The Pollock Twins Mystery

The Pollock Twins Mystery

During the mid 50’s, life for John and Florence Pollock couldn’t have been better…but all that was about to change.

Their idyllic family life in Hexham, England, with their two daughters Jacqueline and Joanna, came crashing down in tragedy on the 5th of May, 1957.

Both Jacqueline and Joanna were killed in a sudden car crash when they were on their way to the church with a family friend.

The parents were absolutely devastated by their loss…but John always had a feeling that his two girls would return to him…

Let’s take a closer look at the Pollock twins mystery…

Starting All Over Again

John and Florence’s grief was cut short about a year later when Florence announced the news that she was pregnant. John immediately claimed that this miracle pregnancy was the result of his two dead children trying to return to them.

He stated that Florence was going to give birth to two daughters…and he was right!

On the 4th of October 1958, Florence gave birth to twin daughters – the couple named them Gillian and Jennifer.

The Pollock Twins Reincarnation

Gillian and Jennifer were identical twins but they displayed different birthmarks. Jennifer had two rather familiar birthmarks – one across her waist (that was the spitting image of a birthmark Jacqueline had), and one on her forehead (that appeared to be the spitting image of a birthmark Joanna had).

The Pollock Twins Reincarnation

When the twins were just three months old, John and Florence decided to aim more for the quiet life and bought a property in nearby Whitley Bay. This move seemed to trigger something inside the two new additions to the family…

Two years after the initial move, the twin girls started to request toys that did not belong to them – toys that belonged to their dead sisters (these toys had been discarded long before the twins were born!).

John and Florence missed the familiar area of Hexam, and eventually decided to return with their daughters.

The twins somehow managed to remember landmarks in the area even though they moved to Whitley Bay when they were just young babies. They seemed to be most familiar with the landmarks that their dead sisters had loved.

More worryingly, the twins suffered from a crippling fear of cars – shrieking, “The car is coming to get us!” whenever one drove past them down the road.

These memories of a previous life seemed to disappear when the girls turned five…and they remembered nothing about them…

Dr. Stevenson’s Research

The twin’s report of reincarnation eventually reached a specialist on the subject named Dr. Ian Stevenson (1918 -2007). He was a child psychologist that created numerous reports on the subject.

In 1987, he wrote a book called Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation. The book covered 14 cases of reincarnation in children, including the Pollock twins.


Dr. Ian Stevenson spent 4 decades of his life studying the subject of children’s past lives. He preferred to cover children from Asian countries that had a religious link to the subject of reincarnation.

Parents in Western countries tended to wipe out their children’s claims of reincarnation early on in their short lives – they didn’t want their kids to appear strange and there was less chance that they followed a religion that accepted reincarnation.

The Pollock Twins Mystery

Now it’s over to you – what are your thoughts on reincarnation and do you think that John Pollock’s claim was based on fact…or based on his grief-stricken heart?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions on the subject in the comment section below.

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