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Homeless Twin Sisters Inherit Property from Grandmother They Never Knew — Story of the Day

Roshanak Hannani
Aug 02, 2023
11:15 A.M.

Madison and Jessica turned to a life of robbery after escaping their abusive stepdad. One fateful burglary at an unknown older lady's mansion leads them down an unexpected path when they stumble upon a photo linked to their past.


"One last signature there," the attorney said, smiling when the 25-year-old twins Madison and Jessica followed his lead. "There! It's all yours!"

Once the lawyer left, Jessica's gaze lingered on the towering ceilings and ornate décor of the Victorian-style mansion nestled in the outskirts of the quiet town.

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"Can you believe it, Maddy!?" she exclaimed, feeling excitement swishing through her veins. "We own this now! It's OURS!

Jessica rejoiced, not realizing that her sister hadn't said a word and was instead quietly crying.

"Maddy, what's wrong?" Jessica asked, confused.


"Jess, this mansion, the way we got it...It still feels like a dream," Madison said, breathless and disbelieving. She closed her eyes and thought about the lower point in their life 16 years ago. They were nine and had only $3 in their pockets after fleeing their stepfather.

In the fall of 2002, the twins lived with their stepfather, Martin, after their mother died in a car accident 1999. While he always had trouble drinking, his wife's death worsened things. He took his frustrations out on them and couldn't hold down a job.

Madison and Jessica tried to be good, despite how often he reminded them they were a burden. But after years of this mistreatment, Martin got home drunk one night, expecting food on the table.

"We're really sorry, sir," Madison said softly, her head lowered in fright. "We had a lot of homework to do today. Dinner will be ready in just 20 minutes. Please forgive us for being late."

"She's telling the truth," Jessica agreed.

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Still, Martin didn't like their answer. He grabbed their notebooks and bags, hurling them around the living room carelessly.

"I don't care about your school. Do you understand, you lazy little rats?" Martin yelled, terrifying them. "If I have to raise you, you'll have to work around here! If this happens again, you'll be out on the streets!"

The girls looked at each other, and although this wasn't the first time he had threatened to kick them out, his words still caused intense terror.

Madison began to cry while Jessica tried to stop the tears, uttering, "Yes, sir."

Martin grinned, his rage dissipating now that he knew they were afraid. He grabbed a beer from his fridge and sat in front of the TV while dialing to order some pizza. Of course, he wouldn't share that with them.

Madison ran to their room, and Jessica followed closely. "What are we doing to do?" she asked her crying sister. "We can't live with that ogre anymore."

Her twin wiped her tears away. "Where would we go?"

"I know, but he doesn't even feed us. He hates us," Jessica continued. "Wouldn't it be better to just leave? Run away?"


"Run where?" Madison asked, looking around.

"Anywhere. Somewhere better than here," her sister added, shrugging.

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"OK," Madison said, nodding. They quieted and stared into each other eyes for a long time. Then, they hugged tightly and began to pack. They checked the few pennies and dimes they'd managed to steal here and there, but it was only three dollars between them.

When they were ready, they exited their room slowly, checking that Martin was fast asleep. His pizza box was only half empty, and his beer can was still in his hand.

Jessica stopped Madison for a second. "Wait, I can't leave until I do something," Jessica said, put her things down, and ran to her stepfather's room.


"What are you doing?" Madison whispered-yelled, panicking. But Jessica was back quickly with a bottle. She tiptoed to Martin's and poured a powder on his open beer can. Luckily, he was snoring loudly.

Jessica threw the bottle on the floor, grabbed her things, and ushered Madison out.

"What was that?" her sister asked.

"Laxative," she answered, grinning slightly.

Madison almost burst out laughing loudly but covered her mouth, and they left, never to see their horrible stepfather again.

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For the next 15 years, the girls traveled all over the country, surviving by stealing and begging where they could. Eventually, they raised enough money to buy a cheap minivan.


They had to leave towns quickly and change their appearances after stealing. It was a complicated life, but it worked for them. Jessica was the most daring, while Madison was usually more reserved and scared when stealing.

While traveling through Boston, they suddenly encountered a neighbor with a large, beautiful mansion.

"Look at that house, Maddy. I bet we could grab just one box of jewelry and be set for the rest of the year," Jessica pointed out, stopping the car only a few paces away.

"I don't know, Jess. Those wrought-iron fences are heavy-duty. It'll be tough to climb. Plus, these places probably have alarm systems and stuff, right?" Madison shook her head but stared at the state with wonder.

"Well, I'm going," Jessica insisted, removing her seat belt and climbing out of the driving seat. Madison followed, trying to talk her out of it.

As predicted, the fence was hard to climb, but there was no alarm, at least. Jessica was an expert in picking locks, but she knew rich folks always left their doors open. "Bingo," she whispered, rolling a side door open.

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The twins entered a dressing room and ransacked as quickly as possible, finding jewelry and designer bags galore.

When they were ready to leave, Madison lifted her heavy bag and accidentally knocked a vase.

"Oops!" she whispered, looking at her sister with panicked eyes.

"We have to go," Jessica said calmly. "Let's pray she didn't hear this."

"Who's there?" they suddenly heard as lights turned on. An old woman in her nightgown stood in the doorway. "Who are you?"

The twins stared at each other, wondering what to do next.

"Oh, no. Please don't take that," the lady continued, her eyes on the box Jessica had in her hands because it didn't fit in her bag. Her eyes teared up quickly. "Take anything else but that, and I won't call the police."

The twins were flustered, but Jessica would not leave that box now that the old woman basically confirmed it was valuable. "MADDY, RUN!" she yelled, rushing to the old woman at the door and pushing her to the side.

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"Please, those jewels are worth more than money!" the old woman wailed after catching herself from falling.

Madison only hesitated a second before following her sister. They rushed down, exiting through the sliding door and not looking back until they were securely in their van. Madison looked up at the mansion and saw the old woman staring through the window.

"We did a terrible thing, Jess," Madison lamented. "She said they're worth more than money."

"Yeah, that means what's in this box is more valuable than everything else. This is how we survive," Jessica snapped, driving on.

They were too tired to get away from Boston that night, so they stopped at an empty rest stop, and Jessica fell asleep quickly. Madison couldn't stay still, so instead, she grabbed the box and returned to the old woman's house.

Instead of breaking in again, Madison rang her doorbell. The old woman's eyes widened when she saw her without a mask and holding the jewelry box in her hand.

"I'm sorry for what we did earlier," Madison spoke in a soft voice laced with guilt and sympathy. "My sister and I were in a tough spot. Please, forgive us. Don't call the police."


The old woman stared at her sweetly, holding back tears, and asked Madison inside. She asked the younger woman to call her Mrs. George, and they began to talk. After a while, Madison looked at the pictures on her mantelpiece, noting many people.

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But one frame caught her eye.

"Wh—who is this?" Madison stuttered, her eyes brimming with tears. The old lady's eyes followed Madison's gaze at the photo, and she was puzzled about what had suddenly made the young woman cry.

"Well, that's…that's my late daughter, Amber," Mrs. George replied softly, her glass becoming foggy due to the warm tears in her eyes. "she was a beauty, wasn't she? But why do you cry?"


Madison's heart skipped a beat as she stared intently at the photo and then back at Mrs. George.

"What? Your daughter? It can't be…Th—that's my MOM!"

The living room fell silent as the two women exchanged a puzzled glance, their eyes filled with emotion. "Your mother?!" the grandmother whispered as her face was drained of blood.

"Oh, my God! This is unbelievable! Honey, I'm your grandmother!" Mrs. George gasped as she pulled Madison into a tight embrace, realizing they were connected in a way they could have never imagined.

"Wh—How can this be? I never knew we had a grandmother!" Madison exclaimed in shock. "I'll go bring my sister. She needs to know too!"

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Madison bolted to the minivan and told Jessica everything.

"What! And she's our grandma? OMG…how's that possible? How come we didn't know about her all these years?" Jessica was stunned when her sister revealed the encounter back in the grandmother's estate.

"Yeah, Jess! It's unbelievable. The woman we just robbed is our GRANDMOTHER! Let's go and find out further."

They talked to the old woman, apologizing for stealing from her. Mrs. George apologized, too, because she never knew of their existence.

"My daughter and I had several problems. She was boy-crazy and didn't pick the right men. She cut me off eventually, and I didn't even know where she moved to. I thought it was best to let her come to me later," their grandmother explained.

They talked more, and the old woman told them to stay in her house. They took a DNA test a few days later to confirm, and Mrs. George promised they would never have to steal again.

Nine months later, Mrs. George passed, and Madison and Jessica inherited her house and the entire estate, although it took a few months before they finalized everything.

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"If we had known about her before, we could've lived this life all along," Madison cried, and Jessica ran to her arms.

"Instead, we burglarized our grandmother's house," Jessica cried and laughed, tightening her embrace.

"Breaking into this house was the best thing we ever did," Madison said. "So, thank you. For being our brave and stupid Robin Hood."

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