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(ABC)   Man has been suffering from amnesia since being discovered naked, unresponsive and covered with fire ant bites behind a Burger King dumpster in August 2004. Remember that the next time you think you're having a bad day   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 28
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2012-12-10 09:23:00 PM
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animesucks
2012-12-10 11:32:12 AM
he may have initially had amnesia, but he doesn't anymore. he knows who he is, but he isn't all that happy with his former life as a lonely, homeless man. now he's just an attention whore trying to get his fake name out there and see whatever free stuff can be provided for him. he likes to tell this story for sympathy and you're all falling for it.

/i don't actually have any idea what i'm talking about


I was a member at WS still am... but this was the gist of it. He did not want his old life because he was quite happy with his new one.
2012-12-10 03:36:29 PM
1 votes:
Something very, very fishy here.
2012-12-10 02:57:35 PM
1 votes:
TFA doesn't say if they've ever run his DNA through CODIS. It won't ID him if he doesn't have a criminal record, but it might provide a pointer to a relative.
2012-12-10 02:20:38 PM
1 votes:

gingerjet: FTFA They aren't eligible for health insurance, can't pay rent or get a driver's license.

Why? All he needs is a job to pay rent. And all he needs to do is to prove he can drive to get a license.

He has been told that because of the presumption that he was given a Social Security number at some point, he cannot get another one.

Bullshiat. People get a new SSN all the time due to identity theft.

/I'm sympathetic to the guy but the article is poorly researched


Try getting a real job without a SSN. Moreover, if an employer is paying you under the table they are NOT going to give you a letter of employment so you can get an apartment.

Also most landlords do a background check, how can you do a background check on someone without a past?
2012-12-10 12:45:10 PM
1 votes:

gingerjet: FTFA They aren't eligible for health insurance, can't pay rent or get a driver's license.

Why? All he needs is a job to pay rent. And all he needs to do is to prove he can drive to get a license.

He has been told that because of the presumption that he was given a Social Security number at some point, he cannot get another one.

Bullshiat. People get a new SSN all the time due to identity theft.

/I'm sympathetic to the guy but the article is poorly researched


There are a few rare instances where a new SSN can be issued, identity theft is one of them (only if the person continues to be disadvantaged by using the original number), however amnesia is not.
2012-12-10 12:02:41 PM
1 votes:

WarszawaScream: That's mentioned in TFA, and there's a blurb about how he worked at a kitchen and 'instinctually' knew how to repair and operate things there, so he thinks the Reddit folks are onto something.


Or it could be that he simply has an aptitude for mechanical systems, which could also mean he's a self taught software developer, for instance. So I don't think they are on to something, personally. On to a rabbit hole, sure...
2012-12-10 11:47:55 AM
1 votes:
This guy did an AMA on reddit awhile back.

There were multiple redditors that remember seeing someone similar working as a maintenance man for Waffle House.

Ben Kyle never responded to those questions/comments. Others are following up on the clues.

Link to AMA on reddit
2012-12-10 11:44:47 AM
1 votes:
a fully grown prom night dumpster baby
2012-12-10 11:39:44 AM
1 votes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaspar_Hauser

Kasper Hauser
2012-12-10 11:36:09 AM
1 votes:

XanthPrime: Snort: This is a hoax.

Link

A few years ago, a Website called Websleuths began pouring in hours into the Benjaman Kyle story, trying to solve the case. One day, a moderator proclaimed, it was a hoax- due to some discrepancies between the reports of how he was found. Here's a quote from Neil Forsyth's article in The Guardian.

"In 2007 Kyle became one of the site's most popular cases until, on 3 April, Griffith posted a 350-word entry claiming that she and others had evidence Kyle wasn't beaten and so was a fraud. The 18-page discussion that followed contained two pieces of apparent evidence. The first was that Richmond Hill police had told a Websleuths member Kyle was not unconscious when found and was able to talk but chose not to do so.
However, Harold Copus, an investigator with more than a decade's experience as an FBI case manager, who was brought in by the Dr Phil show to look into Kyle's story, supports his version of events. "I spoke to the EMTs [paramedics], Burger King staff and responding police officers. Not only was Kyle unconscious when he was found, they thought he was dead." Copus confirms that Kyle's fingerprints have been checked against the FBI's files on both criminal and civil cases, the most comprehensive search possible. Kyle also cooperated with a linguist (who agreed that a midwest background was likely) and Copus talks about taking Kyle to an "expensive doctor in Atlanta" who reviewed "Kyle's medical situation from the moment he was found".

In my own research for the documentary, I tried to obtain the original police reports from the Richmond Hill Police Department. Sadly, they no longer exist. And when you do look at the information provided by websleuths, there do seem to be differences between the stories, but more disturbingly, the original report is gone.

Because of the strange circumstances of the case, proper care was not taken on the crime scene, or for the subsequent paperwork. To this day, it is used as an example to police t ...



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The story is repeated until it becomes true.

The guy got what he wanted, a fresh start and now notoriety.

You don't have to listen to me, though, I am a life long cynic. This case sets off my stink meter.
2012-12-10 11:32:12 AM
1 votes:
he may have initially had amnesia, but he doesn't anymore. he knows who he is, but he isn't all that happy with his former life as a lonely, homeless man. now he's just an attention whore trying to get his fake name out there and see whatever free stuff can be provided for him. he likes to tell this story for sympathy and you're all falling for it.

/i don't actually have any idea what i'm talking about
2012-12-10 11:26:20 AM
1 votes:

Snort: This is a hoax.


Link

A few years ago, a Website called Websleuths began pouring in hours into the Benjaman Kyle story, trying to solve the case. One day, a moderator proclaimed, it was a hoax- due to some discrepancies between the reports of how he was found. Here's a quote from Neil Forsyth's article in The Guardian.

"In 2007 Kyle became one of the site's most popular cases until, on 3 April, Griffith posted a 350-word entry claiming that she and others had evidence Kyle wasn't beaten and so was a fraud. The 18-page discussion that followed contained two pieces of apparent evidence. The first was that Richmond Hill police had told a Websleuths member Kyle was not unconscious when found and was able to talk but chose not to do so.
However, Harold Copus, an investigator with more than a decade's experience as an FBI case manager, who was brought in by the Dr Phil show to look into Kyle's story, supports his version of events. "I spoke to the EMTs [paramedics], Burger King staff and responding police officers. Not only was Kyle unconscious when he was found, they thought he was dead." Copus confirms that Kyle's fingerprints have been checked against the FBI's files on both criminal and civil cases, the most comprehensive search possible. Kyle also cooperated with a linguist (who agreed that a midwest background was likely) and Copus talks about taking Kyle to an "expensive doctor in Atlanta" who reviewed "Kyle's medical situation from the moment he was found".

In my own research for the documentary, I tried to obtain the original police reports from the Richmond Hill Police Department. Sadly, they no longer exist. And when you do look at the information provided by websleuths, there do seem to be differences between the stories, but more disturbingly, the original report is gone.

Because of the strange circumstances of the case, proper care was not taken on the crime scene, or for the subsequent paperwork. To this day, it is used as an example to police trainees in Georgia on how to not conduct a crime scene. So, yes, Websleuth's conclusion that some of the details are hazy is correct, since the case was not given the proper documentation. But their conclusion, that this man is faking his condition, and doesn't know who he is, is not.
2012-12-10 11:09:29 AM
1 votes:
Illegal alien!

Did they check him for a belly button?
2012-12-10 11:06:38 AM
1 votes:
For some reason this guy just screams ex- military to me. I retired from the Armed Forces and can think of only 2 "organizations" that require a complete wipe of former identity, neither of which he would ever find through public channels.

That and he has a very slight pacific northwest accent, definitely not a Georgian where he was found.

Very odd story, with this much exposure no one has stepped forward to recognize him.
2012-12-10 11:06:09 AM
1 votes:
this is why you should always have some close friends or family members who would try to figure out what happened to you if you ever disappeared mysteriously. it's possible this guy lived alone, had no family, shifted from job to job, no real close friends. so if he gets amnesia and disappears, no one would think to go looking for him. his only real hope is that someone recognizes him.
xcv
2012-12-10 11:05:55 AM
1 votes:
No mention of how the websleuths board considers this to be a hoax? Part of their claim is that the initial police report, medical exam and interview with responding officer all claim there was no sign of physical injury on Kyle while he keeps playing up the 'near death,' serious injury aspect in the documentaries.
2012-12-10 10:58:54 AM
1 votes:

Randal2477: Just food for thought:

If he has no idea who he is or how he got there, how does he know he's 64 years old? In the article, he mentions being that age and "due to my social and economic background, I figure I have 10 years left"

Oddly specific....


The doctors probably told him an estimate.
2012-12-10 10:58:06 AM
1 votes:
He should have switched to Direct TV.
2012-12-10 10:56:54 AM
1 votes:

Randal2477: Just food for thought:

If he has no idea who he is or how he got there, how does he know he's 64 years old? In the article, he mentions being that age and "due to my social and economic background, I figure I have 10 years left"

Oddly specific....


He said he has some memories - like being exactly 10 years older than Michael Jackson. But yes, it's oddly specific.

He did an AMA on Reddit, mostly to ask for help in getting a new SSN - but it was odd. Lots of people offered to help finding out his actual identity, but he didn't seem all that interested. Either he's already heard everything that's helpful, or he's not that interested in finding out.
2012-12-10 10:56:33 AM
1 votes:
The lesson to be learned here is that you need to have your fingerprints in a federal database at least once in your life.
2012-12-10 10:54:35 AM
1 votes:
"He found himself personally frustrated with how few resources there are for the living unidentified"


There is enough fraud and corruption already with the living identified, that's why
2012-12-10 10:52:12 AM
1 votes:
Just food for thought:

If he has no idea who he is or how he got there, how does he know he's 64 years old? In the article, he mentions being that age and "due to my social and economic background, I figure I have 10 years left"

Oddly specific....
2012-12-10 10:48:21 AM
1 votes:
That's Ryan Gosling from the future.

Next.
2012-12-10 10:47:40 AM
1 votes:
FTFA They aren't eligible for health insurance, can't pay rent or get a driver's license.

Why? All he needs is a job to pay rent. And all he needs to do is to prove he can drive to get a license.

He has been told that because of the presumption that he was given a Social Security number at some point, he cannot get another one.

Bullshiat. People get a new SSN all the time due to identity theft.

/I'm sympathetic to the guy but the article is poorly researched
2012-12-10 10:45:42 AM
1 votes:
Sounds like the FBI ought to train him...no finger prints or known database records...sounds like he would be a great addition to any undercover operation etc, I mean other than he is probably addicted to bath salts and sleeps in the burger king dumpster...
2012-12-10 10:44:13 AM
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images2.wikia.nocookie.net
2012-12-10 10:36:39 AM
1 votes:
Pretty sure I wouldn't want to remember what led me to that situation.
2012-12-10 10:34:57 AM
1 votes:
I once got amnesia in a Burger King bathroom...

/I'm a freak
// l like the girls with the boom
 
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