Bishop Castle, the elaborate and intricate creation of Jim Bishop that has been a worldwide tourist attraction for decades, is now embroiled in a controversy equally as complex.
According to the Custer County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, the castle in Rye was signed over in early February to CASTLE CHURCH-For the Redemption of the Office BISHOP, with Colorado Springs resident David Merrill being listed as the trustee.
The Custer County assessor’s website, incidentally, lists Bishop as the current owner of the property.
According to Bishop’s wife Phoebe, Merrill — whom she termed an acquaintance of Bishop — took advantage of her husband when his physical and mental health were at an all-time low. Having suffered a nervous and mental breakdown and shortly after undergoing surgery for an aggressive form of cancer, the weakened Bishop was approached by Merrill with a request that he be appointed trustee of the castle.