Sometimes I find my self on the internet looking at old crime stories, conspiracy theories, science theories, and anything that will satisfy my curiosity for learning new things. Anyways I recently stumbled across the true story of June and Jennifer Gibbons, twin sisters who’s love/hate for each other led them to their demise. Now hold on to your seats because this is going to be one crazy ass story.

June and Jennifer Gibbons, also known in popular culture as the Silent Twins, were born in Barbados on April,11th 1963 with June being the older sister by ten minutes. The twins were raised in Wales and since they were young June and Jennifer never talked to anyone but each other and even then it was in their own secret language.  According to June the secret language started as a game but the longer it went on the more trapped the twins felt. The two sisters were very close, strangely close if you ask me. The twins did everything together. They even moved in the exact same way. According to an article by Stephanie Webber, Cathy Arthur, a therapist who studied the twins, took them horseback riding to encourage individual movement; but if one fell off the horse, the other would immediately follow.

Aside from the passion they had for one another, the teens also had a passion for writing. When they were teens their mother gave them a journal which allowed them to divulge into the world of writing and fantasy. This journal was important because it helped many psychiatrists get insight into the way the girls think. The twins wrote their thoughts and poems in their journals,and also books. June wrote Pepsi Cola Addict and Jennifer wrote Discomania; both books include heinous acts of violence and crime. Aside from the books.One day June wrote, “Nobody suffers the way I do, not with a sister; with a husband, yes; with a wife, yes; with a child, yes, but this sister of mine, a dark shadow robbing me of sunlight, is my one and only torment,”wrote June.  “We have become fatal enemies in each other’s eyes. We feel the irritating deadly rays come out of our bodies, stinging each other’s skin. I say to myself, can I get rid of my own shadow, impossible or not possible? Without my shadow, would I die? Without my shadow, would I gain life, be free or left to die? Without my shadow, which I identify with a face of misery, deception, murder,” wrote Jennifer. Pretty deep stuff right? Her sister was her heaven and her hell, her savior and her As you can see the sisters had a love-hate relationship with one another. The love they had for each other consumed them. In fact there are reports that the twins tried to murder each other multiple times. Jennifer strangled June with a telephone cord and June tried to drown Jennifer in a river. Despite trying to murder each other the twins remained as one, inseparable, and apparently able to forgive each other.

As the twins got older they tried to live their lives like normal teenagers. They met boys, and of course fell in love. At 18 years old they lost their virginity to two American boys who unfortunately introduced them to drugs and alcohol.

“We tried to be like normal teenagers,’ June says afterwards. ‘We were in love with them. We felt special with them.” But like most young relationships, it didn’t last long. The boys left them and soon the silent twins began to embark on a life filled with petty crimes.No friends. Nothing else to do. Nothing to fill the cold hour.”

They were eventually caught by police and charged with 16 counts of burglary, theft and arson. Now the sad part is instead of being sent to juvie the two twins were confined to Broadmoor psychiatric hospital……. indefinitely.

“Juvenile delinquents get two years in prison,” June said later. “We got 12 years of hell because we didn’t speak”. The twins even wrote a letter to the Queen asking to be released from hell but it warranted no response.

 Marjorie Wallace, a journalist, became intrigued by the twins story and eventually earned their trust to the point where they even began communicating with her. As time went on the silent twins were finally going to be released, but they felt so trapped and had such a traumatic time at Broadmoor they believed in order to live a happy life one of them had to die. The twins confided in Marjorie that only one of them was going to come out of the hospital alive and free. Jennifer told Marjorie that they had decided, Jennifer was to be the one to die, and sure enough she did. Its baffling. How could they decide that one needed to die in order for the other to live a normal life? On the day of their release from Broadmoor, Jennifer laid her head on June’s shoulder and died before she arrived to Caswell. There was no evidence of drugs or foul play. June went on to live a quiet, peaceful life free of her “shadow”.
  Jennifer’s headstone reads a poem written by June: “We once were two/We two made one/We no more two/Through life be one/Rest in peace.”
Although this is just a mere summary, their story is really truly intriguing. For more information on the Silent Twins pick up  The Silent Twins by Majorie Wallace.

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