In Netflix’s Triptych, Rebecca, a forensics agent, comes across a victim named Aleida while collecting a sample. At first, it seems like an ordinary crime scene. However, on close inspection, Rebecca notes that she bears a startling resemblance to Aleida. The severely injured Aleida perplexes Rebecca further by mentioning her name.
Confused, Rebecca searches for answers about her identity and finds that Aleida is her twin. As she tries to uncover why she and Aleida were separated, Rebecca discovers they have another sister, Tamara. For a reason unknown to Rebecca, powerful external forces are preventing her from learning the truth about her family.
Triptych is loosely based on the real-life story of triplets who were separated at birth
Were it not for a chance meeting, triplets Robert Shafran, David Kellman, and Eddy Galland may have remained strangers. After doing their best to make up for lost time, the brothers, like Rebecca in Triptych, launched a search for answers.
They discovered they were separated as toddlers as part of a dubious experiment. Dr. Peter Neubauer’s study separated twins and triplets and placed them with different families. Tim Wardle, the director of Three Identical Strangers, a documentary about the triplets, told The New York Post:
“They approached other agencies to be part of the study, and [were told], ‘You can’t split up twins and triplets – what are you thinking?’ Even at the time, it was pretty extreme.”
After the story broke, many separated twins and triplets discovered they had long-lost siblings. The scale of Dr. Neubauer’s experiment remains unclear as Yale University sealed his research. “They treated us like lab rats,” Shafran told The Los Angeles Times. “Nothing more. And we’re human beings.”
Triptych’s premise is similar to the triplet’s story. However, a massive chunk of the story is fictional.