The Open Records Project in the News
John owned a house and several million dollars in investments and other assets in Kansas City, Missouri. He had no children. He fell at his home and was hospitalized for observation. The equivalent of Texas APS kidnapped him from the hospital and he was sentence to life and heavily medicated. A probate judge appointed the equivalent of a guardian. The guardian confiscated John’s assets.
Three of John’s boyhood friends have been his advocates. He has been incarcerated for over 2 years. The Open Records Project will not rest until he is released and his assets restored.
OPEN RECORDS PROJECT SENATE TESTIMONY, June 25, 2014
Ean Schuesler, “3 for 3″
Russell Fish, “You’ve got to be kidding!”
DON MICHAEL BRANNON
Don owned the home in which he grew up in Johnson County, two cars, and a small bank account. He had no children. He fell off a ladder and hit his head. APS kidnapped him from the hospital. He was sentenced to life in an asylum and heavily medicated. A probate judge appointed a “guardian”. The guardian confiscated Mike’s assets, his pension, and defaulted on his property taxes. The guardian promptly began attempts to liquidate the house.
A boyhood friend brought Mike’s case to us. The Open Records Project interviewed Mike inside the asylum with constant moans and wailing clearly audible in the background. The tape was made available to the media. The judge reversed himself and Mike was release the day before the story ran.
ABC WFAA, June 26, 2014
Asylum Interview with Don Brannon
At 1:53 you can see the ankle monitor to prevents his escape.
At 10:00 moaning and yelling of clearly disturbed patients is clearly audible.
CHARLIE AND EDITH FINK
Charlie and Edith Fink owned a home in Dallas County, a ranch in Paris, and 4 cars including a new Jaguar XJS. They had no children. Edith was kidnapped by APS in a lightening raid on their home in January. Charlie was kidnapped 2 weeks later following a hernia operation. He was committed to a psych ward by a doctor he never saw. He and Edith were sentenced to life in an asylum an hour’s drive from their home and were heavily medicated with psychoactive drugs. APS petitioned the probate judge to appoint a Guardian and confiscate his property and accounts.
Before the looting could begin Charlieâ€™s neighbor contacted Fox News, which began a series of stories. Almost immediately the probate judge reversed himself and freed Charlie. Edith is still being held and as a result Charlies assets are subject to being stripped by the probate court and the State.
FOX 4 Charlie Goes Home May 2, 2014
GLENN BECK-THE BLAZE State takes custody of 85-year-old Texas man against his will, April 2, 2014
FOX 4, Mar 6, 2014
Elderly North Texas Man in Custody of State May Get to Go Home
FOX 4, Feb 28, 2014
Lawyer Weighs in on Man Sent to Nursing Home
FOX 4, Charlie Fink kidnapped by hospital Feb 26, 2014
MICHAEL AND EUGENIA KIDD
Michael and Eugenia Kidd owned a home in Collin County, had a six figure retirement account, and drove a Cadillac. Michael broke his hip and after surgery was committed to a pscyh ward by a doctor who never saw him. Eugenia refused to leave his side and was taken as well. They were incarcerated in an aslyum an hour’s drive from their home and were heavily medicated with psychoactive drugs. APS petitioned the probate judge to appoint a Guardian and confiscate his property and accounts.
After nearly a year of incarceration Michael was able to get a call to Fox News where he had been an engineer. The Open Records Project sneaked a notebook computer and cellphone to Michael and he began posting to his Twitter account. The ORP also uncovered irregularities with both the Guardian and the committing physician. The judge on his own motion reversed the incarceration and returned most of their assets a week later.
FOX 4, Sep 6, 2010
Whatever Happened to the Kidds
FOX 4, October 29, 2009
Kidds Leave Facility, Return Home
FOX 4, August 25,2009
Elderly Couple Forced into State Care