Have you ever heard about a man with two faces? Isn’t it so scary for even thinking for a second? But it’s a fact. This is the story of Edward Mordrake, known as one of the most bizarre and most interesting cases of deformity in the history.
His unusual case occurred early in medical history and is referenced only in tales handed down. He was born in the 19th century and had an extra face on the back of his head. The duplicate face could not see, eat or speak out loud but was said to “sneer while Mordake was happy” and “smile while Mordake was weeping”. So he referred to it as a Demon Face.
His second face possessed its own intelligence and was quite malignant in its intentions. It has been said that the eyes would follow spectators and its lips would ‘gibber’ relentlessly and silently. It has also been said that Edward lived completely isolated from everyone else. He thought the best way to carry on his life was to stay away from everyone. This isolation even included his own family members.
Mordake repeatedly begged doctors to have his “demon face” removed, claiming that it whispered things that “one would only speak about in hell” at night, but no doctor would attempt it. Mordake died according to the legend by committing suicide at the age of 23.
The theories of his death also differ, some say that he inhaled poison and in other versions, a bullet ‘between the eyes of his devil-twin’ puts him out of his misery. In both versions, Edward leaves behind a letter requesting that: