Teen Sees Own Face On Front Page Of Newspaper, Learns Truth About Past
Marilyn Caylor 4/2/2018
When 19-year-old Bobby Shafran started his first day of class at Sullivan County Community College in New York, he was surprised when girls he didn't even know started giving him hugs and kisses. But, things got really confusing when all the guys on campus gave him high-fives and called him "Eddy."
Everyone acted like they knew him, and he couldn't figure out why. Then another student, Michael Domnitz, pulled him aside and they solved the mystery together. What neither of them knew was that Bobby's life was about to take him down a rabbit hole that would get weird to the nth degree - and not for the reason that you might think!
Bobby was adopted as a baby, and it turns out that he shares the same birth date as the man he had been mistaken for, Eddy Galland. Since the two teens looked identical and were both born on July 12, 1961, the conclusion was obvious - they must have been twins who were separated at birth!
The two men arranged to meet, and that's when Bobby and Eddy discovered that their similarities didn't end with just their physical characteristics. They both had the same laugh, and even shared the same genius IQ of 148. Not surprisingly, their happy reunion made the local newspaper, but then the situation took an even more surprising turn.
As surreal as this chance meeting was, it was about to get Alice In Wonderland weird. David Kellman woke up one morning and saw his own face, two of them in fact, peering at him from the front cover of the newspaper. Yep, this tale of two lost twins would now be told in triplicate going forward!
After they met, the triplets uncovered even more similarities, such as the brand of cigarettes they smoked and their attraction to older women. The young men also shared a love of Italian food, even though they had all been brought up in Jewish families.
Since this was back before the Internet existed, their story went "viral" the old fashioned way - they hit the daytime TV talk show circuit! Bobby, Eddy, and David were interviewed on Donahue, TODAY, and Good Morning America. However, what they told everyone on national TV wasn't actually the real story. That wouldn't come until years later when the triplets finally discovered the creepy truth about their lives!
Although plans were made to film a documentary, it didn't come to fruition until almost four decades later. Sadly, this new version, Three Identical Strangers, is a lot darker than it would have been had it been made back in the 1980's. The unethical secrets and experiments that have been uncovered since that time has put a whole new spin on "designer baby."
At the time of their adoption from the now-defunct Louise Wise Services, the agency's own rules prevented the babies from being adopted together. Since the boys were going to three separate families, scientists saw it as an opportunity to answer the age-old "nature vs. nurture" question.
From day one, the boys became the subjects of a secret long-term study that was partly funded by the National Institutes of Health. None of the adoptive parents knew that their son had identical siblings, or that this lie of omission was only the beginning of a sinister tale that would end in tragedy.
The parents were initially told that their son was part of a child development study, and its continuation was a stipulation of the adoption. This gave psychologists an excuse to film the children's behavior and subject them additional tests, which occurred on a monthly basis for 12 years. It was also a chance for these kids, who were placed in three entirely different socioeconomic backgrounds, to have their lives tinkered with from infancy.
Dr. Peter Neubauer, the lead psychologist who was in charge of the study, also spied on at least a dozen other sets of twins who came from the same adoption agency in New York. After his experiment came to light, Dr. Neubauer feared that public opinion wouldn't be favorable. Bobby was one of the good doc's harshest critics, and according to an interview published in the LA Times, he said:
"How can you do this with little children? How can you do this to a little baby--innocent children being torn apart at birth?"
Dr. Neubauer's research was handed over to an archive at Yale University, where they are to remain sealed until 2066. But for Bobby, Eddy, David, and all the other families that were unwilling participants in this study, the real results of the study came out a lot sooner.
The stress of having discovered that his life was part of a sick experiment, and that perhaps he wasn't even the person he was meant to be, shook Eddy to his core. Sadly, he ended his own life, leaving behind a wife and child.
Perhaps the only real conclusion that can be drawn here is that research like this should never be allowed to happen, especially when it robs an individual of his soul.
Watch this video to find out more about this sinister social experiment.