Join us as we hit the freak show and delve into the dark world of Grady Stiles Jr, a performer with ectrodactyly--a condition resulting in claw like hands and feet. First up, a brief history of the wild and wonderful world of freak show performing. Next, we consider the life and times of Stiles, a man who was a monster on the inside. Known as an abuser to his wife and children, Stiles ended up committing murder, only to be murdered by his own family. 

 

Resources/links:

Grady Stiles III article (with pics of Grady and Jessa the Bearded Lady): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lobster-boy-grady-stiles-lll-finds-love-with-bearded-lady-jessa-olmstead_us_56bbdaf8e4b08ffac123f422

Freak show history/legislation:

 http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1g32z0dx#page-29

http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/580/757

http://racheladams.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ac_Adams17_1gal_032612.pdf

Pictorial of performers mentioned in episode:

http://www.cultofweird.com/sideshow/freak-show-circus-sideshow-performers/

 

 

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