Zip the Pinhead (1842-April 9th, 1926). Zip performed for P.T. Barnum and was often billed as "Zip the What Is It?". His real name was William Henry Johnson, and he was born in New Jersey in 1842. Unlike the majority of "pinheads", Zip was not mentally challenged. He retired a wealthy man, and it is said that his last words were, "Well, we fooled 'em for a long time, didn't we?"
The Historical Inspirations Behind "American Horror Story: Freak Show" - Pinhead/ In the freak shows, those with microcephaly were commonly referred to as "pinheads." Microcephaly is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes abnormal growth of the brain. Two of the more famous examples are Zip the Pinhead and Schlitzie the Pinhead who both appeared in the 1932 movie "Freaks. " On AHS, Pepper the Pinhead is played by Naomi Grossman.
William Henry Johnson, sometime in the 19th century, who was better known as "Zip the Pinhead." Believed to suffer from microencephaly, Mr. Johnson was dubbed the "Dean of Freaks" and worked for P.T. Barnum. He died on April 9, 1926 at the age of 84.