Inside America's Most Inbred Family: Members Of West Virginia's Whittakers Family Would Bark At People And Only Communicate Through Grunts While Living In Squalor Overrun With Animals!
2023/07/20

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This story is about the Whittakers, an inbred family living in West Virginia. The family members have unique behavioral issues, such as barking at people and communicating through grunts. Filmmaker Mark Laita visited the family and released a short film about their lives on his YouTube channel. He described the family as resembling characters from the movie Deliverance.

Laita first met the Whittakers in 2004 and returned in 2020 to further document their lives. The family consists of three siblings named Lorraine, Timmy, and Ray. Their parents were double first cousins, contributing to the genetic complications they face.

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Laita shared bizarre and unsettling encounters with the family, including their eyes going in different directions and one member screaming and running away with his pants falling down. The family has gained attention since Laita first photographed and filmed them, even requiring a police escort for visits.

Laita's latest video depicted the Whittakers' impoverished living conditions, overcrowded home, and the presence of animals. The family seemed unaware of the genetic issues caused by inbreeding and had limited recollection of their parents and other relatives. Laita's GoFundMe campaign aimed to raise money for home improvements for the Whittakers. However, some critics found the film exploitative and felt it perpetuated stereotypes about inbreeding in Appalachia. West Virginia, where the Whittakers live, is one of the poorest states in the US, with a high poverty rate.

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