With increased availability and affordability of fertility treatments, as well as better than ever natal care, there are more twins than ever before. While historically an aura of mystery and even intrigue surrounded twin births, most of us have been in a class with fraternal or even identical twins.
Historically and mythologically, being born with a twin could be seen as either a blessing or a curse. The object of intense fascination, in some respects, you were sometimes treated as a sideshow. During certain awful periods in history, twins were the object of medical fascination and unethical experiments were performed on them (but we'll get to that later). In pop culture, in movies like The Shining, twins are not only presented as a little mysterious but full-out creepy. While most of us know by experience or common sense that twins are just like everybody else, there is still an air of mystery surrounding them.
This list explores some of the more bizarre and even creepy stories about twins. While in some cases things are unexplained, others are just awful incidences that happened to good people.
15 Necrophiliac Twins
14 Twin Marries Twin's Murderer
13 Deadly Nazi Experiments
12 Conjoined Twins
11 Psychic Twins
10 Connected Body and Mind
9 Mystery Language
8 Nature vs Nurture
7 Twin Euthanasia
6 Till Death Do Us Part
5 Two Brothers, Two Murderers
4 Infectious Insanity
3 Only The Prettiest Will Survive
2 The Parasitic Twin
1 Silent Twins
The story of Jennifer and June Gibbons is so creepy that we're honestly shocked no one has tried to make a movie about them. Born in 1963 in Wales, the two girls communicated only amongst each other. In their early years, they were able to speak to some people and even when they began school, they were doing fine. However, as the only black children in the school district, they were bullied very badly and retreated deeper into their own language and world. By the time they were fourteen years old they only communicated in their invented language and refused help from therapists to try and connect with the outside world. Attempts to separate them were unsuccessful, and when sent to different boarding schools they become catatonic. Eventually reunited, the pair withdrew into play and creative games and actually began a semi-successful writing career. They'd write novels about weird criminals and animal heart transplants. Things would get shaky again though, and they'd begin to commit some crimes, including arson, which led them to be committed to a mental hospital.
The two were dubbed the "genius twins" due to testing very well and local newspapers became interested in their writing careers. This could have had a happy ending, but things only got worse when Jennifer died suddenly of an inflammation of the heart. Apparently the pair had decided that Jennifer would die so that June could go on living a normal life, they became obsessed with the idea and to this day, no one really knows how they actually pulled it off. June has gone onto live a completely normal life.
Sources: NBCNews, The Daily Mail, BBC, Time, People, The Telegraph, New York Times
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