Edward was born with an extra face who reportedly used to whisper evil things in his ear and drove him insane.
Abnormities or anything beyond the usual has always attracted curious minds. In the old days, people with deformities were termed as 'freaks' and were separated from society, forced to live in isolation. In fact, they were treated as a means of entertainment, as something to 'watch' and most of them earned their daily bread by doing tricks or enrolling themselves in freak shows and circuses. Many bizarre cases of humans with severe deformities have been registered, from a girl who had three legs to the man who had lobster claws for hands, but, out of them all, there is one case in particular which still baffles researchers and has everyone curious - the case of the man who had two faces - Edward Mordrake.
Known as one of the weirdest and the creepiest cases ever recorded, Edward Mordrake was the man who was born with two faces. He had an additional face on the back of his head, which wasn't an accessory but a fully functional face. The additional face, however, didn't speak to others but Edward claimed that the face talked to him and whispered things into his ear. The face was evil and encouraged Edward to do bad things, he just never stopped talking.
Edward Mordrake's exact date of birth and death is unknown which makes his story even scarier! The only proof of his existence remains the accounts of people who actually saw him and the doctors who tried to treat him. Edward's case was published in various medical journals, calling him a freakish wonder of deformities and unusuality. Reportedly, Edward always complained of headaches and hearing strange voices in his head.
Mordrake belonged to the family of a wealthy noble in England. He was a gentleman himself and very calm and kind. Edward was a bright student and a man of many talents. He was not only charming because of his looks, but he was also an amazing scholar, musician, and overall a great human being. Women who saw Edward from the front would swoon over him and try to take another good look at him, but when he would turn and expose his other creepy head, everyone would run screaming.
Even though Edward's other face couldn't speak, the eyes at the back of his head had brains of their own and would look around and follow people. The other face didn't have a voice but its lips would constantly move and gibber as if it was muttering all day, which only Edward could hear. Edward dealt with his situation wisely until things started going out of hand. The head would laugh at Edward's misery and call him names. Edward went to doctors multiple times, asking them to operate and remove his evil twin.
Edward later claimed that the face on the back of his skull wasn't anything even remotely human but the devil's work. He said it was a demon living in his body who was trying to get complete control. Edward was scared that he might accidentally hurt someone he loves. So, one day he packed his things and left his home. He completely isolated himself from the others and started living his life alone in the darkness. He never contacted his family again.
He believed it was for the best. But, in his isolation, Edward's evil head grew stronger and he started going insane. Edward would lock himself up for days and cry and his evil head would laugh at him. Soon, it was found that at the age of just twenty-three, tired of the constant evil and mean muttering in his ears, Edward committed suicide. Some say he swallowed poison while some claim that Edward shot the evil head right between his eyes to end his misery.
Before dying, Edward wrote a letter to whoever might find his body. In the suicide note, Edward asked the person to destroy the demon face completely before burying him as he fears the demon might still bother him in his death "lest it continues its dreadful whisperings in my grave". Edward's story was published in the text of Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine in 1896 including many other accounts of doctors. He inspired many songs and TV shows as well.