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Ralph Krooner aka “The Elephant Boy” and “The Elephant-Skinned Man” was born in Vermont in 1888. It is unclear which skin disorder he suffered from, but it has been speculated that he suffered from Epidermodysplasia verruciformis. It is also known as ‘tree man illness.’ Those attending Krooner’s sideshow act were told that while Krooner’s mother was pregnant she witnessed a stampede of elephants kill five men. This event traumatized her so much that her son was born with elephant skin. He passed away in 1952 from an unknown cause.

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