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Kelli Stapleton: County Jail Has Been Better Than the 'Jail of Autism'

Originally posted 09/12/2014 08:30AM

Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Kelli Stapleton, the mother accused of attempting to kill her teenage daughter with autism, has spoken out about the crime for the first time since her arrest.

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Accused Craigslist Killer's Mother, Sister Speak Out

Miranda Barbour's Sister: My Mom Is to Blame for Her Troubles

Originally posted 04/28/2014 07:45PM

There is only one person to blame for accused Craigslist killer – and wannabe serial killer – Miranda Barbour's lies and violent behavior, her sister told Dr. Phil McGraw in an episode of his show that aired Monday.

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Inside Survivor Winner Todd Herzog's Frightening Battle with Alcoholism

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Todd Herzog, Survivor Winner, Battling Alcoholism

Originally posted 11/15/2013 07:00AM

The video is horrifying: Survivor: China winner Todd Herzog, unable to walk, slurs his words as he admits to drinking an entire bottle of vodka. The footage, which will air on Dr. Phil on Monday in a show about Herzog's difficult battle with alcoholism, shocked Survivor fans across the web.

Several of Herzog's closest friends and relatives talked to PEOPLE about his struggle – not for publicity, they say, but to raise awareness of the complicated issue of alcoholism. "We have received so many messages from people who are battling the same issues as he is," says his mother, Shirley Herzog Keeler. "And Todd said that if his story can help one person get the help they need, he's ready to go public with it."

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Michelle Knight: Cleveland Kidnapper Strung Me Up 'Like a Fish'

Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:20PM

One of three women held in a Cleveland man's home for about a decade says an orange extension cord was used to tie her neck, hands and feet and hang her "like a fish," according to pre-released clips from a taped interview that will air Tuesday and Wednesday on the Dr. Phil show.

"I was tied up like a fish, an ornament on the wall," Michelle Knight told the TV host in a clip released to media. "That's the only way I can describe it."

"I was hanging like this," she said, using her finger to draw a swooping U-shape curve in the air.

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Nick Carter: My Family Blamed Me for My Sister's Death

Nick Carter to Dr. Phil: My Family Blamed Me for My Sister's Death

Originally posted 09/25/2013 01:20PM

Nick Carter is coming clean about his issues.

The Backstreet Boy says he hit rock bottom after years of alcohol and drug abuse but has made a dramatic turnaround in his struggle with addiction, even as he continues to work on painful family relationships and cope with the death of his sister last year.

Carter, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, gets candid about his demons, saying he started using marijuana when he was just 15 and then began taking Vicodin and Ecstasy. But in 2008, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, promptly stopping him in his tracks and spurring him to face his problems.

"I made that choice right there and said, 'I do not want to be this person anymore,'" Carter, 33, told Dr. Phil in an episode that aired Monday. "You have to find that moment in your life – that moment of clarity – and say, 'Is this who you want to be the rest of your life, or do you deserve more?' I decided I deserved better."

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Gia Allemand's Mom Blames Reality Star's Dad for Suicide

Gia Allemand's Mom Blames Reality Star's Dad for Suicide

Originally posted 09/11/2013 07:00PM

Gia Allemand's mom Donna Micheletti doesn't fault her daughter's boyfriend for leading to her shocking suicide last month.

Immediately following the tragic death of the former Bachelor contestant, 29, fingers were pointed at NBA player Ryan Anderson, who apparently told the reality starlet he didn't love her anymore.

Micheletti says such wasn't the case, and in fact, it is her daughter's dad Eugene Allemand who is to blame.

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Gia Allemand Was on the Phone with Her Mother as She Took Her Own Life

Gia Allemand Was on the Phone with Her Mother as She Took Her Own Life

Originally posted 09/08/2013 08:00PM

Donna Micheletti's voice choked with tears as she told Dr. Phil McGraw about her daughter Gia Allemand's final moments as she tried to commit suicide on Aug. 12.

In the heartbreaking interview set to air on Dr. Phil on Tuesday, Micheletti revealed she was on the phone with her daughter, 29, as she hanged herself in her New Orleans apartment.

Micheletti believes that the Bachelor star called her because "I'm the closest person in the world to her and she didn't want to be alone when she left this world. So she wanted Mommy to be there, I guess."

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Dr. Phil Denies Paying for Jodi Arias's Family's Stay During Trial | Jodi Arias, Phil McGraw

UpdatePosted 04/07/2013 12:20PM

Dr. Phil: I'm Not Paying for Jodi Arias's Family During Her Trial

Originally posted 04/07/2013 10:50AM

Dr. Phil McGraw wants to make one thing perfectly clear – he's not paying for Jodi Arias's family's housing during her trial.

"Rumors that we're paying for Arias family house etc... are absolutely untrue," he Tweeted on Saturday night.

"I've never met the Arias family, and neither I, nor my ... production company – has paid or promised them anything. Robin and I are praying for the Alexander family," the message reads in full.

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Casey Anthony's Parents Defend Themselves in First Interview

Casey Anthony's Parents Defend Themselves in First Interview

Originally posted 09/12/2011 09:30AM

Two months after their daughter was acquitted of murdering their granddaughter, Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, have broken their silence and granted an interview to Dr. Phil McGraw, who confronts them about certain aspects of the case.

In excerpts that aired Monday on NBC's Today show, McGraw asks Cindy about her distraught MySpace message that began "My Caylee is missing," which she posted on July 3, some 12 days before 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was reported missing. Did Cindy know Caylee had vanished?

"Caylee was missing in my heart that day. She wasn't missing physically. I thought I knew where she was at," Cindy says. "I wanted Casey to know how much she was hurting me. And I thought she was purposely keeping Caylee away from me."

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Alaska Mom Convicted of Child Abuse for Dr. Phil Video

Alaska Mom Convicted of Child Abuse for Hot Sauce Punishment

Originally posted 08/24/2011 09:30AM

An Alaska mother who disciplined her 7-year-old for misbehaving in school by pouring hot sauce down his throat and then giving him a cold shower – all the time videotaping what she was doing so she could be considered for an appearance on Dr. Phil – was found guilty of one misdemeanor count of child abuse by an Anchorage jury on Tuesday.

Standing when her verdict was read, Jessica Beagley, 36, then quickly left the courtroom with her husband Gary, an Anchorage police officer, reports the Anchorage Daily News. In their haste to exit, the two did not respond to reporters' questions.

Anchorage prosecutors said the videotape of the crying young Kristoff, whom the Beagleys adopted from Russia with his twin brother in 2008, was filmed by the couple's 10-year-old daughter. The Beagleys have six children.

Prosecutor Cynthia Franklin praised the verdict, saying jurors "followed the law and they concluded that it is child abuse to hurt your child as an audition for a television show."

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