Our world grows more mystical everyday. Many strange occurrences much more close knit than coincidences have been on record. Some people have cited this as due to the existence of the supernatural and those who do not believe have been forced to rethink things. One of such is the case of reincarnation. Fact or fiction? Well, today’s story is one which strongly insinuates that reincarnation is actually more of fact than just fiction.
This is the story of the Pollock twins.
In the 1940s, a man named John Pollock got married to a woman named Florence. They had two boys, and in 1946, they gave birth to their third child and first daughter and named her Joanna. Few years later, in 1951, they gave birth to their second daughter who they named Jacqueline. They all lived together in Hexham Northumberland, England.
Joanna and Jacqueline were really fond of eachother, they played together, read together, ate together, they pretty much did everything together. Joanna treated Jacqueline with so much love and care and this made Jacqueline to see her as a ‘second mother’.
On 7th May, 1957(Joanna was now 11, while Jacqueline was 6), Tragedy struck!
As the sisters were walking to church with a friend, a car on high speed hit them from behind, killing them on the spot. The driver of the car was later found to be a woman who had just lost legal custody of her kids. She was also found to be under the influence of drugs, intending to commit suicide before she hit the girls.
When John and Florence heard about the death of their daughters, they were devastated. However, John who was a bit superstitious believed that the children were going to reincarnate. Florence on the other hand did not believe in reincarnations, and as a result, they normally had disputes concerning the situation(reincarnation) and even came close to divorcing at one point.
After sometime, Florence became pregnant again, and on October 4 1958, Florence gave birth to a set of twins. This came as a suprise to everyone( except for John) because when Florence was scanned prior to when she gave birth, the results showed that she was only going to have one child and not a set of twins.
The twins were named Gillian and Jennifer.
John’s belief about reincarnation started to materialize when it was discovered that the twins had birthmarks that looked exactly like that of Joanna and Jacqueline. Also, Jennifer had a birthmark on her forehead which was similar to a scar Jacqueline had on the same spot(after she had fallen over a bucket) when she was alive.
When the twins turned three months old, the family moved from Hexham to WhitleyBay in a bid to stay far away from where the accident had happened.
Strangely, as the girls grew older, they started talking about and even perfectly described the toys that Joanna and Jacqueline had played with when they were alive, even though they had never seen them(the toys) in their life. The girls also had the exact favourite food as Joanna and Jacqueline, behaved exactly like them, walked the exact same way they walked, and even faced the same challenges their elder sisters faced(such as not being able to hold a pencil correctly).
Even though the girls were of the same age, Gillian took care of Jennifer and even treated her like she was her ‘second mother,’ just as Joanna treated Jacqueline. The girls were also able to identify places their elder sisters usually visited (such as the schools they attended, the playgrounds they loved), even describing some of the places perfectly without having to see them.
What made the whole sister ordeal extremely strange was that the twins didn’t even have the slightest idea that they had elder sisters who had died from a car accident.
Despite all the similarities John and Florence had noticed about their twin girls and their deceased elder sisters, Florence still did not want to believe that there was any such thing as ‘reincarnation’.
However, Florence started to bow to pressure when she overheard the twins discussing about how their sisters died, detailing everything just as it happened, on one occasion, she even heard Gillian telling Jennifer “The blood’s coming out of your eyes, that’s where the car hit you”.
They had a fear for cars too and would often have nightmares about being hit by a car.
In 1963, a psychologist named Ian Stevenson got word about the twins and decided to look into the case. He met them when they were about four years old . He interviewed their parents, examined the girls, their birthmarks, D.N.A and so on.
Dr Stevenson met the family again in 1967 and one last time in 1978 when the girls were 20.
As the girls grew older, they began to lose memories of their “past life”, until there was nothing left to remember.
Dr Stevenson wrote a detailed case report on the girls and also mentioned it in a book in 1987 called “children who remember previous lives, a question of reincarnation”.
Different alternative explanations have been proposed on the story of the sisters, with one being maternal impression which believes that during Florence’s pregnancy, she might have thought so much about her deceased daughters and this led to her twins’ strange behaviour.
Others believe that the twins might have been told everything by their elder brothers all along.
Whether you see the story as a mere coincidence or you see it as ‘maternal impression’ or some other thing, the fact still remains that the story of the Pollock twins is certainly a strong case for reincarnation.



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