The off-screen drama continued today for the Alaskan Bush People family as Radar Online broke the news that a granddaughter whom patriarch Billy Brown has never publicly acknowledged died in a car crash. She was 14-years-old and the daughter of a previous wife the Alaskan Bush People father has kept a secret from show viewers.
Last week, the site revealed that they had located a marriage certificate that confirmed that the head of the Alaskan Bush People family was previously married. Billy Brown has never mentioned that marriage in public, but the Season 5 trailer hints that at least one long-forgotten family member may be the subject of some of the Season 5 episodes of Alaskan Bush People.
Toward the end of the Alaskan Bush People trailer, Billy says that it’s been 30 years since they heard anything from “her.” This is followed by wife Ami responding that “she will always be our daughter.” Is this a child from Billy’s first marriage? Or is Alaskan Bush People going to drop another bombshell on viewers this year?
Billy and Ami have been married for over 35 years, and all seven of the children shown on Alaskan Bush People are theirs. The two were wed when Billy was 26 and Ami was 15. His previous marriage happened when he was just 16-years-old. His first bride was 15.
In the Alaskan Bush People trailer, Ami refers to “our daughter.” The trailer ends with a woman with long platinum-blonde hair stepping out of a small plane that landed on the water. As recently reported by The Inquisitr, the identity of this mystery woman was revealed earlier this season. She is Twila Wilson, one of Billy’s children from his first marriage.
The two children from the first marriage of the Alaskan Bush People patriarch now live in Texas. One of them, a daughter, had children of her own. It’s one of these children who died in a car crash at the age of 14. It’s not known if Billy was made aware of her tragic death or if he contacted his ex in any way when it happened. It’s also not known whether the child who died is the daughter of Twila.
This drama comes on the heels of other Alaskan Bush People scandals that include both health and legal issues for the family. Both Billy and Joshua (“Bam Bam”) pleaded guilty to providing false information in order to receive Permanent Fund dividends, money paid to residents of Alaska from income earned from oil. The leader of the Alaskan Bush People has stated that he still does not believe that they did anything wrong that he would never do anything to deceive Alaska, the state that has given them their dream.
Billy claims that he pleaded guilty in order to bring an end to the ordeal and in order to keep the rest of his family from paying fines and/or serving jail time. The two members of the Alaskan Bush People clan are repaying the money they received and will serve 30 days of jail time. They were able to arrange to serve that time in home incarceration instead of being in the Juneau jail facility.
Season 5 of Alaskan Bush People was filmed before father and son began serving their time and after Billy received treatment for some health issues. He and the rest of the family traveled to Seattle so that he could be treated for seizures that have become more frequent and more severe. This season of Alaskan Bush People deals with their return home and some cleanup and preparation they want to complete before Billy and Josh begin their sentences and before Twila comes to visit.
Alaskan Bush People airs on Discovery Channel on Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET.
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