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Episode 247: The Lobster Boy Murders

2016-11-11 | 🔗

Join us today as we explore the world of the American carnival through the lens of the murder by and the murder of the 20th century's most famous sideshow act: Grady Stiles Jr, the Lobster Boy!

Ossuary 5 - Rest Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Waltz of the Carnies Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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very much so the real origin of his story is called the lobster boy murder. Now what a better way to leave the circus of politics in a fucking kill myself waited on ITALY. Did the circus of politics and in talk about the real circus? Now this is a fun Florida story, yeah which is great, and I think of all the things we could talk about right now in this state of Amerika is how this happens in Florida, twenty four seven not stunned at all that this blatant takes place in Florida right now. None of this is the aid. This might be the quintessential Florida tat. I think if you want, if you wanted space aliens to know exactly what Florida is all about, we would give them a story of Grady Frank themselves. Junior the lobster boy at our lot of our story comes from the book. Lobster boy friend rose leather problem, MRS that also with the name Mr boy, would you what do you imagine acute boy with a guy
on slowly being lured into a pot. Well, maybe there's a famous picture of a little baby, just as a lobster and a crowd put on the internet, but I look at what I want to smile like it's really really cute, but actuality. It was a three hundred pound perpetually drunk a man with no hands or legs who beat his family. With his stops and eventually was murdered himself as the lobster boyhood, not a cue baby, the crowd, Google images he wasn't a shade over two hundred. What are you talking about? Henry? I don't know, I guess you. If you had legs, but well, but if he was a real lobster, he'd be expensive. Cuba should have a real or Grady Franklin Cells, Junior, a K. A lobster boy was born in Pittsburgh. On July Eighteenth nineteen thirty seven styles was born with a condition known as extra deck, Tilly, more commonly known as lobster close and drawn I'm really good,
They didn't call Filippi flappy hand syndrome, because you would be insensitive. There would be insensitive. He sounds like the world's dumbest dinosaur. Doesn't look a dinosaur rode back to only two hundred pound carnival for it? Wasn't it wasn't at? This bold dinosaur friend in the movie land before nine peach tree and that they will extra deck. Tilly is a combination of the greek words, deck Telos and ex trauma and literally translates to finger abortion. To have it go and who is directed my birthday had a rough. The whole time will other famous people with extra deck Tilly are Soviet Chess player of Macao, all honestly perfect job for someone with the deep with that deformed. Because the pension hands great for chest pieces, but you know what it's bad for the piano
It true. Actually there was a famous pianist. She was south korean and she did have a productivity and she was quite right. I guess maybe everywhere. Ladies gentlemen, this song is called elephants going down the stairs, Bring her powerful and the other famous person with extra tactfully, actually a guitar? am led, vocalists of
French, black metal, ban nocturnal depression. His name is Cedric Gregori, a k, a Lord Lock raid. You girls want to come back stage and have some beers after the show where you go up up up up up. I love my music. I ate my no one. I don't want a necessarily make fun of people with electric to elect Electro deck. Tilling access, road electoral act throw deck till all about it is always a layer of ours will cover them. Please refer to it as its political emphasis. Particular Boehringer abortion. Yes, her books, I don't want to make fun of people with finger. Abortion spiritless, it seems like that, is a very difficult way to walk around, but specifically Grady Styles Right was a piece of shit, terrible Persia Abdel. Yet he had so it's a rear congenital. Before me, what is the exact thing that happens to the house?
since the feet. Well, the middle digit is missing. There is no middle finger and the remaining fingers the index finger and the pinkies and the point a finger and thumb are fused together, giving them the appearance of lobster clause. So they can flip you, the bird but is like life, telling them to fuck off interested yeah. Now great he was by no means the first styles to be born with his condition. The first was William styles born in eighteen, forty, but it was until Grady Style Senior came of age in the early nineties, hundreds, but the family entered the side. Show business are Grady Senior a k, a the lobsterman travelled across the country and charged a nickel again, but his home base was in Pittsburgh were greatly styles. Junior was born. I mean I do love this guy did what Henry often talks but flips it in reverse, as it he's looking at his hands. You like with any law,
go pay money to look at me now bill stare at me I mean what a genius idea think about how easy show business used to be you ain't, even have to have skills at least now lobster man would at least have to be funny or have a cooking. Shell would also be very funny him inside of it. I had thought but cooking outside of the body I was like a virus enrich you. I could literally be dog screaming May I just like all look at the walrus man eel yelled, you about a countless topics. Amuse me Don t you, like screamin its rigged over and over again side of a little box right. Well, I mean that those sideshow tradition by this point was centuries long. I mean I'm mice I am a bit of a sideshow freak scholar and well, I would gradually congratulations. I've been enough described will have been interested in. You know that the phenomenon of the side show freak. Since I was a kid like I love
this stuff and these people. Actually, this is that it was absolutely a flippant and reverse the type of thing, because a lot of these people didn't really Have a hell of a whole lot going on in normal life, lagree style senior couldn't really get a job. People didn't want him around, didn't want these people around in everyday life, so what they did? They join the circus. They join the carnival and a lot of these people granted some of them had absolutely terrible there were. Some people who paraded around their entire lives than after they died their owners pretty much their owners there's a woman, the ugliest from the world s name was Julia. Her own, After all, she died yet the man who married her, but pretty much own. He stuffed her and the baby that she died. Giving childbirth too, because the baby was just ass, ugly, ass. She was he paraded.
The her corpse around for decades after she died. But there is some people like the elephant man, Joseph Merrick, who, after having a particularly terrible childhood, eventually grew up till now. A a fairly it's a wonderful life, but he did ok, also the circus this was a really all inclusive kind of family. Eventually, like these people created credible societies of acceptance, words like yes, people were paying we need a common gawk at them, but then they get to the power of we We owe our appearance. We are using it for cash using it right who provide for families it just so happens to be huge. Did you know your job also a social pariah, which is why you have the buck within a world which is awesome, cause carnies also have strippers, and there is a hot women an freaks, but there are blocking each other, that's also. Well, I don't necessarily think strippers have to be hot.
I've been assemblies in Florida, there have on their own women, it's fun women, guy the tiny hands little people big fat, guys. Everybody's each other out, told people kiss. Will you we have been in a freak, show the second the world's longest match right yeah I. To let my head on fire again. Do you want get paid to do well. Early life growing up in Pittsburgh before he truly got into the Carney business, was pretty tough for good his father was on the road. With a carnival most of the year, kids constantly called him a freak and superstitious women would often spit in his presence to ward off the possibility of the lobster curse following them into their wounds, eventually the styles family moved from Pittsburgh down to Gibson in Florida, which was a wintering town for sideshow folk, where they would spend the opposite, and it was said to have the only
Post office in the nation with a counter just for dwarfs awe and that wasn't until deigning to veto in Rio, Perlman purchased their own post office and refit it to themselves door derelict. The mice talk, please squeak says if I very beauty in the beast lifestyle over there, but also what is very sweet about Gibson tentatively said you'd be. Was they had special licences where they were allowed to bring all of their circus equipment back to their homes? And so nude walk through this? Weird trailer park in Florida and would be like zebras, unlike weird like I was with Bible, eggs and when all these are crazy shit, just like outfit intrinsic, it must have a blast if it wasn't for all the unrepentant alcohol My regret is that a guy with five legs, if you know what I mean- that's big, Dick Tony, the cow he's one of our number was trash it's. What does it do with the big did not
Well, that's a shuttle. Lands are shown not all meet in it than elsewhere that it's the only trailer park in the nation or their camp swing around twenty four hours a day. It could have been a lot of fun now. It does also, then, as you say, that again makes me sort of sick. Fraid, not only my deal. Many wild monkey also being taught to smoking to drink because, that's for sure, but you got amorous monkeys. People also issued not guns cause they're havin fun, because this is how they party in Florida. The type move on. I can just imagine what their fuckin bank was like. Can a sold. It seems fundamental me to man now long before Grady Junior was forced to quit school and joined the family business as the lobster boy a name he would keep until the day he died and the Webster family went on tore as a popular part of the ten and one thing about this, was made to quit school, so
could join the carnival. No, yes, they were treated like mine starts, like people were screaming at them in a street afraid of them, but think about that is a boy you're fat little What you gonna legs, you, portuguese colony, is a little chestnut. You got big foot be flappy here and you just get to do a job, for I feel Europe is prepared, shovel, into the carnival. Those opposed to you like escaping to join the carnival. Those are two different thanks yeah, oh I will. I think he actually pretty dappling preferred the Carnegie car bolted like being spent on in Pittsburgh. That's a gloomy element. Everyone's one of the cardinal of bore louder than what the whole day by day. What we can do things belong in a cannibal here. All they could call me little capable with ten and won the greedy was a part of it was an old
carnival tradition in which people would pay a dime to see ten sideshow acts under one tent, and each act usually had Sultana cell, which is where the axe, We made most of their money on March, for example, the payers giant might oversized rings that fit his fingers and all Freddie. The frog boy would sell. A small book with his life story is recent: if you're fraud boy, what deformity is that of frozen for our boys, are they have nothing below the waste usually gets, also known as the half man or half warm? And yes, I wouldn't Gibson had a pretty famous half. Will I think you gotta have webbed fingers if you the b the fraud boy around what they were being a very exacting manage. It would be of rob well with other web figures that they still have Cox gap.
Well you're. That was actually most important motion has ever been asked and you can have the pathos dry with the ring spreading the frog boy with his life story or major d, the smallest man. In the world might even sell a tracing of his tiny hand, was the age I rather at ok. I like this drawing of a hand data, although for tender as you cut off onto you free Right, MR More is raised right. You pay dollar little, it's almost worth and you ten cents. I bet you, you could pay major drinks. Europe is a pocket whole face in your ass off three dollars of battery bugs back. Then, when the numerically anything. For that I show up to this time period, machine almost wouldn't do that get it. I'm sure I can use in one go frightened go to Gibsons in Florida, for funding to day
in nineteen forty two, whenever this was what does this time period of businesses in the fifties around the fifties? Good? This is like the boom time. Forty scrabbling, I may not accept by this time it was already on decline. I bring a hundred, dollar bill in there I should we're all of em. I bet you. I can have a totem pole of freaks blocking each other ass, the man and just also singing the Mcdowell seem I will teach them. Katy Parrys, roar, all of them, something in it. Man, that's you. Ok physical wasting time machine, but in every single one of these people and the term one they all had a should that they did and we ve actually got lots boy, spiel right here, Henry's gonna, recite it for us ladies and gentlemen, I am greatly styles, the lobster man, I am a product of a genetic conversion, yes, which had drawn in this style
family since eighteen, forty in scientific cirque, that is known as an actual battling actual dad is a genetic tradition of hunting, one and ninety thousand at birth, so I'm lucky babies born with the absence at the third legit and using together of the remaining fingers and toes into clause. Sometimes it affects all call em some times They have normal leg. I thought they were gone, finger abortion. That's the fund battle. They elect nickel for me to call didn't for me the name each one of my finger, abortion, money Grady besides being a popular part of that ten in one he fit in much better in gibsons in Florida than in Pittsburgh, but that wouldn't much to alleviate the burning rage in resentment that had settled M during his childhood years ago, he had
huge anger issues, because you know, of course, when he was abused as younger kids from everybody else. He got that he had this inferiority complex that settled deep, deep within him, but Grady despite having his legs in the knee, was by no means helpless. He could play baseball. He could write and he was said to be faster on his hands and most people were honest on their feet and, as will see later, he could even use a gun and he also came Hank Hills. Father on king of the hill, which is so excited and also see Look. He was really practicing on the gun bar heap does the gun alive? How did he get his finger because they are big? How did you get it into the place to pull the trigger Emmy lacking We have this around a lot, a practice yeah. It also just shows how much you couldn't do with Ray.
Yet what we are now learned as a country right, is it like a bit with rage and an feeling, small and degraded? You can do a lot of horrible shit, megan. Now, listen, that's nice! She'll commentary for the death as part of a new segment will be doing on every last pod gas at the left, Henry Commentary Corner. It is wonderful that labelling bed philosophy Luther lives like me, with sweat in based basketball, shorts screaming, but the rage at the country you have to be in a dog bed. Yes, because Grady depended completely on its upper body for movement. He was extremely strong and just because he couldn't make it
I didn't mean he couldn't not the fuck out of some machine and make a six inch, but China of Meat maternity leave is hate you, I know very bit of any, with accidently been smacked in the face by a woman's vagina middle of sexual equality of she's gettin up and you're, going down you vagina, faced first my hurts bone and early. Emma may move just happened. It's literally just tap simple on top It's a long story will save it for another time it was said that being hit by one of greatest clause is like being hit by a to buy for any always insisted on a formal handshake when he met anyone, so we could use his claws to crush the other. Persons have school, though, like it is a pretty good power move ass, his face move was to slap p
to the ground crawl over its quickly easy could in head, but the person in the stomach overt over and over again It is indeed your reaction, if that is happening usually You ve been rapid clause around the victims, throat and choke amount one way is how I fight by global, low centre of gravity, new below centre of gravity mean Jack you're, like that I squat, Downy Catholic, knock me over. I get you down on the ground to take to ground game pinch. You pinching pinch, Gretta parts, Gub, Gub boss. That's a big thing: big and fights But what's talk about how many glance, what do you know how many fight to be bedding Henry? Would you say three? That's a good number and the last time you were in a fight home in Atlanta when a dude grab babbling gonna grab and by the lapel on I pull them through. I pull them through the bark ornament old man hammered, though Closure of those are fires knew what it was,
Zeb as dramatic as the lobster boy. That's it Nevertheless, even though he was a tall incomplete bastard, it was also said that Grady could extremely charming and nineteen. Fifty nine Grady met Mary Teresa Herzog, a runaway who had joined the carnival at eighteen to escape and abusive and incestuous step father, you know, would also be a good move. Lobster boy and I wish you did- lie in the ground cry like Maybe saint come with me up. I can't get it to get close, then each of us think about that image, rapids and pretty good dratted where's rap now before Teresa gap with lady. She was married to arrest about named Jerry Plumber. Rest being the term for the guys who built up and tore down the carnival as they travelled from town to town Teresa, soon divorce, Jerry and caught the attention of lobster boy while birth both were working
a carnival called the world of mirth. What the elder getting energy added change it from the pocket of horror, what does world of mirth me? It means a World war, mirth happiness jet lebanese joy. We feel zone of the world of joy and then issues I got. I got no middle finger, you mean money is one of the world's most crooked man. My bones are fuse together is the world of joy? How I am smile, but this relationship was a bit of a star crossed lover affair, as Teresa was only a lonely ticket seller. Well, Grady was a carnival star above her say, fuck some. Yet you can't fuck some ticket seller, now under the star. Absolutely not so Teresa had a worker way up in order to be worth. The greatest affections. She worked from ticket seller
Bali, girl, meaning she stood outside tens and hollered about what was inside step right up that brought up how ya what you do you all she somebody big fat, many ear I see some her yoke Well, we all want to see something unfortunate right here in this ten in a dozen smell good, when you to pay, when you pay the nickel out of your hearted money to go spare, it is unfortunate human you will smile for second, but only out of Shouldn through joint freed after she was about a girl. She work your way up to blade box girl dodging knives. While she work your way up to having to dodge the world. Is the authentic articles? A strange place, I fully understand their quality and she p as the electrified girl. Were a woman is strapped to an electric chair and
special transformer that produces electrical current. That is high in voltage, but low and amperage, which was a lot of show, but no risk of shock perform that there be a whole lot of sparks. There be a lot of electricity finer on and she could even put a light bulb. That's cool thing about the electrify girl act is that she can put a light bulb up to her skin, especially made light bulb in that light, bulb would actually light up, is cool act you know, is the next big hit electrified girl Eileen WAR, no real and do the light bulb bent on foot. They may have
You're well gets your adopted home safely. Something special really is now that Teresa was indeed worthy enough for lobster boys affections after her electrified girl act took off the two moved in together into a trailer in Gibson turned with Teresa work and at a shrimp factory in Tampa during the season live in the true Carney life. Do you think I went home after working at the shrimp factory? She just felt she was Rebecca work without was just like shrimp, and I add a lobster boy. Can I get a break now now you go from just kind of a shrimp cocktail to nothing, but fine a lobster, all the most luxurious meets a two questions. What is a shrimp? it's the best place to work in Florida. It's. Ok, I guess a shrimp factories that that's where they can m or that there may be the only way. Maybe it's where they peel off all the crap for cocktail trim. I'm not really
what a shrimp factory does Albanos, tambos, fulsome ya and also No, this area of Florida, MRS ten miles south or beliefs, south of Florida of South of TAT, but- and this is a no man's land, especially at the time. This is this- is a rough swamp like part of America, It is a hidden from normal society. Could she was normal right like she had a normal body. Yeah quota quote normal. You tellin me the trailer park. Wife of the lobster boy who works at a shrimp factory, is in sort of an isolated area. That's not they're, not downtown Manhattan. I don't understand too. Is that what I do like, as this is also common thing over the way she was described as like, she had a fine figure how hot she was at the time he was Not we are talking. Lobster boys, wife, yes, the paramour of lot, sir boy. So after nine years of living together, the two got married, but life was awful with Lobster boy Grady was
alcoholic in a mean drunk his drink of choice, being seventy seven sure to only had her body. So people on the midway wooden see the bruises honour phrase. Their first child Margaret died from the after twenty six days, the second day it made about two days longer for also dying of pneumonia, presumably due to the constant travel and drafty trailers that they live. And during the carnival season. Their third child survived and was born without the lobster condition which may Grady resent her. Even more Grady would stay. Way on drinkin benches for days at a time to one of the two bars in the Gibsons, an area Harry's or Showdown USA out by the high were of course here. Of course he was a highway bar drunk civic kind in IRAN. Is you know it? It is doubly carnival is a carnival workers style. A drink, oh yeah sure Show TAT,
was a sound like it was owned by Captain Spalding Captain spending hours. Does I mean this is sort of a house of a thousand corpses type character here Oh yeah. Lobster boys yeah he's a horrific character. He's he's. I thought I would say, lobster boys a truly american character and specifically a truly Florida character he literally made his fortune by being gross. Yet everyone around him, crazy, no in Greece, dead finally show up back at home. He usually pass out in a pool of his own vomit in the hallway, before making it to the bedroom and one and sixty nine. The first lobster of that generation Cathy, was born, but it wouldn't be to keep Teresa around, who left Grady soon after Teresa had caught the attention. Harry Glenn, Newman, a k, a midget man Newman, was a welder by trade, but his height at a little under three feet meant that he
regularly inhaled much of the metal feelings that flew up whenever project he was working on, he tells respiratory and that the necessary decisions so unbelievably sat can't, even if you have a skill being welders, a hard job yeah, it's too a book. So yeah I mean he was good added to, but you know, because all the metal feelings flew into a long silence. He got recipe. Laurie problems and decided that the carnival was a better life which it kind was I'll, be give Europe a little person and then all day long, your leg, poison by cuz your about high note was poisoned by tiny pieces of metal. If you worked at the shrimp factory, he would be poisoned by far had another if their eaten the shrimp after Grady threw out Teresa and the kids one night Harry who developed sure, but Teresa move them to Ohio to live with his mother. Courtship followed aunt, Theresa,
fell in love with Newman, but in her absence, Grady had filed for divorce and since Teresa knew nothing about the proceedings and therefore didn't show up to any of the court dates. Grady got full custody of the kids. Despite being a horrific, drunk and abuse of father, I mean he did it on purpose. He did that to hurt her head. He knew tat, he would do he's a very bad human being and Harry was actually really good to her Harry right, our hair of her. He supported her. He don't you know the he wanted. The tv was taking care of their kids up untold Grady went through the default. The divorce, without letting her know about the court hearings in, and he just showed up and put the kids in the car and the way that it was described in the book is really very sad and also very intense b. Grady is a wild, drunk and very very physical and their talk. How did he would pinch with his claws
he just came in just grabbed his daughter by the hair, with the clause and just tossed her in the back of a pickup truck and he's also doing all just his hands no likes noodles, long he is. Is it he could remove an entire family from our house. Would most his hands behind them rival way could have been a good firemen. But I guess he's not, though more of an abusive drunk. I need that should probably have to step down the note. This point usually custody cases go to the mother, usually in, and this judge was like he's an exceptionally bad father gets up now what it's almost like. We should do the opposite of. What's right, just because it, so so so opposite becomes kind of IRAN. Goods good. Now, when the We return to gibsons and they found Grady had Ready re married to a hard drinkin skinny woman, with the sunken face and stringy hair named Barbara, didn't just
typical Florida Carney I mean this woman through and through typical. They said that she was very ugly and very stupid. Why you didn't scrubbers ugliest sunken face. I love a sunken fail. You know when you hear that first description of someone, because they all said that about this woman, Barbara Lucille, as at all, they could say it Duncan base stringy, hair and thence rough yeah. There's nothing. In your personality, you can at least be like she had wonderful, taste in shoes live inside that our great Ellie something positive now, even those that the great he was even crueler to Barbara than he was too Teresa. Barbara Gabe to another lobster Grady South, the third. Until I, twenty six nineteen, seventy six shortly after Grady, had moved the entire family back to Grace Hometown of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for Teresa. Part she was actually doing relatively well back in Ohio, Harry Glenn Newman had opened up a successful tire business? It was actually do in pretty good with it should also given
to a son, Harry Glenn, Newman Junior, a k, a Glennie, but she still, of course missed her other kids only attempt at seeing them came Christmas time and early eighties when she called up Grady and asked if she could have the kids for Christmas grace at sure come on over, but Mimi at the bar a few drinks beforehand, God which you just like you said you know the bar we go to. We always go to like he was trying to like the way he was the charm. Her is such a clause. Less no handed floored away, maids just like to bring to show tunes ping pong added. The posting I do show too, Teresa Green shut up with her husband and after five or so seven and Sevens Teresa Harry, followed Grady back to his trailer. She went, Kitchen, and make some coffee and when she came out, Grady was morning, a revolver, a revolver at her and her husband is Grady
put his other claw and his mouth and whistled the back door opened an inward. Greatest hired help. Please All fish ball, a k, a the fat. Man undesired hired his hired hand was the fat man, but fat man was her no shot Gun Grady Teresa overdue him slapped or with the claw and say, don't you. The me any more next time: a link, Yogi goin you'll tiny future husband of my eggs, and you son not do it. We recover my legs I, like you too, slowly drew rule that unless agreement either, I dig Tracy villains, but if there is no fluoride in the water, they are just don't be silly with. It feels like a sinner max shower yeah. We like the fat man comes out of the back with a shotgun I know he's being there in the way described is Glenn was
holding your baby nor all screaming those while he pondered or on the floor and the bad management loudly owing to shock and missile real yeah camp. If you're, the fat man, You get this girl, she gets electrocuted. You know she knew the whole life altering if you're the famine is we're just jealous that you don't do anything yet Batman, they just sit. That's all you do is fair. And yet he doesn't even yet the fat man doesn't enriched. By the way we saw a video of the fat man he's not that fat, not by Unita danger. Staters you just a man by his he's, just a guy who could still put an airplane seat. He'd have to buy it gets. You have made me by ye be uncomfortable know. What's best about all of this is that they could all vote. Isn't that right I mean I've. Gotta go that man a lot of credit, though now are you? What do you do? I'm fat man, ok, just improvise, that I live in the dream body here, Sir where'd, you know what I just quit my job. Now, I'm a fat man too,
What did he even eat? A copious amounts of food like during the show did he do anything special, I mean usually the fat man. Well, it all dependent like us. Sometimes there was the fat Ladys a lot of times they saying that will get out of there. That was part of their act because a lot of times they didn't just sit there. They had to have like that extra little thing like siamese twins alone, like there was some siamese twins. Camera with their names were, but they use till both play like the saxophone, like they played to different instruments. So a lot of my Grady styles was actually somewhat peculiar in that he didn't really do much you just can't. I sat there most of these people most worthy Sancho, performers, the did have like an extra bit of Zaire to him beside skill ass, their defended the outgoing at a shop they put on a shop when I saw a little bit of greedy style show its little. Yemen is gone like my,
Look at my that's really holidays and its people is going home. My word in a big words, just like you just has like you, ve, never seen a job for the person with disabilities. Where were you literally I've, never seen a person with disabilities images like politically flappy, critically, flapping come near anywhere near me? Unless you ve got an envelope, will Igerne Robin and opposition is well worth five up up up a couple years after the fat man shot gun incident does the eldest of the styles, children decided that she couldn't take even with Grady anymore and started. Looking for a way out. She was about fifteen years old. She thought she'd in that way out in Jaclyn, junior eighteen years old and ready to fuck Donna right away from home and after Grady found her. He called her up and told her. He had sent detectives. To find her and bring her home, and if they found her before he did
gonna sender, juvy and killed Jack in the meantime. Well done, I Donna thinking she was clever, told Grady that she was pregnant and then Jack wanted an honest woman out of her. In reality she was a virgin, but it was the only car that she had to play. Grady relented, sign a paper necessary for the fifteen year old girl to get married and the wedding It was set for September twenty eight thanks to Grady that wedding date would never be met? All of this is would have like a Nick cave song if it was played on a job. I really is now the day before the wedding was to take place. Grady when two Harry's bar and down a does and we doubles. But really himself home and starting on a gallon juggle whisky? He outlying around the house if he doesn't have any legs or whisky doubles. Likewise,
rebels up, I think, sell anything. So they turn into dog beards and also what was he had a wheelchair that he would use to get around in public because he stopped walkin on his hands. There was in the house, he'd were nothing but tidy. I've, seen him in flop around and justice hand, Screamin hammered all covered and sweat goodness Barbara in Jack, showed up after going assails department store to buy down his wedding dress. To see the great he's wheelchair had gone missing as it was apt to do from time to time when the tree volunteered to go outside, look for it Grady. Jack stay behind, say with me for a second set, my wanna talk to you about Donna, barber we're outside looking for the chair. They heard two gunshots ring out from the trailer when they got back to the front door they found Jack stumbling out bleeding and holding his chest. He collapse and down his arms and died. Donna
looked up to see her father standing on his knees in the doorway wearing own a brief smile and at her and when she asked him, why did it Grady said? Because I, I would add than I am is completely trustworthy. There's no denying that Grady charged with first degree murder facing the electric chair and obviously extremely guilty hired the lawyer named Anthony, do as his attorney fellow plan to try a self defense case and played up Grady Disability painting as a poor, downtrodden soul, who is baited into murder by an uncaring future son in law, who is gonna, take his innocent fifteen year old daughter away from him. As a boy I looked at the shoe store and all I would do its cry thinking. Oh, how I wish I could have a wing Tipp have a velcro shoe and then
as a older man. I'd go to their knees, store look at people staring into. There is no need to us. I I would go to the day the legs good days, my hands tossing dimes Adam Insurers, man, there was a hell of a shoe yeah Actually, what happened is that he put on one hell of a show, but that was only after the seller brought in character witnesses per Grady, including Priscilla, Nagorno, the bearded, Lady Anne Paul fish by the aforementioned town, fat man, angry performance was, of course, the best of all after arousing testimony in which greater used every showbiz trick. He learned from decades in aside shows he garnered. Of sympathy from the jury to get his charge reduced to voluntary Nan slaughter. And if none of this works on you, I can tell you one thing on the
Like Ireland S room, look at suckers on deck that isn't talents, while I do think it judges or room would be Dan aggravates character from nothing but rob this brochure. Not only did the charge is get does the voluntary manslaughter, but the judge, looking at the logistics of imprisoning the lobster boy and taking a new account, gratings cirrhosis from heavy heavy drinking at his emphysema from a sixty Pall mall day, habit, Judge sentenced eighty two, only fifteen years, probation and no restrictions to move about the country so because users chain smoking alcoholic, they took time off of a sentence. I dont understand anything. That's happened so far country in in Amerika. If you just clean to your vices: we
I'll take care of it. Just just really choose jewellery. A fat man be real big fat. Then we now you're, you got an act. I do I'm trying to think guess so, if you're, the judge your like, if he was a totally Bob worsen with extremely healthy. We put on Paper one in five years live he helped out society anyway, we put him in present the ethnic he's, a total scumbag complete, degenerate. Let's go easy on the guy fifty nears probe. I just don't understand what they thought that they they sit like while there's no way that will be able to incarcerate him enforced state prison he'd have to have his own god. The entire time there was pretty much just laziness. It was that it was just too lazy to actually put him in prison. Also it the same circus trick? It's the same exact own many use my disability to get things from what I want from people to use their hatred, their weird fucking, the judgment of me against them. Were now in playing the sympathy card so now
I'm doing is, is that I'm I'm showing you. I have this deformity that I have. I have this disability and what I'm gonna do then is you're to feel bad for me, cuz it this time. He literally also thought he was like mentally defective. They see somebody with no hands and he assumed he is like he is less understanding. He obviously is really fucked up. He had a hard childhood and they're just gonna, they're gonna be really easy on him to and another trick, where he's just like, actually use very cunning, very cunning, Europe little man, death and so great. Seizing the opportunity to go wherever he wanted in the country he took them fourteen thousand dollars he had raised to pay for his legal defence divorced
sunken phase, stringing, Herod, Barbara skipped, town and started a tin in one of his own with him as the star, and when you see skipped town, you mean literally up up up up it over the state logo. Florida like great great great, great, technically he hopped and escaped board and grabbed the back of a pick up. Very cool cubs. Wear clothes when this is wind. Teresa comes back into the picture, can see Harry Newman. A magic man had fallen fifteen feet to the ground on a welding job and hid. His bag. They have a we or even about why they do in the work of the. Down there worker. Why villages under European Union obviously started as a joke. Obviously, hearted is a cruel job in the world we're going on the roof furiously. He felt fifty feet.
Heard is back in that put him in a wheelchair most of the time and with a way to do any sort of welding work whatsoever. He lost his tire business and had to get back into the carnival game. So Teresa Donna who admit, and with her mother after the whole murderer business with her fiance and her father heresy. An Harry Junior, a k, a Glennie went out. On the road, and this is where Glennie becomes. A larger part of this tale thing is to know about Glennie little slow, hadn't, q of seventy nine hovered, just above that mentally challenge line. But that did not stop from coming up with his own side show act. Glare, became a blockhead. You know it I get is:
It's a good burrito restaurant. What else could it be? Maybe Amazon ales into his face? Oh, I thought he read, Socrates and try to inform the people in the last week. As now, what a blockhead is all it's like. It's like a us too. It's like up a very bad stereotype version of what a mentally challenge person would do is a job, Homer, Simpson, type habits stuff into his inner space. It had not come up with an active, literally smashed into space into wall. Somebody laughs and he's like yours they'll blockheads hammer nails into their nasal sinuses without ever drawing any blood. That's the whole! I that's a tough thing to do. Is I mean really it's not that tough? You just have to find the right spot, but people do it all time people did all the, but that normally you take part of Europe,
yeah great, like I've seen people do modern circus excerpts, really cool. They do really intense blockhead stuff where they, you know they nail their face, but also its oftentimes mixed up with a lot of things because they want to show. That's the whole point of the billiard room and how to do this huge is, did this out of pure just lots of you just got a nose holes, big enough and also Glenn a sort of the Brendan Bassi of this wholesome area Brendan dashing from making a murder where he is the unheeded unfortunate that gets dragons. This whole scenario, Lieutenant blockheads. The unfortunate one will actually waiting. I would argue against that. Glennie is the engine that drives this entire thing: posture, yeah, glint Glenn. Is doubly he's eating, get dragged into those Glennie put himself right in the middle and eventually the whole Newman family moved back to smoke. Pennsylvania were Grady, was close by in Pittsburgh in there Teresa started getting tired of taking care of her wheelchair bound husband and, despite having a relatively stable, I've started thinking about her ex husband
once again, Grady, had sobered up pledge to make himself a better man saying he's not going to drink anymore. He wasn't gonna waste. This second chance. Life Teresa believe that whole heartedly remarried the lobster boy and moved back, to Florida with them outside Oki Okeechobee, you break up with somebody delete the number now than they can change. No, they never changes the only really want to move to Oki Jovi. Don't you don't believe in love? This is such a Florida thing all right. This is such a floor, thing. I don't know why. I don't know why people divorce somebody and then marry their cause in and get married in their ex husband cousin, and then they divorced a cousin and they go back at all those drama. It's like Facebook without Facebook them also flirt with each other and its I get
job anywhere else. Why didn't help? Why would you gonna Okeechobee? I love Okeechobee. It seems like a fun place. Emmy, it's almost like they just kind of forget about what had happened about five or ten years earlier, even Dinah, whose fiance was murdered by this. Man of Europeans they all the day before your wedding. She forgave Grady. After He gave his blessing for her to marry a different dude from oak. A chill b is due named Joe MILES. He said like yeah, he gave her three hundred bucks. There does. It said, Cure Mary, this asshole and that's it that's it. That's good thought everything I'm so proud of Joe provoking Showbiz a grand. I I'm happy. Lobster boy gave this weird stuff, of the Christianity is,
Oh shit, I dont think really is judged any of these people, and so the family was back together again without a married Teresa living with Grady and no booze inside wait till I set about last and three malignantly lasted throw monument ay everywhere. Grady was back on the sauce harder than ever and just as violent. If not more so I mean it's it's when you're addiction is seventeen seven's every time you see the number seven I think about booze and how many times you see it is to end its also, though it's locked numbers because for them it was very unlucky, not right yeah. Now DE ninety two Grady at fifty four years old, decided to take the show back out on the road with himself as carnival impresario never should have been any tough job. Title called emperor are definitely not now daughter, Cathy and her husband ran the animal oddities exhibit, which featured a two headed raccoon, indifferent types of shrunken animal heads science like that
Donna in Joe ran the gorilla show, which is when you get, beautiful lady to dress up as a jungle woman, a wild woman of the woods, move, your talker that's the guy to step up come see the girl, a woman. He would love her into a trance and then they pull back switch, your room and a guy dress, as a gorilla would appear in the woman's place, and that was a whole. That was the whole thing is that I wasn't really has tied a beautiful woman Angela. We noted didn't do that. We knew that we do not end only thing, that's one The whole thing is that when they shot poor on four Her own back was turned back into the beautiful woman that he started as an interesting and Professor Morty who open for us in Atlanta. My good friend chain Morton did the same trick for us yeah
That's right, yeah the girl was a troika. This one gets me, I'm not sure about. This. Grady ran the ten and one which featured a human pincushion glinting. The blockhead settee the snake Queen Lord Swaller and greedy, the third as a second lobster boy, with care, being the third lobster girl and great himself as the drunken saw of the lobster family and he was a risk with him. What he would do is all before the show he would make Grady the third and is daughter where these big mittens, so nobody would actually see their lobster clause because he jog your government alone for re alive. Why are there entire go on the back garden summer and I will say not much has changed about showbiz, though little it's just like the big question is: do we
really need to lobster boy? I didn't we do the others sir Boy Little Grady and then Cathy's that actually there were three lobster people the lobster family do we know human pincushion was a descendant of Albert Fashion because I think that would put him over the edge that makes this time wanting fond of you all view. This is. Torture are now, which is all the more shocking non tariff pleasures more nickel navigating more neck old, I'm sick of their monologue, opening their Bally man for this ten and one was a young performer who called himself Merman the magician he was good lookin. On her blue eyes and a mustache. She was a fire eater. He was a magic man. He was well spoken. Everything you'd want good Bally man? Merman was the greatest up? nation was sloppy one as Merman an Joe of the gorilla show would often bought heads in an all came to a night in all came
Go ahead, one night in blocked in Massachusetts, a town so tough a corny got stab at night for not not mustard on a guy's hot dog westward orchid crises will put enough monster. My hot dog, I swear, thought right. A stab somebody up a little. I'm gonna Amara here trigger. Alright, I swear to God someone smells my name wrong in a Starbucks CUP, Macgregor Crossbow in there light up the room all right I don't know if you rightly that publicly I urged the colony was making a hot dogs to where's cards to this. The performer current, noticed the homework yeah there's a hot dog, Cardy yeah? This is just get around about you forget that there are hot dog authorities. Get you know, there's a whole is a whole thing, corny infrastructure. Yet I know a lot of jobs is job creators. Wouldn't you see again a year from now when half this country is colonies.
It will be of the ombudsman. I can't wait to be dog boy. Marcus is also going to be a sort of dog boy. Sudden gazelle you're gonna be a great help. And table, he's. Gonna lie down on to like getting what are those like, but the horse with a horse. He thinks little triangles. Yes, oh yeah pump pummelled far worse. Or Rio. Kizil wisely a life that enables Europe. Yes, what do I do put food on him. You put like food like trays like a big feast like an hook, but you the food actually on it and the people pay to eat. Will you go arm? Draw stood three bore all I'm not a ma Grady me quite a bit here to degrade myself. I'm gonna be a geek it circle, or a nerd, a circus geek. As someone who sits in a pit
and they throw down chickens and snakes and frogs- and I just remember heart with my bare hands and then you can eat m. Rather, you just bought the poor blood all over yourself on you, just throw me snarl and all the norm ease up set up top the norm is enormous. Advocate a Lord year, I'm gonna, be it a pit in the heads off alive chickens? You mark my words. Ok want this too much. I have come back. Of being the human table that I can have the joke less dialogue of early. You can imagine what it would be like you shit, your own. I don't you haven't they have well, then, building a few extra nicholls. They want to see that our actions, I'm meant to be the tiniest bite or man well, this whole view between Merman and Joe. The gorilla show came to a head one night when some powerful, when some promoter put
the gorilla, show in the ten and one right next to each other, which is a bad move in the carnival business, because you got Joe out front yelling for people to come in and see the gorilla show you merman the magician sit right next to him, tell him to come in and come into the ten and want the monies both going in the same place. But it's all about pride so that night it did actually come to blows and Joe almost killed merman but Merman survive and it was merman who noticed the Teresa every I was skimming money from the cash drawer, double counting cash from a bit your hundred, so she could short changed the marks wherever she could, because Teresa with saving up this, is where the plot to murder Grady began started off as an
almost casual conversation between Teresa an Cathy Lobster girl in July of nineteen. Ninety two escalated from there. First person they asked was arrested. Named Marco YE know who had attacked. On his upper left arm that said car power up. It's a girl power, but it smells more. Like body mean what is it? and even an awesome tat. You are really want. I want that, if I were to have one that's incredible: it's a pretty great tend to like Cornea Sata Power Q and be able to tell Joe very ADA. Actually did think it was a joke and he refused Jakarta, yeah sure. Whatever and so the lobster family had wait until they got back to Gibson to Florida define their man there. Man was Chris. Why It was a seventeen year old, juvenile delinquency who like to tell
was friends, buried already murdered a whole bunch of people and dry by shootings heard this tough guy got around the Glennie and more a member Seventy nine iq on this guy were yes, so he's not necessarily gotta brain like us. Trap is a blog it now, if you and to greater stalls the third who came out publicly about the murders just a couple of years ago, the homeward for higher thing was just a misunderstanding. He says that the cap through conversation between Teresa and Cathy, was just that talk and Glenn. Note that conversation that casual conversation overdue Chris Wyant, whom understood Glenn when Gladden said Santa it's gotta be die. And that is when Chris, why it for currently went and Look I've gone to lobster boy, but Glens later confession told a very different story after
Oh haggling aim. Without the knowledge of Teresa crew my aunt, agreed to murder lobster boy for either fifteen hundred dollars or three hundred dollars, depending on who you listen to the big several hundred dollars. Just like a million dollars in corny about did their eyes just go crazy. Like a cartoon rabbit, Zena woman that you, like WWW, Google, three hundred bucks now weak went by without Chris doing the deed. But on November twenty Ninth- ninety ninety two Glenn Newman went over the Christmas House and told him that if he didn't kill Grady that very night Teresa, we're gonna go to the cops and say that wine had broken into their trailer and stolen. The fifteen hundred dollars thing was Glennie didn't actually tell his mother about the murder for higher plot until about eight p m the night of but her all board for the plan once key told her about it. They left the House at eleven p m that night leaving Grady Drunkenness recline her watching a video,
the ninety nine to Jack, Ruby, Bio, Pick, Ruby S and you're on apparently ages date. It's so dumb Literally, we gotta go see about a baby mesothelioma that, yes, there are literally single, walk out. We're gonna go check on a baby, eleven o clock at night you're like we're just gonna, step out, but apparently gravy was so enraptured by the movie. Ruby was drawing he kissed her oh yeah. He was out of his mind, but at least it, but that's what he does right. Is that apparently his favorite thing in the world, was this shit is underwear initial chair watch, tv all night because it was so high hit. Em cause tree says that he had high blood pressure, so he'd get over heated, so he could wear clothes, and so they are built the door open and little breeze who had come in and comfort him in the night. Oh no end before you think the Teresa Glennie or the heroes of his tail taken down a horribly abusive husband history, they left Grady, the third who is it
age that time they left him sleep in the other room, because Grady was Barbara Son, not Teresa son, because if Grady oh great. He had woken up right after the gunshots and wrung out Chris wipe probably would have murdered him as well, because of course, little Grady was a witness spot. Thankfully, winds What's happened, Grady opened his eyes for a second figured. It was another vial mishap between his step, mother and his father- and he went back to sleep, he is, What does leaders will always gunshots trading and he said fuck it. I'm gonna get an extra ten This is out happen. Chris my walked through the back door. Walked up to Grady, as he sat in his were shotgun three times in the back of the head, killing him instantly and putting end to the law and career of lobster boy. First on the scene treated it as a fairly routine robbery, but
We notice that nothing. It actually gone missing, including gratings, while that was overflowing with cash. Nothing at all on he did know measures whatsoever to try to have our Jonah did not do it three you're dollars not well spent and also when cops interviewed the family. They found that not a single one of them seemed particularly upset that greater was dead, they also found suspicious that Glennie and Teresa had left the house moments before the murderer, arrive, cops, figured we good reason, the Glennie, the blockhead would be the treatise shake on this one. Yes caught us off Very you might have been big talker. Him immediately is like. I can't believe, the horrible tragedy that method I certainly am not party to it. Maybe I could be, though, didn't I'm gonna. Do you say it all along? I didn't say it out loud.
Hold them and gave him a detector test and when they told Glenn that he lied about the questions regarding lobster poise, death, Glenn folded, asked or in a circus ten. After a kid gets killed on a ride. Cobb's in Teresa next who, just as quickly confess, to having prior knowledge of the murder and Christmas. Was arrested soon. After all, three were charged with degree, murder and conspiracy to commit first degree, murder and all free. Were convicted. Teresa at twelve years for manslaughter but was later freed on appeals Chris. Why GUT seven years for second degree, murder and hair Glenn, Newman Junior, the human blockhead got life in prison where he still sets to this day, Brianna Blockhead
mean the lobster. Man only got fifteen months or fifteen years probation for his help. We have big say wait. I guess these guys were quite sad as lobsterman while they weren't quite aside as loud lobster. Man and the people of Gibson didn't take to kindly to them murder and one of their own yeah I mean it was also said that you know, if Teresa had done it herself, then they might have gone a little easier honor, but because she got blockhead son, to hire some seventeen year old kid to do it is no real sympathy for them. When you hear the word conspiracy oftentimes, you think of an elaborate scheme, you know, concoct in the basement with very intelligent minds, but this was more or go check a baby that was pretty much the plan It seemed to work, it does seem, would start early. Probably very similar to nine eleven. How it was put together you're gonna be ok, Mr Janey
I gather that the sale of the lobbyists are boy murders. This I want to join the card of in a carnival sounds like a lot of fun. It is a lot of fun. I don't think there's any difference between levels of show. Business I think get like carnivals are the same as us is the same as people on television. It's like it's all, just what we got the bug and nine so well. I like that about carnival life, but Florida never got any better. Now Now now, I'm in there's a couple more sources for this there's one call. I there's one book that I absolutely love. If you can find it told the big book of freaks to part of the factoid series It's by this guy Gay hand, Wilson into big anthology. Pretty much just side show freak stories and it's all like little short, like three or four page comic books about all these wonderful psycho free throughout the years. And I'm a big fan of it. I really enjoyed this when this is cool. I only read books that are authored by a man named gay hen,
I have said before, and I will say it again and I will continue continue to say it. However, one thank you so much for listening episode has been an interesting week. This fond departure from the reality is I mean this is Emily cell reality and- and that's also Sumner remember Here- was there when, when everyone's feel, how worried about what's what's coming up? Next, just remember America's always been fucked up. Yes, we ve always been fucked up and it's always at the very core is fucked up. Yet this whole countries built on them graveyards of a million native American, so started there. So you remember that and if you, every daily upset a thing that really helped me in I know there are a lot of people that listens to the shore, afraid of things that may change over the next couple of years, which I understand, if you really want, I feel better and nothing that I didn't make myself feel better as I donated to plan parenthood in the ACL you and if you are there, other pay,
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small woke up to or so hung over it. I looked at her. I thought I was gonna lose. My toes, I completely forgot, know he'd gotten on paint. You know why you're so yet button away or item I paint your toenails is like this. Like amazingly debaucheries thing till we would all your thing your usual, it's just the Earl all swollen out. I've done it all that I've done at many high speed rail and easy my entire body gold for fun. Much about it. You could die if you do that by the way you actually do do survive, but that's my that would be my carnival direct AIDS himself. Gold has not guacamole the gods, I gotta say thank you to people of Seattle. We sold out numerous where to become in here and just about a month we're gonna be coming to see. There is
our only Pacific Northwest show that store has tickets. Is the early show in Portland, gotta, cave company, radio, dot com, slash, live to get tickets for that we ve also added in early show for Boston, because we sold out the first when pretty quickly again gave company rio dot com. Slash live is where you get take so that all these shows you gonna sell out. So if you want to come and see us live here very soon, don't sit on your hands. Sir we're company or town soon, man we're coming to a whole bunch of places and twenty seventy it's gonna be a weird things weird. It's gonna get really weird everybody, while greedy styles can learn how to shoot a garden with slobs our hands. We can make it through the next four years. I think we can be inspired by the all right, so fine, Marcus parts on twitter at markets, parts Instagram the same Henry loves you and it's on Twitter and Doktor Van Tasty on Instagram have been castle on Twitter. Still do not use is Doran, but I've been getting one
and also have to think all of our friends in midtown scholar who sent us a gigantic new shipment of books that are very cool. They sent me something special both to open on air. They're be Jerome rural plea, the diary of the Deep sea sniper money money. Yes, I remember looked a time in class and he looked at me and I was like I knew we were going to kiss. We were one day in the auditorium, restroom our pockets ransacked and all our lunch money so- and this is going to be really find. This is gonna, be fine. Yet thank you, midtown scholar take everyone. There Vincennes we're both. We love, you guys, yellow great failure on everyone a thin and pale and hugging algae gain. Tell me I'm sick moment bed uncovered and covered muggers Lessons.
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