Three brothers, Eddie, David, and Bobby were born in June 1962. That was the last time they were together. By chance, they met again after 18 years. However, their meeting led to the unveiling of a classified study by psychologist Peter Neubauer from the prestigious Yale University, in collaboration with the New York adoption agency Louise Wise Services.

Divided Triplets Study Purpose

Newborn triplets were divided into three families after their birth. The adoption agency concealed this fact from the biological mother and the adoption family. Neubauer wanted to find out how the genetic make-up of ancestors plays a role in the newborn’s personality and the extent to which upbringing, education, and the collective affect the characteristics and interests of separate children.

Representatives of the Louise Wise Services agency regularly visited families, took pictures, gave them psychological tests, and filmed them. They told the parents that these were standard checks and that their sons were part of a routine study of all adopted children. That it was a classified study was revealed in 1995 by journalist Lawrence Wright.

Although the triplets lived in widely different conditions, they had the same hobbies – all three brothers smoked Marlboro cigarettes, were interested in wrestling, and liked the same type of girls. Two of them chose the same college, thanks to this accident they were able to meet again.

Disappointing Insight into the Documents

After nine months of effort, lawyers for director Tim Wardle, who made the film about the triplets, persuaded Yale University officials to provide the secret material to the brothers for inspection. As much of the notes were colored black, the men met with disappointment.

The public probably will not find out what the psychologist came up with until 2066. Eddie died in 1995, and the surviving brothers, Bobby and David, will not know the truth as long as they are alive. Their offspring can look forward to the study results in 45 years.

Source:, Neon, Three Identical Strangers