Of Lobster Boy Discusses Dad's
Grisly Murder On 'Freak Show'
The son of one of
the 20th century's most famous freak show attractions is
coming to terms with his dad's legacy and the man's
infamous 1992 murder.
As "Lobster Boy,"
Grady Stiles, Jr. was the sixth generation of his family
to be born with ectrodactyly, a congenital disorder that
makes hands and feet resemble claw-like appendages.
His son, Grady
Stiles III, inherited the condition and toured with his
dad and sister as the "Lobster Family."
But it's what the
younger Stiles didn't inherit from his dad that makes him
happiest, according to an episode of
airing Tuesday on AMC.
"I'm not a fan of
my dad as a person," Stiles III said to series stars Todd
Ray, Danielle Ray and Phoenix Ray. "My father was racist
[and] abusive. When I cried, [he was like] 'I'll give you
a reason a to cry.'"
In 1979, the elder
Stiles was convicted in the third
of Jack Layne, his eldest daughter's fiance, one day
before the wedding, according to the Pittsburgh
Grady Stiles, Jr.
got a "sympathy verdict" of 15 years' probation, after
authorities determined he had cirrhosis of the liver from
his Seagrams and emphysema from smoking 60 Pall Mall
cigarettes a day.
notoriously verbally and physically abusive to people,
often swatting them or choking
them with his claw hands.
He would head-butt people in anger, according to
"I think alcohol
brought out the worst in him," Grady Stiles, III said.
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