Real Life Flowers in the Attic: Duke Heirs Reveal Horrors Of Child Abuse on Dr. Phil
Heirs To The Doris Duke Fortune Tell Tales Of Abuse And Neglect To Dr. Phil In An Exclusive Interview To Air Thursday, January 30, And Friday, January 31
A real life “flowers In The Attic” scenario was revealed in 2013 to Rolling Stone Magazine, who interviewed Doris Duke heirs, her grand-niece and nephew, Georgia and Walker “Patterson” Inman III, now 16, who are set to inherit $1 billion when they are 21.
These seemingly “lucky” kids are the only surviving heirs of Doris Duke, and they claimed they have been to hell and back, according to their 2013 interview titled, “Poorest Rich Kids in the World.”
The teens now own a 10,000-square-foot Wyoming mountain retreat and a South Carolina plantation replete with a pet lion cub, “diamonds for show-and-tell and snorkeling in Fiji” according to RS.
But what they revealed and will share with Dr. Phil this week was their unimaginable slavelike childhood, being locked in a basement filled with feces and scalded by boiling baths.
They were terrified most of the time, “dead bolted” in their rooms at night where they had to relieve themselves in the corner, according to the interview. They were raised by various nannies and subjected to the explosive nature of their father.
“I never asked to be born into any of this,” Georgia told Rolling Stone. “Sometimes I wish I was never born.”
Patterson and Georgia Inman, the 16-year-old twin heirs to the massive Duke family fortune, will appear in their first television interview this Thursday, January 30, 2014 and Friday, January 31, 2014, describing to Dr. Phil what they claim was a terrifying and abusive childhood.
Although the twins were born into American royalty as the great-niece and nephew of famed socialite Doris Duke, once dubbed “The Million-Dollar Baby” and “The Richest Little Girl in the World,” they claim their lives have been anything but privileged.
For more than a decade, Patterson and Georgia allege they were horribly neglected, abused and starved – even dead-bolted in the basement and in their rooms behind mansion walls. Georgia claims she suffered abuse by some of her more than 50 nannies, including a game of Russian Roulette with a loaded gun.
The twins claim that while it appeared they lived a life of luxury, bringing diamonds to school for show-and-tell and playing with their pet camel, they lived in a state of constant fear. Due to their father’s drug dependency, the twins were at the mercy of his erratic and self-destructive behavior. Georgia claims she and Patterson were repeatedly dropped on their heads by Walker, who also had an affinity for guns and pyrotechnics which he left strewn around his homes – easily accessible to the young twins.
“I kind of just thought it was normal,” said Georgia of the chaos that reigned in the Inman household, including splashing water on her father’s face when he would overdose. Walker, who was the nephew of Doris Duke, finally succumbed to the drugs when he died of an overdose in 2010. It is reported that Patterson and Georgia are set to inherit an estimated $1 billion when they turn 21.
The family fortune was made off of the public buying the cancer causing Lucky Strike cigarette brand. Duke became the “richest little girl in the world,” when she inherited $100 million in 1947, the only child of tobacco tycoon James Buchanan “Buck” Duke.
The 6-foot-tall glamorous Duke donated much of her wealth to North Carolina’s Duke University, which had been named for her tobacco-growing ancestors, and the Duke Energy Corporation. Her Doris Duke Charitable Foundation gives away hundreds of millions of dollars, championing good causes around the world, including to PBS.
“This is the first time I have ever actually got to have a voice,” said Georgia. “For my brother and I, this is the first time that we’ve ever opened up with our own words.”