The Heiress, The Heroin and the In-Cell Kick

By Ariel Nagi 09/07/11

Facing a long prison sentence for drug-trafficking, Victoria Scripps-Carmody is forced to detox behind bars in Vermont.

Scripps-Carmody at her high school graduation
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The drug-addicted daughter of slain newspaper heiress Anne Scripps Douglas is being forced to detox behind bars after she was involved in an alleged drug trafficking bust last month in which cops found 193 bags of heroin. Victoria Scripps-Carmody is facing up to 20 years in the pen after Vermont State Police discovered the stash in Scripps-Carmody's BMW. Cops noticed track marks on her arm and she later admitted a six bag-a-day habit. She was arrested with two men—Sherman Schuler and Keon Sterling—but Sterling was released soon after. Scripps-Carmody's adoptive parents decided to leave her in her cell to get clean, since the 21-year-old couldn't afford to post the $10,000 bail. "It's about a 15- to 30-day withdrawal with the kind of stuff she has been using before she is clean," her uncle and adoptive father, Robert Carmody, told the Free Press. The August 10 arrests were part of a month-long Vermont Drug Task Force investigation into the distribution and sale of crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin in Chittenden County. Scripps-Carmody, known as "Tori," is the great-great-great granddaughter of newspaper magnate and Detroit News founder James E. Scripps. Her abusive father, Scott Douglas, murdered her mom with a claw hammer on New Year's Eve 1993, before killing himself by leaping off the Tappan Zee bridge. Her older half-sister, Anne Morell Petrillo, killed herself in 2009, also by jumping off the Tappan Zee.

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