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The Conflicts and Struggles in the Life of Donni-Jay De-Ville!
by Donni De-Ville   

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An incredible life filled with grief, loss, disasters, physical pain and many escapes! Becoming a minor celebrity, meeting Prince Charles and Lady Di, face to face. Supernatural encounters, Exorcism and involvement with the Soho Mafia. Very inspiring and thought provoking. Will help a lot of people to cope with their lives!

LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF, I am Donni-Jay and come from a Colonial background with an ancestral home. I am directly descended from the Wynn family, (baronettes) from Sir John Wynn, who owned the Gwydir Castle, in Llanrwst, North Wales.


             The Courtyard

Dolly Parton, Cher, Gardens

          View of the building and the grounds.
Gwydir, is the most haunted castle in Wales. Judy's book, containing photographs, tells all about the skeleton hidden in the wall. Presumably, by Sir John Wynn, and there is mention of many other supernatural phenomenon.

{Scroll down for more details on my beginnings and to read the excerpt of the first chapter of my Autobiography. More to be added later.}

         UNDER CONSTRUCTION                    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Synopsis, Introduction and childhood.



Mine has been an incredible life filled with grief, loss, disasters, physical pain and many escapes! In the process, I became a minor UK celebrity, once met Prince Charles and Lady Di face to face (on their side of the red carpet.) I have experienced many supernatural encounters and an exorcism performed by my Doctor and Pentecostal ministers. The story appeared on the front page of, ‘The News of the World’ newspaper. I also unwittingly became involved with the Soho Mafia when I was twenty-one years of age.

Mainly I hope to point out that no one owes us anything. We should all make the most out of life and get through the difficult times, somehow. Even though we get taken in sometimes by rogues, or the system. Even the state of our health can get us down and make us want to give up. But, we have to jolly well get up and try again but, trying to be more careful the next time.

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There have been five husbands. {Amongst them, one witch and an assassin.}

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My first husband Ken, was also my first boyfriend. At the age of eighteen, I did not know anything about boyfriends and tied myself down way too early. But, I wanted to have my own home and children and did not have the patience to wait.

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The second was a vicious karate black-belt and alcoholic, Gavvy. Who became the father of my second child. He probably did me the most damage for he was the reason I lost my two small daughters. His true nature was hidden from me until the day we were married. I then unsuccessfully tried to leave him the day after when on our honeymoon. Two days later he phoned to say he would cut my legs off when he arrived back at my home, which had now become the marital home. 

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Next there was a powerful, astute businessman, Bob, who was also a witch and healer. Because of his beliefs, we had a 'handfasting,' which is a witches wedding as well as the civil one. He was multi-talented (not in the musical sense) and could turn his hand to anything. This talent helped him amass over £1.5 million (Approx., $3.0 million) in properties, with some of my help. He seemed very charming and kind. During this marriage I suffered many illnesses. They included almost daily Migraines, and severe IBS. I also suffered dreadfully with the symptoms of arsenic poisoning.

I am still trying to get these poisons out of my system, eleven years later, and still suffer the affects. My health became so bad I was unable to fully comprehend all his business dealings and the benefits at the time. I did not even know how many properties he had aquired. Remarkably, within three months after separating from him, I became healthier.

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Then, the fourth time, I married a recovering alcoholic, self-confessed ‘assassin.’ ‘Paul Bruce,’ who wrote the worldwide best selling book, ‘The Nemesis File.’ An autobiography about his life and his assassinations whilst being in the British Army in one of their ‘S.A.S. Execution Squads.’ He had almost conquered the need to destroy himself, but his self-destruct button turned itself on again. The nature of an alcoholic can never be hidden for long. 

I had found an innocence and a lovely person, but soon after marriage, there was much coldness and uncommunicativeness.  Although the breaking up was miserable, I have always wished Paul good luck and hoped he would become happy. 

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Then there were also the seven common-law-husbands.


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The first one, Nick, the son of a heart consultant became the father of my first daughter, Donna. But, as I nearly lost her at birth, most of my time was spent with her. Soon Nick and I were no longer able to communicate, and many fights occurred between us.

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The second man, John Marney, was a kind person who I stayed with for two and a half years. He had been the best friend of a married man I unwittingly fell for, not knowing the truth that he lived with a wife and six children. Eventually, John and I argued over his not being able to look after my daughter and myself properly. He was a divorcee still paying for his previous family.

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Third, was Parky, who gambled heavily and drank all the ‘Guinness’s placed in front of him. He was unable to financially add anything to our security, and due to my having to pay many of his debts regularly, I often had to leave him. He loved me so much and followed me from one town to another, whenever I left him. Sixteen times I moved away, but each time he persuaded me to take him back. He eventually got murdered in an argument over me, when he finally quit gambling and was about to buy us a house with his saved up winnings. It was a woman I knew socially and whom he had got involved with, that killed him.

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Fourth, was David Roberts, a man who was both a ‘fur-dyer’ by trade and professional drummer. He encouraged me to be a musician in his band where I played and sang. We went on to form many different styles of bands, but had volatile arguments daily, mainly over his liking for football and television. After I left him for the second time, he married my eighteen year old sister, Mandy. I forgave her, but on having children she later told me there was no room in her life for me. I missed my nephew and niece too. This all broke my heart as we were so close and her being fifteen years younger than me, was almost like my own daughter.

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Fifth, was Tony Kay, an extremely creative and talented multi-instrumentalist musician, singer and songwriter. Also, an artist and author. He was friendly with the band ‘Pink Floyd’ and played socially with them. His guitar style is the same as Dave Gilmour, their lead guitarist. Tony's mother, Mary, had been manager to the famous UK comedian Tommy Cooper for eighteen years, and it was her who was with him on the night he died on stage, in front of a huge audience and millions of television viewers. Tony is a wonderful spiritual person and is still a great friend of mine to this day.

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Sixth, was a lovely gentleman named Lambo, just eighteen months older than I. A millionaire architect, with a nine-bedroom mansion in Sunningdale, near Ascot, in the UK. This is where the Queen races her horses at one of the biggest equestrian events of the year. Lambo looked after me for five years, and did so much to promote my show business career. He had great faith in me and loved to show me off at top London clubs, like ‘The Sportsman’s Club,’ Park Lane. ‘Les Ambassadeurs’ club and ’Morton’s’ which is part-owned by Michael Caine. I met many celebrities and other millionaires. We made friendships with some of them.

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Now we come to my true soul-mate whom I found at the age of fifty-five years.  I then decided to turn my back on all I knew in the UK, and left many of my material possessions behind. I gambled on a totally fresh new life, by leaving the UK. I came to live with Rocky, in Chicago.

Rocky has an MBA in Business Studies gained at the University of Chicago and is one gorgeous, young looking 47 year old, extremely strong, weightlifter. He was a Chief Financial Controller, until I introduced him to the drums. We found he has a natural ability, and is very musically talented. Insomuch, as he has now become my drummer. He has also taken up acoustic and electric bass! Until we have a whole band together, we will make our own CD's with our recording studio and use the internet to market them. Rocky, is also the financial consultant in my company here, which he helped set up for me. 


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My tiny Pomeranian, Ching, came over with me from the UK and after six months and at the age of fourteen years, succumbed to kidney problems. But, still grief-stricken, three months on, I aquired two tiny Show Poms, ‘Seva’ and ‘Tiko.’ Now they are six months old weighing nearly two and a half pounds each.  They are like babies to me (as was Ching,) and give such a quality of life and joy to us both, it is impossible to express.

I hope to be with Rocky for the rest of my life, and now see a chance for good health and all I require from life. I see success and happiness at last, as I am about to be hugely launched as an author, singer, songwriter, & performer, this year. (Taking my babies with me, travelling in my handbag everywhere.) Also, publishing, marketing songs and books through my company, registered in June 2004, in the United States.

All thanks to my Rocky, (manager) and his massive faith in me! This man became my fifth husband. Together for 6 years so far.

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INTRODUCTION: To the Autobiography:

This book is an eye opener, and I hope to show people it is possible to overcome adversities. Even when they are thrown regularly and sometimes all at once! It depends on the way one looks at it. I take everything as a challenge and always played life as if it were a ‘chess game.’ Optimism and ambition have also played a great part in keeping me going.

I have lived the kind of life that might have driven some people crazy. It has been filled with non-stop action, emotions, trauma, disasters, physical and mental abuse, illnesses, operations (and not only mine) guilt, grief, loss, being blamed for things I never did, but sometimes had to lay claim to. Then there is my determination not to be 'put down' by bad people, or the bad luck that life, (or whatever) threw at me.

My optimistic nature, or my guardian angel, has prevented my death, even though I stupidly tried several times to cause my own demise. I was also blown up in a gas explosion. Some years later, not long after my mother died, I miraculously survived a car crash that should have killed or at least paralyzed me. Just to mention a few of my dangerous mishaps.

I would like to go deeper, but here and now is not the time. It will be accessible in the published book, and there will be as much detail possible. As much as I can remember and can use without causing lawsuits against me.

I have moved house 118 times (I have listed ALL of the addresses and there is a story attached to each one.) I found it necessary to move home every two or three weeks. The reasons at times, were to avoid men who stalked me once I became a minor celebrity.

Starting afresh in so many different towns and mostly by myself, will be understandable once the book is published. My main theme in life was to survive it. Every time a door was closed it was not long before having a choice of other open doors. Although many slammed in my face on trying to enter them.

Each choice was a total gamble. Consisting of decisions between the worst of situations. Many did not pay off and I lived on the edge constantly. I became an adrenaline junkie. But, I never completely lost hope or my ambitions. Neither did I become bitter or paint everyone with the same brush.

I was involved with some terrible people, but also met all kinds of kind-hearted and decent folk. My accomplishments along the way have been many, but the main one is surviving the life I led, and walking my unusual path for so many years without going insane. Also, it is very strange that I do not look anywhere near my age. I am truly unique.

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{Excerpt from the book.} 

Chapter One.

My background and my Ancestral Home, Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst, North Wales.


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I was born on the Twenty-First of July 1949, at The Towers, in ‘Millionaires Row,’ Bishops Avenue, Finchley, one of the most affluent areas in North London. Near Hampstead. The house belonged to ‘Gracie Fields.’ One of the UK’s top singers at the time.

My late mother was part Polynesian, part British. My father told me Mum was of royal birth, actually a princess. She always had great dignity and a powerful presence which everyone recognized. Mum told me many stories which were not shared with the rest of the family. Her mother was crippled by my Mum's birth which caused great psychological problems.  At three years of age, Mum was given an Ayiah to raise her and be her nanny. Her parents placed both of them in a convent, for Mum to be taught by strict Irish nuns.

When Mum turned eighteen, the Ayiah’s job was completed and there was a painful parting of the ways. They were now to pursue their own separate lives. Mum went on to train as a nurse, and whilst still training, she lost both her parents. Her mother died of a long-standing illness, and her father died of a broken heart one week later.

Mum's wealthy parents had relocated to India soon after her birth, but during the Indian Uprising of 1947, she was forced to leave the country. I listened as she described how people were attacked, and of one occasion when a man was knifed and died in front of her (Strangely, this exact re-enactment happened to me in 1972, when I was in Soho, London.) The Uprising was a very frightening time, and all who stayed would have to take Indian nationality. The India she knew, governed by the British, had changed. It was no longer possible to live the luxury lifestyle she had grown accustomed to, and Mum wanted out quickly.

She had been involved with a man, John, who owned many movie houses, until meeting my father at a nurses dance. He was a pilot and a boxing champion in the Royal Air Force. My father found out about John and threatened him to stay away from my Mum. She often reminisced about John to me and wondered if she made a mistake in not marrying him. When the Uprising occurred, just after the death of her parents, she was so alone that she succumbed to my father and got engaged to him. As they all needed to leave India as soon as possible, Mum travelled to London to live with my Colonial grandparents.

Unfortunately, the Uprising and Mum’s leaving was prior to her  twenty-first birthday, when she would have reached an age to collect her inheritance. Her uncle had kept the money in trust for her, but subsequently disappeared with it. Now, living in London, she was shocked to find everyone did not have servants. Also, she thought that television were making up lies about India, when she saw the squalidness and Indians who lived in poverty. She had not been in these areas and so never saw that side of India. Mum was now forced to find a trade to help support herself and my father. She became a dressmaker. (Although, becoming a nurse again, later on.)

Mum discovered the skill when my father's brother, Uncle Mervyn secured her a job in this trade of designing and tailoring. My uncle had been a medic in the Forces as he refused to use a gun and would not kill anyone, not even in self defence. He, like all of Granny's children, is an accomplished musician and singer. He was vrey handsome and also one of the kindest people I know.

My mother taught me to read and write. By the age of four, I could read aloud from newspapers, write letters and keep diaries. I loved to write stories and make little books to sell when I started school. I believed that made me a REAL writer!

The books portrayed my thoughts and insights into adult behaviour. I knew they did not completely understand the things I said or the way my mind worked. Mostly, they only 'pretended' to understand. I also wrote about incidents that happened around me, or to me.

From the time of my birth until I was eight years old, the whole family lived with my grandparents. Granny spent the most time with me. We sat together in her room for hours, while I listened enthralled to stories of her past Colonial life. Granny and my grandfather, affectionately known to us all as ‘Papa,’ had lived in India in a mansion with acres of grounds. There were separate quarters for the many servants, (who I know were treated very well.)

Papa worked with the British Government, as a Commissioner with the Great Indian Railway. They lived in their mansion along with their four children. They also entertained a great deal and had 'social events' which Granny used to call 'balls.' Everyone wore either ball gowns or dinner jackets. I was fascinated as Granny described the dresses she wore. Granny was of Catalan, Spanish descent and Papa had come from Wales.

Our ancestors owned the, ‘Gwydir Castle,’ in Llanrwst, North Wales, which is in the Conwy valley, with Snowdonia behind it. Dating back to the close of the Sixteenth Century, when its deer park alone, occupied 36,000 acres, Sir John Wynn, one of my ancestors owned the castle.

Papa changed our name from ‘Wynn,’ the Welsh spelling, to ‘Winn.’ He added his middle name of ‘Eden’ and our family became the 'Eden-Winn’s.' We were evidently fighting with the other half of the family, called the ‘Burgess’ Wynn’s. There is much to say on this topic but, it is all too historical for me. 

I heard that the castle had been handed over to the Preservation Society, with some of my ancestors still living in the back. My Uncle Merv visited and signed the guest book. But, I can't be sure of all the details and wish I had listened to the stories Papa told me back then. I do remember him saying that Sir John Wynn was the black sheep of the family. 

Five years ago, 1999,  it was bought and renovated by Judy and Peter Welford. Judy wrote a book about ‘Gwydir Castle, called, ‘Castles in the Air.’ I have this book and feel very drawn to the place. It feels as if I’ve lived there before, in a past life. After seeing the photos in Judy's book, and on the internet, I remembered dreaming in the past, about being in and around this castle. The dining room with it's fine panelling and carving looked very familiar to me. Almost as if I had spent many times there. (In a previous life perhaps? I just hope I was not the awful Sir John Wynn!)

My ancestral castle home is known as the most haunted castle in Wales, UK.

One day I shall go back and stay overnight, and at least sign the guest book, in my maiden name. I wonder if anyone, especially the infamous Sir John Wynn, will come back to see me? 

My Granny and Papa had a Rolls Royce car, with a chauffeur. My Papa even had his own personal train. They lived an amazing lifestyle until Papa lost his high position during the Uprising. At that point, he had to take his family from India in a great hurry, and was only able to take part of their money.



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I shall give the details as soon as this is published and ready for sale.

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Reader Reviews for "The Conflicts and Struggles in the Life of Donni-Jay De-Ville!"

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/19/2004
Thanks for sharing your lifestory Donni!!

God bless...stay strong!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by jan nunn 2/1/2004
cant wait to read more ! You have intrigued me Donni ,so far I'm hooked :))love and thoughts jan
Reviewed by Shelly Devilliers 12/27/2003
This has so much promise, intrigue and depth, i cant wait to read the finished work, get on with it!!!!! XX

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