Freak has taken on a whole new meaning in the reality TV era, where everyone from “house wives” to tattoo addicts are spectacles of the highest order. But, the term used to be quite synonymous with one of the most enduring forms of entertainment—the circus!
The bearded lady, Siamese twins, the wolfman, the monkey boy, and all manner in between, circus freaks have captured the imagination of young and old. Not surprisingly one of history’s most notable circus freaks, billed the World’s Strongest Woman, is none other than a Kate!
Katie Sandwina, born Katie Brumback (Vienna, Austria in 1884) traveled the United States with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus until she was nearly 60, retiring an undefeated champion.