The True Story:
Leicester-born Joseph Merrick suffered terrible abnormalities that meant he was branded the Elephant Man. Rejected by his family, he exhibited himself as a freak in a penny gaff in Whitechapel, before dying aged 27.
Most Insane Moment:
“I am not an animal!” Merrick is chased by travellers in London Liverpool Street station, and finally confronts his tormentors.
You Couldn't Make It Up. Oh Wait, They Did:
The abuse that Merrick suffers while working for a freak show is widely believed to be complete fiction.