Dr. Phil interviews Inman twins Thursday and FridayHeirs to the Doris Duke fortune tell tales of abuse and neglect

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CBS Television Distribution/Peteski Productions Dr. Phil interviewed Patterson and Georgia Inman in a segment aired on Thursday. They are the children of the late “Skipper” Inman, who owned Greenfield Plantation near Georgetown. A second interview today will be with one of Inman’s wives. The teens are likely to inherit about $500 million each when they reach 21. They are heirs to the late Doris Duke’s estate. She was the aunt of Skipper Inman.

Exclusive interview started on Thursday and concludes today

(Los Angeles, CA) – Patterson and Georgia Inman, the 16-year-old twin heirs to the massive Duke family fortune, appeared in their first television interview on Thursday and today, 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 are the children of Walker Patterson “Skipper” Inman Jr. He died on Feb. 24, 2010 and was buried at his Greenfield Plantation off U.S. Highway 701 near Georgetown.

As a child, Skipper Inman attended the former St. Mary Catholic School in Georgetown.

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.

“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.”

The syndicated series, DR. PHIL, was created by Harpo Productions, and is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution. DR. PHIL, entering its 12th season, is the #1 ranked syndicated daytime talk show, a position held since the conclusion of The Oprah Winfrey Show in May, 2011.

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