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The Skeleton In Alan Dershowitz's
Closet: The Resurrection Of
Sue Barlach, His First Wife
Dershowitz's First Wife SUE BARLACH: Victim Of Tragic Domestic Abuse,
Divorce, Stripped Of Custody Of Her Children And Her Subsequent Suicide

By Jessie L. Leon

According to an article written on March 25, 2007, by internet author Myles O. Morales, the controversial lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz has a big skeleton in his closet.  It is the story of his first wife Sue Barlach, whom Dershowitz had been completely successful with hiding in his closet until the publication of that article made the rounds on the internet in 2007.  Until now, an internet search to find Dershowitz's first wife's name came up empty.
Some of the websites where the original article shedding light on the dark past involving  Dershowitz's first wife may be found are:
The article by Morales details the alleged events surrounding the apparent suicide by Sue Barlach, who had been divorced by Dershowitz after she endured a beating by  Alan Dershowitz, after which she required hospitalization. Soon after, Dershowitz stripped Barlach of custody of their two sons, according to several sources who wish to remain anonymous due to the highly litigious and vindictive nature of Alan Dershowitz.  Dershowitz then obtained a divorce from Sue Barlach in 1975. The beating incident allegedly happened after Barlach, upon learning of an extramarital affair that Dershowitz was having, scattered some of his important case documents in the wind.
An original source named in the article by Morales is a San Francisco-based lawyer who has since recanted that he ever said or knew anything about Dershowitz and his first wife, and he pleaded with Rense.com to delete the story, which is what subsequently happened.  It's very possible he inadvertently spilled the beans about Dershowitz to a source whom he never thought would spread the word about Dershowitz's spousal abuse and the subsequent events after that. Of course it's possible he never discussed Dershowitz and his first wife with anyone at all.  The fact is that the news had broke ground on the internet to make way for further investigation. 
Other independent, anonymous sources have now come forth to corroborate the story of how the ambitious, controversial lawyer, known for defending wife-beaters, wife-killers, the use of torture, and the apartheid militant Jewish state of Israel, was responsible for beating his first wife Sue Barlach so badly that she had to be hospitalized, and how Dershowitz then used his formidable litigious clout to intimidate local and nationwide news sources, including CNN, from publicizing the wife-beating event and her subsequent suicide, apparently by jumping off a bridge in New York (the Brooklyn Bridge, to be exact, according to one anonymous source).
In fact, Dershowitz had been so thorough at snuffing out the memory of Sue Barlach, his first wife, that an internet search using Google came up with absolutely nothing about his first wife, unless you already knew her name. 
While a google search on "Dershowitz's first wife" came up blank, after the discovery of his wife's name Sue Barlach, and using it in an internet search it turns out that Dershowitz mentioned her in his book "Chutzpah"
(website: http://books.google.com/books?id=3jjNW-_TnusC&pg=PA48&lpg=PA48&dq=Sue+
 Basically, he briefly explains how he got married to her because his parents encouraged him to marry a Jewish woman before he went away to law school. That's about it.
The official Marriage License for Alan M. Dershowitz and Sue Barlach has now come to light.  It was issued on June 9, at 9:50 AM in 1959 in Brooklyn, New York. Further information on the certificate includes Dershowitz' address in Brooklyn at the time, that his occupation was Full Time Student, and the name of his parents, etc.  As for the Bride, Sue Barlach was named, and her address at the time was in Bayonne, NJ, where it indicated that she was also born.  Her Occupation was also Student, and both her parents, including her father Bernard Barlach and her mother Ruth Feldman, were noted to be from Poland. 
Another document which has come to light, the Marriage Certificate, shows that on June 21, 1959, Rabbi Joshua J. Eisenstein in the county of Kings, in the State of New York, at 2 PM at 673 Broadway, and in the county of New York, performed the rites of matrimony between Alan M. Dershowitz and Sue Barlach in the presence of witnesses William Haber and Anatole Tennenbaum, along with their signatures.  It's all a matter of public record.
Further proof of Sue Barlach's existence and status as the first wife of Alan Dershowitz can be found in the Who's Who book dated 1972.  In this 1972 publication, it was published that "Alan Morton Dershowitz" was "m. (married) to Sue Barlach, June 21, 1959; children - Elon Marc, Jamin Seth."  
However, in the 1976 issue of Who's Who, there is no mention of his marriage or his wife at the time, but there is mention of his two children.
According to an anonymous source, Alan Dershowitz divorced Sue Barlach in 1975. It can then be logically surmised that Sue Barlach made her tragic exit from this world somewhere between 1975 and 1976.
According to one of the new anonymous sources, who was an associate at Harvard University, and who lived almost next door to Dershowitz on Robinson Court in Cambridge, MA, he also alleges that Alan Dershowitz beat up his wife, which landed her in the hospital for treatment. Dershowitz also allegedly stripped Sue Barlach of custody of their two young sons, and divorced her. The tragic story of her subsequent suicide by jumping off a New York bridge is also alleged to be true by this and another anonymous source.  The anonymous sources also allege that Dershowitz used his litigious skills and prestige to threaten and discourage CNN, which was then owned by Ted Turner, from broadcasting the unsavory news of either events.  Thus Dershowitz' attempted cover-up of the big skeleton in his closet has largely been successful - until now.
If anyone wants to trouble themselves to acquire the Death Certificate for Sue Barlach, then it is readily available at: 
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