The Stiles family had claws-like hands for generations. They performed in the circus as The Lobster Family. But they gained fame because of their son, Grady Stiles. He was an abusive drinker and murderer. Grady, as everybody in his family, was born with a rare medical condition - ectrodactyly. Fingers on his hands and legs looked like claws. Because of this, he couldn’t walk and spent all his life in the wheelchair. He started to perform in the circus at the age of 7 as The Lobster Boy. Unlike other circus artists, Stiles’ family didn’t do any tricks. They were just a subject of curious glances. When Grady grew up, he fell in love with another circus worker. Mary Teresa was a teenager who ran away to join the circus. She didn’t have any mutations. The two married and got children. But their relationship was far from perfect. The Lobster Boy developed a great deal of upper body strength because of the wheelchair. He managed to pull himself across the floor. That became a problem when Grady started abusing alcohol. Quite soon, he started to beat his wife and children. That lasted for years until in one of the fights Grady ripped her IUD with his bare hands. Mary divorced him promptly. Grady remarried, but his second wife divorced him too. The Lobster Man controlled the life of all his children. In 1978, his eldest daughter, Donna, got engaged. Grady didn’t approve her choice. In a day before the wedding, he killed her fiancé. Grady confessed to the crime. But he pointed out that he couldn’t be jailed. No jail in the USA could handle his disability. That was true - the jails at that time were not well-equipped. So he was set free with 15 years probation. Escaping prison made The Lobster man feel that he could do anything with no consequences. But he stopped drinking and, in 1989, his first wife decided to marry him again. Drinking and abuse started quite soon. The family decided to act - they hired a neighbor to kill The Lobster Man. In 1992, Grady Stiles was killed while he watched television. Mary, her son Harry, and the neighbor Wyant were found guilty. In the court, Mary claimed that she tried to save her children. She got 12 years in prison, the neighbor - 27 years, her son Harry was sentenced to life. At the funeral of Grady Stiles, nobody wanted to be the pallbearer.
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