Inside ‘Deliverance’ inbred family’s home from filthy toilet to bucket in bath

An inbred family compared to those in the Deliverance movie are still living in squalid conditions despite receiving thousands in donations.

The story of the Whittaker family, who live in a rural hamlet called Odd in Virginia, has been shared with the world by documentary maker Mark Laita for his Soft White Underbelly series.

Mark's latest update sees the inaudible Ray take him on a house tour, revealing the appalling state of their bathroom, separated from the kitchen by a curtain.

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Beyond the draped bit of fabric is disheartening footage of a dirtied toilet and bucket of browned material, the viewer needs little imagination to smell through their screens.

Glancing across the room, Mark expressed his surprise that the family were without a shower and relied instead on a bath where a filled bucket appeared to be a permanent fixture.

Elsewhere litter is strewn across work surfaces and the floors of their home, not that it seems to be an issue for the family's adorable yet yapping pack of dogs.

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Mark was impressed by how well stocked the Whittaker's fridge and freezer were, but eagle-eyed viewers would have been concerned by the flurry of flies that emerged when Ray opened their doors.

A study of the Whittaker family tree, revealed that the parents of the 15 siblings were “first double cousins”.

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First double cousins share all four grandparents and arise when two siblings reproduce with another set of siblings and the resulting children are related to each other through both parents' families.

Footage captured of the incestuous family shows that while some members of the family can speak limited English, many only communicate through grunts and yelps.

Mark’s documentaries, the first of which was published on YouTube two years ago, blew up and won the family fans from around the world.

Strangers from across the globe have come forward to share their best wishes and cash with the family.

One commenter said: “This is a real family, far more real than most. This series has been awesome to watch, restored my faith in humanity”.

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Another said: “I feel so sad that they live in those conditions but they seem to live a happy and peaceful life. I'm glad to see that they're doing well. They're all so sweet!”

A GoFundMe set up by the filmmaker last August has so far raised nearly $44,000 (£37,000) to help the family with their living expenses and home improvements.

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