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Schlitzie Surtees - The Most Famous American Freak (22 pics)

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Schlitzie Surtees was born in 1901 and became famous after his role in the movie Freaks (1932).
Schlitzie's true birth date, name and location is unknown.
But it's believed that he could be born in Bronx, New York, Santa Fe, New Mexico or Yucatan, Mexico.
Schlitzie had microcephaly, a neurodevelopmental disorder that left him with an unusually small brain and skull, a small stature myopia and moderate to severe mental retardation.
He had the cognizance of a three year-old.
He was performing the sideshow circuit till his death at the age of 70 of pneumonia.


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№1 Author: Louie (12 Apr 2010 01:44) Total user comments: 8186


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№2 Author: QueenFaw (12 Apr 2010 02:59) Total user comments: 51


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He looks so smiley :)
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№3 Author: shimaa (12 Apr 2010 05:08) Total user comments: 0


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don't call him a freak. that's mean, it's not his fault he was born like this
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№4 Author: salsapopo (12 Apr 2010 10:29) Total user comments: 12722


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№8 Author: galz (12 Apr 2010 17:12) Total user comments: 2043


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№9 Author: Cindy (12 Apr 2010 17:45) Total user comments: 0


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why would they dress him up as a girl always :( that's mean
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№10 Author: Shay (12 Apr 2010 18:33) Total user comments: 1223


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№12 Author: sara (12 Apr 2010 23:22) Total user comments: 10


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i at least appreciate the fact that he almost always looks really happy.
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№13 Author: MathIsHard (13 Apr 2010 02:01) Total user comments: 1404


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as long as he was taken care of, and treated at least somewhat decently
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№14 Author: khannibal (13 Apr 2010 15:39) Total user comments: 4711


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№15 Author: Random (13 Apr 2010 20:41) Total user comments: 0


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I'll bet he was one of the sweetest people alive- he's always smiling : ) I would have given him a big 'ol hug!

I feel bad calling him a "freak" though, when I think of "freaks" that makes me think about people who make themselves look weird & unusual- people who are born with an actual deformity like that should just be called "different" or something.
But that's just my opinion- plus this is back in the day, when actual freakshows were seen as prefectly acceptable.
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№16 Author: vickygri (14 Apr 2010 18:45) Total user comments: 127


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№17 Author: Ty Webb (15 Apr 2010 18:52) Total user comments: 6156


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shimaa,
Actually all of the people that were in the movie freaks developed a strong bod with each other and were proud to call them selves freaks. And ol schlitzie was the most normal looking one in the entire movie
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№18 Author: RainbowBitch (17 Apr 2010 14:53) Total user comments: 474


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ooh i saw that film, it was interesting :P
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№19 Author: Jinxaruny (20 Apr 2010 17:45) Total user comments: 10324


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Aw! But why the dresses?
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№20 Author: Cewre (22 Apr 2010 23:43) Total user comments: 567


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Gawd damn!!!
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№21 Author: rotten (1 May 2010 15:23) Total user comments: 1454


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siempre estaba feliz! 04
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№22 Author: Dark Chocolate (3 May 2010 14:51) Total user comments: 107


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wtf
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№23 Author: Brian_Connery (28 May 2010 15:40) Total user comments: 332


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best friend :D
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№24 Author: velvel18 (31 Mar 2011 22:07) Total user comments: 1


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I turned 18 late in the summer of 1965. I was working for Conklin and Garrett Shows at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, where I lived with my family and attended high school. It was there that I got to know Schlitzie, who was billed as "The Missing Link" on the midway. It would break my heart and piss me off to see him abused by idiots in the audience who not only taunted him mercilessly, but threw bottles and even lit cigarettes at him.
When the show moved on to London (Ontario) and the Western Ontario Fair, I went along. I was dissatisfied with life at home and at school. In Ontario, they have a Grade 13 . . .
After setting up in London, I was made foreman of the bumper cars ride.
The carnies stayed at the Clarendon Hotel in London's tenderloin. I had a room next to Schlitzie's and his guardian, Frenchy, a former sword-swallower and, as he claimed, a "Gypsy prince." He wore an impressive ring that represented his "royalty."
After a long day on the fairgrounds, we would all hang out together, maybe play a few sociable hands of poker and just relax.
Frenchy would drive us all to work, stopping off at the liquor store to pick up a bottle for the night's relaxation, as the government-run stores would be closed when we got off work.
One day, on the way to the fairgrounds, Frenchy stopped the car. We had just passed a pawn shop with a number of long knives and swords in the window and Frenchy had the sudden urge to swallow a sword; to keep in practice, he said.
Schlitzie and I lingered in the car for a few moments, waiting for the song playing on the radio to come to an end; Schlitzie loved music and would wave his arms to the rhythm.
When Schlitzie and I entered the shop, hand-in-hand, I observed Frenchy disinfecting a sword and proceed to swallow it. The two elderly women running the place gasped in horror and disbelief. When they turned and saw me (with long hair for the times) and Schlitzie, I could see all the blood drain from their faces.
Frenchy thanked the women for the use of the sword and we continued on our way to work. Later, back at the hotel, Frenchy would practice using a straightened coat-hanger. He always disinfected it, of course.
Schlitzie, like any child, craved tenderness and affection. He would snuggle up to me
and I would naturally give him a hug. The contact and warmth caused him to moan and then weep. When Frenchy saw this, he told me not to be so demonstrably affectionate, explaining to me that Schlitzie would come to expect this closeness and the hugs and never let me go. I reluctantly did as he said.
I'm 63 now and treasure these memories as I recall the kid who "ran away with the circus' all those years ago. Rest in peace, Schlitzie. I'll never forget you.
Peace and love,
Wolf Krakowski
www.kamea.com
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№25 Author: plaidpancake (10 Aug 2011 03:37) Total user comments: 2466


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i hate the word freak
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