Who are the Whitaker family and are they inbred? | The Sun
28th June 2022

FILMMAKER Mark Laita created a documentary which explored the real lives of America's most inbred family.

Meet the Whitakers, a family who lives in an isolated shack, which cuts them off from civilisation.

Who are the Whitaker family?

The Whitakers made it to the spotlight after a photographer named Mark Laita photographed them for his book, Created Equal, in 2004.

In 2020, Mark once again visited the family in Virginia, but this time he made a video of his visit, which went viral.

The video is titled 'Inbred Family – The Whitakers' and has amassed over 29 million views and 383 thousand likes on youtube.

The video showed the family with members of older generations living in a small town in the Appalachian region who work at their father's farm.

The video also highlighted how the Whitakers were struggling to make ends meet in their small house with their several dogs.

The Whitaker family is British by descent and initially included Ray, Lorraine, Timmy (only cousin), Freddie and an unnamed sister.

But sadly Freddie died of a heart attack a long time ago.

It is also believed that there are a few more individuals in the family who have not been addressed.

Are the Whitaker family inbred?

The Whitaker family are considered the most popular inbred family in the United States.

however, recent studies have revealed that their parents were cousins and not brother and sister as was earlier made to be believed.

Some members of the Whitaker family have mental and physical abnormalities. A few members only communicate through grunts and cannot speak. Some did not attend school.

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As of now, there has been no medical examination on the Whitakers, but there are claims that their health issues arise from inbreeding.

Where do the Whitaker family live?

The family resides in a town called Odd, located in rural West Virginia.

Neighbours are incredibly protective of the family and will chase away anyone who shows up looking to photograph or taunt the Whitakers.

"They are kind of protected by the neighbours and the relatives don’t like these people coming to ridicule them," Laita said on an episode of the Koncrete KLIPS podcast.

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Following Laita's visit, he created a GoFundMe to help the family make necessary improvements to their home.

So far, It has raised more than $46,000.

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