In 1989, as Shannon Ireland Trump, claiming to be a niece of billionaire Donald Trump, she joined the cheer-leading squad of the then Colorado Springs Spirit football team. However she was read, and kicked off the squad.
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Charged with second degree forgery and criminal impersonation, she
turned up for the trial as a woman, again now calling herself Shannon Ireland. Shannon appeared on the Sally Jesse Raphael television show and claimed childhood molestation, and that she had developed multiple personalities in order to cope. She got two years probation and more mandatory counseling.
Kathy Ireland. Photographers and others gave her their services in exchange for a percentage of a calendar that she said that she was producing.
On her website StormeIreland,com she described herself as 19 with green eyes, dark blond hair and a 38” (97 cm) bust. She obtained the credit card number and associated data of a Colorado Springs hotel and ran up a bill of hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. She also wrote $185,000 worth of checks on a closed account. After being arrested in 2000 she posted $100,000 bail and flew to Tahiti for a photo shoot.
Her lawyer proposed that she had mental health problems, and a judge in 2003 ruled that she was incompetent to stand trial. That same year, her story was dramatized as an episode of the Canadian television series, Masterminds.
Storme was then held at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo until 2007 when a different judge ruled that she was competent, and had her moved to a men’s jail.
In 2008 she pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by parole and probation and 600 hours of community service. She is also to pay restitution to her victims. She was given credit for over five years in custody and released.
Later that year the Wikipedia page on her was removed.
- Patrick Califia. Sex changes : the politics of transgenderism. San Francisco: Cleis Press 1997. Second edition 2003:235.
- “Storme Aerison”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storme_Aerison. No longer available in Wikipedia itself, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Storme_Aerison, but reprinted at: www.ufaqs.com/wiki/en/st/Storme%20Aerison.htm.
- Harrison Fletcher. “Storme Warning! There could be rough times ahead for Shannon Ireland, cover girl -- and con man.” Denver Westworld, Aug 24, 2000. www.westword.com/content/printVersion/215407.
- Harrison Fletcher. “Storme Watch: An update on a model prisoner”. Denver Westworld, Dec 20, 2001. www.westword.com/2001-12-20/news/storme-watch/
- Dennis Huspeni. “Guilty plea ends hermaphrodite's case”. Colorado Springs Gazette, Feb 13, 2008. www.gazette.com/articles/aerison-33053-kennedy-probation.html.
For whatever reason Storme is not mentioned on the Wikipedia page List of people from Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The now deleted Wikipedia article uses male pronouns for Aerison, as it still does for Tito Anibal da Paixao Gomes (compare my version). The Wiki folk seem to have the attitude that a fraudster cannot be a genuine trans person.
Califia devotes a single paragraph to Aerison, whom he calls only Charles Daugherty, and uses only male pronouns. This is at least ironic in that on the very same page he rightly admonishes the New York journalist writing of young trans man Sean O'Neill: "Still, it is puzzling to find [Donna] Minkowitz balking again and again at using the same male pronouns to describe O'Neill that he uses to describe himself". Minkowitz had previously been criticized by trans activists for refusing to use male pronouns in her influential article on Brandon Tina. For whatever reason this last detail is not mentioned in the Wikipedia article on Minkowitz.