A horror promise: The odd story of the Silent Twins is going to the big screen

The bond between twins, is something so unique that no one can understand completely unless you have one. There’s this strong connection between them no one can break it apart. That’s the type of union June and Jennifer Gibbons used to have, a shared bond that led them to therapy until one of them sacrificed herself for the other.

It’s been declared that a movie is on the plans to bring the story of these girls known as The Silent Twins. The name was given to them because they refused to communicate with anyone but themselves. However, what’s even weirder was not their threat of silent to the world but their peculiar bond and words of promise: “If one of us died, the other must begin to speak and live a normal life”.

Born in April 11th, 1963 in Barbados, they relocated and started a new life with their family in 1974 at Haverfordwest, Wales. Since they were the only black girls in the community, it became a traumatic experience for them and thus, starting to isolate and making their idioglossia evolved.

This condition refers to the “private language” of young children, especially twins, later known as cryptophasia or twin talk, because it’s a lanaguage only they can understand. So all attempts of many therapists to get the twins to communicate with others were in vain, except for their younger sister Rose.

They were even separated to attend different schools in order to break their isolation but that only provoked them to distance even more and became catatonic while being apart. So when they were together again, they spent many years only at their room and made plays and stories in a sort of soap opera style with dolls and later on, began their writing careers with number of stories, poems and novels.

Normally their stories would be set primarily in the United States but curiously a lot of their stories involved young men and women who exhibited strange and often criminal behaviour.

During their teenage years, the girls began experimenting with substances and alcohol as well as comitted a numbers of crimes such as vandalism, theft and arson which led them to being admitted to the Broadmoor Hospital, a high-security psychiatric hospital only to remain there for 11 years.

While being in the hospital, they began to believe that it was necessary for one of them to die because if one day they could be set free from the hospital, one should give up her life so that way the other one could live a normal life and being completely free.

After much discussion, Jennifer agreed to make the sacrifice of her life. In March 1993, the twins were transferred to Caswell Clinic in Bridgend, Wales but strangely, during their arrival Jennifer could not be roused.

She had to be taken to the hospital where she died soon after of acute myocarditis, a sudden inflammation of the heart. The horryifing thing about this is that there was no evidence of poison in her system, and her death remains a mystery. Another intriguing fact was June revealed that Jennifer had been acting strangely the day before and saying she was dying.

Journalist Marjorie Wallace, part of The Sunday Times, covered their story and gave them the known name of The Silent Twins. She used to visit the twins in order to understand their odd and sometimes unsettling behavior and also the love and obsessive hatred each other had, and years later she released a book about the two under the same name in which she revealed that the diaries of the twins used to describe that their close relationship made them feel “possesed”.

According to Wallace, she visited June a few days later after Jennifer’s death, mentioning she was acting in a strange way and said: “I’m free at last, liberated, and at last Jennifer has given up her life for me”.

Today, June is 57 and lives near her parents in West Wales.

The movie was announced early this year with the script based on the book by Wallace, The Silent Twins, which will be helmed by Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska, known for The Lure (2015) and Fuga (2018). Also, Black Panther’s Letitia Wright has signed to be part of the upcoming film as well as The Long Song star Tamara Lawrance.

The odd story of the Gibbons’ sisters has been introduced to the public in different documentaries, one back in 1986 with the same name that they are known as and the other in 1994 called “The Silent Twin – Withouth My Shadow”. This is going to be the first time to be on the big screen.

It was reported that the movie would begin shooting on April but more details are yet to be reveal.

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