virchow seckel syndrome

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Koo Koo The Bird Girl 

Her early life is obscure, but we know that she was placed in a mental asylum until she was taken from the institution to the stage by an enterprising showman. Minnie was known by many different names on stage, including Minnie Ha Ha, Koo Koo the Bird Girl, and Koo Koo the Blind Girl from Mars! Her stage act involved dressing in feathered or fake ‘Native American’ costumes and speaking her own stream of non-standard words.

Minnie Woolsey had Virchow-Seckel syndrome, which affected her skeletal growth, resulting in her unconventionally shaped small head. It also left her almost totally blind and mentally impaired. Minnie Woolsey was born in 1880, Rabun County.