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John H. Williams, The Alligator Boy

John, The Alligator Boy

John, The Alligator Boy
postcard, 5.5 x 3.5 inches, circa 1930
photographer: unknown

I'll let John Williams describe himself in his own words:
I am known as John, the Human Alligator or Crocodile Boy. I was born near Elwood, Ind., May 17, 1884, in the condition you see me now. I have been a puzzle to the medical profession ever since I can remember. The doctors find by X-Ray examination that my heart, liver and lungs are located nearly 4 inches lower in my body than the ordinary person; you can see my heart beating way down in the pit of my stomach. My skin all over my body is heavily scaled like that of an alligator. I generally shed my entire skin every three months.


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