Broadmoor

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Barbara Daly Baekeland. Daly's Troubled Past: After Daly and her mother collected a huge insurance payout from her father's death, they moved to New York and got a room in an expensive hotel. Daly started modeling for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and would openly flirt with wealthy men. Eventually, Daly was called out to Hollywood to screen test for a movie, where she met Brooks Baekeland's sister, actress Cornelia 'Dickie' Baekeland. Cornelia Baekeland set Daly up with her brother, and the two hit it off immediately. They began sleeping together fairly quickly, and before long, Daly lured Baekeland into marriage by faking a pregnancy.

Barbara Daly Baekeland. Daly’s Troubled Past: After Daly and her mother collected a huge insurance payout from her father’s death, they moved to New York and got a room in an expensive hotel. Daly started modeling for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and would openly flirt with wealthy men. Eventually, Daly was called out to Hollywood to screen test for a movie, where she met Brooks Baekeland’s sister, actress Cornelia ‘Dickie’ Baekeland. Cornelia Baekeland set Daly up with her brother, and the two hit it off immediately. They began sleeping together fairly quickly, and before long, Daly lured Baekeland into marriage by faking a pregnancy.

Fatal Seduction

How A Society Millionairess Seduced Her Own Son

To ‘Cure’ Him of Being Gay… And Paid With her Life

She did not see her assailant until it was too late. Pushing open the front door of the house in Kensington Square, the upmarket London enclave where she was staying with a friend, Barbara Baekeland was about to take off her coat when the maniac jumped out and tried to grab her.

Terrified, the 50-year-old society hostess twisted free and ran outside, back down the steps.

But she was too slow? -? and, as she stumbled towards the pavement, it was her hair that proved her downfall.

Bonfire red, in contrast to her milk white skin, it had for years ensured that she always turned heads? -? in Hollywood, where she was once screen-tested as an actress, at society soirees in America and Europe, where she consorted with film stars and aristocrats, or in London, where she had recently acquired a luxurious penthouse flat in Chelsea.

Now her attacker was using her most distinctive feature to try to kill her. Grabbing a fistful of her hair so that it tore and ripped at her scalp, he began dragging her into the road to throw her under a passing car.

She tried to resist by clinging to the gate? -? so he began slamming it backwards and forwards on her fingers. Harder and harder, he smashed the metal against her hand, breaking her thumb in three places.

Then, when she thought she could hold on no more, he suddenly changed his mind about how to finish her off.

Letting go of the gate, he ran back into the house and reappeared with a carving knife, shouting that any woman who was near was going to ‘get it’.

Barbara Baekeland’s life might have ended there and then, had her friend Sue Guinness not arrived home that very moment.

Leaving his victim lying dazed on the pavement, with a clump of hair missing from her head, the attacker fled back into the house and out through a rear door, disappearing into the exclusive residential streets beyond.

But it did not take long to track him down? -? for Barbara knew his identity only too well.

The maniac who had almost killed her on that terrifying day in 1972 was her 26-year-old son, Tony.

Although the police arrested him for attempted murder, she refused to press charges and Tony was admitted to the Priory, the private psychiatric hospital in South London, only to be released soon afterwards.

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Photo: Unknown Source. June and Jennifer Gibbons along with Marjorie Wallace.

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June and Jennifer Gibbons along with Marjorie Wallace.

The Silent Twins

Eerie, Tormented And Gifted

Dubbed the Silent Twins because they only communicated with their immediate family, June and Jennifer Gibbons were born in Wales in 1963 and grew up as social pariahs who were frequently bullied. They had speech impediments, and as the years went by, their secret twin language became more unique and less intelligible to outsiders. The sisters, who committed several crimes, including arson and petty theft, were committed to England’s Broadmoor Hospital, where they lived for 11 years and were later diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The sisters had an intense love-hate relationship and eventually made a pact while at Broadmoor: one had to die so the other could lead a normal life. Jennifer even admitted to Marjorie Wallace [journalist Marjorie Wallace came along and unearthed their inner world] during a visit: “I’m going to die. We’ve decided.” In 1993, hours after their release, Jennifer, at the age of 29, died on her sister’s shoulder from a sudden inflammation of the heart muscle. The cause remains?a mystery.

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