Two weeks ago I received a comment on this blog from a person identified as “Shay Tripp.” Although I was quite skeptical at first, the reason that I believed that the person might in fact be the real Shailey Tripp was the tone of the comment. She seemed to have had her feelings hurt by something I had written on this blog. Through several e-mails I was able to confirm that she was the real Shailey Tripp. Shailey agreed to give me an exclusive interview after she spoke with Jesse Gryphen of the Immoral Minority. Jesse posted an article and actual recording of that interview.
. Yesterday was my day to interview Shailey.
I spoke with her for almost an hour. She explained that for quite some time she had not slept well, but after revealing what she knew about the Palins, that she has been able to sleep better. Shailey has two children and her perception is that one day they will learn about this, and she wants to be able to show them that she did the right thing.
As the mother of two children, she was willing to confirm that she had kids, but out of concern for them, Shailey didn’t want to talk about them. She was the child of a military family and as such moved often. She has been married and divorced twice, each time for a very short period. At least one Ex-husband has caused her to be concerned for her personal safety, and she doesn’t get child support from either of them.
She agreed to do this interview without any consideration being given by me. No money or benefit was promised or conferred. Shailey wanted the truth to be available, regardless of whether it might be believed by anyone. She gave this interview knowing that she would likely never receive any money from National Enquirer for the story.
According to Shailey Tripp, she met Todd when she was working as a substitute teacher at the school one of the Palin children was attending. She confirmed the information reported by Jesse Gryphen of the Immoral Minority, and that the recording had not been doctored or altered in any way.
Shailey stated that she had sex with Todd Palin and that he paid her in cash for her services. She indicated that she was aware of some type of distinct physical characteristic of Todd, that would not be generally known, but she was not willing to reveal what that might be. According to Shailey, she and Todd always used protection when having sex, and Todd provided it. She was confident that there were public records to confirm that they had such a relationship, but she did not have them in her possession at this time. Shailey no longer lives in Alaska, and she reported that her reason for moving was due, in part, to fear that her relationship with Todd Palin might result in a dangerous situation for her. She was clear that she had never been threatened.
She confirmed that she was arrested, and charged with running a house of prostitution, and she pled no contest to those charges. She did indicate concern about things she overheard the Anchorage Police say, but was not willing to reveal the details of that conversation.
When specifically asked about donations to the SarahPAC, Shailey indicated that she had donated gift certificates for massages, and some Airbonne products, worth more than $500.00, but thought those were being donated to a “real-estate convention.” If in fact the donations went to the SarahPAC, she didn’t know about that.
There were many things I asked about which Shailey indicated she could not yet speak. When asked if there was a connection between her last name, Tripp, and Bristol’s son “Tripp,” she indicated she could not talk about it at this time. However Shailey agreed to do another interview in the near future.
Shailey felt bad to be interfering with the marriage of Todd and Sarah. She made a point of telling me that to her knowledge Sarah never knew about her, or her relationship with Todd. She never heard Sarah or Todd speak about any of Sarah’s pregnancies, or the birth of Trig, even though Todd did speak with her about his kids, and how proud he was of them.
Having communicated on the phone with Shailey for an hour, and having exchanged e-mails, it is my personal opinion that Shailey is an honest, hard working, and a dedicated mother. As a single parent she is committed to revealing the truth about the Palins. It is her hope that one day her children will know that in spite of less than ideal circumstances, pressure, and the potential financial gain of “selling” her story, she volunteered the story to those who she trusted to report the truth. Before posting this story, I have sent it to Shailey Tripp to ensure that I reported the facts accurately, according to her. She confirmed that this is an accurate account of our interview.