Hairy men and their fate
Petrus Gonsalvus (1648), the first recorded case of hypertrichosis. Ironically, many of the bearded and fully hairy men and women, despite the frightening appearance, had their personal life, they were married and quite happy. In the entire history of medical observation, since the Middle Ages, about 50 cases of hypertrichosis are registered in the world. It seems that now the disease has become more prevalent. According to official statistics, nowadays 19 people whose face and body are covered with thick hair, live in the world. There is no treatment for Congenital hypertrichosis in modern medicine. Shaving and hair removal do not help, hair grows again and again.
Peter Gonsalvus was born was born in 1537 in Tenerife. He married, and his children inherited his father’s illness. He lived in the French court of the monarch Henry II. He was born on the island of Tenerife, and was called the Hairy Man of Tenerife.
In peasant Kazan province Tetyushsky County Vasilisa Fedorova (observed in a Moscow clinic by professor Mansurov) grew with real beard and mustache.
Alice Elizabeth Doherty
Alice Elizabeth Doherty was born on March 14, 1887 Minnesota, USA, in the ordinary family with healthy, beautiful children.
At birth Alice’s face was covered with silky blond hair about two inches long. Parents were shocked by the news – the girl had congenital hypertrichosis. Although the general view, Alice was a sweet, playful child. She was curious and active.
One admirer, writer of Waukesha, Wisconsin, wrote: “the blue-eyed babe gorgeous as frisky kitten, but shows intelligence far beyond her years.”
Alice Doherty began her career at exhibitions at the age of two and began to bring money to her family. Many people wanted to look at the unusual girl. Demand quickly dictated the organization of big tours in the Midwest. Alice exhibited in over a long period of time. Wandering from city to city, Doherty’s family could make a comfortable living. Alice was called “American Werewolf”.
“This curious little girl seems to be particularly interested in the ladies …,” wrote one correspondent to participate in the building of Alice Carter in Decatur, Illinois, “… they are remarkably intelligent, precocious, child …
Some of the ladies were so excited about the girl, they thought that facial hair had been created artificially. But they were surprised to find that the hair on the face of Alice grew as thick as the hair grows on the heads of ordinary children. The baby’s face was round, and it would be quite attractive if it was not hidden under almost white hair.
Sometime between 1900 and 1910 the family moved to Dallas Alice, Texas, where Alice Elizabeth Doherty was retired in 1915, was content with her life and financial comfort.
Father and son Evtikhiev
Just like his father Fyodor, Adrian Evtikhiev performed in Barnum, both suffered from a rare disease – hypertrichosis, their body and face were covered with hair.
Fyodor Evtikhiev was born in 1864 in St. Petersburg. Better known by his nickname Jo-Jo, or “boy pesey face” a long time acted in the show, achieved fame. As stated in the advertisement presentation: Werewolf “found in the forests of Kostroma, where he lived with his father in the well. Fyodor was forced to bark and growl at the audience to enhance his resemblance to a dog.
Fedor was a well educated man, spoke Russian, German and English, toured to Europe and the United States. He died in Salonika, Ottoman Empire (now part of Greece), from pneumonia on January 31, 1904.
Lionel Bilrouki, the Lion-Faced Man, a native of Poland was popular at the end of the 19th – the first quarter of the 20th century. He was born in Poland in 1890
Her ears and nose were unusually large, she looked like a gorilla. She was very small – only 138 centimeters tall. Describing her appearance and character, Charles Darwin, mentioned that, despite of the ugliness, Pastrana was a wonderful dancer and was kind and welcoming.
Julia was Mexican. It is believed that the child was found in the woods of the Sierra Madre, where she was left by her parents.
Her tours in Germany and the UK were a great success. Julia was brought to Russia in the summer of 1858. In the newspaper “Moscow city police Vedomosti” appeared the announcement: “In the Garden “Hermitage” on Thursday, July 3, great entertainment and a musical evening, in the capital arrived well-known phenomenon Miss Julia Pastrana for the first time will have the honor to appear before the Moscow public. Price for input 1 ruble 50 kopecks silver per person. Children pay half”. Julia Pastrana gave a dozen concerts (not mentioning the “courtesy visit”) in Russia.
Strangely enough, but by the time Julia, who became a well-known, had received many offers of marriage. However, they were rejected because the men, according to Julia, were not rich enough. Her impresario Theodore Lent wanted to marry her as soon as possible. During a tour in Moscow, which began in 1859, Pastrana became pregnant and in 1860 gave birth to a child by caesarean section, he was also all covered with hair. The child only lived for three days (according to other sources – 35 hours) and Pastrana died as a result of obstetric complications five days later. Theodore Lent contacted Professor Sukolov from Moscow University, asked mummify his wife and son, and then they put the mummy in a glass case to keep the exhibition. He continued his tour with mummies, making money on them. At first he tried to exploit the idea of exhibiting mummies in science fairs in Russia, but he was refused on the grounds that it had no relationship to the purposes of science. In 1862, two years after his wife’s death, he successfully held them in England, where such shows had no limits. Soon, however, interest in the mummies was gone, and then they were transferred to a traveling museum of curiosities.
Later he found another woman with a similar appearance, married her and named her Zenor Pastrana, also exhibited in tours and represented her as Julia’s sister. He returned the leased itinerant museum mummy of his wife and son, and began to put them on display, along with his wife alive!
Eventually he settled in St. Petersburg in 1880 and ended up in a psychiatric hospital. Zenor also moved to Munich in 1888 and claimed the ownership of the mummy, finally getting them back in 1889, put them together with a parade on the anthropological exhibition organized by B. Gassner.
In the end, the man sold the mummy in 1895 at auction, to the big circus in Vienna. Zenor married another man. Mummy soon disappeared from public view. They were introduced in Norway in 1921 with a certain Mr. Lund, who showed them in his “room of horrors.” In 1943, during the occupation of Norway, the troops of the Third Reich, the Nazis decided to destroy the collection of Lund, but he managed to convince them that the demonstration of “female monkey” will be able to bring good money for the coffers of the Reich, and eventually the mummy of Julia and her son were shown publicly in occupied Norway.
Mummies had been exposed till the 1970s, when there began numerous protests against the government in connection with the proposed tour with the mummies in the U.S., and they were removed from public view.
Vandals broke into the store in August 1976 and disfigured child mummy. The remains of it had been eaten by mice. Julia mummy was stolen in 1979, but was kept in the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Oslo since the body was discovered by police, but not recognized.
It was discovered in 1990 and located in a sealed coffin at the Department of Anatomy of the University of Oslo in 1997. In 1994, Norway Senate recommended to bury her, but the Minister of Science decided to keep the body that scientists could study. To gain access to the remains of Julia Pastrana requires special authorization, it was available only to scientists. The Norwegian government has recently decided to return the mummy Pastrana to her historic homeland.
Hairy men and their fate. update February 17, 2013:
“Ugliest woman of the world” was interred on Tuesday, 12th February, 2013 in her homeland of Mexico. More than 153 years Julia Pastrana frightened people as an museum exhibit. The funeral of one of the most famous Mexican became possible thanks to the efforts of the artist Laura Anderson Barbato, who for 10 years led a trial with Norwegian authorities for the issuance of the remains of Julia. According to her, put a dead person, who during her lifetime was the exhibit, just ugly and she is eligible for burial as all normal people.
Hairy men and their fate. Percilla Bejano monkey girl. Percilla Bejano – the most famous “female monkey” of XX century.
Percilla Lauther has been known by many names. First as a “shaggy little girl,” then as “monkey girl” and, finally, as Percilla Lauther, when future faithful loving husband Emmitt Bejano, the Alligator-Skinned Man, entered into history of a traveling circus.
Hyper-trichosis bonus was that the girl had two rows of teeth in the mouth, they made her very charming and attractive for dentists and other scientists. Percilla’s mother and father went to New York for a consultation with international luminaries of medicine, but the father of the girl managed to get away with sensible idea – to show his daughter to the public for money. Percilla’s father was very greedy and did not speak English. Soon after her father was shot in a drunken fight, Percilla’s stepfather Lauter adopted the girl, giving her his last name. Carl Lauter was a caring and loving stepfather, Percilla was given a good education, she had ability to sing and dance.
Gypsy Rose Lee & Percilla Bejano, 1949. In the late 1930s Percilla met a freak-show fellow Emmitt Beja, who shocked the audience with his thick scaly “alligator” skin – he suffered from ichthyosis. Between them began a whirlwind romance, and they married in 1938.
Emmitt and Percilla joined the circus as “The strangest married couple in the world” before the end of 1950. Then hid from the prying eyes of the rest of life and lived in Florida, in love and harmony. After the death of Emmitt, in 1995 , Percilla shaved for the first time. Old woman with a monkey face took part in several television shows memoir, won the hearts of millions of viewers by singing her favorite song, “Long Way to Tipperary.”
Supatra Sazufan has a disease that affects one person in 10 billion. 6-year-old girl, known as “Nat” in kindergarten in Chinatown, Bangkok. Nat has congenital hypertrichosis, a rare genetic anomaly that is characterized by excessive growth of hair on the face and body.
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