What are the horrible and macabre experiments done on humans?

Bobby Shafan, David Kellman and Eddy Galland.
Bobby Shafan, David Kellman and Eddy Galland.

Discover the incredible story of Bobby Shafan, David Kellman and Eddy Galland.

If you think you are seeing triple, you are not wrong. Boys are triplets - but not just triplets. The trio was separated at birth by the Louise Wise Adoption Agency in New York.

Each boy went to their respective parents, but, through questioning, they discovered that they were part of a psychological study carried out by Dr. Peter Neubauer and his Child Development Center.

The boys were born quadruples in 1961 to a single teenage mother.

The fourth brother died in childbirth, but the other three were put up for adoption. Under the guidance of a psychiatrist, Dr. Peter Neubauer, the boys were to be placed in separate families.

But not just any family.

With the help of the Louise Wise Adoption Agency, the researchers carefully selected families.

Each family had different parenting styles and socioeconomic backgrounds. The boys' adoptive parents adopted their other children a few years before adopting them, so that the agency had information about each of them.

The parents did not know that the boys were triplets, although they found it strange that the researchers came to his home every year to measure the children's development. The agency approved it as a study that measures the growth of foster children.

It was not until a strange "event" that the boys met.

Bobby was mistaken for Eddy on the college campus by some friends. Through some questions, Bobby discovered that Eddy had the same date of birth and was adopted by the Adoption Agency of Louse Wise.

The boys were impressed, but had another surprise: A newspaper published an article about the separated twins.

A guy named David saw the article in the newspaper and realized he looked like Bobby and Eddy. David soon realized that it was their triplet based on the date of birth and the name of the adoption agency.

David saw the article in the newspaper and realized he looked like Bobby and Eddy.
Experiments done on humans.
(source: NY Times )

At first, the three were inseparable.

They went through a honeymoon phase, much like a new couple. They even opened their own restaurant together. But their differences soon took over. The whole situation became untenable.

The triplets started to argue and not get along. Each of the boys also suffered from mental health problems. Unfortunately, Eddy was unable to overcome his.


He committed suicide in 1995.

Eddy committed suicide in 1995.
Eddy committed suicide in 1995.
(Image: Forbes)

Many question the ethics and motives of Neubauer's study.

People question the scientific value of the study, as they never published the data. In fact, there are more than 11,000 pages of data. But Neubauer sealed them until 2065.

The exact reason for the study is unknown. No parent consented given to the study.

  • David, Eddy and Bobby were not alone in the study.
  • Neubauer and Louise Wise Adoption Agency also separated several other twins at birth.
  • Some were the subject of documentaries and reports.
  • Many met through DNA testing, but there is no way of knowing exactly how many twins were in the study.
The twin sisters, Michele Mordkoff and Allison Kanter, who were also part of Neubauer's twin research.
The twin sisters, Michele Mordkoff and Allison Kanter.

Twin sisters, Michele Mordkoff and Allison Kanter, who were also part of Neubauer twin study.


Since Neubauer sealed the records, no one knows exactly what is in them. After a lot of pressure, David and Bobby were able to see the some parts about the story.


But even so, the survey was heavily censored to protect the identity of other participants.

  • We will probably have to wait until 2065 to know what the records say.
  • Dr. Peter Neubauer is dead and no one seems to be opening the records housed at Yale University.
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