Police claim Ashely Bemis used photos of a Chicago Fire actor to dupe people into believing she was the wife of a firefighter and was collecting donations for the devastating California wildfire dubbed the “Holy Fire.”
The story made headlines, and what was uncovered next was a web of lies. Ashley didn’t just create a fantasy husband — she pretended other people’s children were hers, and even wore a fake baby bump. Ashley’s victims say they were devastated by the discovery and left wondering why. Ashley speaks out for the first time and faces off with three of her victims.Read More
Pregnancy is usually a time of baby showers, nesting, indulging in some fun food cravings and being pampered. But Dr. Phil’s guests, Shayna and Zona, say they’re getting all of the pain and none of the perks of an expectant mother.
They say their pregnancies have lasted well more than 9 months. Zona claims she’s been pregnant more than three-and-a-half years, and no one believes her. Shayna claims she’s been pregnant more than a year. Both of these women say they are desperately looking for answers to their prolonged pregnancies.Read More
Dr. Phil continues his conversation with Sandy and Ava, who confronted their biological father, Frankie, about his alleged involvement in an adoption scam.
Sandy and Ava claim Frankie and his former wife, Karen Leanne Dees, “sold” their children in an adoption scam, where they promised prospective parents they could adopt one of their unborn babies in exchange for financial support. Their brother, Dalton, says he was Frankie and Karen’s ninth child who was adopted. He claims his biological parents put a $3,000 price tag on his head and that he was the last child “sold” before his mother was arrested. Plus, meet one of the prospective parents who adopted one of Karen’s children. Find out why she says Frankie belongs behind bars. And, Frankie’s youngest child, Ava, says she was raised by her father after her mother was arrested by the FBI — but she says she did not have a better life than her siblings. Find out a dark secret Ava reveals about her father, and why she wants him to take a polygraph test. What happens when Dr. Phil offers Frankie the opportunity to take a polygraph test?Read More
Frankie and his former wife, Karen Leanne Dees, made headlines and were the subject of a Lifetime movie called “Baby Brokers.” The couple was accused of scamming would-be parents out of thousands of dollars by promising them one of their unborn babies in exchange for financial support.
Frankie says he and Karen had 10 children, and he claims eight of those children were placed for adoption without his knowledge. His daughters Sandy and Ava claim their biological father not only knew about the adoption scam, but they say they believe he was the mastermind behind it. What was Frankie’s involvement? Sandy claims her biological parents “sold her like a piece of furniture for $5,000.” Find out what happens when Sandy meets her biological father for the first time.Read More
James says his 58-year-old Aunt Terri is a very smart and independent woman, who is a marriage counselor with a master’s degree in clinical psychology.
James claims Aunt Terri has fallen for a celebrity catfish scam, by believing she was romantically involved with Hollywood actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan from The Walking Dead. Terri says she even believed he wanted to marry her. Whoever contacted Terri online isn’t the real Jeffrey Dean Morgan. But Terri claims she’s 100 percent convinced that the actor or someone working with him is her “secret lover” who scammed her out of thousands of dollars, and put her in the center of an international money laundering scam that left her broke, brokenhearted, and potentially behind bars.Read More
A Dr. Phil exclusive: They were blonde, beautiful twins known for their dynamic personalities and their thriving yoga businesses.
Dubbed by some tabloids as the “Terrible Twins of Yoga,” Alexandria and Anastasia Duval made headlines when, after a fight, their car plunged off a 200-foot cliff on Hawaii’s notorious Hana Highway. The devastating crash killed one twin instantly and left the other on trial for her murder. Alexandria Duval speaks out for the first time since her twin sister’s tragic death, and since a judge ruled this was an accident, not murder.Read More
Treasure is 16 years old, African-American, and says she aligns herself with a certain group of people who are “perfect” just like her. And that group, she says, are Caucasians.
Treasure has explained to Dr. Phil producers that in her opinion, white people don’t have any problems whatsoever, and that’s why her role models are Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump. Treasure’s mother, Monique, says she has no clue why Treasure began identifying as Caucasian as a small child and also has racist views against other African-Americans. Both Monique and her son, Kendal, say it is extremely painful and embarrassing to be somewhere in public and hear Treasure make disrespectful remarks to someone just because they’re black. So how did Treasure end up with such extremist views at age 16? Dr. Phil discusses how this family can make changes while approaching such a highly sensitive topic. And, he introduces Spirit, a licensed therapist and life coach, for Treasure to learn from as a role model.Read More
Alyssa, an 18-year-old college student, says she is horrified that her mom, Carla, is dating Ron, the man who was convicted of assaulting her baby sister 12 years ago.
Alyssa’s sister was less than 3 months old when it was discovered that she had multiple fractures, bruises, and blood on her brain. Alyssa was 6 years old at the time, and once Ron went to prison, she says she was relieved that he was out of their lives forever. In April of this year, Alyssa discovered that her mom has secretly been dating Ron again and says she is sickened that he is back in their lives, and furious that her mom could be in love with the man who hurt her sister. Ron says he is innocent and never hurt his daughter. Carla says she wants to marry Ron, and Alyssa has given her mom an ultimatum: “Choose me or him!” Can Dr. Phil help them work it out?Read More
Thirty-four-year-old Jorell claims he wants a relationship with his father, Peter, but he and his wife, Tricia, say they fear his father will never stop trying to convince them to return to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
They claim Peter is a manipulative person who took Jorell against his will and forced him to stay for several days at the “compound” they say he is building on 34 acres of land in preparation for the end of the world and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Jorell claims Peter accused him of being in a “cannabis-induced psychosis” and brought him to his “compound” so Peter could involuntarily commit Jorell into a psychiatric ward. Peter says despite whatever Jorell says, he has been deeply concerned that his son is smoking too much marijuana and showing signs of being in a state of psychosis. Peter claims everything he did was to help Jorell and to look after his best interest. Peter says he just wants Jorell to start regarding him as a father and not a criminal.Read More
LiAnne admits she’s made some mistakes in her life, but says that was no reason for her mother, Debra, to “go behind her back and steal custody” of her children from her.
Now, LiAnne says she’s doing everything in her power to show her mother that’s she changed, including closing her successful hair salon and moving into Debra’s attic just to be closer to her children. But Debra says LiAnne hasn’t changed one bit. In fact, Debra claims LiAnne was evicted from all three of her hair salons and was even removed one time by the police, leaving her homeless. But that’s not all, Debra says LiAnne isn’t alone in her attic. Debra says LiAnne is living up there with her business partner, Shemelia, whom Debra accuses of destroying LiAnne’s life.Read More
Dr. Phil tackles a tough and highly-debated topic that needs to be discussed but no one wants to talk about it. The term “white privilege” is all over the news almost daily.
So what does “white privilege” really mean? There seems to be a huge misconception that the term means all Caucasians are racist, which is not the case. No one questions whether it exists. But what are we supposed to do about it? Dr. Phil speaks with some of the foremost experts on this topic to discuss how we can be more socially proactive and what people on both sides of privilege can do to alleviate the problem. Plus, meet Rene, who claims she was wrongly accused of using her “white privilege” to harass a street vender. Find out what Rene says really happened, and how she claims the accusations have ruined her life. And meet Quevaughn, a 23-year-old legal assistant, who made headlines after he claims he was singled out and viciously attacked at a pizzeria.Read More
Actor Gary Busey has appeared in hundreds of movies and was nominated for an Academy Award for playing Buddy Holly in “The Buddy Holly Story.” But as his star continued to rise, so did his dangerous behavior.
He made headlines for multiple arrests and a near-fatal motorcycle accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, leaving him known more for his off-camera antics than his blockbuster films. The actor is once again in the news with his new autobiography, Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, where he shares his ups and downs of almost 50 years in Hollywood and surviving a drug overdose. In his book, Busey talks about how a man who called himself the “Devil” showed up at his door with a box and that led to his addiction. Find out what was in that little blue box. Plus, meet Busey’s doctor and find out what he says he discovered when he did a SPECT scan of the famous actor’s brain. Can this discovery explain Busey’s publicized erratic behavior?Read More
In a matter of weeks, Marcea says her marriage to Dustin, whom she calls her “narcissistic, alcoholic, playboy husband,” will be over.
Marcea claims Dustin was on a sugar daddy website looking for “discretion” and “friends with benefits,” paying college girls thousands of dollars for “unknown services.” If that wasn’t enough, Marcea claims he paid a ransom to prevent himself from being exposed. But, the divorce papers were not served by Marcea; they were served to Marcea by Dustin, who denies Marcea’s accusations and says he has had enough of Marcea’s controlling ways.
Plus, from E!’s Botched and Heather Dubrow’s World podcast, Dr. Terry and Heather Dubrow share exciting details about their new book, The Dubrow Diet, which is based on the concept of interval eating, which they say allows you to lose weight and feel ageless.Read More
Lorreine emailed Dr. Phil claiming she is married to a controlling, vindictive narcissist. She claims her husband, Chance, keeps her from working and doesn’t give her spending money.
She claims things got so bad, she had to live off of cans of veggies for two weeks — barely enough to feed her unborn baby which she eventually miscarried. Lorreine also claims he has beaten her in the back of her head with a closed fist, and he has been arrested multiple times for domestic abuse. But Chance says he doesn’t abuse people. He says it’s Lorreine who is always angry and childish, and she’s the one who was arrested just last month for scratching his face and leaving him a bloody mess. This couple wants to work things out, but will they take Dr. Phil’s advice? Plus, are you looking to buy a cute, little designer dog? Well, don’t. spcaLA president Madeline Bernstein explains where these innocent puppies come from.Read More
Dr. Phil continues his conversation with Theresa, who claims her 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, is so out of control that she once violently attacked her 67-year-old grandmother, Bonnie, .
Theresa also claims Tessa set the family home on fire numerous times, resulting in over 100 calls to the police and seven arrests. But Tessa says, she blames her mother for always putting men before her. Today, Tessa faces off with her family. What is next for Tessa?
Watch part one here.Read More
Theresa claims she has lost control of her 16-year-old daughter, Tessa.
Theresa claims Tessa has set the house on fire, physically attacked her, and even launched a violent attack on her 67-year-old grandmother, Bonnie, repeatedly hitting her in the face and throwing rocks at her head. Theresa claims her home is a war zone, and the police are on speed dial, having been to the house over 100 times. Four months ago, Tessa left home, and her family says they haven’t seen her since. That was until Dr. Phil intervened and brought Tessa and her mother to L.A. Theresa’s sister, Tracey, says she believes much of her niece’s bad behavior falls on Theresa’s shoulders.
Watch part two here.Read More
John says his wife, Heather, is one of the most brilliant nurses he has ever known — she even graduated valedictorian of her class in nursing school.
But after suffering from extreme back pain, Heather admits she turned into a real-life “Nurse Jackie” and began to take pain meds … eventually stealing them from her job at the hospital. Now, John and Heather are both blaming each other for Heather’s inability to stop using and their constant, even sometimes physical, confrontations. Heather’s 18-year-old son, Cameron, begs his mother to get clean before she loses her career and her life. Also, Dr. Phil interviews New York Times best-selling author Mitch Albom about his latest book, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven.Read More
Valerie claims her 16-year-old daughter, Veronica, lies, breaks curfew and hangs with the “wrong crowd” and she’s afraid it could cause her to end up getting kidnapped — especially since she ran away once before for an entire week.
Valerie admits she can’t always keep an eye on Veronica due to her hectic work schedule, and therefore, she has tried to make up for the guilt she says she feels for her absence by buying Veronica things, including Botox injections and lip fillers! And, Dr. Phil hears from both a current and a former nanny who share their opinions of what they believe is truly going on in Valerie’s household.Read More
Elizabeth claims her ex-husband, Brian, is an evil, manipulative liar who has brainwashed their son against her.
She says her son is angry, defiant, and constantly begs her to go back to living with his father. Elizabeth claims Brian discusses their court appearances with their son and even told him she wanted to abort him. Elizabeth says she wouldn’t be surprised if Brian convinces their son to stab her in her sleep! Brian says he doesn’t need to brainwash their son because the boy can see for himself that his mother is a vindictive liar. According to Brian, Elizabeth is unfit and unstable and has tried to commit suicide three times. Brian claims the only reason Elizabeth has custody of their son is because she conspired with two of Brian’s ex-girlfriends to file false charges against him. Can Dr. Phil bring these warring exes together to co-parent?Read More