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Gold coast driver who almost killed a retired couple is allowed back behind the wheel 

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A drunk driver who almost killed a retired couple before later falling asleep at the wheel while high on drugs has had her lifetime driving ban overturned. 

Sophie Lauren Chambers, 32, has a long history of driving while intoxicated or high on drugs which almost resulted in the death of Colin and Jan Clarke in August 2012.

The couple, aged in their 60s, were riding their motorbike in the Currumbin Valley, south of the Gold Coast, before she drunkenly veered into their path.

The pair survived but were left with critical injuries that required them to be hospitalised, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin

Sophie Lauren Chambers almost killed a retired couple before later falling asleep at the wheel while high on drugs but on Friday she had her lifetime driving ban overturned (stock image)

Sophie Lauren Chambers almost killed a retired couple before later falling asleep at the wheel while high on drugs but on Friday she had her lifetime driving ban overturned (stock image)

Sophie Lauren Chambers almost killed a retired couple before later falling asleep at the wheel while high on drugs but on Friday she had her lifetime driving ban overturned (stock image)

Chambers was sentenced to three years in jail in 2014 for the crash and was banned from driving for life.

She pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm. 

But as soon as she was released in 2017, Chambers got behind the wheel, unlicensed, while high on drugs and fell asleep at a Hungry Jack’s drive-through.

She was then convicted for drug-driving. 

Chambers pleaded to Southport District Court on Friday to let her have her licence back claiming she lived in a remote area where there was no public transport. 

The mother-of-three told Judge David Kent she needed to drive to pursue her career as a medical receptionist and noted she was undergoing rehabilitation.

She faced Southport District Court (pictured) where Judge David Kent told her he agreed that she should have her licence back, citing her successful rehabilitation and career goals

She faced Southport District Court (pictured) where Judge David Kent told her he agreed that she should have her licence back, citing her successful rehabilitation and career goals

She faced Southport District Court (pictured) where Judge David Kent told her he agreed that she should have her licence back, citing her successful rehabilitation and career goals

Judge Kent agreed with her reasoning and overturned the lifetime driving ban.

‘(Chambers) has provided sufficient reasons for the removal of absolute disqualification,’ he said. 

‘She is not only recovering from substance abuse but her mental health is well managed.’ 

The Department of Transport and Main Roads will now determine if Chambers will need to resit a test for her driver’s licence.

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Mother arrested for breaking Melbourne’s COVID-19 restrictions opens up about the horrific ordeal

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Alla Novitzkay (pictured), 48, has horrific bruises under her arms and pain in her back and neck after the dramatic incident in Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne 's south-west on Saturday

Alla Novitzkay (pictured), 48, has horrific bruises under her arms and pain in her back and neck after the dramatic incident in Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne 's south-west on Saturday

Alla Novitzkay (pictured), 48, has horrific bruises under her arms and pain in her back and neck after the dramatic incident in Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne ‘s south-west on Saturday

A mother has been left living in fear after she was pinned to the ground by three police officers for allegedly breaking COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Alla Novitzkay, 48, has bruises under her arms and pain in her back and neck after the dramatic incident in Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne‘s south-west on Saturday.

‘I don’t think I trust the police anymore and when I hear a police siren I feel fear,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

She was standing at the intersection of Heaths and Derrimut Road waiting for her daughter Anna who was at the bank when she was stopped by officers and accused of breaking COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.   

But Ms Novitzkay said she was not breaking any rules as she was just 3km from her home and wearing a mask. 

She said she was standing by herself with a sign that read ‘Putin must resign’ when a police car pulled up.

Ms Novitzkay, who moved to Melbourne eight years ago from Russia, said she struggled to understand what police were telling her. 

Alla Novitzkay claims she was left with large purple bruises (pictured) after she was pinned to the ground by three police officers in Melbourne

Alla Novitzkay claims she was left with large purple bruises (pictured) after she was pinned to the ground by three police officers in Melbourne

Alla Novitzkay claims she was left with large purple bruises (pictured) after she was pinned to the ground by three police officers in Melbourne

‘I didn’t understand what he was saying,’ she said. ‘I didn’t think I was breaking any restrictions.

‘I thought he was wanting me to leave (the intersection) so I walked towards my car,’ Ms Novitzkay said.

‘The policeman jumped out and blocked me. I heard the word ID and said it was in the car.’

She told them her car was about 100m away but was stopped from walking over to it and questioned further.

While she was telling the police her name and address another police car arrived. 

‘At that time my daughter came up. I said ”this is my daughter” and hoped she could help with translation.’

But moments later Ms Novitzkay was suddenly hit in the back of the knee.

She fell to the ground as three officers pounced on her. 

She said her face was pushed against the footpath as her hands were pulled behind her back. 

‘I felt a strong pressure against my back and neck, I struggled to breathe,’ she said. 

In footage, filmed by her daughter, Ms Novitzkay can be heard screaming as the officers held her face-down

In footage, filmed by her daughter, Ms Novitzkay can be heard screaming as the officers held her face-down

In footage, filmed by her daughter, Ms Novitzkay can be heard screaming as the officers held her face-down

Confronting footage, which was filmed by her daughter, shows Ms Novitzkay screaming as the officers hold her face-down on the footpath and handcuff her

Confronting footage, which was filmed by her daughter, shows Ms Novitzkay screaming as the officers hold her face-down on the footpath and handcuff her

Confronting footage, which was filmed by her daughter, shows Ms Novitzkay screaming as the officers hold her face-down on the footpath and handcuff her

Ms Novitzkay alleged the police officers deliberately pinched her mother during the arrest, leaving her battered and bruised (pictured)

Ms Novitzkay alleged the police officers deliberately pinched her mother during the arrest, leaving her battered and bruised (pictured)

Ms Novitzkay alleged the police officers deliberately pinched her mother during the arrest, leaving her battered and bruised (pictured)

Ms Novitzkay had been standing 'with a poster about Russian politics' when she was arrested before the women were issued a $1,652 fine each (pictured)

Ms Novitzkay had been standing 'with a poster about Russian politics' when she was arrested before the women were issued a $1,652 fine each (pictured)

Ms Novitzkay had been standing ‘with a poster about Russian politics’ when she was arrested before the women were issued a $1,652 fine each (pictured)

In footage, filmed by her daughter, Ms Novitzkay can be heard screaming as the officers held her face-down.

Her terrified daughter can be heard begging the officers to get off her mum, shouting ‘she’s in pain, she said she’s in pain’.

Ms Novitzkay said she was then escorted to the police car and questioned further. 

She again told them her passport was in her car which was 100m away. 

Police then escorted her to her car where they found her passport. She alleged one police officer pinched her under her arms as she was escorted to the car.

She said she was then released from the cuffs and both her and her daughter were issued a $1,652 fine.  

The dramatic incident has left Ms Novitzkay with horrific bruises under her arms and pain in her back and neck. 

Ms Novitzkay said she has been left with emotional scars too. 

A lone cyclist is seen crossing the empty Bourke Street in Melbourne on Thursday morning

A lone cyclist is seen crossing the empty Bourke Street in Melbourne on Thursday morning

A lone cyclist is seen crossing the empty Bourke Street in Melbourne on Thursday morning

A lone tradesman is seen walking along Swanston Street in Melbourne on Thursday morning

A lone tradesman is seen walking along Swanston Street in Melbourne on Thursday morning

A lone tradesman is seen walking along Swanston Street in Melbourne on Thursday morning

A spokesman from Victoria Police said the women were stopped as they were demonstrating on the corner of Heaths and Derrimut Road in Hoppers Crossing .

‘The two females were requested to state their names and address, and produce identification as they were in breach of the Chief Health Officer’s directions,’ the spokeswoman said.

‘After numerous attempts from police to have the females provide their details which was refused, they were both arrested. One of the females resisted arrest, and had to be taken to ground during the incident. 

‘Both females were issued with a $1,652 fine each for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions and were released pending enquiries on further charges.’ 

The incident happened a day before Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster in Victoria as the COVID-19 cases continued to spike. 

Last Sunday Melbourne was placed under a police enforceable curfew of 8pm until 5am until at least September 13 as part of a Stage 4 lockdown. 

Melburnians can only leave their homes between these hours for work, care-giving, medical reasons or on compassionate grounds. 

The city’s 4.9million residents have also been banned from travelling more than 5km from home to do their shopping – and only one person from each household can leave at any time.

Australian Defence Force staff and Victorian police are seen on patrol as a lockdown of Melbourne forces people to stay at home

Australian Defence Force staff and Victorian police are seen on patrol as a lockdown of Melbourne forces people to stay at home

Australian Defence Force staff and Victorian police are seen on patrol as a lockdown of Melbourne forces people to stay at home

From 11.59pm on Wednesday, only workers in certain industries will be allowed to send their children to daycare and must apply for an Access to Childcare Permit to do so. Pictured: Police patrol parks in Melbourne

From 11.59pm on Wednesday, only workers in certain industries will be allowed to send their children to daycare and must apply for an Access to Childcare Permit to do so. Pictured: Police patrol parks in Melbourne

From 11.59pm on Wednesday, only workers in certain industries will be allowed to send their children to daycare and must apply for an Access to Childcare Permit to do so. Pictured: Police patrol parks in Melbourne

When the footage was filmed, Melbourne was in Stage 3 lockdown – meaning residents could only leave the house for essential reasons. 

Since the city was placed in a harsher stage-four lockdown premier Dan Andrews has promised to crackdown on those disobeying draconian lockdown rules. 

He announced on Wednesday there would be more police and Australian Defence Force personnel out in force ensuring residents are abiding by the directions of the Chief Health Officer.

Huge fines of up to $19,826 for individuals and $99,132 for businesses will apply to anyone caught breaking the rules.  

‘Those doing the wrong thing will cop a fine from Victoria Police, because the only way to beat this deadly virus is if we all follow the rules,’ Mr Andrews said. 

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton issued a warning to anyone refusing to follow the rules. 

‘If you’re not doing the right thing, we will not hesitate to issue infringements, to arrest you, to detain you where it’s appropriate.’

What will be closed in Melbourne Stage 4

Furniture wholesalers

Personal care including hairdressers

Car washes

Pubs, taverns, bars, brothels and prostitution services, clubs, nightclubs

Food courts, restaurants, cafes, etc 

Architectural, engineering and technical services

Travel and tour agencies 

Non-emergency call centre operations

Non-urgent elective surgery

Museums, parks and gardens, ski resorts

Gambling

Places of worship except what is required to stream services or provide soup kitchens and food banks 

Manufacturing of non-metallic mineral and fabricated metal products, furniture, wood, textile, leather fur, dressing knitted, clothing and footwear, domestic appliances

All office-based and professional businesses, except those delivering critical services, must work from home

OPERATING BUT LIMITED

Building sites of more than three storeys – 25 per cent of workforce

Less than three storeys- five workers on site at a time only

Meat processing – workers cut by a third

Shopping centres for access to permitted retail only

Public transport, ride share and taxis only to support access to permitted services for permitted workers

Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing with minimum number of essential participants to operate safely 

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What will still be open in Melbourne Stage 4

Supermarkets, bottle shops, petrol stations, pharmacies, post offices, banks

Retailers working onsite to fulfill online orders 

Hardware, building an garden supplies for trade

Specialist stationery for business use 

Motor vehicle parts for emergency repairs, mechanics

Locksmiths, laundry and dry cleaners, maternity supplies

Disability and health services and equipment, mobility devices 

Farms and commercial fishing

Vets, pounds and animal shelters

Supermarkets will stay open

Supermarkets will stay open

Supermarkets will stay open

Construction of critical infrastructure and services to support those projects

Critical repairs to homes where required for emergency or safety

Cafes and restaurants for takeaway

Media 

Critical service call centres

Medicare

Law enforcement and courts for urgent matters

Prisons, facilities for parolees, adult parole board, youth justice facilities

Emergency services

Essential maintenance and manufacturing

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Scottish woman recoils from ‘ugly baby photo’

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This is the awkward moment a grandmother was tricked by her prankster grandson into believing she’d inadvertently told a new mother her baby was ugly.  

Stewart McGonigle, 22, from Glasgow, shared a video on TikTok where he told his ‘nan’ his friend had a new baby.

The clip has racked up nearly 250,000 views thanks to the hilarious reaction of the woman, who recoiled in horror at the ‘ugly’ baby photo.  

In the video, Stewart is seen showing a picture of a baby to his unsuspecting grandparent while she washing dishes in the kitchen.  

‘Oh nan look, Annie had a wean,’ he says, holding up the photo to his face. 

His grandmother is taken by surprise and hilariously grimaces at the picture, responding: ‘Did she? Oh god!’

Stewart then tells her that she’s on FaceTime, and the reaction has been seen by the baby’s parents.   

This causes her reaction to immediately change. 

‘She’s a nice wee wean int she?’ she says.

Stewart McGonigle, 22, from Glasgow, shared a video on TikTok where he told his 'nan' his friend had a new baby (pictured)

Stewart McGonigle, 22, from Glasgow, shared a video on TikTok where he told his 'nan' his friend had a new baby (pictured)

Stewart McGonigle, 22, from Glasgow, shared a video on TikTok where he told his ‘nan’ his friend had a new baby (pictured) 

In the video, Stewart is seen showing a picture of a baby to his unsuspecting grandparent while she washing dishes in the kitchen. His grandmother is taken by surprise and hilariously grimaces at the picture

In the video, Stewart is seen showing a picture of a baby to his unsuspecting grandparent while she washing dishes in the kitchen. His grandmother is taken by surprise and hilariously grimaces at the picture

Stewart then tells her that she's on FaceTime, and the reaction has been seen by the baby's parents.

Stewart then tells her that she's on FaceTime, and the reaction has been seen by the baby's parents.

In the video, Stewart is seen showing a picture of a baby to his unsuspecting grandparent while she washing dishes in the kitchen. His grandmother is taken by surprise and hilariously grimaces at the picture

Stewart then corrects her saying ‘she’ is actually a ‘he’.

By this point the grandmother has had enough and shoos her grandson away saying she’s busy.   

‘Aye she’s…I’m doing something Stewart take it away,’ she adds.

It comes as hundreds of people have been jumping on the social media ‘ugly baby prank which sees them show a family member a picture of an ‘ugly baby’ and then pretend the parents are someone in their life.    

Since posting the light-hearted clip on Friday, more than 26,000 people have liked it. 

‘I think I’ve watched this 20 times and I am howling,’ said one. 

‘Unreal “she’s, she’s a nice wee wean int she” added another.

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Identical twins separated at birth in a cruel experiment have spoken for the first time about how they found each other after a chance encounter at a pancake restaurant.

Melanie Mertzel had no idea she had a long-lost sister.

Suddenly, at age 23, she found herself looking at someone she never knew existed – someone with exactly the same eyes, voice and laugh as her – her twin, Ellen Carbone. 

A bizarre coincidence brought the pair together after decades apart, raised by different families in New York City

Melanie was working at her parents’ restaurant, International House of Pancakes in Brooklyn, when a woman approached her, behaving oddly.

‘She saw me and couldn’t understand why I didn’t recognise her,’ Melanie told 60 Minutes Australia.

A week later the woman was back, carrying a photo of her niece, Ellen.

Ellen Carbone (left) hugs twin sister Melanie Mertzel (right). The pair found each other after being separated at birth then studied in a cruel experiment

Ellen Carbone (left) hugs twin sister Melanie Mertzel (right). The pair found each other after being separated at birth then studied in a cruel experiment

Ellen Carbone (left) hugs twin sister Melanie Mertzel (right). The pair found each other after being separated at birth then studied in a cruel experiment

Ellen Carbone (left) and twin sister Melanie Mertzel (right) told 60 Minutes the adoption agency refused to give them their information or records from the study

Ellen Carbone (left) and twin sister Melanie Mertzel (right) told 60 Minutes the adoption agency refused to give them their information or records from the study

Ellen Carbone (left) and twin sister Melanie Mertzel (right) told 60 Minutes the adoption agency refused to give them their information or records from the study

She showed the picture to Melanie’s boyfriend.

‘That’s you,’ he told Melanie.

‘That’s not me,’ she replied.

‘That IS you,’ he insisted.

‘Don’t tell me who I am – I know who I am,’ she replied.

Intrigued, she spoke to the woman, who gave her Ellen’s phone number. 

When Melanie rang, she was blown away by how their voices and laughs sounded exactly the same.

Psychiatrist Peter Neubauer began the study in the 1960s that would track the separated twins and triplets to see if life's outcomes are due to nature or nurture. The adoption agency already separated twins to give each baby more maternal attention, Psychology Today reported

Psychiatrist Peter Neubauer began the study in the 1960s that would track the separated twins and triplets to see if life's outcomes are due to nature or nurture. The adoption agency already separated twins to give each baby more maternal attention, Psychology Today reported

Psychiatrist Peter Neubauer began the study in the 1960s that would track the separated twins and triplets to see if life’s outcomes are due to nature or nurture. The adoption agency already separated twins to give each baby more maternal attention, Psychology Today reported

They compared everything they liked and disliked, and found out they were mirror twins with Melanie left-handed and Ellen right handed. 

‘Her dimple’s on the left side, my dimple’s on the right side – so we were like: “wow, we’re mirror images”,’ Melanie said.

The two soon met up and Ellen was so nervous she threw up.

Ellen had always wanted an identical twin – she had dreamed of it and wanted it  – and now it was an instant reality.

‘I was very, very shy as a child, and I clung to my mother – like I would hold onto her leg, like when we went out anywhere,’ she said.

Elen and Melanie were blown away when they met up but because they were living further apart with their partners, they felt they never could recapture a lost childhood of bonding

Elen and Melanie were blown away when they met up but because they were living further apart with their partners, they felt they never could recapture a lost childhood of bonding

Elen and Melanie were blown away when they met up but because they were living further apart with their partners, they felt they never could recapture a lost childhood of bonding

‘And I feel like that’s because I was missing my other half, basically.’  

The pair also talked about how strange people had come to study them, giving them tests and asking them questions.

They did not know it, but they had been used as guinea pigs in a secret 1960s study that used twins separated by their adoption agency to find out whether nature or nurture governs a person’s life outcomes.

When they found out, both they and their families were furious at being duped and used.

Not only did they miss out on bonding during their childhood years in what might have been their closest relationship, but they are angry at not being told.

‘We were treated not like humans but like animals,’ said Ellen.

The New York City adoption agency, Louise Wise Services, would only confirm they were twins and would not hand over any records or information, the pair said.

Identical triplets (left to right) David Kellman, Robert Shafran and the late Eddy Galland found each other as young adults aged 18 after Robert went to Eddie's former college

Identical triplets (left to right) David Kellman, Robert Shafran and the late Eddy Galland found each other as young adults aged 18 after Robert went to Eddie's former college

Identical triplets (left to right) David Kellman, Robert Shafran and the late Eddy Galland found each other as young adults aged 18 after Robert went to Eddie’s former college 

The triplets bonded instantly and opened a New York City restaurant called 'The Triplets'. Sadly Eddie committed suicide in 1995.

The triplets bonded instantly and opened a New York City restaurant called 'The Triplets'. Sadly Eddie committed suicide in 1995.

The triplets bonded instantly and opened a New York City restaurant called ‘The Triplets’. Sadly Eddie committed suicide in 1995.

The pair were not the only ones separated – and enraged – as part of the study.

Identical triplets Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman also found each other as young adults.

Robert reunited with Eddy by chance after attending the same upstate New York college as his brother a year after he transferred.

‘Guys were slapping me on the back, and girls were hugging and kissing me,’ he said. 

It was all very welcoming – except for the fact they insisted on calling him Eddy. 

When the pair reunited their picture was in the local newspaper, where it was seen by their third brother David. 

The trio had been born on Long Island, New York, then placed in different families to study the effects of the socio-economic environment on the boys’ development.

One family was wealthy, one middle class and one working class. 

Robert Shafran (left) and David Kellman (right) are furious at being separated at birth and say it caused them a separation anxiety trauma that caused them to hit their heads on the wall

Robert Shafran (left) and David Kellman (right) are furious at being separated at birth and say it caused them a separation anxiety trauma that caused them to hit their heads on the wall

Robert Shafran (left) and David Kellman (right) are furious at being separated at birth and say it caused them a separation anxiety trauma that caused them to hit their heads on the wall

Robert Shafran’s father was a doctor and his mother a lawyer, and they lived in affluent Scarsdale, in Westchester County.

Eddy Galland’s family lived in a middle-class suburb in Long Island, where his father was a teacher, while David Kellman’s parents lived in working-class Queens.  

The scientific study was conducted in the 1960s by prominent New York City adoption agency Louise Wise Services and psychiatrist Peter Neubauer – now deceased. 

Several researchers were involved in the study, which had funding from the US National Institute of Mental Health, over about 15 years.

During the 1960s, at least eight twins and one set of triplets were separated, with  the babies placed in different homes.

Those in charge of the experiment had good credentials as advocates for social justice at the time. 

Louise Wise Services was started in 1916 by Louise Waterman Wise, the wife of prominent Rabbi Stephen Wise who helped found the American Jewish Congress and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 

At the time of the adoptions, Louise Wise Services was chaired by Mrs Wise’s daughter, New York City’s first ever female justice Justine Wise Polier. 

Psychiatrist Peter Bela Neubauer was an Austrian Jew who had escaped from Nazi Germany’s holocaust to Switzerland before moving to New York in 1941.

Both Robert Shafran and Melanie Mertzel called Dr Neubauer a 'Nazi', in reference to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele (pictured) who carried out horrific experiments on twins. Dr Neubauer himself fled the holocaust, and the adoption agency serviced New York's Jewish community

Both Robert Shafran and Melanie Mertzel called Dr Neubauer a 'Nazi', in reference to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele (pictured) who carried out horrific experiments on twins. Dr Neubauer himself fled the holocaust, and the adoption agency serviced New York's Jewish community

Both Robert Shafran and Melanie Mertzel called Dr Neubauer a ‘Nazi’, in reference to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele (pictured) who carried out horrific experiments on twins. Dr Neubauer himself fled the holocaust, and the adoption agency serviced New York’s Jewish community

Decades later his own twin experiment was compared by his angry subjects to the same Nazi regime he had fled from.

Yet the experiment, now criticised as cruel, began with the best of intentions. 

Separating twins for adoption was not begun for experimentation but because it was thought to be the best thing for the children.  

Dr Viola Bernard was the chief psychiatric consultant to Louise Wise Services – and it was she who first began separating the twins.

She hoped that by separating the twins they would not have to compete for their adoptive mother’s attention.

Yale University Library in the USA, where all the records are locked under seal until 2065. The twins are angry they cannot get their own information out

Yale University Library in the USA, where all the records are locked under seal until 2065. The twins are angry they cannot get their own information out

Yale University Library in the USA, where all the records are locked under seal until 2065. The twins are angry they cannot get their own information out

‘Early mothering would be less burdened and divided and the child’s developing individuality would be facilitated,’ she wrote in a recently uncovered memo quoted by Psychology Today.

According to Psychology Today, other adoption agencies also separated twins at the time, and it was standard practice to have a ‘closed adoption’, where adoptive parents signed a contract guaranteeing they would not know anything of the family background of the infants.

The families and the children were not told they were part of a study, angering the adult twins now.

However the study began long before the rules of informed consent were introduced to the US by the National Research Act of 1974.

As the year passed, however, the study began to be viewed as evil. 

Twin expert Professor Nancy Segal says great damage was done by separating the twins and triplets at birth.

Identical twin sisters Michele Mordkoff (left) and Allison Kanter (right) were also separated by Louise Wise Services, and reunited after 54 years after Michele watched the documentary Three Identical Strangers

Identical twin sisters Michele Mordkoff (left) and Allison Kanter (right) were also separated by Louise Wise Services, and reunited after 54 years after Michele watched the documentary Three Identical Strangers

Identical twin sisters Michele Mordkoff (left) and Allison Kanter (right) were also separated by Louise Wise Services, and reunited after 54 years after Michele watched the documentary Three Identical Strangers 

‘These individuals were deprived of what could could have been the closest of human social relationships, and not to have had that, to be deprived of that, is horrible,’ she said.  

Most devastatingly she said several of the parents had indicated they would have been happy to adopt twins, including one couple who had asked more than once, she said.

Two documentaries made about the experiment, The Twinning Reaction and Three Identical Strangers, both said some of the separated children had to deal with mental health issues as adults. 

Three of them committed suicide, including one of the triplets, Eddy Galland, who killed himself in 1995.

His triplet brothers David Kellman and Robert Shafran star in Three Identical Strangers, and they still harbour bitterness towards the agency and the scientists who, they say, deprived them of 20 years of growing up together.   

Robert told 60 Minutes he had separation anxiety due to be separated from his brothers as a child. 

‘My mother said I would bang my head on the other side of the crib and hold my breath until I passed out,’ he said.

David said he had the same trauma.

‘I remember being told by my mother while I was a baby that I would slam my head against the wall,’ he said. 

All three of the boys had psychiatric care as teenagers. 

‘This is like Nazi sh**,’ Robert later told documentary makers, referring to the horrific experiments that Nazi doctor Josef Mengele carried out in Auschwitz, where he experimented on, tortured and killed twins.  

After the documentaries publicised the case, more identical twins separated by the Louise Wise Services began finding each other.

Michele Mordkoff found her twin sister Allison Kanter after 54 years of separation after seeing the documentary Three Identical Strangers.

Michele knew she had been adopted out by Louise Wise Services so she took a DNA test.

Weeks later, Michele received her Ancestry.com results and discovered she had an ‘immediate family member’, and looked the member up on Facebook.

At first when she saw her own face looking back at her on Facebook, she thought someone had assumed her identity.

Weeks later, on August 10, 2018, Michele and Allison reunited in New York City and are glad to have found each other at last.

Until his death in 2008, Dr Neubauer insisted he had done the right thing, but he never published a paper about it, fearing it would be too controversial as the tide of public opinion turned against research without consent.

The public has not benefited from the scientific research he conducted, so suffering caused by the study has so far been for nothing. 

Yale University has all the records of the twins’ early lives and they are locked – sealed until 2065, under orders from Dr Neubauer, despite requests from the twins to see their own files. 

‘You shouldn’t hide my life from me,’ said Melanie.

‘The fact it was never publicised is like really? You did it all for nothing, then? We describe him as a Nazi, honestly.’

This also angers twin expert Professor Nancy Segal.

‘It really does seem as though the suffering … really was for nothing,’ she said. 

‘There’s no real end product here, nothing that we can say that we’ve learned – we’ve only learned how not to do research.’  

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