There are two types of twins: monozygotic and dizygotic. The former is more popularly referred to as “identical” and developed from the same fertilized eggs.
Monozygotic twins are the same s*x and they share 100 percent of their genes. On the other hand, dizygotic or fraternal twins develop from two different eggs fertilized by separate sperm cells.
Unlike their monozygotic counterparts, dizygotic twins share only about 50 percent of their genes.
Identical twins almost always have special siblings’ relationship, even more so than the fraternal ones.
That being said, being part of a “twin unit” certainly is a unique experience with a lot of perks and other positive roles in every individual.
There can be some obstacles too for examples in personal identity formation
Despite sharing the same genes, individuals in a twin unit can develop different behaviors due to environmental influences, although they probably have the same tendency to make the similar decisions and course of actions in various circumstances, even in crimes.
Some of the most infamous twins, with well-known peculiarities and criminal acts are as follows.
10 The Kray Brothers (Reggie And Ronnie Kray)
Known as the most notorious set of thugs in London throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, Reggie and Ronnie Kray started their journey to the underworld as amateur boxers.
It probably was not a promising and lucrative career option for them, so they had to seek for other kind of opportunities.
As it turned out, they moved on to a series of armed robberies, extortions, assaults, tortures, arsons, hijackings, and murders.
They ended up owning several nightclubs and running a mafia-style operation in London’s East End.
They were eventually arrested in 1968 for the murder of Jack McVitie (by Reggie) and George Cornell (by Ronnie).
9 The Silent Twins (June and Jennifer Gibbons)
The identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons earned the nickname “Silent Twins” because they only communicated with each other. In their late teenage years, they began experimenting with alcohol and drugs.
In 1981, they were involved in a number of crimes including petty theft, arson, and vandalism. They ended up in a high security mental health facility, Broadmoor Hospital.
Apparently June and Jennifer had a longstanding agreement that only when one of them died, the other one had to start speaking and living a normal life.
Following Jennifer’s death in 1993, June gave interviews with The Guardian and Harper’s Bazaar.
8 The Silent Twins (June and Jennifer Gibbons)
In 2005, Manjit “Mike” and Parminder “Peter” Adiwal – also known as the Adiwal Brothers– finally pleaded guilty to drug-related cases of kidnapping and assault.
According to Vancouver Sun, the twins had been among the subjects of lengthy criminal investigation by a gang task force in Canada in order to collect evidence for cold murder cases.
In May 2011, Mike was also charged with extortion and released on bail. Peter has kept a low profile life since 2009 when he survived 26 bullet wounds to his torso, foot, and face.
7 The Whitehead Sisters (Jasmiyah And Tasmiyah Whitehead)
Former honor students and girl scouts Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead had spent about two years living with their great-grandmother before they moved back with their mother in Conyers, Georgia.
On January 14, 2010, the mother was found stabbed and beaten; the twins were then arrested for the slaying.
Initially they pleaded not guilty, but later in a plea agreement the Whitehead Sisters did plead guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to 30 years in prison. They are incarcerated at separate prisons.