Venus Morris Griffin is a prime Realtor in Augusta, Georgia, and vp of Meybohm Actual Property. This week, she made headlines for one thing that fully modified her world greater than 10 years in the past.
By way of People of New York’s social media accounts, Griffin shared in a 13-part narrative her story of the lifetime of deception her husband John ‘Tripp’ Morris III led, which in the end resulted in him going to jail in 2012 for aggravated youngster molestation of a preschooler. People of New York began out as a weblog of conversations with New Yorkers on the road however has grown to inform the wonderful tales of some non-New Yorkers, too.
“That’s how Tripp was,” Griffin mentioned partially 1/13 of her story. “You’d consider something he mentioned. Inside 5 minutes of assembly you, he’d put his arm round you, and inform you that he cherished you. And also you’d consider it.”
By Friday morning, half 1 of the story had acquired near 300,000 likes on Instagram and over 5,000 feedback. Griffin was not instantly obtainable for touch upon Inman’s story.
Griffin detailed her troubled childhood dwelling with a drug-addicted and verbally abusive mom, which in the end reworked right into a life with an abusive husband whose moods fluctuated from sizzling to chilly and who, she later realized, was preserving monumental secrets and techniques from her.
Describing one heated argument 10 years into their marriage and after having a number of youngsters collectively (albeit through a sperm donor as a result of Tripp couldn’t have children), Griffin had been shoved by her husband into their bathtub and moments later heard a gunshot.
“It took me a pair minutes to crawl exterior, and once I bought there I discovered him mendacity face down within the yard,” Griffin mentioned. “The gun was within the grass subsequent to him. He mentioned: ‘When every little thing comes out about what I’ve executed, I’m going to kill myself.’ I mentioned: ‘Tripp, inform me. What have you ever executed? What?’ However he wouldn’t reply.”
Griffin realized extra about what Tripp had executed years later when she acquired a cellphone name late one night time when he was on a enterprise journey. The caller was a prostitute Tripp had been hiring for years — a younger girl Griffin in the end met up with and who advised Griffin that Tripp had promised her they’d begin a brand new life collectively. However she wasn’t the one prostitute that Tripp had been sleeping with, the girl knowledgeable Griffin. He owed a number of prostitutes cash and so they have been blackmailing him.
In a while, Griffin realized that Tripp’s abusive methods weren’t simply impacting herself and the prostitutes he related to. At one level, after the household had realized in regards to the prostitutes and Tripp blamed all of it on a intercourse dependancy — even checking himself into rehab — one in every of Griffin’s daughters advised her extra.
“One in every of my daughters got here to me, and advised me a narrative about her father,” Griffin mentioned. “It was the worst factor it may presumably be. It wasn’t simply prostitutes. It was inside the house.”
It was at that time that the police bought concerned and Tripp was sentenced in courtroom to 45 years in jail.
In direction of the top of their relationship, Griffin determined to get her actual property license to assist with the household’s mounting debt. That budding profession in actual property ended up being a lifeline when Tripp went to jail. (Previous to that, she was a stay-at-home mother.)
Immediately, Griffin has constructed her actual property enterprise as much as change into the no. 1 agent in gross sales quantity in Augusta for the final 4 years. To this point, she’s netted over $500 million in profession gross sales over the course of her actual property profession, which she launched in 2008. In 2021 she was additionally voted Augusta’s prime Realtor in Augusta Journal’s “Better of Augusta 2021” situation.
Griffin additionally repeatedly shares her story as a motivational speaker, and was a keynote speaker on the 2019 Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors Convention and Expo in San Francisco. She additionally not too long ago revealed a memoir referred to as Validated.
Griffin provides again to the group by means of a $10,000 faculty scholarship she created for kids with an incarcerated dad or mum, The Venus Morris Griffin Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded yearly to a senior in highschool within the U.S. who has a organic dad or mum that’s incarcerated.