Who Was Francesco Lentini?


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Lily Bradic Profile
Lily Bradic answered
Francesco Lentini (1889-1966) was a Sicilian performing circus artist known as the 'King of Freaks', having been born with three legs, four feet, sixteen toes - and two sets of functioning male genitalia.
The theory was that the extra appendages belonged to what would have been a conjoined twin had it formed properly.
Lentini was born into a family of twelve children and grew up in Sicily, before moving to the United States at the age of eight. As a child, Lentini hated his body, but spending time with severely disabled children made him appreciate how lucky he actually was.

As an adult, he married Theresa Murray and had four children with her.

Francesco Lentini as an Entertainer

Although he was initially bitter about his condition, Lentini had embraced his difference by early adulthood, and became known for his positive attitude and sense of humor. As part of his stage performance, he would use his third leg as a sort of stool to prop himself up on, and spoke openly about his condition and experiences. He also spoke of his sex life and preached the importance of sexual health to those who came to see his performances.

Lentini continued to tour right up to his death in 1966, at the age of 78.
Kathy Castillo Profile
Kathy Castillo answered
Francesco Lentini was born in 1889 and passed away in 1966. For many years, he was acknowledged as the "King of Freaks". This man had three legs, two sets of genital organs, four feet, and sixteen toes.

For many years, Francesco Lentini was very depressed because he was so different from everyone around him. He considered himself to be an outcast in public and was very depressed at how people always stared at him. His parents actually sent him to an institution so that he could see that there were other people who were worse than he was. This helped a little with his depression. After being institutionalized, he never looked at himself as a freak again. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

He could actually use his third leg as a stool. It grew out of the base of his spine. When he worked for the sideshow at the circus, he could kick a football the entire length of the tent.

Francesco was happily married and had four children.
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Anonymous commented
I am his great-granddaughter. His parents did not send him to an institution, they took him to visit one so he could see children worse off then himself. He did not actually stay there.

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