Kate Skinner, Daisy and Violet’s mother, at the time of their birth wasn’t married. This was the time when children with birth defects were considered ‘monsters’ in the United Kingdom. Skinner believed that this was a punishment for her sins so she sold them to Mary Hilton.
Mary Hilton saw the conjoined twin thing as an opportunity rather than a liability. She decided to display the girls in a British pub’s rear room in her sideshow. People could see the twins for two pennies. Some people used to lift up their shirts to see if they were really conjoined or not. The sisters wrote in their book.
When Hilton died, Edith, her daughter became the official guardian of the twins. She alongside her husband, Myer Myers, took care of them. Myers was an Australian salesperson. The girls referred to Edith and Myers as their owners. The couple didn’t let the twins out of their sight. They all slept in the same room because they feared that someone might abduct the twins.
In 1915, when the girls turned eight, Hilton took them to San Francisco. Initially, they were denied entry on the grounds of being “medically unfit.” Hilton was a clever woman, she involved the local media and that’s when the relevant authorities allowed them to enter America.
However, before receiving emancipation, they suffered a lot at the hands of their guardians. Here’s a brief look at the tragic lives of one of the most famous conjoined twins in modern history.
Auntie had several men in her life, all of whom the girls called “Sir.” Daisy and Violet were physically and emotionally abused and mistreated by Auntie and the various “Sirs” they encountered over the years. And Auntie made sure the twins knew they had to perform for her; their purpose was to make her money. If the girls didn’t do as they were asked, they were hit and slapped.
If they were born today, I’m sure they would’ve been surgically separated because they were not like most conjoined twins. Both had their own organs and only shared blood circulation.
Daisy and Violet referred to Mary as “Auntie”. Mary soon realized that she could actually capitalize off of their condition. Meanwhile, their biological mother, Skinner, had two more children, a boy named Frederick in 1910, and a girl named Ethel Kate in 1912. Skinner passed away at the of 25, just a month after Ethel’s birth.
Daisy and Violet’s mother left them shortly after they were born. The sisters spent their early life being displayed in sideshows. They became quite famous when they moved to the United States. Then even appeared in a couple of movies.
In the 1920s, when the twins became teenagers, they started making good money. They worked alongside legends like Bob Hope and Charlie Chaplin. At one point, they earned more than $5000 a week which was HUGE back then. But sadly they didn’t get any of it. The Myerses took it all and the twins were not allowed near the money they earned themselves.
Auntie was very active sexually and had several men in her life. The poor twins were physically and emotionally abused by the Auntie and the men she dated over the years. Auntie wanted the girls to know that their only purpose was to make her rich. The girls were often beaten if they didn’t follow the orders.
Staying with the Myerses was like staying in a jail cell for Daisy and Violet. The twins were forced to practice their vaudeville act, which included playing the violin and saxophone for several hours. If they didn’t listen, they were tortured. Myers also threatened to send them to a special institution if they ever tried to escape.
Born in Brighton, England, in February of 1908, Daisy and Violet Hilton were conjoined twins connected at the pelvis and buttocks. The day they were born, doctors said that they will be dead within a month. However, they lived for the next sixty years.
“Our earliest and only recollections are the penetrating smell of brown ale, cigars and pipes and the movements of the visitors’ hands which were forever lifting our baby clothes to see just how we were attached to each other.”
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