The Transformation Of America's Most Inbred Family

The Whittakers, known as America's most inbred family, have undergone a significant transformation.

Their day-to-day life was documented by filmmaker Mark Laita in a short film, revealing their history of genetic defects caused by inter-family marriages.

The Whittakers have resided in Odd, West Virginia, for generations.

Laita has performed a compassionate act for the family. You can watch the video below to see the Whittakers' transformation.

Ray, Betty, Larry, and Lorene, four members of the family, traveled from their home to a salon in Beckley, West Virginia, which was about 30km away. The filmmaker, whose YouTube channel Soft White Underbelly has 4.56 million subscribers, documented their makeover.

At the salon, Ray and Timmy received fresh shaves and hair trims, while Betty and Lorene had their hair washed and styled. Ray's beard was shaved off, leaving him with a stylish mustache.

In the video, Laita can be heard saying: "Look at you guys. You guys all look great."

The Whittaker family was first introduced to the filmmaker in 2004.

He met with them again in 2020 and had the opportunity to get to know them better.

Additionally, Laita set up a GoFundMe campaign to support the Whittakers with their living expenses and home improvements, which has raised around $68,000 so far.

According to documents, the Whittaker family's lineage can be traced back to twin brothers Henry and John Whittaker in 1887.

Henry married Sally Burton, and they had seven children, including John Emory Whittaker, who was born in 1913.

John married his first cousin, Ada Riggs, and they had nine children, including Gracie Irene Whittaker, who was born in 1920.

Gracie and John married in 1935 and had their first daughter, Aileen Violet Whittaker, in 1937, the first of 15 children the couple had.

The Whittaker siblings face communication challenges as some of them are non-verbal due to their conditions. However, despite this obstacle, they appear to understand the filmmaker's inquiries.

"They understand what you talking about," a relative informed Laita. "If they don't like it, they start yelling – let you know they don't like that idea."

In a particular scene from his documentary "Inbred Family - The Whittakers", Laita queries Ray about his deceased brother. Ray responds by gesturing and grunting in the opposite direction.

Ray and Lorraine appear to be the only family members who are non-verbal and require other family members to communicate for them.

The other family members are uncertain about their conditions, which include being cross-eyed.

In a different scene, Laita questions Betty about why the family has so many genetic abnormalities, but she confesses that she does not know.

He then inquires with Kenneth and brings up the issue of their eyes not facing forward.

"Might be coal mining," he answered.