Joan & 'The Twins'
Although none of Josiah's
daughters was ever
allowed a role in the family business, that did not prevent
them from indulging in machinations in the domestic sphere.
Joan, for example, (shown left) was terrorised by 'The Twins'
(right) who threatened to murder her with a bread knife if she ever
dressed in anything other than black. They, however, dressed
exclusively in white and always alike. More sinister yet is
that 'The Twins' were not actually twins at all!
Born Jane and Jacinth, but thirteen months apart
they continued a normal childhood existence until the ages
of four and five respectively, at which time they declared
themselves to be twins and could not be shaken from this conviction
even by Josiah's
violence. Until the end of their lives -
a suicide pact in their seventies - they lived, slept, prayed,
and ate together wearing identical outfits.