Did genetics fuel a legendary feud?

Winnter Reynolds is only 11, but she may hold a clue to one of the most legendary family feuds in American history. Reynolds is a descendent of the McCoy family, one half of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. She also has a genetic disorder called von Hippel-Lindau, which causes tumors to grow on different organ systems within the body. One of the areas often affected is the adrenal gland. Tumors on these glands can lead to mood swings and tempermental behavior, which may explain why the McCoy family was so prone to violence and erratic behavior. Click here to read more and watch a video about this new theory at VUCast.


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