Updated: Jan 13, 2022
An inbred family is typically associated with some creepy weirdos from up in the mountains who are cross-eyed and have few teeth, which is pretty much exactly what you'll get in the following video.
But the thing is, you don't really believe that there are that many inbred people out there in real life – they're just from the same part of your brain that dreams up your favorite horror movies and 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (which is apparently based on true events) – so seeing them up close and living their lives in reality is going to make you feel extremely uncomfortable. The interview was filmed by Soft White Underbelly and is, to be honest, a difficult watch, but it is worth it if you have the time:
With the exception of Timmy, who is a cousin, all of the people in this video are brothers and sisters. No way could I confirm that the Whitaker parents were related, but given that this is a common occurrence in this part of the country and that the Whitakers are the most extreme case I've seen so far, I'd be willing to bet that inbreeding was at least partially responsible for the mental and physical abnormalities that were observed in Lorraine, Freddie, Ray, and Timmy.
To be clear about my interaction with the family, I brought them pizzas and soft drinks and treated them with respect, which goes a long way in southwestern West Virginia, where the average yearly income can be as low as $12K in some counties, according to the American Community Survey. This was my fourth visit to the family, and I've given them a financial gift on each occasion.
I mean that is just sad really isn’t it? The family is completely messed up and just sits around all day in abject poverty grunting and growling at each other and that’s pretty much the best they can hope for with their lot in life.
I hope their parents/whoever gave birth to them (not sure of their relation to one another you see) are happy. Not really sure why they don’t just end this cycle as it doesn’t seem like anyone is gaining anything from it.
I know the guy said that he wanted to film something that nobody has ever seen before, but I can’t help thinking he’s being a bit exploitative here. I guess we all are by watching it though hey? So it goes.