Monday, October 5, 2015

Amnesia For Monday Mystery...!

How about another case containing both an unknown feature and an answer? That's what we have today!

We did a story about this man before, but since then there have been a few answers come to light. Ready for this?

The Identity Of ‘Benjaman Kyle’

One of the most mysterious amnesia cases of all time involved an individual known as “Benjaman Kyle.” On August 31, 2004, an unconscious nude man who appeared to be in his fifties was found in a dumpster behind a Burger King in Richmond, Georgia. It appeared that he had been struck on the head with a blunt object, and he had no memory of anything that happened and did not even remember his own name. Doctors determined that he was suffering from retrograde amnesia. Since he was found near a Burger King, the man decided to use the “B.K.” initials to select a new name for himself—Benjaman Kyle.

Over the course of the next decade, all attempts to uncover Benjaman Kyle’s true identity went nowhere. DNA testing and fingerprint checks turned up empty, and even though Benjaman’s story received a lot of media coverage, no one seemed to recognize him. Since he had no identity, Benjaman could not obtain a Social Security number, so he was forced to work under the table and rely on the kindness of others to survive.

Finally, in September 2015, Benjaman publicly announced that CeCe Moore (the same genetic genealogist who helped the former Paul Fronczak) had used his DNA samples to match him with his biological family. He was originally from Indiana and had apparently broken off all contact with his family, who had not seen him since 1976. The former Benjaman Kyle has since tracked down his original birth certificate and Social Security records and used them to obtain a new identification card under his real name. He has plans to reunite with his family, but for the moment, he is keeping his true identity a secret from the public.

See? We have a solved mystery that's both sad and happy. What a way to start the day, right?

Coffee out on the patio this morning.

7 comments:

Chickenmom said...

Wonder if he will ever remember what drove away the family members? Maybe he can start a new life with them now.

linda m said...

That is fantastic. I needed some happy news today. Hope his life only gets better. Very cold and cloudy here - highs only around 57 degrees. Brrrrrr

Sixbears said...

I love it when these mysteries are solved. Thanks for the follow up. Of course, there are still questions to be answered.

JO said...

Nice to have one of these mysteries solved. Hope all the rest of his life falls into place now. Maybe they are keeping his real identity a secret to see if some one has been using his ID all these years. Could we have a new mystery on hand?

Woke up to a light rain at 5 but now the sun is out and it sure was a pretty sunrise. Should be in the 80's today

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Let's hope tat he can reconcile with the family, for sure.
Thanks for stopping by this morning!


Hey Linda...
I do hope that he can start a new life with some happiness, knowing his true identity.
Thanks for coming by today!


Hey Sixbears...
Having one solved now and then does seem nice, doesn't it? May he find some peace.
Thanks for the visit this morning!


Hey Jo...
I would imagine he is trying to avoid the spotlight.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Maybe he doesn't want the people who did this to him know that he survived. They may try again to finish the job. . .

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