The On The Nose Accuracy and Question of I Care A Lot’s Real Life Guardians.

Rosamund Pike in I Care A Lot. Image courtesy of Netflix.

At some point, in the midst of my investigation into the abuse of thousands of elderly and developmentally disabled individuals by guardians/attorneys in Oakland County Michigan, I wondered aloud “How do they do it?”

How do they take innocent people who maybe made mistakes when they were younger, as we all do, yet who never commited a crime in their lives? Who in some cases served our country with honor? Who were never bothering anyone, who had families, friends that loved them? …


I Care A Lot. Image Courtesy of Netflix.

Next week, Netflix will premier I Care A lot — in which a sociopathic court-appointed guardian strips the rights from and imprisons an elderly woman who, much to the peril of the guardian, has connections with the Russian mob.

There’s no reason it shouldn’t do well and finally bring some sorely needed attention to an underreported issue even though it turns a genuinely horrifying American legal practice into a comedy thriller.

The J. Blakeson-directed film received overall positive reviews at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, and, with a cast that includes Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage and Dianne Wiest, has generated…


Image Courtesy of the Southwestern College Sun

Being an award-winning, investigative journalist has been one of the most rewarding and unforgettable experiences in my life.

In the coming weeks I will be publishing a five-part, freelance series detailing an alleged massive abuse and exploitation operating out of a Detroit-area probate court. The alleged victims number in the tens of thousands of Michigan’s most vulnerable senior and developmentally disabled citizens placed under court-appointed by the guardianship and conservatorship of county public administrators by the court’s four judges.

With no due process, or medical evidence presented as to their incapacity, they have been stripped of each of their constitutional…


As the journalist who broke the story of three Jewish women expelled from the Chicago Dyke March in 2017, people keep asking me for my thoughts on the #DCDykeMarch repeating history through the prohibition of Pride flags with the Magen David.

Organizer’s reasons were the usual set of talking points

If the past year has taught me anything it is that whatever Israel is accused of doing to the Palestinians, or indeed any government to any marginalized group, utterly vanishes in comparison to what is happening across the United States to millions of innocent people right now.

In fact, I’d…


Guardians from Hell.

The completely legal, utterly grotesque system for undermining the rights of the elderly

At 92-years-old, Virginia “Jean” Wahab hadn’t lost any of the vitality and health she maintained throughout her life. She raised two daughters as a single mom and made a home for them in the Detroit, Michigan suburb of Oak Park. Wahab worked on her feet and didn’t retire from her job at a local family restaurant until she was 88.

Fiercely independent, Wahab was quite happy living at home after retirement. She had a healthy social life. She did her own grocery shopping and…


The completely legal, utterly grotesque system for undermining the rights of the elderly.

At 92 years old, Virginia “Jean” Wahab hadn’t lost any of the vitality and health she maintained throughout her life. She raised two daughters as a single mom and made a home for them in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park, Michigan. Wahab worked on her feet and didn’t retire from her job at a local family restaurant until she was 88.

Fiercely independent, Wahab was quite happy living at home after retirement. She had a healthy social life. She did her own grocery shopping and chores…

Gretchen Rachel Hammond

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