The thought of incest is enough to gross one out. Here, I am not talking about Game of Thrones. I am talking about reality, rather, an ugly reality. Do you know the Whitaker Family? It is considered as the most infamous inbred family from Odd, West Virginia.
The 2020 Documentary
The Whitaker family catered to international recognition because of Mark Laita, who captured them for his book Created Equally (2004). And yes, he did face threats from neighbors who had shotguns.
He again visited the Whitaker family in 2020 to record a video that gained more dislikes than likes, but it became viral with more than 25 million views. The documentary depicts the horrors of inbreeding.
The members Lorraine, Ray and Timmy suffer from an undiagnosed mental condition. They live in extremely poor conditions and barely have anything to survive. Especially Ray, he just grunts. So what’s the cause?
Mark Laita had to make four visits and give them financial gifts including money, food and clothes to make them talk. He wrote:
“The individuals in this video are brothers and sisters, except for Timmy who is a cousin. There is no way I would be able to confirm that the Whitaker parents were related, but given that this does happen in this part of the country and the Whitakers are the most extreme case I’ve seen so far, I would bet that inbreeding was at least partly responsible for the mental and physical abnormalities seen in Lorraine, Freddie, Ray, and Timmy.”
Many reports reveal that inbred offspring suffer from reduced cognitive disabilities, lung function disorders, heart diseases and are prone to other diseases. Inbred children are at a higher risk of recessive genetic disorders.
So what is the case with the Whitaker family? One can assume that inbreeding is common in parts of West Virginia and the way they are protected by their neighbors, it could be a possible cause. They show significant consequences of inbreeding.
Effects of Inbreeding
Inbreeding is the mating of organisms closely related by ancestry. The practice goes against the biological aim of mating i.e. shuffling of DNA. According to a 2011 study, Consanguineous Marriages, “the rate of near natal and childhood death increases if the child comes from a first cousin union, nearly doubling in certain countries.”
Various scientists and doctors have established that inbreeding leaves the offspring at a greater risk of congenital defects and genetic diseases. Check out this video to understand more about inbreeding:
The Whitaker family is completely inbred. All members of the family are closely biologically and genetically related to each other. That’s the cause of their cognitive disabilities.
The Mysterious Case of the Whitaker family
The Whitaker family is British by descent and lives in lives in extremely unkempt conditions. The individuals initially included Ray, Lorraine, Timmy (only cousin), Freddie and an unnamed sister. However, Freddie died of a heart attack a long time ago.
You can somewhere relate this story to the Colt Clan incest case wherein Clan assaulted his daughters to make kids. it was this 4-generation of incest “horror tale”. however, the two sisters openly shared beds with their brother. Nevertheless, reliable sources confirm that the Whitaker family is inbred.
Mark Latia personally warned everyone to stay away from the Whitaker family as they are guarded by their armed neighbors and the Raleigh County deputies. He said, “I strongly discourage anyone attempting to look for the Whitakers as their armed neighbours and the Raleigh County deputies both make it clear that curious visitors are not welcome.”
The Whitaker family is extremely secretive, no one knows where they come from and who their parents are. The members of this family never revealed anything about their parents too. But one thing is clear, they are inbreds.
West Virginia’s reputation for inbreeding
Stereotypes about West Virginian inbreeding practices have long been linked to the state’s poverty. In the 1930s, national newspapers ran pictures of rundown shacks and barefoot kids in rags, which left a lasting impression of the state as a backwater.
West Virginians became the prototypical “hillbillies,” and incest served as a crude “scientific” explanation for their downtrodden social condition. West Virginia now has anti-incest law but in other parts, first cousins can still tie the knot.
Let us start with an example. The British Royal family is known to keep its secrets under the wraps. They have been doing it for decades now. I don’t know if this makes sense but I just recalled the episode of “The Crown”.
Katherine and Nerissa were daughters of john Herbert Bowes-Lyon – the brother of the Queen Mother – and his wife, Fenella. They were born with severe learning disabilities. It means they were first cousins of Queen Elizabeth II.
In fact their cousins Idonea, Etheldreda and Rosemary were daughters of Fenella’s sister who also suffered from similar disabilities. The condition was thought to be hereditary and descended from a common maternal grandfather, Charles Trefusis.
These individuals were kept in the dark and died terribly. The royal family never revealed them to protect its reputation and genetic deformity.
So did you ever question why there is nothing available on the Whitaker family? Why they are guarded by the deputies? Why the Whitakers are left to suffer miserably?
The Whitaker family in the clip is British. Mark Laita also failed to consider the age of these individuals. They aren’t mid-aged. Every individual is old enough. So are they related to some powerful family too? We don’t know whom but that’s just a thought.
It is said that their parents died a long time ago but why don’t the remaining members reveal their identity? They just hang around unemployed. Thankfully, Mark has created a GoFundMe campaign for them
I have a lot of questions about this estranged family. What do you think about the Whitaker Family?