Edward Mordrake: The Man With 2 Faces

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Edward Mordrake: The man with two faces. Edward does not only have a unique condition, he is also widely known as the man with two faces from urban legends

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Number 8 Origin
Ever since 2007, pictures have been circulating online allegedly depicting a 19th century Englishman named Edward Mordrake. According to an article initially published in 1895, in the Boston Post, Mordrake was born with an extra face on the back of his head.
Number 7 Story
As the story goes, Mordrake was heir to one of England’s most noble peerages but he would never claim the title. He was a gifted musician and a scholar who lived in complete isolation from the rest of the world, even the members of his own family. In the original article, the author claims that the nobleman had a graceful figure.
Number 6 Twin
The face, which only occupied a small portion at the back of Mordrake’s head, was described as that of a beautiful girl and said to have been ‘lovely as a dream’ . It also allegedly displayed every sign of intelligence. The lips would move incessantly as the eyes followed the movements of whoever was in front of it. If Mordrake was sad or crying, the face would smile with satisfaction. According to Mordrake, his ‘twin’, as he referred to the face, never slept. Even though the rest of the world couldn’t hear it, at night, the ‘twin’ would relentlessly whisper to him.
Number 5 The End
In the end, it didn’t matter. Mordrake took it upon himself to seek, what he considered to be, the only hope of freedom from his ordeal. He left behind a letter instructing whoever found it to destroy the face. Mordrake feared that it might continue to whisper to him.
Number 4 Real Medical Cases
The article written by Hildreth was included in an 1896 encyclopedia entitled ‘Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine’. Even though the encyclopedia describes the basics of Mordrake’s condition, it doesn’t really offer a medical diagnosis. It occurs in conjoined twins, when one of them is underdeveloped and less functional. It typically takes the form of a vestigial head that’s attached to the dominant twin. A 2016 report claims that, out of the few recorded cases of Craniopagus parasiticus, only three made it past birth to be studied and included in literature. Only one case study out of them, the ‘two-headed boy of Bengal’, lived to be four years old. In its rarest forms, the entire face may be duplicated.
Number 3 Fact or Fiction
There are several medical explanations for a condition such as Edward Mordrake’s and the fact that his case was included in a medical encyclopedia might, at first glance, lend it some credibility. Yet, there are several aspects of his situation that are inconsistent with documented medicine. Mordrake, on the other hand, lived to be 23 years old. Even if it might have been misinterpreted as female, it’s highly doubtful that it would have displayed any sign of intelligence. Descriptions of the vestigial face of the two-headed boy claimed that it could grimace and, to some degree, move its eyes. Yet, even if some basic form of consciousness was present, intelligence was never observed.
Number 2 Sources
Some may argue that Dr. Georges M. Gould and Dr. David L. Pyle, the co-authors of ‘Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine’ were trying to cover their bases when they stated in the encyclopedia that the account on Mordrake came from ‘lay sources’. The only problem is there weren’t any other sources on Mordrake up to that point. The text was traced back word for word to the article Hildreth had written for the Boston Post, a year before the encyclopedia was released. Hildreth was known as a writer of fiction. The article was entitled ‘The Wonders of Modern Science’. Aside from Mordrake, these included a man with the body of a spider, a man with four eyes, a woman with the tail of a fish, a man whose hands and feet ended in huge crab-like claws and others. He claimed in his article that he’d found about Mordrake from an old report of the ‘Royal Scientific Society’. It’s unclear whether a society with this name had even existed. There was also no evidence found in subsequent research that Mordrake’s doctors, Manvers and Treadwell, had ever existed.
Number 1 Edward Mordrake in Popular Culture
Whether or not his story was authentic, Edward Mordrake has definitely found a place in pop culture as the subject of various plays, texts, films or songs. He inspired a Tom Waits song called ‘Poor Edward’ and three episodes of a series, where he was portrayed by Wes Bentley.There’s also a feature length film under the working title ‘Edward Mordrake’ that’s currently in development.