Birthdays Without Mothers Courtesy of CT Family Court

Happy Birthday M.

You are 15 today. It’s been almost two years since you’ve been with your mother, the woman who raised you.

I’m writing to you, M, because I believe you are old enough to understand. I also believe that even though your father may try to prevent you from reading this, you will somehow read this and understand why the Connecticut Family Court took your mother away.

And why that was corrupt and how not only you and your sister and brother are victims, but your poor mother too.

Karen Riordan, mother of three – who lost the most precious thing in her life – her three children through the ruthless, money-driven Connecticut Family Court.

Dr. Dorothy Stubbe, your psychiatrist, advocated for you M. You remember her, I know you do.

Your father stopped you from seeing her when the courts took you away from your mother.  She was fired immediately after the “temporary order of custody” was given to your father on April 24, 2020.

But Dr. Stubbe tried to do what was best for you. She wrote a letter to the guardian ad litem – you know her too – Jocelyn. She is the one who, for money, took you and your brother and sister out of your happy home and placed you in the home of regrets, of sadness, loneliness and longing for your mother and all your family – the ones your father won’t let you see anymore.

Jocelyn Hurwitz

You know her as Jocelyn. She is a lawyer, Jocelyn Hurwitz, and the Connecticut Family Court appointed her to consider and advise the court on your “best interest.”

Sadly, she put her own be$t interest in front of yours, my boy. When you become a man, you will realize there are vicious, sociopathic, very evil people in this world, people without conscience, who care not about other people’s children. They are not in the majority – most people are good – but they often get into powerful positions.

They are strong and have power and it is our duty, mine now, because I am an adult, and yours, my boy, when you become a man, to oppose these vicious people.

“What do we do when the strong bully the weak?” they asked the Great God.

“Why we must thrash the strong, of course,” He answered.

Jocelyn must be thrashed, must be exposed. She is of such unique evil that she would sell your happiness and blithely go about her way singing and whistling all the way to the bank.

People like her are only interested in her own best interest – and the money she could make from your father – by giving custody of you to your father and removing your mother, the one who loves you best – the one whose love for you, compared to your father’s , is like the difference between the sun [mom] and a light from a firefly [your dad] – meant a lot more money for Jocelyn.

Your father stole all the money that belonged to your mother – just before he filed for divorce.

He planned all along to steal your mother’s money and he wanted custody of you and Mand S because he did not want to pay money for your support, alimony and share the money that your mother and he owned jointly because they were married.

I do not need to tell you he has no love for you – you have said this a thousand times – to anyone who would listen.

And I know it is true, for what good father would deny his children the right to be with their mother, to see their mother, to share custody with the mother – the one who raised you all your lives until he lost his job for stealing – for that is what plagiarism is – stealing the words from another.

Before I mentioned Dr. Stubbe, your kind psychiatrist. She sent a letter to the beast Hurwitz. I have a copy of that letter and she had asked that wolf Hurwitz provide a copy to Judge Jane Grossman. But the wolf who devoured your happiness made sure it never got before the judge.

I put Jocelyn Hurwitz’s face on a wolf’s body because she is a wolf, who goes after whatever she can for her own gain. If that means removing you from your happy home, so be it. She does not care about you, she cares only for the money. It is funny too, M,. she has children of her own. This too you must understand: To some, especially greedy individuals, they only love their own. They have no love for humanity, only for themselves and their kith and kin. The wolf Hurwitz will kiss her own children goodnight and comfort them but think nothing of the pain and lack of comfort you have because, for money, she took your mother away from you.

Dr. Dorothy Stubbe – she cared about you, M.

Dr. Stubbe is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Yale Child Study Center.

He is some of what she wrote about you:

“M and his two siblings were adopted as infants…  Their mother has been the primary caregiver for all the children… Mr. Ambrose has become more involved with the children in the past several years, [after] his work requirements decreased [after he got fired for plagiarism] …

“M… is a terrific adolescent who is bright, very sensitive, empathic, and has a well-grounded sense of morality….

“M… should have a role in deciding with whom he lives….   He has been very upset that his father was tape recording him and his siblings at the house. He described feeling that he has no privacy at his father’s house. His father removed the doorknobs from the bedrooms so that the children could not lock the doors….

“1) He feels that his father has made false allegations toward him and his siblings. He feels that his father is trying to prove that he and his siblings are mean to him, and that he has used secret tape recordings “against us.”

“2) He said that he feels safer and closer to his mother. “She takes my feelings more seriously.” When asked how, he said that if he was with his mother and wanted to see his father, his mother wouldn’t stop him from going. But if he is with his father and wants to see his mother, he is forbidden. He said that he feels comfortable talking openly with his mother, but he fears that he will be made fun of by his father;

“3) He feels closer to his mother. He noted that his father worked a lot when he was younger, and he has always been closer to his mother. He also worries about his youngest brother, whom he described as quite frightened by the sudden decision by the Court to have the children go live at his father’s house, without even being able to contact his mother to say goodnight….

“M feels more connected and bonded with his mother. He has expressed that he feels that his mother takes his feelings and wishes more seriously. I believe that it is in his best interest psychologically to have a say in his custody arrangement….

“Being forced into a living situation that he feels is invalidating will be detrimental and, I believe, rather than facilitating a closer relationship, will only cause more animosity towards his father…. in my medical opinion, it is in the best interest of my patient, M, that he be afforded substantial input into decisions regarding his custody arrangements.

“As a sensitive and thoughtful adolescent, I believe that a decision in which he is forbidden contact with either parent would be detrimental to his psychological well-being. He deserves to have a close relationship with his parents in a manner that is developmentally appropriate, and which validates his adolescent needs. I also believe that M will form a closer and more mutually-caring relationship with his father if he feels a sense of control and agency….”

Karen Riordan with M before he was taken away from her.**


Here is text you wrote, M, one month after the Connecticut Family Court took you out of your mother’s house and never let you return to her.

I know how you missed your mother and could not comprehend how you were uprooted and placed with your father.

That you could not even speak with your mother.


I want to also have you recall the second last birthday you got to spend with your mother, in 2019.

That was just after your father was fired and finally returned home to Connecticut after living in California for all those years.

He could not find work. He knew he had some money saved up – that was his and your mother’s money.

He knew after stealing others’ words he might not ever work again. So, he turned to stealing your mother’s money. To do that, he had to steal her children.

But that birthday – you will remember for the day before he let your dog, Cody, be killed – yes, he did it and you know it and on your birthday he tried to gaslight you that it was your fault.

I will conclude part one of my message to you, my boy, with the story of Cody so people can see what kind of a beast Jocelyn is to force you to be with your father [bad enough] and just, for money, prevent you from seeing the one who loves you, who despairs every day for you being out of her life, your mother.

February 19, 2019.

You had a dog named Cody, a two-year-old cockapoo who loved to run when he got out of the house and had to be retrieved by finding and collaring him.

Your father told sick jokes to you about how Cody would one day end up badly, “being harpooned,” or “impaled by the fence,” or, worse luck,“ hit by a car.”

Your father hated the dog. He would chuckle, “It would be a shame if Cody got out and never came back.”

On February 19, in the evening, you opened the door to let your father in the house and Cody ran out.

Cody escaped.

You ran out, my boy, to get your dog. You almost had him collared, but your dad ordered you back in the house. You know all this. How your dad went out himself but came back because it was too cold and besides, he was making stew and couldn’t leave it unattended.

You recall that your wonderful neighbor, Stacy Blau, called to say Cody was on her porch. She told your father that she was prepared to collar him and bring him home to you.

But your father lied to her. He told her he put a dish of peanut butter outside the door and Cody loved peanut butter, and would come home to get the peanut butter. No worries.

Damn the fool. He never put peanut butter out. Cody didn’t like peanut butter. He never ate peanut butter in his life,

Just a total lie.

After leaving Stacy’s house, your dad finally got his wish. Cody was struck by a car and killed.

When your dad heard the news, he appeared to cry. Your dad is quite good at faking tears. They call them crocodile tears.



But you really were sad, and on your birthday, it was a solemn day.

Made more so by your dad reminding you again and again that had you not left the door open, the dog would not have escaped and still be alive.

But I still think it was him, M. He knocked and you answered. You tried to rescue the dog, he would not let you.

Stacy could have safely protected the dog, but your father lied about peanut butter.

Chris Ambrose wants nothing to do with his wife. Nor does he want his children to ever see their mother.

So, my boy, I have to go for now, but I will write you more tomorrow, more about what happened. I know it is not a happy birthday and that saddens me, but the tide may turn, and your mother may be allowed to see you again.

And hope is happiness sometimes too.

Meantime, please be a man and give courage to your sister and brother and be stoic against the hurt your father puts upon you. Protect your sister and younger brother. Your day is coming and all bright and wonderous things will be yours.

Your mother will come to you again, my boy, and the good God will “once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”




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  • In another year, when he’s 16 yo, this young man (as well as his sister) can petition the Probate Court to be emancipated. Once emanciated, he can choose where and with whom to live since he is legally an adult.

  • We love these kids! Karen raised them. Chris wasn’t around until he got fired for plagiarism. She wanted out. He needed a new storyline because he tanked his own career.

  • Investigations need to occur on Ambrose. His Eyes Above Production company is NOT a writing and production company at all and never was. Total cover. Please investigate this avenue, Frank. It will be explosive. See Season 18 Law and Order.

  • Frank? I’m so touched by your letter to Matthew and I really hope one day he will read it. You preach integrity, strength and wisdom in a corrupted world and help give a voice to the children. I hope their cries are heard and justice is restored. I’m so proud to know there are people in the world willing to stick their necks out for a cause so pure as the love between a mother and her child.

    • He’ll read it. Maybe he already has. These children continue to miss their mother and cannot speak to her. It is a crime and I hope to one day expose it. Maybe sooner rather than later.

    • There is no official connection whatsoever. I do not even know who the author or publisher of familycourtcircus is.

      I have read it. I see they have republished my stories. They cover the topic of the corrupt CT family court. So, anyone who wants to republish my stories about that sinister CT court, I am for it.

      I realize that the website has an anti-Semite tone. I do not agree that the problem with CT family court is connected to many of the players being Jewish. There are corrupt people of every nationality or religion.

      Most of the Mafia at one time was Sicilian. They did some foul deeds, but I do not lay it at the doorstep of all Sicilians.

        • Why is it laughable? Do you know who it is? I know a lot of people suspect it is a guy named Paul Boyne, but I asked him directly and he said he does not write or publish the Family Court Circus. While it might be him, it might also not be him.

          But, frankly, I don’t care and have no time to waste trying to find out.

          • I pegged you as smarter than this, Frank. Your loose involvement with FCC is not a good look. In addition to an anti Semitic piece of literary garbage, it is also extremely racist with use of the “n” word left and right. Perhaps Karen Ambrose should dissociate herself from with the disgruntled parent who rightfully lost custody of his children…

  • Maybe if she stopped attacking their father online she’d have a better chance of getting some custody? As it stands now, it looks like parental alienation on steroids!

    • That might be true except that she has not seen her kids for almost two years and they still send messages out calling their father Pinocchio or Creepy Cree –. He is the true alienator – they will grow to hate him more as time goes on — the purpose was to give him 90 days to mend the so-called alienation and the children are more alienated than ever.

      After all, it is in his hands – he has Judge Adelman, GAL Hurwitz and the therapists in the palm of his hands. He could advocate for the best interest of his children – like seeking, like working to get them their heart’s desire = to be with their mother.

      Stupid man — they only resent him more as each lonely day passes.

      • I hope you can answer this, Frank. It is highly suspect the Court cut off all visitation between Karen and her children. The Court usually orders parameters for the visitation. Did the Court order Karen to undergo therapy and she refused? Was the visitation to be supervised (at least initially) but she refused? Objectively, what has Karen done or not done that prevents her from having contact with her children? I find it not credible that she doesn’t bear at least some responsibility in her current separation from her two boys and daughter.

        • The case is being overseen by Judge Jane Grossman who works to protect pedo fathers. Grossman acted solely on recommendation of jew psychologist Dr. Jessica Biren Caverly, PhD, who is paid cash for baseless opinions that serve to protect sexual deviants. There is no conflict with mom and kids, Grossman even ordered that if the kids cry out to mom in the isolation, mother is to ignore their screams. The family court is a torture chamber run by the chosen to destroy the concept of family. Wake up.

          • You must be the blogger who posts as thefamilycourtcircus. Same anti-Semitic rantings. Same everyone-who-disagrees-with-your position must be a pedophile. Same wild unsubstantiated conspiracy diatribes of the unbalanced.

          • she doesn’t oversee anyone specific she oversees cases where she is going to paid out …she couldn’t care less if mom or dad…she is a cash hog.

  • Frank – please stay the course. These people are dangerous. Adelman has left this mother without a penny. She’s been evicted from her home (see civil case) for non-payment, has no phone, and no children. He will try to seal the fate of these kids within two weeks. He’s done it to mothers and children for decades.

    Be the warrior we need. Adelman and Aldrich and Hurwitz have mothers arrested, file bs restraining orders on them, and put kids on high doses of meds to numb and silence them.

  • My two girls were taken by CT courts. No evidence I’m an unfit mother. Nothing at all. Stay at home mom stripped of custody. Please help us!!

  • Happy Birthday to Matthew! May this insanity end this year and you, your brother and sister be with your Mom very soon. ❤

  • I am so grateful that you, Frank, understand this convoluted case to the core. Because beyond the money and the corruption of the CT courts, at the root of this, are 3 children whose lives are being destroyed. You have a voice and a following that hopefully someone in power will take notice of. I do not understand how the courts can legally FORBID a parent their rights when there is no evidence of abuse from the mother. Especially when there are 3 children who are old enough to speak for themselves. This is a very scary world we live in.

  • This poor kid. Give him his mother. They’re old enough to have a say. This is Savagery

    What father would do this?

    Expose this and get those kids with the mother that raised them.

    This is insanity.

      • Sabbatai Zevi, holy cow, that’s going deep into antisemite land – I had to look that up. You’ve acquired knowledge of the diaspora. 😉

        Are you per chance Alanzo, the theologian and world’s most annoying human being?

        • Nice Guy, what is antisemite land? You have some reason to support the jewish ideology played out in Connecticut Family Courts. Solomon, Wetstone, Adelman, Munro, Heller, Grossman, Emons, Schofield Aarons along with dykes Murphy, Bozzuto, lecherous lawyers, Aldrich, Dembo, Bozek, Raickh, Hurwitz, Laliberte creepy psychologists, Caverly, Smith, Horowitz, Freedman, Robson, Black …. all shared the same disdain for family integrity, relished in destruction of parent-child bonds, with the strange affection for destroying the mother-child bond, like it is their mission in life. Hardly a Christian belief.

          • Zevi-

            I’m confused, are you listing members of your synagogue? (kidding)

            Well to use your parlance, I support the following ideologies:

            WASPs, Micks, SpearChuckas, Heebes, lesbos, Zipper heads, Butt Pirates, pollackes, Gypsies, tards, Aliens(Sunneel), multos , camel jockeys, ‘wiggers’, shemales, HeShe’s , Pizza spinners, Anti-cultists, Slurpy slingers, manginas, and Tequila Fence Jumpers,

            I am an Irish/Russian/German. I’m a Catholic. I like beer, loose women, and fast cars.

            Chris Ambrose is a WASP not a Jew. I’m not the woman who married him, and neither are the Jews.

            Ambrose looks like a gay pedophile. [Redacted] marriage [redacted] money [redacted].

          • Zevi-

            I’m confused, are you listing members of your synagogue? (kidding)
            Chris Ambrose is the monster. Not the Jewish lawyers. He’s the child molesting animal.

            Attorneys are the same regardless of their religion or ethnicity.

            “FIRST THING WE DO, LET’S KILL ALL THE LAWYERS. “Shakespeare

            When Shakespeare made that famous quote, Jews were barred from the legal profession of England.

          • If my 11:48 comment seems offensive, it’s only because I mentioned more marginalized groups than the previous comment, by the Jew Hater.

            My comment is to make a point. Her comment is purely hate driven,

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