from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Every so often, there are intriguing stories of a man who speaks multiple languages, waking up with complete memory loss, and carrying no paperwork or identification on them. Sometimes these men are well-dressed when they’re found. Sometimes they’ve been mugged or beaten, but not always. Doctors can’t tell if these men are faking amnesia. Police can’t figure out identities from fingerprints if they have no criminal records. Here are just a few examples of these mysterious men called John Doe.
- A man in his mid-20s was recently found in Oslo in “a bad condition” — without any memory of his identity. This guy speaks English with an east European accent and understands Czech, Slovak, Polish and Russian. Oslo police are stumped, so they’re asking the public to see if anyone recognizes him. [url]
- A 50yo man mysteriously woke up in Seattle without any recollection of his name. Someone recognized him as Edward Lighthart — but there’s still no explanation for how he got lost with $600 in cash in his sock with no idea who he was. [url]
- A supposed amnesiac was admitted to a Toronto hospital without any identification and only vague clues about his identity. He called himself Philip Staufen, but he turned out to be a fraud — a Romanian named Ciprian Skeid. [url]
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