Monday, August 4, 2014

Benjaman Kyle On Monday Mystery...!

Sometimes we forget that there are many folks out there that can't seem to remember their own back story. That's pretty sad!

Imagine not knowing who you really are or being able to remember anything about your past life. No family memories, no friends, nothing. Then to top it off, not having any record with the government, DMV, or the like and suddenly being totally alone and unknown is a real thing.

Benjaman Kyle


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Another amnesiac, Benjaman Kyle’s case is even more bizarre than Boatwright’s. In the early morning hours of August 31, 2004, a middle-aged man was found unconscious, lying beside some dumpsters at a Georgia Burger King. The man was presumed homeless and showed signs of blunt force trauma to his skull. Like Boatwright, he did not recognize his own face. Unlike Boatwright, he had no identification on him or even the slightest inkling as to who he was.

Initially dubbed “BK” for “Burger King,” he has since chosen the name Benjaman Kyle. Believed to be in his mid-sixties, Kyle is a bald Caucasian man, granted the dubious honor of being the only American citizen listed as missing even though he lives in the public eye. He has been diagnosed with dissociative amnesia, which, nearly 10 years later, seems like it may be permanent. In a world where no communication appears secure, Kyle remains a phantom. His fingerprints have been run through every available database, including those controlled by the FBI, US military, and government. DNA tests seem to provide no clues other than to indicate Scottish ancestry. He has appeared in innumerable newspaper articles and interviews on both television and radio, including a high-profile appearance on Dr. Phil in 2008.

I just can't believe that with all the coverage this story got, someone didn't recognize this person. That's about as sad as it gets, I reckon.

Coffee out on the patio this morning! 

9 comments:

Chickenmom said...

That is so sad. Someone must know who he is. Can't imagine what that must feel like.

linda m said...

That is sad. I find it hard to believe that in this day and age after all those years that he still doesn't know who he is. Coffee outside sounds good I'll bring a Danish Kringle - how about vanilla almond?

texasann said...

Bubba -
Heard a story on the radio the other day of a man who has another kind of amnesia. Can't remember anything from one day to the next - every day is a new one. Knows his name, but not his wife's face, or even that he is married. Verbally and socially functional, able to eat, bathe, all else in a normal fashion, just has no memory of anything. Wierd! And sad too, especially for those who hold him dear.
Enjoyed our visit - let's do it again soon! Big hugs -
Baby Sis

Mamahen said...

It's just hard to believe that with all the media coverage someone hasn't recognized this person. How sad to think someone hasn't missed him and found him.

JO said...

It is sad, but maybe he truly had no family and was homeless. A mystery for sure.

I'll sit a bit pass the pot please.

edifice rex said...

I'd agree, that with all the media coverage, if no one had recognized him by now he must have been homeless with absolutely no family. So many homeless can just fade away and no one ever notices. Truly sad.

Dizzy-Dick said...

We are our memories. Without memories we are nothing. I wonder how far back he can remember. Can he remember today? Or an hour ago? Or a minute ago? Or a second ago? If the memory is completely gone, wouldn't he get lost with every step he took? Surely he can remember something for a few minutes or so? If he were interviewed, he could remember the questions asked, right? I sure feel sorry for this guy.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
You would think that someone somewhere would know something about him.

Thanks for coming over today!



Hey Linda M...
Anything sweet in the morning, especially danish, is always appreciated!

Thanks for dropping by today!



Hey Sis...
I can't imagine waking up in a new world every day! Sometimes I feel that way anyhow.

Thanks for coming by this morning!



Hey Mamahen...
I would certainly think that would be the case. Truly sad!

Thanks for coming over today!



Hey Jo...
That certainly could be true.

Thanks, sweetie, for coming over!



Hey Anne...
I'm afraid that you're right. Another lost soul!

Thanks for coming over today!







HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
I can't imagine what that must be like. I do hope I am never faced with something like that.

I appreciate the visit this morning!