I am “harassing [him] openly.”
3:04  SM tells Herkimer police that I am “violating a standing custody order.” (He does not have a custody order from anywhere). Miscellaneous verbal abuse from SM.
3:55 – 4:21 BRIEF MOMENT OF TRUTH: SM gives police his name and cellphone number (908-705-5616).
4:24 SM falsely states that his taxi driver is a witness to my “harassing” him. The taxi is out of sight around the corner, the driver in the cab, as my videos attests.
4:30 SM tells Herkimer Police that he’s spoken with Herkimer County Undersheriff Scott Scherer. 
05:01 SM at last leaves our property to await the police. (Note: no taxi in sight.)

“…his Michigan court order is a visitation order, not a custody order, and not lawful in New York unless registered with a New York court”

Herkimer Sheriff Scott Sherer
Herkimer County Sheriff Scott Scherer, cited by Somangshu Muhkerjhi in his first attempt to take our grandchild to MI without a NY court order. Scherer was then Undersheriff. He was later elected Herkimer Sheriff, running unopposed. (As folks here say with a shrug, “It’s Herkimer.”

Herkimer Police Arrive
5:04 – 5:44 Herkimer Police arrive. (Officers Carbone and Holt.) SM meets them. I follow and point out that his Michigan court order is a visitation order, not a custody order, and not lawful in New York unless registered with a New York court, which expense SM has avoided.
06:00 – 06:25 I repeat same to Herkimer officers when they interview me. I note that SM was trespassing and harassing me and refused to leave when ordered. They send him on his way, directing him  to not return.

Somangshu Mukherji’s Retreat

06:27 – 06:57 SM leaves the area afoot. (Later spotted around the corner, presumably awaiting a cab to airport.)
06:58 – 08:27 SM complained to responding officers police that he fears his “son” is being abused by his pedophile grandfather, crazy grandmother and neglected by his psychotic mother. (It’s in their report.) They’re obligated to follow up. Which they do and leave. It’s the same toxic twaddle Somangshu Mukherji  previously filed with New York Child Protection Services. They closed the matter as “unfounded”.
08:28 – End  Before leaving the area, SM has friendly chat with the Barton Gang’s Joyce Barton, who delightedly spreads tales of our troubles to the neighbors. SM in his custody filings has already cited the Bartons’ criminal activities captured on our videos as evidence that ours is too dangerous a neighborhood for our grandchild.

Somangshu Mukherji – a Scourge of God on Our Family
I’ve known Somangshu Mukherji for 16 years. He’s gone from the seemingly  nice kid we saved from deportation when he was at Harvard (allegedly “academic dishonesty”) to a scourge of God on our family.  Our daughter, his wife, is terrified of him. Obviously he lies a lot. He may even believe what he’s saying because he’s saying it, classic behavior of a malignant narcissist.

Somangshu’s already established a working relationship with the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Department, whose deputies later illegally took our grandchild from our home and handed him over to him. On this day Herkimer Police sent Somangshu packing.  “Somangshu Mukherji’s Raid” is an chilling example of how easily a biased judge can empower a malevolent personality to rip a child from a loving parent.

Here’s Avram with his first-ever toys. He was almost three then. We bought them for him when he arrived in Herkimer. Somangshu, our daughter attested in her court filings, never once bought his beloved “son” clothes, shoes or toys. “Never a dime,” she said. Smartphones, clothes, toys, shoes sent our grandchild and our daughter he allegedly sold on eBay, pocketing the proceeds. His wife and son he dressed in castoff clothing, except for the nice winter coat her bought our daughter, so she could food shop for him, on foot. (She was required to wear shoes that were too large, she reported, hobbling her.) 

Somangshu Mukherji's Green Card son
2,1,19 Our grandson Avram at our home in Herkimer, NY, with his first toys ever. This is shortly after he and his mother’s at last escaped Avram’s allegedly abusive and neglectful Green Card dad.

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A Herkimer Kidnapping – Somangshu Mukherji and the Herkimer Sheriff

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“A child is not a dog. No matter whose child. It requires more to lawfully take a child than it does a dog. Even in Herkimer.”

Look no further than Herkimer, New York, USA, to see the illegal taking of a child from his family.  On 4/24/19, Herkimer County sheriff’s deputies entered our home and took our two-year-old grandson Avram from his mother. They didn’t have a warrant. They didn’t have a valid court order. They said they had “verbal permission.” 

A Herkimer Kidnapping – In The Tradition of Schindler’s List

It  was kidnapping under the color of law. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. We’ve seen Herkimer Child Protection Workers violate state law as they go the extra mile to denounce parents and families they don’t approve of. And Herkimer long shrugged off poison gas attacks on us, our pets and our home. So why not, also in the tradition of Schindler’s List, an armed, uniformed squad taking a child from his bed? They even wore brown. What made it especially heinous was their acting for an out-of-state foreign national seemingly desperate to avoid paying child support. 

Even In Herkimer A Child Is Not A Dog

It requires more to lawfully take a child than it does a dog. Even in Herkimer. No matter how inconvenient. No matter whose child. New York’s Domestic Relations Law  governs the return of  a child to a parent in another state. It incorporates the provisions of the federal Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). The law requires registration of an out-of-state custody order with the local family court, due notice and a hearing. Then the custody order can be legally enforced. It only takes a few days. Apparently too cumbersome for scofflaw Herkimer.

Herkimer Family Court Involvement?

The deputies said they had “verbal authorization” [Video, below: 1:56] from Judge John Brennan of the Herkimer Family Court to take our grandson. If so, Brennan played fast and loose with the law. New York’s family courts are notoriously packed and dysfunctional. Scooping up a kid without a warrant for an out-of-state return and whisking him to the waiting parent avoids further clogging the court calendar with the tedium of due process. Especially when the outcome appears predetermined. In an extrajudicial kidnapping like this–in legalese, “an illegal taking”– speed is of the essence: Not much a parent can do when the kid’s back in the other state. It seems a cynical practice encourage by long success. Had our daughter been known to have an attorney, and lived at a better Herkimer address, the law might have been followed.  

Anonymous Herkimer Sheriff's Officer during extrajudicial kidnapping
4/24/19 “We have verbal authority [to take the child.”] Intentionally anonymous Herkimer Sheriff’s officer during extrajudicial kidnapping. Refused repeated demands to identify himself. WHAT COUNTRY IS THIS? Herkimer, apparently.

“2:41: Nameless sheriff’s officer waves to unidentified woman in unmarked car down the street to approach closer.”

HERKIMER KIDNAPPING – VIDEO
A Herkimer Kidnapping

A Herkimer Kidnapping

Video Timeline 001-1:05 Herkimer County Sheriff’s deputies, accompanied by Herkimer police officer, arrive at our house. (Police here to protect deputies from us.)
1:06-1:14 I foolishly let them in without asking for a warrant or court order. I assumed they were acting lawfully. Never assume this in Herkimer County.
1:15-1:15 One deputy identifies himself as Sgt. George. The other merely says “Herkimer County Sheriff.” (He’s not the sheriff.)
1:20 – 1:55 Sgt. George reads the order to our daughter. It’s quickly apparent it’s a Michigan court order. George states it authorizes them to take our grandson for return to his father in Michigan. It doesn’t. I  object, citing New York law and the procedure necessary to lawfully execute an out-of-state custody order in New York. Sgt. George says they have verbal permission from Herkimer County Family Court to enforce the Michigan court order. I continue to dispute their authority. 2:41 – 2:54 Deputy(?) Nameless tells me to “go argue the order” with Herkimer County Family Court Judge John Brennan if I don’t like it. I point out that I can’t, it’s a Michigan court order. Judge Brennan is a New York judge. He has not issued an order in this matter. Nameless Deputy repeats that they have verbal authority from Judge Brennan to take our grandchild. Seems hostile.
3:14 – 3:20 “Where is the child?” they demand.
3:21 – 3:45 Little Avram taken. Nameless sheriff’s officer waves to unidentified woman in unmarked car down the street to approach closer. She hesitatingly does so.  May know we’d recently reported Herkimer CPS workers Sara Riente and Lisa Bates to NY authorities for malfeasance.
3:46 – 4:36 Avram passed to unidentified woman wearing unviewable badge driving unmarked car. 
4:37 – 4:56 Grandma gives kindly Herkimer Police Officer Holt clothes and shoes for shoeless Avram, who takes them to the sheriff’s deputies.
End: Unknown woman in unmarked car makes good her escape with our grandson. 

“Sometime after regaining our grandson, Mukherji surreptitiously placed him with a couple in Providence, Rhode Island and got on with his life back in Ann Arbor.”

A Herkimer Kidnapping Finale

A gloating email later that evening from Mukherji to our daughter saying he was at a Herkimer motel and that Avram had been returned to him. He’s refused all attempts at contact by our daughter.

Sometime after regaining our grandson, Mukherji surreptitiously placed him with a couple in Providence, Rhode Island and got on with his life back in Ann Arbor. Neither we nor our daughter have been allowed to see our grandson or speak with him since he was taken. 

A Herkimer Kidnapping – Backstory

In late January 2018, our daughter escaped with our grandson from her allegedly abusive and neglectful husband, Somangshu Mukherji, an Indian national. As she attests in her custody case court filings, he’d allowed her no contact with us for years and kept her in almost complete social and physical isolation.  Mukherji’s a nontenured assistant professor of Music at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He’s not the child’s birth father. Our daughter alleges in her custody case filings that Mukherji signed Avram’s birth certificate to enhance his status with US Immigration. 

The trigger for our daughter’s flight to Herkimer was Mukherji’s announcing the three of them were going on a trip with him to Turkey, along with his equally abusive mother. The US State Department advises against travel to Turkey: “terrorism, kidnappings and arbitrary detentions.” Anything could happen, especially to a toddler. Sounded like it might be a one-way trip for the “son” our daughter alleges Somangshu calls “the little bastard.” Somangshu’s vigilance slipped for a moment and our daughter and grandchild bolted for here. Penniless, she took a cab across several states, paying with the Uber account Somangshu kept on her phone for his convenience. 

Somangshu Mukherji – No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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Somangshu Mukherji sneering at me as he trespasses on our porch.

Somangshu Mukherji’s Green Card and his well-paid professorship were made possible by his marriage to our severely bipolar American-born daughter.

And we took a hand, too, having earlier and foolishly helped him stay in the US. In 2003, we sponsored Mukherji after Harvard dropped their sponsorship of him as  grad student, alleging “academic dishonesty,” according to our daughter’s court filings. (Mukherji had earlier been a research assistant to Harvard evolutionary biologist Marc Hauser, who was found guilty of scientific misconduct and served a sentence on federal charges.)

In 2003, at Mukerhji’s pleading,  we posted a $40k bond for him with the U.S. Department of State so that he could remain in the US. (17% of our total assets at the time.)  Mukherji’s repaid us by allegedly exploiting and abusing our daughter, misusing his medical guardianship of her and denying our grandchild clothes, shoes and toys. “Never a dime,” alleges our daughter in her Ann Arbor MI Family Court custody defense filings. (Case 19-352-DC )

“Professor Mukherji argued that his wife was psychotic and a threat to his son. He offered as one proof of her insanity the fact that she had left him.”

Somangshu Mukherji in Pursuit

Upon their arrival at our home, I texted Mukherji that his missing wife and her two-year old son were safe with us in Herkimer. No reply, but his feet must not have touched the ground as he raced to his attorney’s office to file for sole custody of the son he’d always allegedly neglected—the son of his wife and another man–and for the child’s immediate return to him in Ann Arbor. Doing the math he may have suddenly realized his love for the boy and wanted him back: child support would cost him over $1,000 a month.

After a long court battle in Ann Arbor, Somangshu Mukherji was awarded sole custody. (He had a lawyer, our daughter didn’t. Ann Arbor Legal Aid, which is partially supported by U. Mich Law School, wouldn’t represent her.) My summary of his lengthy case and filings: Professor Mukherji argued that his wife was psychotic and a threat to his son. He offered as one proof of her insanity the fact that she had left him.

Here’s our daughter’s Michigan court filings in the case. It’s the sad and probably all too common tale of how an unscrupulous foreign national can exploit a mentally ill American to jump the Green Card queue and secure a good job.  And then escaped unscathed by taking advantage of America’s patchwork of child custody laws and fragmented family court structure. 

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Somangshu Mukherji Schmoozes the Sheriff

Mukherji apparently established a cordial relationship with Herkimer  County Sheriff’s personnel during his 4/11/19 trip to Herkimer, likely through then Herkimer Undersheriff Scott Scherer. His Michigan court approved visitation of that date seemed to me a transparent attempt to nab our grandson on the cheap. He may have convinced the sheriff’s staff that his “son” was in grave danger from the psychotic mother, loony grandmother and pedophile grandfather. (From his slanderous Child Protection reports, since dismissed.)  The day before the kidnapping, Mukherji won sole custody of Avram in an Ann Arbor court.  Victorious at last, he immediately flew to Herkimer to take possession.

Michigan court order in hand, Somangshu was but one step from obtaining a lawful custody order, one issued by a New York court, which the Herkimer county sheriff could legally enforce. He needed only to register his Michigan order with the Herkimer Family Court, which could, after a hearing for all parties, issue a New York order mandating the return of the child to Michigan, all  required by New York law. Of course, it would have cost Mukherji more money. Instead, Herkimer County cut him a break him by skipping past New York law and sending its deputies right over to take Avram from his nap. I’ve known Somangshu since 2003–he can be very charming when he wants something.

Preventing A Herkimer Kidnapping: “Get A Warrant”

I suspect the  Herkimer Family Court and the Herkimer County Sheriff get away with this all the time, possibly by saying that the parent voluntarily consented to accept service of the out-of-state custody order. As the video of this illegal taking shows, our daughter did not do that. The Herkimer sheriff’s officers presented her with the Michigan court order, which without a New York order had all the validity of a Post-It-Note. I contested their authority and cited the UCCJEA and applicable New York law. They didn’t care. Told me to “get a lawyer.” [video-2:41] “We will now take the child” said they. And they did. This extrajudicial kidnapping spared Professor Mukherji the bother and expense of obtaining a legal New York custody order.

What country is this?

No Happy Ending

Somangshu Mukherji And The Little Boy Who Wasn’t There

Reporting Malfeasance by New York Public Officers 

New York Attorney General, Bureau of Public Integrity

Reporting Civil Rights Violations in New York

New York Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
125 Broad St., 19th Fl.
New York,  NY 10004.
Telephone: 212-607-3300

“Unlawful discrimination that reflects a policy or practice of discrimination:”
The Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office

Is a judge involved? Allegedly involved?

New York – Reporting Judicial Misconduct

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct Corning Tower, Suite 2301 Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223 If you videoed the incident, as we did in A Herkimer Kidnapping, either upload it to the agencies or send it in with your complaint on a thumb-drive.  Publish it on social media. It’s New York.  It’s your right. Use it or lose it.

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