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Duke family fortune heirs tell of abuse, neglect on 'Dr. Phil'

By Brooke Cain
bcain@newsobserver.com

Heirs to a massive Duke family fortune will appear on the “Dr. Phil” talk show on Thursday and Friday to talk about the years of abuse they endured – much of which has already been documented in a fascinating 2013 interview in Rolling Stone magazine.

Georgia Inman and Walker “Patterson” Inman III, 16-year-old twins and the only surviving heirs to Doris Duke’s fortune, claim that for more than ten years they were neglected, abused and starved by their nannies while living with their heroin-addicted father, Walker Patterson Inman Jr.

They say that even though they lived in a mansion, they were dead-bolted in their rooms and in a basement, and that one nanny even played a game of Russian Roulette with them, with a loaded gun.

The Inman twins are the great niece and nephew of Doris Duke. Their father was Doris Duke’s nephew; his father was the half-brother of Doris Duke.

Inman Jr., who was taken in by Doris Duke at the age of 13, died in 2010 of a methodone overdose. The children then went to live with their mother, former model Daisha Inman.

Doris Duke, the only child of James Buchanan “Buck” Duke, inherited $100 million of the Duke family tobacco fortune in 1947. She died in 1993 at the age of 80, leaving most of her fortune to charity, including large amounts to Duke University. Inman Jr. inherited a small amount from her – only $7 million – but also inherited from his grandmother and father.

It is reported that the twins stand to inherit between $60 million and $1 billion when they turn 21.

The “Dr. Phil” show airs weekdays on WSOC-TV at 4 p.m.

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