Born Lillie B Williams on January 10, 1932, in Albany, Georgia, was a normal girl except for the miniature twin growing out of the left side of her body.
She was born to a farming family kind of poor, and the youngest of twelve children, Williams was attached at the side to a parasitic sibling that had two legs, a developed arm with three fingers and another tiny arm-like appendage.
Nevertheless, doctors said that Williams was very healthy and could definitely live long. Her parasitic twin would later help her to earn a large living.
She changed her name to Betty Lou for reasons not known and started displaying the child in his New York Museum.
She later caught the attention of Robert Ripley, of Believe it or Not?! fame.
After negotiations between Ripley and Best, it was agreed that Betty Lou, then aged two, would be shown for $250 a week at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not?! Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1934.
Betty Lou’s earnings quickly soared as she matured, and began earning as much as $1000 a week.
Many attributed her rise to fame and huge income to her beauty and kindness. Betty Lou attracted a lot of male suitors, and at the age of 23, she got engaged to one of them.
Soon after this, Betty Lou, despite assurances by doctors that she was healthy and could live long, died from an asthma attack at her home in Trenton, New Jersey at the age of 23.
Many people believed that she died of a broken heart.