MYSTERIOUS TWINS SPEAK TO ANYONE
They made a number of attempts to gain their release – even apparently writing to the Queen – but their applications were always rejected.
More than a decade would pass inside the secure hospital, and in latter years the pair did apparently being to talk a little to hospital staff.
An entry in Jennifer’s diary’s reads: “What a senseless degrading havoc I have made of my poor sweet human life.”
However despite their copious diary entries, they were heavily medi- cated at Broadmoor and their creative writing – their poetry and short story writing – dwindled.
Eventually in 1993 the decision was taken to move them to mediumsecurity unit closer to home – the Caswell Clinic at Glanrhyd Hospital in Bridgend.
On the morning of March 9 they boarded a van from Berkshire but on arrival Jennifer was noted to be physically weak and unwell.
She was rushed to the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, but died at 6.30pm that evening.
A post-mortem examination revealed an undiagnosed myocarditis, inflammation of the heart. She was 29 years old.
June remained at the Caswell for a year following her sister’s death before returning to West Wales where she tried to rebuild her life.
Wallace believes that, during their stay in hospital, they began to believe that in order for one of them to be free the other must die.
She wrote that when she had interviewed them in Broadmoor, Jennifer calmly stated that she had decided to die so that June could live a normal life.
She said: “I don’t think there is really an explanation for that except Jennifer willing herself to die. After I learned about Jennifer’s death – it was about two or three days later – I went down to visit June.
“And I found her surprisingly intact, really, and very prepared to talk. She spoke very clearly about the conflict between her terrible grief at losing the person closest in her life and her – the freedom that Jennifer had given her.”
Jennifer is now buried under a headstone engraved with a poem written by June. It reads: ‘ We once were two/We two made one/We no more two/Through life be one/Rest in peace.’
An extraordinary and complex life no doubt, and one from the outside – and perhaps from the inside too – that is hard to understand. A life of a sisterly bonds, of love and hate, of isolation, imagination, words, and sadness.
The story of the “silent twins” would later inspire the Manics’ song Tsunami on their album This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours.
The words of the opening verse read: “For you my dear sister Holding onto me forever Disco dancing with the rapists Your only crime is silence.”
Chief executive of Sane Marjorie Wallace with the late Jennifer Gibbons, left, and her twin June, during a visit to Broadmoor. Jennifer died aged 29
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