Surviving Against All Odds: Madeline Michelle Carthen's Battle with the U.S. Government
Elaine Lindsay, host of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, discusses with Madeline Michelle Carthen her 16-year-long battle with various government agencies that erroneously declared her dead. Madeline details her enormous efforts to prove her existence, from learning law to appearing in court. Despite the harrowing experience and its toll on her mental health, Madeline remains resilient and is determined to eventually get in front of the Ways and Measures Committee to rectify the error. She also observes the security flaws in governmental systems and suggests possible improvements. The conversation extends to discuss the value of faith in difficult times, the importance of personal resilience, and the power of hope.
00:00 Introduction to Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 00:17 Elaine Lindsay's Mission and Podcast Disclaimer 01:11 Introduction to the Episode and Guest 03:07 Guest's Personal Story: The Beginning 03:56 The Unfolding Mystery: Declared Dead 06:49 The Struggles and Consequences of Being 'Dead' 09:47 Media Coverage and Legal Battles 14:15 The Impact on Personal Life and Mental Health 22:14 The Search for a Solution: Legal Research and Self-Representation 23:57 The Struggle with Erroneous Death Letters 24:42 The Impact of Identity Errors on Personal Life 25:51 Navigating Legal Challenges and Name Change 27:25 The Aftermath of Name Change and Identity Restoration 29:18 The Media Attention and Its Consequences 30:42 The Ongoing Battle with Social Security Administration 31:31 The Intricacies of Identity Theft and Financial Impact 32:26 The Struggle with Government Agencies and Privacy Breaches 36:08 The Discovery of Unclaimed Benefits and Financial Anomalies 38:57 The Plan to Approach Congress and Future Aspirations 39:59 The Continuous Breaches and the Fight for Privacy 41:14 Closing Remarks and Call to Action
Proficient in Entrepreneurship, Urban ministry and mentorship, Madeline-Michelle continuously works with men, women, and at-risk youth in urban communities who have been limited in their spiritual and mental growth. She understands more of youths’ nature stems from their societal hindrances and their environment, since she has traveled throughout West Africa and supporting her South India international ministry. Professionally, Madeline-Madeline experience varies and includes working with Fortune 500 companies, schools, and the Information Systems Technology Department at Florissant Valley Community College in St. Louis. Madeline-Michelle have been a 29 year volunteer, spiritual advisor and advocate throughout the Missouri Eastern Region Department of Correction Institution. She have received the Volunteer of the Year award for diligently volunteering her time as a spiritual mentor to incarcerated men and women. For five years, Madeline-Madeline served as an associate minister and “right arm” for her former pastor at Covenant Church Christian Center, before being ordained as a minister in June 1999. Later, as a full-time minister, Carthen who also is an advocate for justice and public safety has helped implement pilot training programs for probation staff and coordinators in the City of St. Louis Department of Corrections. She served as a Certified Mentor working with St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center. Madeline-Michelle, role was to conducting weekly, non-custodial fathers support group meetings at the St. Louis County Justice Center with the assistance of the Father Support Center reunifying families. Madeline-Madeline a former Associate Pastor affiliated with United Methodist Church (UMC) in, Missouri and the youngest of three siblings. At the age of 24 years old, she dedicated herself to Christian ministry full-time.
Madeline-Madeline graduated from the Adults in Ministry program at St. Louis Christian College, where she minored in Urban Christian Ministry. She was a former Master of Divinity candidate attending Eden Theological Seminary. Soon after a few years Madeline-Michelle enrolled as a professional student who was appointed as an Ambassador through Missouri Trade and Business Office. This appointment was on behalf of Webster University International Business Intern Exchange Program that granted Madeline the opportunity to study Entrepreneurship with a Minor in International Business at Legon University in Accra Ghana.
Minister Madeline-Madeline: Carthen, a published author who is still advocating her life existence with the hope of her identity being restored. The U.S. Social Security Administration declared her deceased over 16 years ago in Missouri.