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A lot of information has come out recently about NJ Housewives’ Danielle Staub. People gave a great summary of all allegations about Danielle from the book, Cop Without A Badge. The above mugshot also came from the book. All of the information below comes directly from this book. The story is told by Kevin Maher, an ex criminal who also happens to be Danielle’s ex.

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1) The book reveals Danielle, 46, as a woman named Beverly Merrill, a one-time stripper with a criminal past.

2) Felon-turned-FBI informant named, Kevin Maher, says he met Danielle at a drug party in Miami in the ’80s.

3) Their meeting came after she was released on $10,000 bail following an arrest on charges that she was involved in the kidnapping of a man who owed her drug dealer friend money.

4) This led to Danielle and her dealer friend being caught by police and charged with extortion, kidnapping and possession after they failed to collect a ransom from their victim’s father.

5) Kevin Maher used his police connections to help get Danielle get a deal. She pleaded guilty only to the charge of extortion and was sentenced to five years probation.

6) Kevin and Danielle would go on to date and get married. The two would wound up separating as Kevin was still married to another woman, and did not like the fact that Danielle was still stripping.

7) Danielle’s real name is Beverly Merrill, but she went by the name Danielle when stripping. I’m guessing she later decided her stripper name was best once this book came out.

The book also exposes more secrets about Danielle’s aversion to wearing underwear, her drug use and sleeping with more than 1,000 men.

The book also includes more sensational reports about Merrill’s aversion to wearing underwear, her drug use and sleeping with more than 1,000 men.

Sighs, what are my thoughts on Danielle? I think Bethenny Frankel summed it up best when she blogged, “Danielle is the fascinating character with her many levels. She seems desperate and tragic, yet she is really upfront and honest which lessens the desire to loathe her.”

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We have finally gotten our hands of the infamous mugshot of Danielle Staub. This comes directly from the book, Cop Without A Badge. Also shown below are 2 pages containing Danielle aka Beverly Merrill’s story.

The Cop Without A Badge book is suppose to be an autobiographical tale of Kevin Maher, a former criminal turned Cop informant.

The gist of the story is that the main character in the book, Kevin, encounters Danielle and takes interest in her. Only to find out she is a stripper with a recent arrest and run in with the law. The run in with the law includes assisting a drug dealer in kidnapping and extortion. All of this allegedly took place in 1986. Interesting.

Kevin would go on to help Danielle get a good plea deal with the FBI. The two ended up dating on and off for 5 years eventually ending things in 1990. During this period Danielle and Kevin got married, but the marriage wasn’t exactly legal as Kevin was still married at the time. Kevin went on to state he last saw Danielle stripping in 1992.

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Last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of NJ as a pretty good one, but it is the previews for next week’s episode that has everyone buzzing. As it promises to reveal secrets about Danielle Staub’s past.

The accusations being thrown out about Danielle include her being an ex stripper, being involved in kidnapping and the Colombian cartel. While the accusations were being leveled against her, the above book – Cop Without A Badge, was shown, as it was discussed that Danielle was in the book along with her mugshot. (The above pic is a picture of Danielle from 2000 by the way).

I have searched everywhere and this mugshot has yet to hit the Internet. I will be sure to post it here the minute I find it. The above book also only seems to be available on amazon.com. The book is about an ex criminal turned cop informant. A man name Kevin Maher is the subject of the book.

So how does Danielle tie into all this? Well it is rumored that Kevin Maher is Danielle’s brother, and that Danielle’s maiden name is Maher. So the guess is Kevin, while talking about his life of crime might have implicated his sister, Danielle, as well.

Star Magazine’s latest issue is also reporting that Danielle was arrested last night for allegedly not paying her attorneys. Supposedly, she has been unable to pay off her lawyers due to the face that her ex husband, a manufacturer of exercise equipment, has yet to pay her divorce settlement. The lawyer fees are said to be in six figures so it’s safe to say her settlement money could be in the millions. There is also suppose to be a mugshot from this incident but the cops have yet to release it.

We will continue to get more updates and details on this story. Perhaps people with too many closet skeletons should avoid reality shows. Just a thought Danielle.

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We want to know who your favorite housewife from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey. According to the poll below, Caroline is in the lead with Dina coming in a surprising last. Jacqueline would be my favorite housewife for the moment. I enjoy her peaceful, easy going demeanor.

Feel free to vote and comment on who your favorite NJ housewife is and why.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered last week on Bravo to very high ratings. It was the highest ratings ever received for a premier episode of the Housewives franchise. So with all the fame must come some scrutiny right? The NY Post wrote a very interesting article about these housewives and their skeletons. Below is a basic summary -

JACQUELINE LAURITA, 38 – Franklin Lakes Confesses on the show’s Web site to once having been arrested for fighting.

TERESA GIUDICE, 36 – Montville Owes money to design firm, a fertility clinic and vacuum cleaner company. Delinquent debts include $15,000 for a decorative railing on the mansion’s grand staircase. North Hudson IVF, a fertility clinic in Englewood Cliffs, is seeking $11,276 from the Giudices, according to a civil claim filed in November.

DANIELLE STAUB, 46 – Wayne Has a $130,557 federal tax lien against her and her ex. Claims to have been a Ford model; agency has no record of her.

DINA MANZO, 37 – Franklin Lakes Runs a charity that claims to be a nonprofit but does not have IRS taxexempt status.

CAROLINE MANZO, 47, Franklin Lakes Dina’s oldest sister, married to Dina’s husband’s brother. Hubby’s father found shot to death in the trunk of a Lincoln Continental in 1983.

Another major rumor going around is the Dina and her husband are currently separated and are no longer together due to his alleged cheating ways.

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Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey premiered last night and boy is this bound to be an interesting series. What were your thoughts on the show’s premier?

Sisters, Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo gave an interview to People talking about their experience in doing the show. Below are some excerpts from this interview -

Do you represent typical New Jersey housewives?
Caroline: That’s kind of a loaded question. Do I think we depict an Italian American family? Yes, I do. Do I think I depict a housewife? I most certainly am. There are some aspects to my personality that may be stronger than most, but the fact remains that I wake up every morning and I make the beds and I go food shopping and I let the dogs out and I do the laundry and I am somebody’s wife and somebody’s mother.
Dina: When I think of New Jersey, I think of moms who are passionate about their families. We definitely represent that. We’re not really looking to be in the social scene as much as some of the other [casts] in the franchise. Our show is more authentic because some of those women were kind of forced to hang out with each other, whereas for us, we’d all be out to dinner together anyway — with the exception of a couple. We’re just regular people. We’re not walking a red carpet every night.

Do family dynamics make the drama more intense?
Caroline: With any family — and it’s not only Italian families — there is history. With history comes passion. When there are fights, we fight big. And when we forgive and we love, we love big and we forgive big. That’s what family is. I think this country needs that right now.

Dina, How have your teenage daughter Alexia’s schoolmates reacted?
Dina: I was a little bit worried about putting her out there, but she’s gotten nothing but positive [feedback]. She just made captain of the track team. She was always popular but now kids are coming out of the woodwork. Eighth graders who are older than her want to be her friend. So she’s kind of liking the limelight a little bit too. Let’s just hope it doesn’t go to her head.

Are you prepared for any potential backlash?
Caroline: There is no preparing for it. But I’m a big girl. I’ve taught my children to accept that not everybody is going to love you. We make mistakes and we do things that perhaps at times will embarrass us, but that’s what makes us human. I am proud of who I am. And I am so proud of my children.
Dina: We’re very confident that we’re good people. I can put my head on my pillow every night knowing that I give back to my community and I’m a great mother and a great sister, so they can say whatever they want.

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Just as we are beginning to recover from all the Orange County drama, bravo has now announced that The Real Housewives of New Jersey will begin airing on May 12th!

The series was originally slated to air last fall but was replaced by the Atlanta Housewives once the producers realized what a rating gems that would be. The New Jersey will include a first as two sisters, Caroline and Dina Manzo will both be appearing in the series.

We will be bringing you more information about the ladies in the coming weeks and boy do we already have some gossip on these ladies! Stay tuned!

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