Edward Mordrake is the subject of an urban legend who was born in the 19th century as the heir to an English peerage who was born with a rare form of Craniopagus parasiticus called Diprosopus. He was born with a fully formed additional face on the back of his head. According to legend, unlike confirmed instances of this malformation, the face appeared to be sentient. It was reported that it could whisper, laugh, cry, and frequently ridicule him. Mordake repeatedly begged doctors to remove it, claiming it whispered bad things to him at night. Tragically, Mordake committed suicide at the age of 23. Was this a case of two souls in one body or dissociative identity disorder? Either way, there is one thing that it certainly is.
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