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The survey was based on test purchases of illicit tobacco from retailers, market traders, pubs and mini-cab offices over three-day periods

The survey was based on test purchases of illicit tobacco from retailers, market traders, pubs and mini-cab offices over three-day periods

The survey was based on test purchases of illicit tobacco from retailers, market traders, pubs and mini-cab offices over three-day periods

As the twin heirs to a slice of the $1bn (€741m) Lucky Strike tobacco fortune, they were born into a world of unimaginable privilege, but behind the closed doors of their Wyoming mansion, they now claim they were being battered and horribly abused.

According to claims by Georgia and Patterson Inman, now 16, they were cruelly treated by their drug-addicted father and a succession of nannies, who locked them in a filthy, rat-infested basement and forced them to eat vomit and human waste.

"People see this luxurious life but at the same time we were living in hell," said Patterson in the pair's first television interview yesterday with Dr Phil, a popular American psychologist. The pair, who stand to inherit part of the fortune of Doris Duke, the late tobacco heiress, when they turn 21, say they now want to take legal action against their alleged abusers.

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"I want these people to be put away. I want to see all these people in a jail cell with me giving a thumbs-up," said Patterson, adding: "I'm coming after the b*******. This is a battle cry. This is serious. They're going down."

Among more extraordinary allegations was that a nanny had once made them play Russian roulette – when they were four years old – and that their father had forced them to watch a thief being tortured to death with bamboo spears while on a trip to Japan.

"(They) would play Russian roulette with us," Georgia said of their nannies. "They thought it was funny. They'd load the gun, spin it and shoot it at me and my brother."

The twins are currently living in Utah with their mother, Daisha Inman (54), who took custody of the two children in 2010 after their father, Walker Inman Jr, died of a methadone overdose.

The twins' fortune is held in a trust by JP Morgan and is the subject of a legal tussle between Mr Inman's fifth wife and their mother. (© Daily Telegraph, London.)

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