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Secrets of Deincarnation in Bali
An American who falls in love with and marries a beautiful Balinese girl is ultimately
forced to flee the Island of the Gods with his children ahead of plans for murder.
"This court makes the finding that she abandoned her children."
- The Honorable Susan Lopez-Giss, California Superior Court, Pomona, 17 March 2009
Life goes on...
The following documents may give away plot points to Eleven Demons.
In August 2007 while our two boys and I were on vacation in California, I received
an anonymous email from Indonesia with a death threat. I left the boys with their
grandparents and immediately flew to Bali.
Made Jati refused to meet me. Gary and I returned to Kori Restaurant, where I hoped
to place him back in his management position, but a group of premen threatened
us and chased us out.
That marked the end for Gary. He decided it would be safer to leave Bali and he
moved to Jakarta.
And on the strong advice of the U.S. Embassy, I decided to stay in California for
the safety of the children.
For the next nine months Made Jati refused to communicate with me until in March
2008 she suddenly appeared in California and filed for custody in California Superior
When I revealed the background of the case in Indonesia to the court, the judge
ordered Made Jati to cooperate with testimony in a deposition, meet together with
the children and me for an evaluation by a psychologist, participate in mediation,
and continue visitation with the children.
Made Jati immediately fled California with the excuse that she did not want to cause
stress to the children.
The true reason was entered to the court in a Declaration from her attorney in Bali,
Ida Bagus Wikantara SH. He stated: “I, the legal counselor defending her case that
is still in progress in Indonesia, do not want to run any risks no matter how small…which
might later cause difficulties in defending her in Indonesia. Therefore, I advised
my client to immediately return home to Indonesia.”
The judge ruled that Made Jati had abandoned her children, she issued a Restraining
Order against Made Jati, and she ordered Made Jati to pay child support. To present,
Made Jati continues to refuse all communication with me or her children and refuses
to help with child support.
The California Court in 2010 issued an Arrest Warrant for Made Jati on fifty counts
of Contempt of Court.
In Indonesia, however, the divorce case finally reached a conclusion.
In 2007 the Supreme Court overturned the lower court decisions and declared
the California marriage of 1985 valid in Indonesia and ended by divorce.
It also ruled that Made Jati’s acquisition of a new Marriage Certificate in 1996
while the California marriage was still in effect was an Action Contrary to Law.
Made Jati immediately filed an Extraordinary Appeal, but her appeal was rejected
The decision of the Supreme Court had little practical effect in Bali. Made Jati
still controlled Uluwatu, Kori and all the other assets and she still refused communication
And once I was no longer in Bali, the police quickly abandoned all the cases, including
the Fraud case which had shuttled to and fro between Polda Bali and the prosecutor's
office thirteen times for over a year.
With that, of course, Made Jati had no reason to reach a settlement.
So by law and by decision of the Supreme Court, I had rights to fifty percent of
the marital assets. But under apparent protection of the Bali police who were unwilling
to enforce the law, Made Jati ignored the decision and kept the assets.
She also had responsibility for fifty percent of the love, care and support of the
children, but she ignored them as well and continues to refuse all communication
In February 2009 I filed another police report for Perjury, this time at the National
Police Headquarters—Mabes Polri—in Jakarta. Despite letters and instructions
from Mabes Polri, Polda Bali stopped the investigation with an excuse so defiantly
flimsy that it appears to have been meant as an insult or challenge to Mabes Polri.
The message from Polda Bali to Mabes Polri appears to be: "Keep your hands off Bali."
Tracing the internet routing addresses, the email was sent from South Jakarta at
a moment Made Jati was in Bali. South Jakarta is where most expatriates in Jakarta
live. The email is short but contains strong indications that it was written by
an expatriate attempting to make it appear as if written by an Indonesian. Thirteen
days after the first threat, a second anonymous email clearly written by an expatriate
acquainted with me was sent from the same location.
Made Jati refused to meet with me to discuss the threat. The threat was a subject
for the California court deposition which Ida Bagus Wikantara advised his client
to flee. Since then I have repeatedly proposed hiring a former FBI agent to conduct
an investigation, but Made Jati has refused to cooperate. She appears to be covering
for someone, and the source of the threat remains a mystery.