In Odd, West Virginia, resides the Whitaker family, who have gained attention due to their unique background. While they were once considered the most inbred family in the United States, recent discoveries suggest a different story. Despite their guarded and secretive nature, a video showcasing their lives went viral, sparking curiosity and speculation about their history and wellbeing.
The Whitakers’ Notoriety:
The Whitaker family gained notoriety in 2004 when photographer Mark Laita featured them in his book “Created Equal.” The family’s unusual genetic background attracted attention, but it was also revealed that they were well-protected by their neighborhood. Mark Laita faced threats from locals while photographing them but eventually gained permission to proceed.
The Viral Video:
In 2020, Mark Laita returned to Odd, West Virginia, and recorded a video titled “Inbred Family: The Whitakers.” The video depicted the Whitaker family members living on their father’s farm in a small Appalachian town. Struggling to make ends meet, the family was shown residing in a modest home with several dogs.