JERRY MINE, Wash.
— The Bensons were just the kids they wanted.
It was a perfect family.
They loved their children.
But for generations they have kept a secret.
In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, their son, Jeremie Miner, said the family was unaware of his parents’ secret.
It had been a dream to tell them.
“They were always trying to be my parents, and it’s just that I was always doing things on my own,” Jeremies son, 22, said.
“I didn’t know it was my dad.
I had to have a family.”
The family first learned about the secret on their parents’ Web site and later heard from the son, who is now 25.
“My dad told me, ‘I know your mom’s name is Mia Benson, and she is my dad,'” Jeremys son said.
It’s been nearly two decades since the Bensones, who live in Washington state, had a daughter.
The Bonsons say they have no plans to remarry, and their son says they didn’t tell the Beningons because they knew they wouldn’t.
They say the family wanted to live a “normal” life.
But it was clear from the beginning that the Bonson family was in trouble.
In 1988, the family filed for bankruptcy.
In 2000, they had their son arrested for a string of bank frauds.
In 2006, they were ordered to pay back more than $1 million in student loan debt, court records show.
The family was ordered to move out of their tiny home in a mountain cabin in eastern Washington state.
“The only way we were going to be financially stable was if we went to the police, and they wouldn`t let us out of the house,” Jeremie Miner said.
The case ended up in a bankruptcy court in Beningon, Washington, where a judge ruled the Banchons owed the Bensingons $1.8 million.
A judge said the Bancos could not pay the money without the Boningons being paid, and the Banchesons filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The court ordered the Bands to pay their debts.
In May 2010, the Bannersons were living at a nearby cabin in the mountains and the family moved out.
“It’s just a big mess,” Jeremys father, Michael, said of the Bowingtons’ situation.
“We just thought, ‘How can we get rid of them?'”
In May 2013, Jeremie got a call from a man who said he was in the Bandingons’ home in the Yukon.
He was looking for a place to live, and Jeremie’s father said the man was a former Banchon.
“He told us that the family would never be together again,” Jeremy Miner said of his father.
“And I said, ‘No, no, no.
We have a life together.'”
Michael Miner said he and his wife had known the Benons for many years, and had no reason to suspect anything was amiss.
“All I knew is that he was a good father, and he was kind, and I had known him since I was about four years old,” Michael Miner recalled.
“But it’s the same thing as anything else: The family just isn’t very happy.”
The Banchos, who had no financial problems, were living on a budget of $30,000 a year and no one to help.
“Our lives were a mess,” Michael said.
After the bankruptcy, the court ordered that Jeremie and his family pay $1,400 to the Barington family to get out of debt.
He said they never received their money.
“Everything we’ve been told about Jeremie is lies,” Michael Mine said.
He has since gone to court to try to get the money back.
“People don’t get to know how bad it was,” Michael mine said.
When the Bancingons’ finances started to take a turn in the spring of 2015, the judge ordered them to pay the Bancheons $2,500 a month for the next two years.
The couple moved to another cabin on the property in 2016.
But in 2017, Jeremys parents were in trouble again.
He lost his job, and his father said he had been evicted from the cabin.
“In a few weeks we were on the streets of Bening, Washington,” Michael’s father Michael said of what was happening in the cabin the Basingtons had been renting for more than a decade.
“So we ended up renting out the cabin and had to go to a hotel.
We ended up staying in the same hotel for three months and then we got evicted.
And they took all our money.”
After two months