Stories of Twins Separated at Birth

Amazing Stories of Reunited Twins

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In February 2014, the world became enamored with the story of Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman. The two girls, raised on different continents, were twins who discovered each other through Facebook and You Tube. Their fascinating story is just one example of incidences of twins separated at birth. Once reunited, they often discover amazing similarities and coincidences. 

Like Anais and Samantha, James Arthur Springer and James Edward Lewis were adopted by different families and grew up apart.

In 1979. at the age of thirty-nine, they were reunited. After becoming involved with the Minnesota Twin Family Study, some remarkable similarities were established. For example (from the book Entwined Lives by Nancy Segal) :

  • Physical: both were six feet tall and weighed 180 lbs.
  • Marriages: both had been married twice. Even more incredibly, both of their first wives were named Linda and their second wives were named Betty.
  • Children: Their sons had the same names (James Alan and James Allan)
  • Pets: Both had a dog named Toy growing up.
  • Employment: Both worked in law enforcement as sherriffs
  • Preferences: Both smoked Salems and drank Miller Lite beer
  • Habits: Both bit their fingernails

But there were also differences. They had different hairstyles. One married for a third time. And one was more adept at speaking while the other was a better writer.  

Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein are identical twin sisters wrote a book about their experience.

Identical Strangers details their story. They were separated by an adoption agency in New York that sought to separate identical twins as infants and then follow their development as an experiment. They never knew the other existed. Thirty-five years later, when Elyse initiated an inquiry about her birth family, she discovered that she had a twin sister.

 

Anna Kandl and Ella Cuares were adopted from China in 2006 and raised in the United States. Their adopted mothers made the connection that the girls were born at the same time and had a suspicion that they might be related. After testing, it was confirmed they were fraternal twins. Although the families live in different states, they encourage the girls’ relationship. Their story was detailed in this news program.

Emilie Falk and Lin Backman were born in Indonesia and were both adopted by families in Sweden. They grew up about twenty-five miles apart but never knew each other until an Internet search put them in contact with each other and they reunited thirty years later. An article reports that both girls are teachers, have the same wedding anniversary and danced to the same wedding song. 

Barbara Herbert and Daphne Goodship were adopted by separate families after their mother committed suicide. When they were reunited as adults, they discovered many eerie coincidences in their lives.

Both left school at 14 and met their husbands when they were 16. Both surffered miscarriages in the same month, then had two sons and a daughter. Both preferred their coffee cold and had phobias about blood and heights. They have the same heart murmur, thyroid problem, and allergies.

Same sex twins are not the only ones separated at birth. This article details a story of a man and a woman who married each other without realizing that they were brother and sister. The twins were separated at birth and met as adults and felt “an inevitable attraction.” Although their identity was not made public, their story compelled public and political attention to the legal rights of individuals to access their biological identity. 

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