Hello fellow Tattlers! Guest writer Kimberly here!
I have tied up our dear friend Tamara in the back room and taken over her keyboard in order to write this story and make a special request on her behalf. The topic, of course, is the Great Meltdown of Sheree Whitfield 2013 (aka GMSW2013). While Tamara has shared with you some of the juicier tidbits of this crazy saga, I’d like to share with you some of the struggles Tamara has been facing.
I suppose I should start at the beginning to catch everyone up to date. One Friday afternoon, Tamara noticed an old, gray BMW parked in front of her house. The occupant was taking pictures of her home and her car. Later on a dark and stormy (no lie!) night in February, she got a knock at the door. After calming her dog and assuring him that ninjas weren’t coming to get them, she peeked out her window. Even this was brave of Tamara, because those of us who’ve read her tales of living in the ghetto know that she won’t even answer the door in the bright light of day, much less in the dark of night. There in the window was a badge-wielding police officer. Of course, Tamara immediately assumed that a member of her family has been hospitalized or struck by a vehicle or kidnapped by terrorists, because the only experience she has with law enforcement comes from what she sees on the Lifetime Channel.
The officer told her he had some “paperwork” for her. He further baffled the poor girl by telling her it seemed she has “caused a ruckus.” Tamara assumed they have the wrong house, because despite her many talents it’s a bit hard for her to cause a ruckus when she only leaves her house for grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments and vacations! But no, it turned out the officer was actually handing her an emergency TPO from Sheree Whitfield! Whitfield has sworn in a courthouse that she is in fear for her life and is being stalked by our own Tattling Tamara.
Fear for her life? From what – excessive use of tea? Please, people.
Not long after, a mysterious “someone” started leaking information about Sheree’s terrifying plight at the hands of an evil stalker all over the internet. At the same time, a multitude of new users, all with male names starting with “J,” started trying to add Tamara’s address, personal info, physical description, and tales of her life as a “stalker criminal” in the comments section here at the blog. Thank goodness our friend is smart enough to moderate the comments section, and they were all deleted.
Being well-connected with the movers and shakers of the internet world, Tamara explained her situation to some legal-type pals. Her lawyer friends referred her to an excellent legal team, but Tamara figured that since it’s all clearly nonsense, she didn’t really see the need to actually hire an attorney. Right? She figured she could go to court, tell the truth, and everyone would go home. But before her first court date came up she got a second letter from another county letting her know there had been a request for a WARRANT for citizen’s arrest on charges of criminal trespass and stalking! I’m not sure if it was the word “warrant” or “criminal” or “charges” that broke down her resolve, but she finally hired her excellent team.
Tamara dutifully showed up at court at 9am and waited until mid-afternoon for her case to come up. During that time she watched other proceedings. Women with abusive husband who were in actual danger told their compelling stories with a calm demeanor. It’s a shame Sheree waited outside the courtroom; a little bit of that reality in her ears might have shocked the crazy right out of her. But alas, it was not to be. Eventually, Sheree showed up proceeded to testify all disheveled and devastated by the horror under which she’d been living. She was so “distraught” the judge had to comfort her. After hours of calm testimony by victims who know what real terror is, I’m surprised there wasn’t an eye in the court left un-rolled at that shameful performance. Even Tamara was embarrassed for her. But that embarrassment soon turned to shock when Sheree started making up stories about how Tamara parked outside of her “house” where she resides daily with her children, all of them huddled in the dark in fear for their lives. Sheree claimed that Tamara is there all the time “stalking” her, and she is terrified of what she might to next!!! The horror! This diatribe seemed to be endless. The idea that someone could lie with so much detail, simply to bolster a flagging “career,” shocked Tamara. Sheree even brought in a witness, some mystery man Tamara had never laid eyes on, and he too claimed that he had seen Tamara at the construction site hanging around day and night. Our friend Tamara just sat there in shock that people would perjure themselves just to get attention. But Tamara is known to overestimate humankind. That is part of why we love her.
Of course, we would assume that if one is being stalked, they might have the vaguest clue what their stalker looks like and what type of vehicle they claim to see endlessly parked outside of their residence. Yet on Sheree’s paperwork, the description of Tamara no more resembled her than Sheree resembles an actual “celebrity.” And the description of the “SUV” from which Tamara supposedly does all of this criminal stalking in no way matches any car Tamara owns past or present. After Sheree did her ironic stalkery drive-by of Tamara’s home and had Tamara followed (explain to me the terrifying stalker thing again? I’m confused), she changed all of her descriptions, but it was a wee bit late. Sheree’s story continued change even on the stand.
One of the more amusing moments was when Sheree’s lawyer learned that Sheree does not actually even own the home in question. In fact, he only learned the fact when Tamara herself testified. I wish I’d been there with a camera – I hear the look on his face was priceless!
Fortunately, at the end of this little circus, the judge saw through her lies and denied her request for a stalking order. The judge stated that since Tamara stated she has no interest in Sheree or being around her, Sheree’s attorney should draw up a “mutual stay away order” where both parties agree to.. you know.. stay away from each other.
Sheree refused. Let me repeat that. Sheree refused.
Now a relatively sane person might think this would give Sheree exactly what she wanted – this sense of safety from the nefarious shape-shifting blogger who was causing her such distress. Clearly, Sheree had other motives.
By now Tamara was thinking that a mutual stay away is a mighty fine idea, because she wouldn’t mind having Sheree stay away herself. Not to mention her secret-agent goon. So Tamara’s attorney did what a logical attorney with a sane client does. She wrote one up herself and took it to the judge for filing. Because in the land of the sane (apparently another residence not owned or occupied by Sheree) that’s what people do. At least we can all feel a little better that it’s in place.
Now let’s not forget that CRIMINAL WARRANT hanging over Tamara’s head. It’s virtually the same charges. It seems odd that someone can file the same frivolous charges in two separate counties, but this one does have that pesky “criminal” bit added to it. So Tamara will have to keep her attorney on the payroll to fight the same charges again. Even when you win, you pay. This, of course, is the point of a frivolous law suit. I’m sure Sheree is hoping she can “out pay” Tamara, capitalizing on the media fall-out at Tamara’s expense.
Speaking of which, did anyone catch Sheree on HLN crying over her horrifying struggles at the hands of evil stalker bloggers AFTER THE CASE WAS ESSENTIALLY THROWN OUT? I did. I laughed. I laughed and laughed. Too bad HLN didn’t do a bit of legal research before booking that little bit of embarrassment.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, after losing in court, Sheree figured it was the teensy fact that she didn’t actually own the “trespassed” property (and let us not forget that Tamara was invited in by the folks who were legally on the property at the time). So Sheree’s next step was to get her secret daughter Tierra Fuller to file the exact same frivolous charges a third time, because it turns out that Tierra actually does own the unfinished property. You may remember Tierra as the 26-year-old daughter Sheree tried to keep in hiding until some time around Season 3 of RHOA. One wonders why Sheree would sell her dream home to her daughter for a dollar.
Count ‘em. Three frivolous suits. And Tamara has to answer to them all. We have no idea when this will stop. How many more times will Sheree try to use a blogger (who has generously given her more publicity than she deserves) in order to extend her pathetic few minutes of fame? Four? Five? Nine? When does it end?
I hear there are other suits with other bloggers in the works, but apparently the unprofessional blogger that helped Sheree obtain Tamara’s real identity didn’t have a prior relationship with those bloggers so things are moving more slowly. Ironically, and perhaps intentionally, Sheree has called more attention to “Chateau Sheree” herself through these outrageous lawsuits and public appearances than all the bloggers combined. Can you say “transparent?” So can I.
Court appearances are mounting, and legal fees are rising.
Now, between you, me, and the fencepost, Tamara left her teaching position a while back for health concerns. She is very open about this information but always hesitates to talk about the impact it has made in her life. Subsequently, she also had to give up her health insurance because individual rates were more than she could afford. She pays for all of her medical visits and treatments out of pocket (by the way – the only reason she was near Chateau Sheree in the first place is because she was on the way home from the doctor at the time and it was an easy stop and a fun chance to snag a quick update for fans of the blog).
Tamara has always lived below her means and has not applied for any type of assistance during this time. She hopes to return to work in some capacity. So she lives only on her savings. She is probably biting her nails and wanting to cringe at reading this, because she would never, ever want to do anything but stand on her own two feet as best she can.
I and a few other friends have been pushing her hard to reach out for help for these ridiculously incurred legal fees. She has always refused. We asked her to at least stick a “donate” button up there so we could kick in a buck or two. She has always been concerned that people who are in more dire circumstances even than her own would feel compelled to give her money, and that would be horrifying to her. I finally got her to relent by promising to let everyone know that not one person who does not have the means should press that button. Not one. Tamara does not want to profit from this and she doesn’t want anyone else to suffer for it.
But if you are like a few of us and:
1. you would not like to see Tamara financially damaged for some woman’s insane need for undeserved fame, and/or
2. you would like to see Sheree get her comeuppance for wasting the resources of the state of Georgia, and/or
3. you happen to have an extra pile of cash hanging around in a drawer somewhere and have been trying to decide what to do with it,
we invite you to click on the new “Donate” button here at the site. Every dollar will help.
Thank you for letting me be your guest-blogger! Tamara will be back with all the tea and shade you could hope for soon!
P.S. If you like, you can follow me on twitter @kay_rock for tweets on the Jodi Arias case