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  1. Joseph Carey Merrick was born on 5 August 1862 at 50 Lee Street in Leicester, to Joseph Rockley Merrick and his wife Mary Jane (née Potterton). Joseph Rockley Merrick (c. 1838–1897) was the son of London-born weaver Barnabas Merrick (1791–1856) who moved to Leicester during the 1820s or 1830s, and his third wife Sarah Rockley.

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  2. Joseph Merrick - Wikipedia

    Joseph Carey Merrick was born on 5 August 1862 at 50 Lee Street in Leicester, to Joseph Rockley Merrick and his wife Mary Jane (née Potterton). Joseph Rockley Merrick (c. 1838–1897) was the son of London-born weaver Barnabas Merrick (1791–1856) who moved to Leicester during the 1820s or 1830s, and his third wife Sarah Rockley.

    • 5 ft 2 in (157 cm)
    • Asphyxia
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    • The Sad And Tragic Story Of Joseph Merrick
  3. Joseph Merrick - Death, Disease & Elephant Man - Biography

    Sep 15, 2020 · Joseph Carey Merrick was born on August 5, 1862, in Leicester, England, and was by all accounts a healthy child at birth. However, by the age of 5, he had developed patches of lumpy, grayish skin,...

    • August 5, 1862
    • April 11, 1890
  4. Joseph Merrick | Biography | Britannica

    Joseph Merrick, in full Joseph Carey Merrick, also called the Elephant Man, (born August 5, 1862, Leicester, Leicestershire, England—died April 11, 1890, London), disfigured man who, after a brief career as a professional “freak,” became a patient of London Hospital from 1886 until his death.

  5. Joseph Merrick: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know |
    • Merrick Seemed Healthy When he was Born. Merrick was born on August 5, 1862 in the city of Leicester and by all accounts appeared to be a healthy baby.
    • Merrick Spent His Last Years Living at the Royal London Hospital. After traveling as a sideshow curiosity for two years, Merrick wound up back in London, destitute after being robbed of all of his money.
    • There’s a Push for Merrick’s Remains to be Buried in his Birthplace of Leicester. It’s believed Merrick, whose head was extremely large and heavy, died on April 11, 1890 from accidental asphyxiation resulting from dislocating his neck while trying to lay his head down to sleep in a normal position.
    • Merrick’s Life Has Been Portrayed by Actors Including John Hurt, Bradley Cooper, Mark Hamill, and David Bowie. In 1977 there was increased interest in Merrick’s life after the opening of The Elephant Man, a play by Bernard Pomerance about Merrick’s life.
  6. The Real Elephant Man: A Look at the Life of Joseph Merrick ...

    Jun 11, 2020 · Ever since Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 play The Elephant Man became a hit in London and on Broadway, the pitiful image of Joseph Carey Merrick (referred to as John in the play) − a deformed wretch...

  7. Learn About The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick
    • How Joseph Merrick Became The Elephant Man
    • The Wrong Diagnosis
    • Proteus Syndrome
    • How The Story Ended

    Over the next years and with the passing of his mother, Joseph left home, tried working in a factory but was abused by the workers there, and finally ended up in a freak show. By now his face was distorted by the overgrown half of his head, and the flesh around his nose had grown, too, leading the show promoter to dub Joseph "The Elephant Man."

    Most people know the rest of the story from the 1980 movie, The Elephant Man, starring John Hurt: how, at first, a doctor, then others including royalty, came to see the intelligent, sensitive man behind the grotesque deformities. People have been moved by the universal message of tolerance of the differences found in Joseph Merrick's story. But what most people don't know is that it took 100 years for doctors to correctly identify his medical condition. At the time Joseph Carey Merrick lived (1862-1890), leading authorities stated he suffered from elephantiasis. This is a disorder of the lymphatic system that causes parts of the body to swell to a huge size. In 1976, a doctor postulated that Merrick suffered from neurofibromatosis, a rare disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nervous system. Photos of Merrick, however, do not show the brown skin spots characteristic of the disorder. Also, his disfigurement came not ​from tumors but from bone and skin overgrowth. Unfortunately,...

    Named for the Greek god who could change his shape, this rare hereditary disorder is characterized by:1 1. multiple lesions of the lymph nodes (lipolymphohemangiomas) 2. overgrowth of one side of the body (hemihypertrophy) 3. an abnormally large head (macrocephaly) 4. partial gigantism of the feet, and darkened spots or moles (nevi) on the skin. Merrick's appearance, and especially his skeleton, carry all the hallmarks of the disorder, although apparently an extremely severe case. His head was so large that the hat he wore measured three feet in circumference.

    More than anything, Joseph Merrick wanted to be like other people. He often wished he could lie down while sleeping, but because of the size and weight of his head he had to sleep sitting up. One morning in 1890 he was found lying down in bed on his back, dead. The immense weight of his head had dislocated his neck and crushed his spinal cord. He was 27 years old.2

  8. Author may have solved a 130-year-old mystery about the ...

    May 07, 2019 · Joseph Merrick, a Victorian-era celebrity who became known as the Elephant Man, led a difficult life because of his physical deformities, whose cause remains a mystery to this day. But now, thanks ...

  9. 'Elephant Man’s’ Grave Discovered in Same Cemetery as Jack ...

    May 08, 2019 · When Joseph Merrick died at age 27, his body didn’t go into the ground in one piece. Instead, the bones of the so-called “Elephant Man” were bleached and put on display at Queen Mary University of...

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  10. The Isle of Islay widow who touched the heart of Elephant Man ...

    2 days ago · Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, engraving from ‘Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine’ by George M Gould and Walter L Pyle. The mystery remains as to how Leila was known to Dr Treves who ...

  11. Inside Joseph Merrick's Tragic Life As The "Elephant Man"
    • Joseph Merrick’s Early Life
    • Merrick Takes to The Road
    • Later Career and Life
    • A Reprisal For The Elephant Man?

    It’s 1866 in Leicester, England. Medically, no one knows what is happening to your child. So, think back. You recall the time you were pregnant and went to the fair. An unruly crowd of people pushed you into an oncoming animal parade. An elephant rears up and you’re briefly caught underfoot, suddenly frightened for two lives. You tell your child that this is why his body is deforming before his own eyes, why he doesn’t look like the other kids, why he is experiencing such grotesque pain. This is the story that young Joseph Merrick, who would later be referred to as “The Elephant Man,” heard from his parents. He believed it was the cause of all of his physical problems until his dying day. Merrick’s extremely deformed body wasn’t even the only heartbreak to befall him in his short life of 27 years. He injured his hip as a child and a subsequent infection made him permanently lame. His mother, with whom he was close, died of pneumonia when he was just 11 years old. Tragically, even am...

    As if Joseph Merrick’s life wasn’t melancholy enough, he soon encountered his very own “evil stepmother.” Her arrival occurred only 18 months after his mother’s death. Merrick later wrote, “She was the means of making my life a perfect misery.” His father withdrew affection as well, and so the misshapen boy was essentially alone. He couldn’t even run away. The few times he tried, his father brought him right back. If he was not at school, his stepmother demanded, then he should be bringing home income. So at age 13, Merrick worked at a cigar rolling shop. He worked there for three years, but his worsening hand deformity affected his performance. Now 16 and without a job, Joseph Merrick wandered the streets during the day, looking for work. If he returned home during the day for lunch, his stepmother would taunt him, telling him that the half meal he got was more than he’d earned. Merrick then tried to sell goods door to door from his father’s shop, but his contorted face made his sp...

    Stranded in a strange place, Joseph Merrick didn’t know what to do. Eventually, he boarded a ship for Harwich in Essex. He then caught a train for London — a broke man with a broken body. Arriving at London’s Liverpool station, exhausted and still homeless, he asked strangers for help returning to Leicester. The police saw the crowds gathering around the disheveled man and detained him. One of the only possibly identifying possessions Merrick had was Dr. Treves card. The police called him up, and Treves immediately picked him up, took him to the hospital, and made sure that he was washed and fed. After another examination by Treves, he determined that Merrick now also suffered from a heart condition. He likely had only a few years of life left in his now further deteriorated body. The chairman of the hospital committee then wrote an editorial in The Times, asking the public for suggestions about where Joseph Merrick could stay. What he received was donations for care. Lots of them....

    Now, some 130 years following his death, Joseph Merrick’s remains are believed to have been rediscovered after years of displacement. According to the BBC, Merrick’s skeleton was preserved at the Royal London Hospital as a scientific specimen after his death but his soft tissue had been buried elsewhere. Where exactly nobody really knew, at least until now. Jo Vigor-Mungovin, the author of Joseph: The Life, Times & Places of the Elephant Man, claimed to have discovered the location of his burial which is suspected to be an unmarked grave in the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium. She said that the story of Merrick’s soft tissue being buried had not been proven because of the number of graveyards at the time. “I was asked about this and off-hand I said ‘It probably went to the same place as the [Jack the] Ripper victims’, as they died in the same locality,” Vigor-Mungovin said. She began to do some looking through the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium records, narrowing th...