John Thaler is writing a book detailing his love story gone wrong, his son's abduction and the subsequent revelation of the double life his wife was leading. He takes us on an unbelievably riveting and powerful adventure while detailing in graphic specificity an encapsulating analysis of his investigation into the world of the corrupt and desperate. He encapsulates a comprehensive understanding of all the various players involved, their motivation, and activities that lead to a master corruption. Multiple corruption schemes working together to achieve one primary motive... moving drugs and trafficking people across the US border for financial gain!
On September 19, 2020, McKinley Harris Thaler, nearly three-years-old, was abducted. The abduction was intended to extort his dad into terminating a multistate investigation concerning money laundering and public corruption. To date, neither McKinley’s dad nor dad’s family members have seen McKinley or received any communication from him. Dad does not know where his son is.
The State of Arizona, its most populous county, Maricopa, and the cities of Mesa and Gilbert, which lie within, are cesspools of corruption. Fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine flow freely through an open border. And with it comes the cash. Billions of dollars flow into hundreds of cash houses while the drugs are held in stash houses. The result is a plethora of racketeering enterprises: money laundering, tax evasion, insurance fraud, payroll theft, election fraud, and bankruptcy fraud. Bribes paid to public officials, both elected and appointed, provide the cartels with a safe haven.
In February 2019, attorney John Harris Thaler and his team were retained to investigate. Thaler had a star witness: Brittany Rae Chavez, his wife of three years. At the time of their marriage in 2016, Thaler had no idea that his wife and her mother, Dawna Rae Chavez, were participants in the largest money laundering scheme in U.S. history. Thaler had no idea that Brittany had known him since 2011 and had been paid to create an extortion scheme against him to disrupt an earlier investigation into organized crime. He did not know that their chance meeting in October 2014 was anything but an accident; he did not know that the marriage was a sham.
Thaler’s accidental discovery of certain falsified recorded trust deeds in early 2018 would change everything. By late 2019, Brittany was a cooperating witness who requested Federal Witness Protection. Before protection could be arranged, Brittany succumbed to family pressures and threats of violence aimed at her, at Thaler, and at their two-year-old son, McKinley. On September 19, 2020, McKinley was abducted in an ill-fated attempt to force Thaler into rescuing his son.
Report to the Governor is the inside story of Thaler’s three-year investigation. It includes the findings and evidence provided to Governor Doug Ducey in May 2022 and to attorneys general in five additional states. It explains who hijacked Arizona’s elections and how. And it chronicles the illegal swatting efforts spearheaded by corrupt police officers and judges on the take to discredit Thaler and to prevent this story from being told.
CHILD ABDUCTION AND PARENTAL ALIENATION
A few words about abduction and alienation. Brittany and Dawna, and those who participated in the scheme to abduct McKinley are child abusers. Period.
In divorce, children often will side with one parent over the other. It has nothing to do with fault or perceived fault and it has nothing to do with which parent (if either) is the “better” parent. It has everything to do with insecurity. A child clings to a parent as a safety blanket.
In thirty-two years of law practice and in observing my father practice Family Law, I see this frequently. What I also see frequently is the parent receiving the affection use it to batter the other parent. It becomes evidence of some unknown abuse or a basis for not exchanging the child. All of which greatly harms the child.
It has been only in the last decade that family courts have learned to recognize the psychology of preference and the abuses of it through alienation or abduction. Apparently, such education has not yet come to Arizona. Children are routinely damaged, some severely, by an antiquated system with no accountability.
Arizona has the second highest per capita rate of parental child abduction in the country.
As of 2022:
In most jurisdictions, the failure to abide by a court’s custody order gets the local police at your door. If you do not exchange your child as required by the court’s order, they will do it for you. Not the City of Mesa. By some unwritten policy, Mesa will not honor custody orders. Neither will the Town of Gilbert. Even if a Superior Court judge were to order the local police to obtain an abducted child, neither Mesa nor Gilbert officials would comply.
The greatest pain a parent can ever feel is losing a child. The second greatest pain is the abduction of their child. Imagine. Your child is out there, somewhere in the world. Scared. Hurt. Confused. And wondering where you are and why you didn’t protect him. Every day, I live with this pain.
Children who have been psychologically violated and maltreated through the act of abduction, are more likely to exhibit a variety of psychological and social handicaps. These handicaps make them vulnerable to detrimental outside influences (Rand, 1997). Huntington (1982) lists some of the deleterious effects of parental child abduction on the child victim:
"Because of the harmful effects on children, parental kidnapping has been characterized as a form of child abuse" reports Patricia Hoff, Legal Director for the Parental Abduction Training and Dissemination Project, American Bar Association on Children and the Law. Hoff explains:
"Abducted children suffer emotionally and sometimes physically at the hands of abductor-parents. Many children are told the other parent is dead or no longer loves them. Uprooted from family and friends, abducted children often are given new names by their abductor-parents and instructed not to reveal their real names or where they lived before." (Hoff, 1997)
As an early leader in the relatively new field of parental child abduction issues, Dr. Dorothy Huntington wrote an article published in 1982, Parental Kidnapping: A New Form of Child Abuse. Huntington contends that from the point of view of the child, "child stealing is child abuse." According to Huntington, "in child stealing the children are used as both objects and weapons in the struggle between the parents which leads to the brutalization of the children psychologically, specifically destroying their sense of trust in the world around them." Because of the events surrounding parental child abduction, Huntington emphasizes that "we must reconceptualize child stealing as child abuse of the most flagrant sort" (Huntington, 1982, p. 7).
A study entitled Prevention of Parent or Family Abduction through Early Identification of Risk Factors was conducted by Dr. Janet Johnston (Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition) and Dr. Linda Girdner (ABA Center on Children and the Law). The researchers detailed multiple risk parent profiles for abduction: