Today, 24 percent of Americans believe in reincarnation. Although scientists tend to pooh-pooh the possibility, every once in a while, an unsolved mystery comes around that is so compelling and otherwise unexplainable that it gives even scientists pause. That is what we have in the story of the Pollack sisters.
In the small town of Hexham in England, on May 5th of 1957, two girls named Jacqueline and Joanna Pollock were hit by a car while walking to church with a friend. It was absolutely devastating to their parents, John and Florence. It was later discovered that the driver, a local woman who was under the influence of a number of drugs, had intentionally hit the three children after being forcibly separated from her own kids. The case later made headlines throughout Britain, with the woman eventually taken to a psychiatric hospital.
The grief-stricken couple wanted nothing more than to have them back, especially John. He even declared that they would have another set of girls soon, but no one actually believed him. However, just as he had willed it, a year later Florence gave birth to a set of twin girls, which they named Gillian and Jennifer.
In spite of his Catholic faith, John had told Florence that the girls would be reborn in this way. Not surprisingly, she had been a bit skeptical throughout her pregnancy, but right away they both began to notice rather unmistakable signs that their prayers had indeed been answered. It was as though the girls did more than just resemble their departed sisters. Jennifer had a very distinct white line across her forehead in the exact same spot that Jacqueline had a scar. She also had the same birthmark as that of Jacqueline.
When the twins were three months old, the family relocated to Whitley Bay, which is east of Hexham.
As the girls got older, however, it became clear that Gillian and Jennifer seemed to remember Hexham in detail, despite not growing up in the small town.
When the family returned to Hexham when the girls were four, the twins pointed out and named landmarks they hadn’t seen before, such as the school Joanna and Jacqueline had attended, the Hexham Abbey, and a playground their deceased sisters loved. The pair even seemed to know the way to the playground without having ever seen it.
Likewise, the twins were also able to identify their late sisters’ toys by name.
Although Florence had stored the late girls’ toys out of sight, the twins started to ask for certain toys back. In fact, it was almost as if the twins remembered the toys as their own.
Gillian and Jennifer also regularly became frightened and anxious while near cars. When a car started its engine in an alleyway, John recalled the girls grabbing on to each other in terror, shouting: “The car is coming to get us!”
Shortly after the twins turned five, the memories of their ‘past lives’ slowly began to fade away as they went on to live normal lives.
While the twins lost their memories of the accident entirely, Gillian later recalled experiencing visions of herself playing in a sandpit at a home in Whickham. While Gillian had never been to Whickham, she was able to perfectly describe the house and garden that matched the home that Joanna had once lived in with her parents at four years old.