How did this monster, Walker Inman Jr., win custody these beautiful children???? And why did so many fail to act on reports of abuse???
Twin siblings Georgia Walker “Patterson” Inman III, age 15, are the only surviving heirs to the billion dollar tobacco fortune of Doris Duke–the twins have survived a horrific life of abuse from their father, who squandered their fortune and inflicted brutal mental and physical abuse on the children. Freed from years of abuse, the children have been reunited with their mother Daisha Inman. Allegations raised against Daisha question if the children are safe in her care, or if they will continue to be at risk for abuse and exploitation.
In 1996, Inman Jr married his 4th wife, Daisha, the rocky marriage didn’t last long. In 2000, the Court awarded sole custody of the twins to Walker Patterson Inman Jr (nephew of Doris Duke), both were just 2 years old. The heated custody battle alleged that the mother, Daisha Inman, was a mentally unstable topless dancer. In comparison, Inman Jr was a heroin addict who went through women like kleenex, marrying and divorcing a total of 5 women.
According to the Post & Courier, “A court-appointed guardian in Platte County, Wyo., concluded that the children would be better off with Inman despite his history of “multiple marriages for short durations; his drug, alcohol and cigarette use; limited parenting experience and prior parenting mistakes; and his unusual, perhaps dysfunctional, upbringing,” court records show.”
Walker married a 5th wife, Daralee, who was arrested on drug charges and is also accused of abusing the children. She was also pulled over for driving drunk with the children in the car. Again, one has to wonder why these children were not removed from the home? A
Daisha Inman continued to battle for custody and visitation time with her children, in 2009, her case reached the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Inman Jr lived off the twins’ inheritance, enjoying a life of luxury on their $90,000 a month inheritance while his children were treated like slaves. These children should have been protected by the Court, Police, or Social Services and placed into the care of someone who could provide them with love and stability.
There were several calls to the police and social services on behalf of the battered twins but the system failed to take any real action to protect the children from their abusive father–who was never brought up on charges. The Dept of Social Service in South Carolina had 3 separate complaints about Inman Jr’s abusive treatment of his children, and they also failed to take any measures to keep these children safe. The State of Wyoming also failed to investigate or file charges on behalf of the children.
In one incident, guests at a restaurant witnessed Inman Jr. slap his daughter Georgia so hard in the face that they feared for her life. The police were called but still the twins remained in the care of their father. The abuse was so bad that both children were at one point placed in a mental hospital for 3 months. Both children considered suicide as a way to escape.
The children grew up in opulent mansions, where some of the time they were locked in a dark basment covered in feces and filth, Alternately, the children were locked into their rooms with a deadbolt. With no access to a bathroom, the children were forced to relieve themselves in the corner, and the room reeked of excrement.
Georgia also recalled being dunked in a bath of boiling hot water by her father, and feeling her “skin melting away”.
In another incident, Inman Jr. set off a teargas grenade in his house to teach his frightened children a “safety lesson”.
“I never asked to be born into any of this,” Georgia said during an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, “Sometimes I wish I was never born.”
When Inman Jr died of a methadone overdos in 2010, the twins were finally reunited with their mother, Diasha Inman. The family has participated in counseling to cope with the abuse the children have experienced, and to facilitate the reunion with their mother.
A possible happy ending for Georgia and Patterson III is clouded by allegations that their bio mom, Diasha, is wasting away their fortune. Daisha is currently involved in a legal battle with JP Morgan Chase over the administration of the twins’ trust fund.
Daisha Inman is also alleged to have left the children at home alone for days while she went on trips with a “friend” and is dating a convicted sex offender named Randy Williams. Williams was convicted of sexually abusing his step daughters from a previous marriage. Clearly, someone needs to intervene on behalf of these children to see if they are safe living with their mother, or if other placement should be considered. How much trauma and heartache should a child have to suffer??
Diasha has also been charged with public drunkeness, she claims her water was poisoned.
After regaing custody of her children, Daisha Inman, started dating a convicted sex offender
Parenting Abused Children wishes the best for the twins, we are sorry to hear of your ordeal–and hope and pray you are safe, loved and protected from all harm. You have our love and support. xoxo
For More Info:
“Billionaire Twins Abused Like Slaves by Dad”, August 5, 2013. by Susan Donaldson James, Good Morning America: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/billionaire-twins-abused-slaves-doris-duke-heir-father/story?id=19853671&singlePage=true
“Locked in feces-smeared basement, eating scraps and given scalding baths: Twins set to inherit billion-dollar Doris Duke fortune tell of their horrific childhood abuse”, August 2, 2013. By Daily Mail Reporter: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2383194/Doris-Duke-descendants-Treated-worse-dogs-Twins-set-inherit-fortune-tell-child-abuse.html
“Mother of Doris Duke’s twin heirs, 15, used ‘SWAT team’ and bodyguards to stop bank from serving her with legal papers demanding to know how she is spending their $30million trust fund” by Daily Mail Reporter. July 9, 2013: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359120/Doris-Duke-heirs-Mother-Daisha-Inman-used-SWAT-team-prevent-served-legal-papers.html
“Trouble in paradise: Death of heir to Duke fortune ignites flames of already heated family discord” by Glen Smith, The Post & Courier. August 19, 2012: