Tuesday, April 19, 2016

P Is for the Pollock Twins

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




It's easy to forget that we have so much science available today, we can explain away everything. That wasn't always the case. In 1957, a well-respected psychologist actually concluded that twin girls were the reincarnation of their dead sisters.



One year before Jennifer and Gillian Pollock were born, their older sisters, Joanna and Jacqueline, were tragically killed in a car accident. Jennifer and Gillian looked identical to the other girls, with birthmarks in the same places.



When the young girls reached three months of age, the family moved. They didn't return to their birthplace until they were almost four years old. As they drove through town, the girls began pointing out landmarks their older sisters had known. They pointed to their older sisters' school and swore that had been their school.


A random school.

Jennifer and Gillian soon began requesting toys that their sisters had owned. They had never seen the toys before, yet they knew what was in storage. They also developed a deathly fear of cars.



Soon after, the strange behavior stopped and the girls led long, normal lives. But their story remains one of the few instances of possible "proof" of reincarnation.

Do you believe in reincarnation?

⬅️ O Is for Joey Lynn Offutt

49 comments:

  1. No, I don't. The soul gets one time on earth.
    It could have been a spiritual or ghostly connection with the other twins when they returned to that area. Glad it wore off, for their sakes.

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    1. Could have been some sort of connection. Good point.

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  2. Wow, that would be scary. I agree with Alex, glad it wore off for all their sakes.

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    1. Yeah, that would have been a tough thing to deal with as you got older!

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  3. That's weird, but I think it's a bunch of coincidences and assumptions. It's possible the girls somehow learned of the toys in storage. Perhaps listening to their mother in passing. There are a lot of times we may say something that we forget we actually said. Sometimes, we hear things and forget where we heard them. It could truly be a lot of things.

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    1. Could be. It's hard to say after all this time has passed. I read the news reports while writing this, but there's no way to know if the reporters were 100 percent accurate.

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  4. I would like to believe in reincarnation.

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    1. I find it fascinating. Why not recycle?! I also love stories that suggest we're sent back over and over until we learn what we were supposed to learn. I know it isn't Biblical, but it's still possible that maybe it wasn't specified in the Bible. There's a lot open to interpretation there.

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  5. I'm not sure if I believe in reincarnation, but reading this story might lead one to that conclusion.

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/p-is-for-plane-nancy-drew-investigates.html

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  6. It might have been a spiritual connection. Maybe reincarnation. I don't rule it out. Maybe the strange remembering stopped when the younger twins passed the age of their older sisters. The fear of cars was likely instilled in them from their parents. How old were there sisters when they died?
    Mary at Play off the Page

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  7. That is strange. Reincarnation is a fascinating topic, but I always wonder how to reconcile it with the huge increase in population. Is it that being alive as a human is just getting more and more popular with spiritual beings now that we have mobile phones and Netflix, while in the past it looked like too much work with farming and hunting?

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  9. Whatever the explanation, that had to be hard on the parents.
    I wonder about the population thing, too, but then I think about all the extinct species. I know a lot of people don't believe we can reincarnate beyond our species, but then what happened to all the dinosaur souls? Did they have to stop reincarnating just because they went extinct? That hardly seems fair.
    For the record, I don't really believe in any afterlife, but I lean towards reincarnation as being the more plausible option. And the only option that lets me believe I was once a dinosaur.

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  10. I do believe in reincarnation. I have a hard time believing that your spirit dies with your physical body.

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  11. That is weird. Wonder how much is verified? I do not believe in reincarnation or an afterlife.

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  12. I don't really believe in reincarnation, but it certainly is a weird story. Carolyn @ pastimes-passions-paraphernalia.org

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  13. I am not sure if I do...but I want to!

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  14. Not really, but I don't have a theory about how these girls knew what they did.

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  15. Wow. Another woo woo story.
    I believe reincarnation is possible.

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  16. Interesting! I've always wondered about reincarnation--it's quite fascinating. These girls certainly make an interesting story, no matter what!

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  17. I'm not sure if I believe in reincarnation...but that is one creepy story!

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  18. Wow, this is really creepy. Really creepy. I do believe things happen that are unexplained. This is probably one of them.

    I'm not sure I believe in reincarnation either.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  19. Nice. I've got goosebumps here. It is believed that children lose their psychic abilities as they grow up. I wonder if this applies somehow. ;-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  20. Reincarnation stories give me the jitters.. I'm not sure whether to believe it or not...

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  21. I believe there are many things we'll never know for sure. Probably through childhood influence, I thought folks came back as animals - or plants - as dictated by a restless spirit. In this case it seems more a ghostly haunting or spiritual presence of the first twins; trying to share the substance of the life they had and lost too soon.

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  22. that is too weird for me to question. Wow

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  23. OMG. That is weird! As for reincarnation, yes :)

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  24. This is weird and spooky, but intriguing. I think nobody can really say for sure. As much as we think we know as a society, there are many things that we just can't explain.

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  25. I definitely believe in reincarnation, having had recurring past life dreams and nightmares since age three to prove it, including xenoglossy. I'm one of many people who converted to Judaism because of strong past life memories of the Shoah, as documented in several books by Rabbi Yonassan Gershom.

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  26. That is spooky! I don't believe in reincarnation but respect those that do.

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  27. I agree with what Alex said. I don't believe in reincarnation, but I do believe that we can have connections with those who have gone before us.

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  28. Reincarnation is tricky. If one soul comes back as twenty different people. What happens when all those people around them go to paradise and find out too bad that person you cared about doesn't really exist except in a split personality sense? Yeah I hope it doesn't exist. Sounds too tricky if you believe in the afterlife. I think Alex's explanation sounds legit.

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  29. I think I've heard of these girls before. It's an interesting case.

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  30. I don't believe in reincarnation, but stories like this are hard to explain.

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  31. I try not to disbelieve things just because I don't necessarily understand them.

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  32. Pretty incredible story but I don't know if I believe in reincarnation or not.

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  33. I am open to the idea of it~ I have heard stories like this before and it is uncanny! How can we not wonder? I like the fact it could exist~

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  34. This is very cool and I think there is something to this. I like to think that we keep being born to reach a higher plain sort of speak. These girls almost freak me out. There is the famous case of Bridey Murphy and I saw somethin on Unsolved Mysteries once which was really cool about a woman who kept having a dreams about being a woman in the 1800's with long black hair and dying br downing herself. It got so detailed she hired a Pi. She told the Pi all the info and he thought she was nuts but he went to the town she told him to check out and found envy thing there including the ho e and a picture of the woman.

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  35. I don't believe in reincarnation, but like Alex said, there could be a spiritual connection. I knew two sisters who were adopted at the ages of 1 and 2. As adults, they found out they had two older sisters. When they all met each other, they found out they had a lot in common. They were raised by two very different families and they all played the same sports as children and had a fear of thunderstorms.

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  36. Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday. When I shared my post about the missing boy in the novel, I actually thought of your series this month about unsolved mysteries.

    I don't have the answers to everything but I'm relieved to hear that the girls went on to live long and normal lives.


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  37. A lot of little kids say weird stuff. I don't know that I would take that as proof of anything.

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  38. I actually do believe in reincarnation, if you go to Walmart you can see the spirit world also recycles garbage.

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  39. I'm honestly not sure if I believe in reincarnation. I think it's a nice idea that if you have something unfinished you get another chance at it though.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  40. I don't believe in reincarnation, but I completely see how this story would lead people to believe that way. Such an interesting thing, human souls. This story left me with some things to think about! Thanks!

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  41. Very strange, almost spooky. No I don't believe in reincarnation either but how does one explain this?

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