In the 19th century, there’s a noble man named Edward Mordake (Mordrake) who was born with unusual deformity. An extremely rare condition called diprosopus in which parts or all of the face are being duplicated on the head.
The origin of Edward Mordake’s story has been lost to history. His unusual case occurred early in medical history and only passed down through generations, mainly by re-telling. His story is still a mystery to modern researchers as no medicalrecords have been found, not even his date of birth and death are recorded.
There are many version of Mordake’s tale. However, it always begins the same way. It is said that Mordake was actually the heir of one of the noblest families in England. He was an intelligent, charming and good-looking man when viewed from the front…but on the back of his head lies a second face, twisted and evil.
Mordake’s existence was attested by the 1896 Medical Encyclopedia: AnomaliesandCuriosities of Medicine authored by Dr. George M. Gould and Dr. Walter L. Pyle. In the said publication, it is told that Edward’s extra face was a beautiful girl who couldn’t eat nor speak, but possessed its own intelligence and was quite malignant in its intentions. According to the legend his evil twin smiled and sneer while Edward was weeping and the eyes would follow the movements of people around him.