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Did Virgie Profit from Anna's, Daniel's Deaths?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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STOP PAYMENT Arthur The battle over who will win custody of Anna Nicole Smith's remains has come down to determining which of her survivors is the least rotten. (Even the wannabe TV star judge has a potential financial stake in this one.) Now it seems that Smith's own mother, Virgie Arthur, was profiting from her daughter's loss of her son, Daniel, 20.

Asked on the witness stand at the Broward County, Florida, hearing yesterday if she'd ever been paid by celebrity hunters Splash News & Picture Agency for exclusive shots, Arthur said no. So attorneys pressed, asking Arthur whether she stood to receive more than $12,000 from the agency for exclusive shots of her putting flowers on Daniel's grave site, and then presenting her with what looked like a document on Splash letterhead. Arthur dodged.

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