The Skelton Divorce; An "Only in America" Moment
|John and Tanya Skelton|
in Lenawee County Circuit Court
Fast forward seven months and now we have the Skelton divorce in the Lenawee County Family Court making headlines.
In those intervening months, the three Skelton brothers have not surfaced. For his part, their father simply states that he gave them to "an [unnamed] organization".
He stuck to this story, forcing his wife into a divorce trial where he represented himself in the proceedings before family court Judge Margaret Noe. Accordingly, Judge Noe awarded custody, such as it is under the circumstances, to thier mother, Tanya Skelton.
As each month passes without any trace of the boys, the case grows ever colder. The Lenawee County prosecutor has charged John Skelton with parental kidnapping; a capital offense with a potential life sentence.
Regardless whether this case highlights the depth and horrifying scope of mental illness or, perhaps more ominously, it is a barometer of our post-modern culture, there will be no happy ending to this carnival side-show.
Only in America does a depraved father, who [at best] gave his three sons away to unknown individuals, seize headlines by insisting on a divorce trial where he represents himself; for the headlines, no doubt. Alas, even his suicide attempt was botched.
Stay tuned, as our next debacle can only be moments away.