Son 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 "Freakshow," 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 degree murder of Jack Layne, his eldest daughter's fiance, one day before the wedding, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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.


Stiles was 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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