I was reading some questions and also some answers about Shutter Island (like this one and this one) last night and most places it says Andrew Laeddis' wife murdered their 2 children.

When I saw the movie, there were 3 children.

  1. Did I watch a different version of the movie?
  2. Or were there 2 children in the book? I haven't read the book yet.
  3. Or am I just hallucinating like Andrew himself?

Just to prove that the third question is false I have an image from the movie as strong evidence

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Three children.

The two questions you quoted were both answered by me. Answering the question in the first link you posted, I quoted from the second link you posted. The original asker in that question had mentioned two children and I rather mistakenly continued from this mistake and answered referring to two children instead of three.

It is three children, as confirmed by both the film in the pictures above and the novel:

She drowned her three children in the lake behind her house.

I've added asterisked amendments to both of my previous answers to indicate this mistake.

  • Even if it might make this question even more substanceless, it would probably be cleaner to simply change the 2 to 3 in your two referenced answers, rather than that elaborate construction with saying 2 and including a verbose footnote that it's actually 3.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Feb 15, 2016 at 12:03
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    @NapoleonWilson: I did the opposite. I said three, and put a footnote in saying it was originally two (otherwise this question becomes invalidated). Feb 15, 2016 at 12:07
  • Hmm, granted...
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Feb 15, 2016 at 12:08

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