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The Mute Twins 

June and Jennifer Gibbons were twins who would only talk to each other. Born and raised in 1963 in the UK, the twins were the only black children in the town of Pembrokeshire, Wales and were constantly teased and taunted in school. Due to a speech impediment, they kept to themselves and spoke in a high-speed patois that eventually their family was unable to understand. The twins grew up and continued to live a life of silence without communicating with anyone else. Even though they both had high IQ’s, they were deemed psychopathic and were admitted to Broadmoor Hospital for 14 years.

During their time in the hospital, the twins wrote fan fiction and created rituals. They determined one of them had to die in order for the other to live a normal life. Jennifer agreed to be the sacrifice. During a transfer to another facility in 1993, Jennifer died. It was later determined that she died of an enlarged heart. No foul play was suspected in her death, but June started speaking with the general public. Her first words were reportedly, “I’m free at last, liberated, and at last Jennifer has given up her life for me.”

The twins did speak to one woman, journalist Marjorie Wallace, who brought attention to their story. As of 2008, June was living in Wales with her parents and has put her mysterious past behind her.

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