06/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NJ 'Housewife' Danielle Staub's Criminal, Stripper Past

From phone sex to Botox, Danielle Staub has already injected drama into The Real Housewives of New Jersey but, as viewers of Bravo's reality hit know, it's about to get really ugly.

In fact, Tuesday's episode showed skeptical costar Caroline Manzo promising to thoroughly investigate Staub after hearing rumors about her acquaintance. And in a preview of next week's episode, it appears the Manzo family has done just that, revealing a book, Cop Without a Badge, that purports to expose secrets from Staub's past.

New Jersey's Star-Ledger obtained a copy of the out-of-print book, and revealed its contents, which expose Staub, 46, as a woman named Beverly Merrill, a one-time stripper with a criminal past.

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