America’s ‘Most Inbred Family’ The Whittakers break the silence on fame and big donations to improve their lives
A STRONG inbred family has been able to make major improvements to their ramshackle property thanks to thousands of online donations from Good Samaritans.
The Whitakers have long been legendary in their hometown of Odd, West Virginia.
The clan descends from two first cousins who married and had children, leaving many members with learning disabilities and other health issues.
Part of the family has been living in a dilapidated four-room house for decades.
Though it’s still derelict, the Whitakers were able to make some significant improvements to the home after a GoFundMe campaign raised nearly $60,000 for them from their $75,000 goal.
Some family members gave The Daily Mail an exclusive tour of the modernized property.
“We painted the walls and got new kitchen cabinets,” said 71-year-old matriarch Betty Whitaker.
“We need blankets for the winter, but it’s nice when people bring us things and the money we got was good.”
Ray Whitaker, a member of the clan who can only communicate by barking and grunting, was thrilled to give a tour of the property.
It has a chicken coop, a trailer, several broken vehicles, and a creek running through it.
Today, the Whitakers don’t live without many modern luxuries.
The family has a satellite dish, which is why the sound of various television programs often blares from the house.
The Whitakers first came into the national limelight after documentary filmmaker Mark Laita began visiting them in 2014.
It took him some time to gain her trust, but now Laita is close to the family.
Since then, he has made dozens of YouTube videos about the family, which have received millions of views.
Laita is also the organizer of the GoFundMe campaign.
On the fundraiser’s website, he assured donors that “100 percent of this GoFundMe will help the Whittaker family with living expenses and home improvement.”