In 1980, 19-year-old Robert Shafran first came to the new college.
The people around him behaved strangely, called him by a different name and behaved as if they had known each other for a long time.
On the same day, Robert was surprised to learn that he has two more twin brothers. They were separated in early childhood.
And this was not the last surprise: it turned out that all three participated in a special experiment.
On that day in college, Robert was taken to his twin by students. The guys were like two peas in a pod and both grew up in foster families. Robert’s brother’s name was Edward Gallan.
A few months later, a student at another college, David Kellman, saw a story about the reunion of the twins on TV and was also shocked: Robert and Edward were his exact copy.
Of course, all three met, and it turned out that their adoptive parents did not even know about the existence of other brothers. Only one twin grew up in each family. All families lived at least 150 kilometers from each other.
The brothers’ adoptive parents began to investigate why they were separated as children. They met with representatives of the authorities and finally learned about the strange experiment.
It turned out that the famous child psychologist, Peter Neubauer, was researching how the environment will influence the formation of a person’s character.
He specially settled the twins in different families and checked which traits would be inherited and which ones a person would acquire during his life.
David was given to a family that can be called a working class. Edward lived in a house with an average income. Robert was the luckiest of all, he was adopted by an influential businessman.
Neubauer continued research for at least 10 years.
The reunion of the twins brought them fame and money. The brothers starred in a couple of films and generally led a fairly successful life.
Neubauer’s experiment was eventually declared unethical. Its final results are still classified.