Ridder was an affable, even angelic young lad with an easy smile and
goofy laugh. He always stood out as different, however, as his left
hand terminated in a claw-like mass rather than a normal hand. It
made you feel creepy to look at it for too long – particularly
after seeing other people with 'normal' hands.
Roy's 'claw' was usable for pinching motions, as one side resembled a thumb and the other, a short forefinger. Both sides of the claw had 'fingernails' of ghastly shape, which only served to add to the anomaly.
Was Roy Ridder a thalidomide victim?