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The Most Famous Freak of the 20th Century (22 pics)

Posted in Pictures   9 Apr 2010   / 35550 views

Well-known American sideshow performer and actor, best known as Schlitzie Surtees for his role in the movie Freaks, was possibly born under the name of Simon Metz in the New York’s community Bronx in 1901. According to other rather “mystical” sources, he was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Maybe that’s why many of the circus posters billed Schlitze under the title “The Last of the Aztecs”.

 

According to many sources, Schlitzie had to wear a dress to hide diapers (he had incontinence). The idea to present him as a girl appeared later on. Schlitzie often was dressed in a muumuu in public.

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At those times microcephaly was very popular in carnival business. People watched microcephalics as if they were aliens.

 

Mircocephaly is a disorder that leaves people with very small brain, skull and a stature. Schlitzie had the cognizance of a 3-year-old child.

 

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The history doesn’t mention Schlitzie’s birth parents. They were probably drunkards or beggards, and most likely sold their sick child to a sideshow.

 

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People who knew Schlitzie said he was affectionate and sociable person. He enjoyed dancing and singing.

 

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Throughout his life-long career, Schlitzie was a major sideshow attraction.

 

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Comments (15):

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wizard 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I guess the guy lived a happy life making people laugh and being famous and all. I'm not so sure if he'd be treated any better if he hadn't been famous. sad n_sad
       
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john doe 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
so this is how a jew looks like
       
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briere 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
thats amazing
im glad he was happy :)
       
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Claudia 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
most people don't reach 70 .. most normal people
       
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asdfgasg 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Jew for sure. Nice genes he inherited.
       
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Jesper 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Why the heck is he wearing a dress in all the pictures
       
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M 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
He looks really sympathetic. Since the choices for him outside the circus would have been a mental institution or something similar at that time, and he seems happy with the circus, perhaps the circus, and being shown as a freak was better for him anyway. He looks happy in the pictures at least.
       
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Tommy G 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
so this is how a jew looks like


This is how your mom looks like.
       
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4down2 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
He made the best of his Life ! dance3
       
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Peanut 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
John Doe....you're an ignorant ass.

Circus folks look after each other. They would have made sure he was cared for.

Jesper...He was incontinent (no control over your bladder and/or bowels). Wearing a dress would hide the diaper he had to wear.
       
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diegopol 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
cute
Vizça el Barça
       
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smash1 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
clever 36 n_what n_no 36 clapping 36
       
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incognito562 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
he lived a better life here than he would in a mental facility so thats good, he seemed to be having fun n_winked
       
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pennyL 6 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
asdfgasg,

john
       
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L. 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
How come HE is wearing a woman's dress...?
       














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