The Four Legged Woman

The Four Legged Woman

The Four Legged Woman

Myrtle Corbin - The Four-Legged Woman: "Josephene Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1868. Rather than having a parasitic twin, Myrtle's extra legs resulted from an even rarer form of conjoined twinning known as dipygus, which gave her two complete bodies from the waist down.

She had two small pelves side-by-side, and each of her smaller inner legs was paired with one of her outer legs. She could move the smaller legs but was unable to use them for walking.

At the age of 13, Corbin entered the sideshow world with the nickname “Four-Legged Girl from Texas.” On her first promotional pamphlet, she was described as being as “gentle of disposition as the summer sunshine and as happy as the day is long.” Corbin’s career all started with P.T. Barnum, and later she worked at Ringling Bros. and Coney Island. When Corbin entertained crowds, all four legs had matching socks (including matching shoes). Her performances made her plenty of good money. Corbin would make as much as $450 per week. $450 back in 1880 was worth $11,149.28 in 2015.

Not long after Corbin ended her career, other women entered the industry as four-legged women. However, unlike Corbin, these people were actually phony four-legged women.

Corbin’s Bizarre Sexual Anatomy

According to Dr. Lewis Whaley in the British Medical Journal, 1889, Corbin had the perfect dual development of both external and internal genital organs. Of course, this meant that she possessed two vaginas. both vaginas menstruated and both were sexually functional.

At the age of 19, she married a doctor named Clinton Bicknell and had four daughters and a son. It has been said that three of her children were born from one set of organs, two from the other.

Corbin died in Cleburne, Texas on May 6th, 1928. Her casket was covered in concrete and various family members kept watch until it was fully dried. This was to prevent grave robbers from stealing her corpse. Several medical practitioners and private collectors shrewdly offered financial compensation for her corpse.