How difficult are the lives of adult victims of parental alienation? Research reveals the depth and extent of cruelty inflicted on children by the alienator parent. In their psychotic campaign to degrade and denigrate the targeted parent the alienator inflicts damage from which the child may never recover. It seems so ironic that the parent who was so intent on being perceived as the “good parent” actually is guilty of criminal child abuse as damaging as the physical or sexual abuse so often handled by family courts. It is just less visible. Parental alienation is like a mythical creature that consumes children’s souls.