John Merrick, aka "The Elephant Man," had a terrifying appearance accompanied by an utterly fascinating life.

John Merrick, aka "The Elephant Man," had a terrifying appearance accompanied by an utterly fascinating life.

Joeseph Merrick, aka. The Elephant Man.   Who taught me that sometimes peace is a  paper cathedral.

Joeseph Merrick, aka. The Elephant Man. Who taught me that sometimes peace is a paper cathedral.

Joseph Merrick photographed (left), and his skull

Unlocking the secrets of the Elephant Man

There can be no doubt that the Victorian freak shows were one of the creepiest aspects of society at the time.

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There can be no doubt that the Victorian freak shows were one of the creepiest aspects of society at the time.

Who was the Elephant Man? What was his world like? How does compassion become translated into something dark and selfish?

Who was the Elephant Man? What was his world like? How does compassion become translated into something dark and selfish?

Joseph Merrick, "Elephant Man."  Look at his right femur, spine and skull.  He must have been in so much pain.

Joseph Merrick, "Elephant Man." Look at his right femur, spine and skull. He must have been in so much pain.

I've always liked this photgraph. His eyes are so lovely. Photographed most likely in 1883, when he was 20 years old.

I've always liked this photgraph. His eyes are so lovely. Photographed most likely in 1883, when he was 20 years old.

David Lynch adapts the Broadway play about the facially distorted Merrick! John Hurt plays he who, because of a deforming disease, allows himself to be exhibited like a sideshow freak. But the patience is not indefinite; he leaves the show and louts take his mask,      reminding him of his nature and their cruelty.

David Lynch adapts the Broadway play about the facially distorted Merrick! John Hurt plays he who, because of a deforming disease, allows himself to be exhibited like a sideshow freak. But the patience is not indefinite; he leaves the show and louts take his mask, reminding him of his nature and their cruelty.

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