“Myrtle Corbin entered the freak show circuit at the age of 13 and was billed as the ‘Four-Legged Girl from Texas.’ Born with two separate pelvises situated side by side, Corbin’s four individual legs made her a very popular ‘oddity:’ she had the ability to move her two inner legs, but they were too weak to sustain her weight or be used for walking.
“Corbin’s fame in the circus directly led to several phony four-legged acts popping up in other freak shows worldwide.
“After her successful circus career, Myrtle married James Clinton Bicknell at the age of 19 and went on to birth four daughters and a son. Corbin died six days short of her 60th birthday, in 1928.”
The part of this video that really stood out for me was the term “body juices.” But, more than that, not only were the stories of this trauma cleaner’s clients interesting, her personal life stories were intriguing.
KING LEAR: Howl, howl, howl, howl! O, you are men of stones: Had I your tongues and eyes, I’d use them so That heaven’s vault should crack. She’s gone for ever! I know when one is dead, and when one lives; She’s dead as earth.
My personal favourite was The Bridge, a documentary about the Golden Gate bridge as a popular landmark for suicides. My initial attraction to the movie was that I am in love with San Francisco and my main goal in life right now is to find a way to relocate there from Canada. I never realized that other people would go there for the express purpose of taking their own lives. To me, what made the documentary strong was that it never exploited people’s suffering or idealized suicide. In fact, it became about stories of resilience and helping people overcome suicide ideation. I warn you that the movie is graphic, showing people taking their lives as they jump off the bridge. But, that very stark look at suicide is what makes the movie so strong.