Some people are born as what we term as normal, others are born with special and profoundly unique abilities, while some are born with bodily impairments. One of such people was Edward Mordrake.

Born in the 19th century, Mordrake was the heir to one of the noblest peerage in England. He was noted to have been a great scholar, a gentleman of “fine attainments” and a very good musician. He had one problem though. He had a very handsome face and figure but was tormented by a misshapen female face behind his head often described as “lovely as a dream, hideous as a devil”. It is believed that he was actually a malformed conjoined twin. Anyways, his evil twin (as he often called her) was known to have exhibited a malignant sort of intelligence and was noted to have smiled whenever he was sad or agitated and sneered, repulsively drooling whenever he was happy. The face showed neither sign of having the ability of sight, hearing nor the ability to eat. The eyes often followed the movements of spectators with lips gibbering nonstop. Although no audible sounds were produced, Mordrake claimed that it kept him up all night, whispering the most horrific things to him. He was known to have stated;

“I have been kept from rest at night by the hateful whispers of my devil twin which never sleeps but talks to me forever of such things as they only speak in hell. No imagination can conceive the dreadful temptations it sets before me. For some unforgiven wickedness of my forefathers, I am knit to this fiend- for a fiend it surely is. I beg and beseech you to crush it out of human semblance, even if I die for it.”

Mordrake tried to get rid of the “evil” face by going to the hospital to have it removed, but to no avail(either the doctors could not treat him or they outrightly refused).
He then locked himself up in his room, thence living a secluded life of misery and continuously expressing his will to commit suicide to his physicians. He later took poison and died at the young age of 23 in spite of strict surveillance placed on his room, leaving a letter with a request that they destroy the evil face before his burial to prevent it from whispering to him even in his grave. He was buried in a waste place at his own request with neither a stone nor legend to mark his grave.
The earliest description of Mordrake was discovered in an 1895 Boston Post article written by fiction writer Charles Lotin. In 1896, medical encyclopedia Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine also made a reference to Mordrake but these accounts have been believed to be more of fiction than fact. The former was believed to publish the story to increase readers interest in the newspaper.
The tale of Edward Mordrake has hitherto been described as an urban legend.


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