"Another good pair of fakes were Tom and Hattie. They were called "The Wild Children." But they were not wild. The only time I ever knew them to be wild was when they couldn't go out on the street and play with the other children. They were born up in the peninsula district of Michigan and were just ordinary children with dwarfed bodies and twisted brains." - 1911
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Jean Libbera, born in 1884 in Italy had an epigastric parasitic twin consisting of two arms, two legs, a small torso and a vestigial head embedded in his abdomen. He called his twin 'Jacques' and often dressed him in a different colored suit while exhibiting. Jacques showed reflexes and the limbs moved independently of Jean.
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"1818's; Josephene Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1868. Rather than having a parasitic twin, Myrtle’s extra legs resulted from an even rarer form of conjoined twinning known as dipygus, which gave her two complete bodies from the waist down. She had two small pelves side-by-side, and each of her smaller inner legs was paired with one of her outer legs. She could move the smaller legs but was unable to use them for walking.
Gorgeous cast portraits from Tod Browning’s ‘Freaks’ (1932)
Jenny Lee & Elvira Snow Freaks has earned its place in history as one of the all-time great cult films, though it wasn’t always beloved. The film was reviled by both critics and audiences upon release in 1932. It was a career-killer for Tod Browning, who had previously been a Hollywood golden child with a string of Lon Chaney hits under his belt and who had just come off the enormous success of Dracula. The film shocked audiences with its use of actual sideshow “freaks” as actors: Among...