What kind of sadists would separate triplets at birth?
I remember the story of the separated triplets who found each other from the time it happened back in 1980.
A boy named Robert Shafran went to his college for the first time and was immediately mistaken for another boy named Eddy. One of Eddy’s friends asked Robert if he was adopted and when his birthday was. It was enough for them to figure out that Eddy Galland, also adopted and with the same birthday, was Robert’s identical twin.
Shortly after the newspapers got wind of the miraculous reunion, another brother, David Kellman, also adopted into yet another family, recognized himself in the photos of Robert and Eddy. They weren’t twins. The three were triplets.
It was a wonderful story but…why had the boys been separated and placed with different families in the first place?
In the chilling documentary, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS, which I saw earlier today, the case is examined in detail but without much resolution. The boys were all adopted through a thankfully now-defunct agency called Louise Wise Services. They were part of a psychological study allowed by the agency, along with the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, that they had never agreed to participate in and did not know was going on. Their adoptive parents were told “all children” being adopted at that time were being followed by psychologists, but without any viable explanation, then – or now.
This sick study was engineered by one Dr. Peter Neubauer. Neubauer’s team followed all three boys, and treated them as no more than human lab rats, relentlessly visiting them in their homes and testing them over the years, and even putting the tests on film, yet. The study may have been on “nature versus nurture,” a concept that psychologists in the 1960s, when the experiment began, were obsessed with. As one of this Dr. Neubauer’s former assistants says in the movie, it’s “scary” to think genetics plays a role in who children become.
Scary for her, perhaps. Scary for this Dr. Neubauer too, no doubt. But would the three identical triplets have considered it “scary” that they had a lot in common had they been allowed to be raised together, rather than separated and put into different homes by the awful people running the Louise Wise Agency?
Lest anyone think I’m exaggerating when I call the Louise Wise Agency dolts “awful,” there’s more. When the boys found each other, their parents went to confront the agency to find out why they were separated. The meeting took place on a rainy night. They were given vague answers to their questions. When one father went back into the agency afterwards because he forgot his umbrella, he found the jerks from the meeting toasting one another with champagne, “As if,” he says, “they’d just dodged a bullet.”
Indeed, they had. For it wasn’t just these triplets who were separated. So were a bunch of sets of identical twins placed by the same accursed agency, who, to this day, might not know they have a twin out there somewhere!
More evasions were given to the question of who financed this hideous study. Obviously there was money behind it, since the separated siblings were followed for years by the psychological team, and even put on film. Who paid for it? “Private donors from Washington” was the only answer the triplets and their parents could get, and that sounds blatantly ridiculous. For one thing, the Louise Wise Agency and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services were New York, not Washington, organizations…
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services could not possibly look any worse than they do at this moment, with this award-winning movie in the theaters, raising disturbing questions that have yet to be answered. They used these children in an experiment, for God’s sake. It’s atrocious! So I’d like to know, first and foremost:
What was the full purpose behind this idiotic study?
When are they going to tell the separated twins who were also unwitting participants in this debacle that they have a twin?
And who the Hell financed the sinister study that led triplets and twins to be raised separately in a “nature versus nurture” experiment in the first place?