Two-part documentary about Broadmoor Hospital. Originally built in the Victorian era, it is a high-security psychiatric hospital and home to the country's most violent offenders. Broadmoor Hospital is one of the most infamous institutions in the world that houses some of the countries most dangerous criminals. For the first time in its 150 years Broadmoor has agreed to open its doors to film what life is really like.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Broadmoor - June and Jennifer Gibbons - Netflix
June and Jennifer Gibbons (born 11th April 1963; Jennifer died March 1993) were identical twins who grew up in Wales. They became known as “The Silent Twins” since they only communicated with each other. They began writing works of fiction but later turned to crime. Both women were admitted to Broadmoor Hospital where they were held for 11 years.
Broadmoor - Creative expression - Netflix
When they were reunited, the two spent several years isolating themselves in their bedroom, engaged in elaborate plays with dolls. They created many plays and stories in a sort of soap opera style, reading some of them aloud on tape as gifts for their sister. Inspired by a pair of gift diaries on Christmas 1979, they began their writing careers. They sent away for a mail order course in creative writing, and each wrote several novels. Set primarily in the United States and particularly in Malibu, California, the stories involve young men and women who exhibit strange and often criminal behavior. In June's Pepsi-Cola Addict, the high-school hero is seduced by a teacher, then sent away to a reformatory where a homosexual guard makes a play for him. In Jennifer's The Pugilist, a physician is so eager to save his child's life that he kills the family dog to obtain its heart for a transplant. The dog's spirit lives on in the child and ultimately has its revenge against the father. Jennifer also wrote Discomania, the story of a young woman who discovers that the atmosphere of a local disco incites patrons to insane violence. She followed up with The Taxi-Driver's Son, a radio play called Postman and Postwoman, and several short stories.
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