Identity change? Crack whore? Paid escort? Drug courrier? Involved with the Columbian drug trade? Extortionist? Kidnapping a hostage for ransom? and now a sex tape? Yea apparently it's all true.
I'm one of those people that has a natural tendency to side with the underdog. I really felt bad for Danielle when she became the ostracized one of the group. Sure she was inappropriate with some of her behavior such as dating a guy 20 years younger than her, but none of those ladies were angels (maybe Jackie) and they really made her out to be a freak. I even thought of her blonde nemesis Dina as a troublemaker who disprespected Danielle in her own home.
When this book written like 20 years ago about the life of Danielle's ex-husband, a voilent drug dealer turned cop, was discovered by the other housewives Danielle found herself defending herself regarding some really outrageous tales about her past when she was known by a different name. The entertainment media of course had a circus with the new shocking discovery giving the show more attention than when Kelly Bensimon of New York was arrested for beating up her boyfriend. Anyway, the book coming out of the closet added fuel to the fire as the other housewives become more weary of her presence and regarded her as a dangerous person to even be involved with. Which she would be if those things were actually true.
During the now very famous dinner confrontation scene thanks to youtube, Danielle stated that only two things written about her in that book were true: 1) that she changed her name and 2) that she was arrested. She was arrested as an accessory to a crime and was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. Silly me I believed her.
The morning following the show reunion part 1, thesmokinggun.com outed her by obtaining her criminal records and publishing 26 pages for all to see. She was not arrested as an accessory as she said, she was directly involved and probably even orchestrated the whole thing. I heard it on the regular morning radio show news driving to work.
"Staub, once known as Beverly Ann Merrill, was arrested by FBI agents in June 1986 for her role in a kidnapping plot that grew out of a cocaine deal gone bad. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Miami, Merrill and Daniel Aguilar, who distributed narcotics for a Colombian drug family, sought to extort a $25,000 ransom from a man whose son they were holding."
If you haven't seen Teresa's table flip scene on youtube yet here it is. I must admit it kinda annoyed me that this is MY show that I faithfully follow and now all of these people tuned in just because some hot-headed Italian went berserko on TV. This show totally reinforced all of those New Jersey stereotypes.