A Doppelganger is considered the evil twin, the harbinger of misfortune, the omen of death, and is very rare. In some cases, the victim of this haunting activity may be in danger, or perhaps soon meet their untimely death. Sounds creepy? Just wait until you read the stories of some true accounts of doppelgangers throughout history.
10. John Donne
Donne was a 16th century English poet who was visited by a doppelganger while he was in Paris. The odd thing about this account is that the doppelganger wasn't his at all, but his wife instead. The doppelganger of his wife was holding a newborn baby. Donne's wife was pregnant at the time, but the doppelganger showed her in a somber state. At the exact same moment that the doppelganger appeared, his wife had given birth to a stillborn child.
9. George Tryon
A famous Victorian apparition was the strange appearance of Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon. He walked through the drawing room of his family home in Eaton Square, London, looking straight ahead, without exchanging a word to anyone, in front of several guests at a party being given by his wife on 22 June 1893 whilst he was supposed to be in a ship of the Mediterranean Squadron, maneuvering off the coast of Syria. Subsequently it was reported that he had gone down with his ship, the HMS Victoria, that very same night, after it had collided with the HMS Camperdown following an unexplained and bizarre order to turn the ship in the direction of the other vessel.
8. Percy Bysshe Shelley
English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley claimed that he met his doppelganger while on vacation in Italy. While the poet stared dumbfounded at the apparition, all that the double did was point to the Mediterranean Sea. Oddly enough, Shelley drowned in the Mediterranean shortly thereafter.Shelley drowned while sailing in a small boat in 1822.
7. Guy de Maupassant
Maupassant was a French novelist and short story writer who claimed to have been haunted by his doppelganger near the time of his death. According to accounts, he said the doppelganger entered his room, took the seat opposite to him and began to dictate what de Maupassant was writing. He wrote about this experience in his short story "Lui."
6. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In this autobiography the German poet reports two different sightings of doubles. In the 1st instance he was riding along the road to Drusenheim, having just said goodbye to his girlfriend where he saw his double riding towards him wearing a gray suit trimmed with gold. These clothes were completely unfamiliar to him. Eight years later, on another visit to Friedrike, he found himself riding in the same direction as his double. Again the double was wearing the gray suit he had seen him in 8 years before.
5. Queen Elizabeth I
Elizabeth reportedly saw herself lying pale and still on her bed. Soon after the incident, she died. Not much is known about the incident, but the event seemed to shock her so much, the mere sight of the doppelganger may have been enough to cause her untimely death.
4. Czarina Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
Catherine proclaimed herself as Empress after she murdered her husband, Peter III in 1762. She seized the serfs and lands belonging to the church and went to war with Turkey. She was considered by many historians to be nothing more than an evil tyrant. During her rule, Catherine observed her double sitting on the royal throne. She ordered it shot, although this had no effect on the doppelganger. Catherine died of natural causes shortly after the incident died in 1796.
3. Sir Gilbert Parker
In 1905, Sir Gilbert Parker, a member of the British Parliament, was attending a debate in the House of Commons. During the debate, he noted that Sir Frederick Carne Rasch was also present, sitting in his usual spot. Yet this was impossible since Sir Frederick was quite ill with with flu and, according to members of his household, remained in bed throughout the day. Apparently, Rasch's double was determined to hear the debate.
2. Abraham Lincoln
One example of a doppelganger that isn't too well known is a dream or illusion that haunted Lincoln at times through the winter. On the evening of his election win, looking into a bureau mirror across the room he saw himself full length, but with two faces, one paler than the other. He mixed in the election excitement and tried to forget about it, but he couldn't after it showed up again. Lincoln told his wife about it. Later he tried to make the illusion come back, it worked, but that was the last he ever saw of it. His wife said it was a sign he would be elected to a second term, and the death pallor of one face meant he wouldn't live through his second term. Lincoln was assassinated later. Story confirmed by Mary Todd Lincoln, and by Private Secretary John Hay
1. Emilie Sagée
A famous case is that of a young French teacher in Latvia, Emilie Sagée. Most of her students in 1846 and 1846 often witnessed Sagée’s twin appear and disappear in full view. The double would often mimic the young woman’s movements, be very active while Sagee remained motionless, and appear healthy during times that Sagée was known to be ill. In the middle of class one day, while Sagée was writing on the blackboard, her exact double appeared beside her. The doppelganger precisely copied the teacher's every move as she wrote, except that it did not hold any chalk. The event was witnessed by 13 students in the classroom. Another time, all the students in the school saw Sagée working in the school’s gardens at the same time that they could see her sitting in a chair in the room with them! When two of the more courageous students attempted to interact with the image in the chair, they discovered an “odd resistance in the air surrounding it.” Ms. Sagee never did see her own double, though she claims to feel tired and fatigued when people report seeing one near her.