Twins get a bad reputation from movies: They are shown as either satanic beings or parent-trapping little brats. Well, this reputation may not be completely unfounded. If you feel bad for being so creeped out by twins, let us share with you some true stories that range from merely weird to downright bone-chilling.
#5. Swedish Twins Inexplicably Go Insane at the Same Time
Swedish twins Ursula and Sabina Eriksson had no history of mental illness and lived normal, happy lives with their respective families. Then, one day, Ursula traveled from the U.S. to Ireland to visit her sister ... and what followed was a spree of violence and shared madness that resulted in several traffic accidents, one murder victim, and a whole bunch of baffled cops.
Sabina and Ursula were in Ireland when, for unknown reasons, they hopped on a bus to London without telling anyone. The twins were apparently behaving like hooligans whose team had just lost, so the driver kicked them out in the middle of the highway and told them to walk it off. They did just that: They started walking in the middle of the highway, not giving a shit about the speeding cars.
At this point they ran into a group of officers who were being filmed for a COPS-like show for the BBC. The cameras captured every batshit insane moment that came after that -- the video that follows at times looks staged as hell, but it isn't. There's a real murder conviction to prove it. That's just how British people talk.
As seen in the video, the twins were detained by the cops and appeared calm, until Ursula sprinted onto the highway and ran directly into the wheels of a truck.
Sorry, a lorry.
The cops hadn't even had time to react when, seconds later, Sabina did the same thing and was struck by a car.
But don't worry, the officer was able to keep the jacket safe.
That wasn't the end of it. Despite the whole "car just struck her" thing, Sabina got up and attacked the officers -- it took six people to contain her. Ursula was raging too and probably would have done the same thing if, you know, her legs hadn't been broken and stuff.
Afterward, Sabina calmed down and was behaving so normally that the cops released her the next day. This proved to be a huge mistake: Hours later, she murdered a man who offered her a place to stay and then launched herself from a 40-foot bridge. She survived, somehow, and was sentenced to five years in prison. Why only five years? Because lawyers had no trouble proving that she was crazy as all fuck when all of this happened. But, if Sabina was the crazy one, why did Ursula jump onto the highway, too? Neither of them had traces of drugs or alcohol in their bodies.
Although one of them could have very well been affected by gamma rays and then gotten angry.
According to psychologists, one of the twins suffered from a form of temporary insanity, and the other was "infected" by her twin's madness -- their bond was so strong that when one lost her shit, the other did, too. They have both since been declared sane, but we're guessing they're not so big on family reunions anymore.
#4. Twins Separated at Birth Live Parallel Lives
Twins can be freaky, but we all understand why they're so disturbingly alike: Not only do they share the same DNA, but they also tend to grow up surrounded by the same people, playing with the same toys, and doing the same activities. They were most likely traumatized by the same cartoons and disappointed by the same birthday presents. It's when they don't do any of those things and still turn out exactly the same that you should be freaked out.
Take Ohio resident James Edward Lewis, who married a woman named Linda, but divorced her and married a woman named Betty, with whom he had a son named James Alan. Lewis had been adopted as a baby, and when he was in his late 30s, he tracked down and met for the very first time his twin brother, James Arthur Springer ... who married a woman named Linda, but divorced her and married a woman named Betty, with whom he had a son named James Allan.
And he was also adopted as a baby. What are the odds?
After this story was first reported by the press in 1979, James and James were contacted by psychologist Thomas Bouchard, who wanted to study how similar twins can be despite growing up apart. It turns out the twins had even more similarities: They both had dogs named Toy as kids. They both liked math and carpentry in school but hated spelling. They both had jobs in law enforcement -- Springer as a deputy sheriff and Lewis as a security guard. They both got headaches at the same time of day. They both had the weirdest reunion conversation ever after meeting a long-lost brother.
They both made vastly different but equally baffling hairdo choices.
This sounds like complete bullshit, but it isn't the only case of its type. Even when twins are raised under radically different circumstances, they still end up having a lot in common. Case in point: Oskar Stohr and Jack Yufe were also separated as babies, only this was in Europe, and in the 1930s. Stohr grew up in Germany and joined the Hitler Youth. Yufe was raised a Jew and moved to Israel. One drew swastikas in his notebooks; the other wore a yarmulke.
And yet, despite being as different as two human beings can be, when they met in their 50s they found that they spoke alike, liked the same foods, and shared oddly specific habits, like wearing rubber bands on their wrists or flushing the toilet before using it.
Via Developmental Psychology
Yeah, we can see a Nazi doing that, but how do you explain Jack?
Experts think that this isn't so weird: Stohr and Yufe are genetically identical, so it's normal that they should react the same way when exposed to the same everyday experiences (foods, rubber bands, toilets). The fact that one was Jewish and the other a former Hitler fan is irrelevant, genetically speaking.
#3. One Twin Does the Crime, the Other Does the Time
In 1993, police arrested Ronald Anderson for assaulting his estranged wife. The only problem was that Ronald Anderson had already been arrested for the same crime days earlier, and records showed that he was currently serving his six-month sentence in prison. They checked. He was still there.
Before the time-travel division could be called to untangle the apparent paradox, though, a friend of the wife-puncher cleared everything up: Ronald had a twin named Donald who had a habit of going to jail for his brother's crimes.
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"Wait, let me get this straight ... you're lying in order to get into prison?"
In total, Donald says he voluntarily served four sentences for Ronald, simply because he loved his brother and believed he wasn't ready for prison life. It all started in the '70s when Ronald signed up for the Army and went through months of training, only to decide at the last minute that he didn't want to be shipped off to Korea to serve as a helicopter mechanic. Ronald said, "What the heck, I'll go for you" -- he'd fixed a few cars in his neighborhood, so how hard could a helicopter be?
Since no one caught them (Donald became a crew chief in Korea), the twins kept pulling the ol' switcheroo every time Ronald got into trouble. Donald had some run-ins with the law himself and insisted that his bro was too soft and delicate to spend time in prison ... despite the fact that Ronald was a violent criminal who repeatedly threatened to murder his wife. When a judge told him to cut that shit out and sentenced Ronald to six months in jail, Donald once again stepped up and turned himself in, pretending to be his brother. Apparently they didn't bother to check his fingerprints because they didn't know he had a twin, never mind one stupid enough to take his place.
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"Nah, it's a formality. We just like making dudes' hands all dirty."
Unfortunately for Donald and his prison-loving ass, Ronald got himself arrested five days later for attempted murder, battery, and robbery and was sentenced to 14 years inside, in addition to the six months he tried to skip. Investigators worked on the thesis that the twins had planned everything to give Ronald an airtight alibi to murder his wife, but eventually realized that it was a case of extreme brotherly love. Meanwhile, Donald still maintains that he would love to serve the jail time for his brother if he could.
Via Jet Magazine
"Because I'm Donald right now. Yep, not Ronald speaking here, secretly outside jail."