הפסיכיאטר ריצ'רד אלן גארדנר שטבע את המונח "תסמונת הניכור ההורי" התאבד בביתו בניו ג'רזי, בגיל 72, ב -25 במאי 2003. בנו גילה כי גרדנר סבל ממחלה נוירולוגית כרונית ומכאיבה. המאמר הוא פרי עטו של עורך דין אמריקני.
Subject: DR. RICHARD GARDNER'S SUICIDE
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003 08:33:44 EDT
From: Richard Ducote, Attorney at Law, New Orleans, LA
Parental Alienation Syndrome is a bogus, pro-pedophillic fraud concocted by Richard Gardner. I was the last attorney to cross examine Gardner. In Paterson, NJ, He admitted that he has not spoken to the Dean of Columbia's med school for over 15 years, and has not had hospital admitting privileges for over 25 years. He has not been court appointed to do anything for decades. The only two appellate courts in the country who have considered the question of whether PAS meets the Frye test, i.e., whether it is generally accepted in the scientific community, said it does not. As Dr. Paul Fink, former president of the American Psychiatric Association has stated, Dr. Gardner and PAS should be only a "pathetic footnote" in psychiatric history. Gardner and his bogus theory have done untold damage to sexually and physically abused children and their protective parents. PAS has been rejected by every reputable organization considering it. In a Florida case in which I was recently involved, when the judge insisted on a Frye hearing, Gardner simply did not show up.
Perhaps because he finally realized that the entire nation was on to his scam, he committed suicide on May 25. Let's pray that his ridiculous, dangerous PAS foolishness died with him.
Richard Ducote, attorney at law, New Orleans, LA
And link to an obituary from UK's Independent: