Silent Twins: Without My Shadow
The Silent Twins the bizarre story of two twins who only spoke to each other were novelists cum arsonists and who formed a suicide pact which resulted in one of the twins death

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Documentary about the twins June and Jennifer Gibbons of Barbadian descent, born in 1963 and raised in Yorkshire and Devon, England, and in Wales, near Royal Air Force bases where their father worked as a technician. Their elective mutism was a manifestation of a psychological bond that at once sustained and strangled them, cutting them off from vital relations with anyone else. For most of their lives they were deaf to voices other than their own, cut off from the discourse of the family and the larger community surrounding them. Relies heavily on interviews with June Gibbons after the sudden death of Jennifer in 1993.

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Lakeya Mcclain : Everyone is focused on their speech impediment....did anyone notice how brilliant they are?😳 their novels and diaries were impeccable! The words that flowed from them had me memorized....it was like poetry...I think they were misunderstood GENIUSES! I feel like its alot of extra shit went on in their life for no reason...a lil speech therapy and patience, would have ex'd out alot of this heartache and bullshit they went through...

Ark10 : Those girls were taunted, ostracize and tortured by their classmates, not only because they had a small speech impediment because there were of African ancestry, the teachers didn't want to bother with the twins, so they lied along with the children saying they spoke a secret language, there was no secret language............they spoke English. I can understand it them clearly! Systematic racism did not afford them the same opportunities as if Caucasian or rich. They were failed by the judge, court ordered psychiatrist, educational and the legal system, most of all they were failed by their parents who were unaware of the ill intentions of the powers-that-be

Maays : African clicking language? I wouldn't speak to anyone too if I was suffering frm racism from classmates AND teachers

Vonda Jay : Why isn’t this a movie yet!!! Lifetime where y’all at!!?

Lowkey Peace : First of all they faced racism and were bullied

Xx Xx : They both felt like they were one person So there cant be two of one One had to die for them to feel like an individual I think

Annell08 : These girls were were very intelligent, you can tell by the way that they wrote..

Rebel Love : Question... WHY do all these videos on youtube talking about "evil kids" show THEIR photos? They weren't even evil. This is why its important to do your research.

Angelica & Angelique Flores : Seems like they just had a speech problem and hated repeating themselves and it became a habit to just not talk to people

P. Belle : The father does not have a speech impediment he has an accent. He's from the thr Caribbean.

Nya G : I've no idea why they were made such a spectacle of! They were failed so terribly on so many levels. They needed psychological and emotional support and love, and not to be treated like lab rats or a freak show.

Laurie X : It was as if they were using the twins for experiments

tionne baptista : They have such a beautiful way with words, they should have gotten more recognition for their writing than they did.

Elle Louise : They would have been better off in the Caribbean. The UK effectively ruined their lives. Racism triggered their behavior.They would not have encountered racism in the Caribbean. They never would have been placed in Broadmoor if they had been white, and, murderers get less time in prison than these girls had to endure. Structural racism alive and well.

Sweet Ginger : I feel like their parents moved to the tranquil town in England from Barbados in search of a Better life. Their identical twins faced racism because of the color of their skin. No one realizes how damaging racism is to your psyche. I wish that their classmates showed them love. But no, they had to leave school five to ten minutes early daily because of their psycho classmates bullied them.

Ms. Smith : They don’t speak English,but a African click language so racist.

Vol B : It is Jennifer's death that mystify's me. Predicting your death like that.... And june saying one of them had to die so the other could live....

breezy : Everyone is saying they can’t understand her but I can understand her fine??

Carol Hills : I feel there is something else that is not being said here, but whatever

Torri loopay : "If you can't hear us now then you never will" 🤐😶😶😶

Onika Miraj : Racism played a HUGE part

Natalie M : June seems so normal, but when you think of everything that has happened and everything she's done, she seems like she should be insane.

Amber Stephens : That "African clicking language" is quite obviously English. Interesting how racism shuts the mind off to truth.

deairreo hill : 12 years for arson a white kid would have got probation

MsPorcia : This should be a lifetime movie! Wow! This is fascinating

Melissa Diamond : Anne Frank got a book of her diaries Why cant the twins get their own book...

Sara Matilde Grytten : 2018?

usui usui : Why do people try to portray the silent twins as a terrifying or chilling story? Its actually a heartbreaking story of two twin sisters who got bullied at school due to their being a different colour and suffered from speech impediment and other social evils later in life. They only needed 'proper' help. God this world can be so cruel at times. My heart goes out to them. May jennifer's soul rest in peace.

Terrie Terry : They were INCARCERATED because the institution wanted to STUDY THEM! When Jennifer passed they couldn't release June right away because it would have been too obvious! Incarcerating a person because they are different? Because they refused to speak? Any can see that dispite the speach impediment, the woman is extremely articulate and intelligent. If they would have released them and chose for them OUTPATIENT HELP, her twin sister would be alive! The mother and father trusted these devils in white jackets, not fully understanding their actual intent to study these girls was the real reason to keep them incarcerated. The results of the 2 decade will probably end up in a medical journal1 with credit going to her captors - I mean doctors. Guess who will get the royalties? Not June. 😔 ASININE.

noorsahida : Their movements from the videos looked as if it was all in slow motion. I thought I was tripping.

0.0M views : Society kill what they don't understand, especially a racist society.

Zarasha1 : These kids were in tune with the spiritual realm than all of us. They had special gifts that were not nurtured but made to feel cripple.

MsTy2908 : These girls were traumatized. So sad how they were dismissed for being " different". They were very smart young ladies, that were stuck in a habit from distress.

Bridget C : It's crazy how they knew one of them had to die for the other to live a normal life. Jennifer predicting her early death and how both of them tried murdering, I mean drowning one another...just gives me the chills.

Stench Trench : Well now I know the real story instead of an exaggerated "scary" version from all the unoriginal YouTubers.

Melissa Diamond : Adults act so stupid when it comes to tryn to understand kids LOL. These girls were living in a time when blacks were targeted by clans in the open. They were New in town the new black girls who are twins with a speech issue and quiet, observant an kept to themselves being they already had 1 strike BLACK. U got their parents not being smart enough to keep their kids out of the hands of people who would RECORD THEIR EVERY MOVE. Naming black children as MENTALLY UNSTABLE. WHEN ALL THEY WANTED WAS TO BE LEFT ALONE SO THEY REBELLED IN THEIR OWN TWIN WAY.

Renee Jones : There was no reason for them to be in that asylum for that long.

ZhanaZee : I always wanted to meet them even if they wouldn't talk I just wanted them to know.....that I cared about them. And wanted the best for them both.

Michael Ornelas : They were treated as oddities from day one instead of human beings. Being ostracized as a child is very damaging mentally. To go from around the clock bullying and abuse from classmates to being thrown into a topsy turvy system is not normal for anyone let alone little girls. I'm glad this documentary focused on the bare truth rather than exploiting the twins as other worldly mysteries.

Renee Wheeler : Would you talk to people that were bullying you? Heck No!

Bcherie U : they needed speech therapy. you can see how they never learned how to full open their mouth and enunciate the words.

esau opiyo : Society is rotten

Kitso Ntuli : English is my 3rd language but I could understand this. I think because she was silent for so long, she learned not to use her tongue much.

M S : why were ppl so focused on them tho just bc they were quiet & didnt talk to anyone but each other. They literally didnt bother anyone

Isabella Orlowski : Who came from Bella’s video?

Katie Aviss : The videos of them together are quite haunting. Such a strange and sad story.

Daveni Rodriguez : Is it weird I can %100 understand what the girls are saying 😫

shebeatsbeauty ! : I cried when she said she wakes up to live one more day for her sister

St Marquise : The mental institutions get lots of $$$ for keeping patients I feel like there's some missing chunks in this story