“the bond between twins is stronger than between mother and son, or between husband and wife”.
strong as that statement is, and it was made by donald keith, not only a twin, but also the director of the non-profit center for the study of multiple births, an exploration of the lives of twins supports her. there is a bond that seems to go beyond love or any other emotion; some twins say that their thoughts connect, and they have a sense of wholeness together, and a raw, painful incompleteness if they are forced apart, or if one of them dies.
That is a question that is put to the test in the new film “a sister’s secret”, which will be released on August 5 and is based on a true story. Two twin sisters decide to secretly trade places for their 30th birthday. but this playful prank turns into a nightmare when one of them is killed. the living twin decides to continue acting like her sister to try to find the killer’s identity, but she must do so before the killer realizes the wrong sister was her target and comes after her.
True stories full of tragedy and devotion, and the unexplained, can be found when you study the twins. which is not a big surprise. After all, there are approximately 73 million sets of twins in the world today, according to research cited in the book “Twin Stories: Their Mysterious and Unique Bond,” by Susan Kohl.
Controversy revolves around the question of whether the twins have a true psychic connection, with stories of one experiencing pain when the other suddenly dies miles away. take the english twins the houghtons. One day at her home, Gemma Houghton, then 15, suddenly had a powerful feeling that her twin, Leanne, who suffers from epilepsy, was in trouble. gemma ran into the bathroom, where she knew leanne was taking a bath, and found her sister underwater and turning blue. gemma grabbed her sister, pulled her out of the tub, and gave her cpr.
“I had this sudden feeling of going to see her. It was like a voice telling me ‘your sister needs you,'” Gemma told reporters when the story broke in 2009. “She was underwater. At first, I thought she was washing her hair or playing tricks on her, but when I looked up I saw she had turned blue. I knew she had a seizure.”
Some scientists are skeptical of these cases and point to coincidence or just a good hunch rather than telepathy. however, what to do with the twins who were separated at birth and when they meet in adulthood they discover that they like the same clothes, the same music and the same car?
one of the most extraordinary stories is that of jim lewis and jim springer. They were born in 1940 and were adopted by different families within a 50-mile radius of each other in Ohio. Both sets of parents named their new sons “James.” Each of the Jims was married twice: first to a woman named Linda and then to a woman named Betty. They each had children, including a son they named James Alan. they both had dogs they called toy. One Jim was a security guard, the other a deputy sheriff. after meeting in 1979, the twins agreed to participate in a study. their medical histories were identical. In terms of taste, they each had carpentry shops set up in their garages, bought Chevys, smoked a lot of cigarettes, and even liked the same vacation spot in Florida.
Even twins who have known each other their whole lives can have a lot in common. Mike and Bob Bryan have been partners in what some say is the most successful doubles team in tennis history. together, the two have played 76 consecutive grand slam events. However, his streak came to a halt this year when Bob injured his hip at the Madrid Open.
in may, at the french open, mike played with another partner, but told the associated press: “obviously i have a lot more fun when we do it together. I felt a bit lonely this week, doing all these things alone. it feels like you’re missing half of yourself.”
why this strange connection? the researchers speculate that since twins share so much genetic material, it could be predetermined that they will have similar brain patterns because they have similar brain structure. it does tilt the nature versus nurture question more toward nature, scientists admit.
Regardless of brain wave analysis, having a twin can be helpful in many, many ways. actress linda hamilton asked her twin, leslie hamilton gearren, to appear in a scene with her in “terminator 2”. in the script, her character was face to face with a deadly clone. in the film, that was not the special effect the audience saw. the twins just stood together, looking at each other.
Being able to impersonate someone else can be fun, and it can also be used for criminal purposes. Ronald and Reggie Kray were the inseparable crime lords of London’s East End in the 1950s and 1960s. “They projected an aura of evil and power,” an associate told a documentary filmmaker. When mentally ill Ronnie was committed to London County/Long Grove Asylum, his brother came to visit him and secretly switched places with him so Ronnie could walk out the front door.
And yet the twins don’t have everything in common. Just ask Monica Sparks and Jessica Ann Tyson, who are currently running for the same office in neighboring districts in Michigan’s Kent County. sparks is a democrat and tyson is a republican. yes, it has caused a lot of friction. but the twin bond cannot be broken.
“The left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird,” the twins told reporters. “We’re not going to let this come between our family.”