I have several essays here about being lost and trying to get lost and they consistently are read. It must be a more universal feeling than I originally thought.
I don’t mind being a little lost. I’ve gone on walks in the woods with the intention of being a little lost. Of course, I don’t plan to be totally lost, never to be found, just lost enough to feel it. But you don’t need to wander the wilderness to be truly lost. That is the case with a man called Benjaman Kyle.
In 2004, a man woke up outside of a Burger King in Georgia without any clothes, any ID, or any memories.
He has been diagnosed with dissociative amnesia and has little recollection of his life before 2004. He is the only American citizen officially listed as missing despite the fact that his whereabouts are known.
His full diagnosis is “retrograde amnesia” which is sometimes called “Hollywood Amnesia” because it often turns up in films (or TV or fiction). That’s when you wake up and recall nothing.
After waking up, when he was asked for his name by hospital staff. He remembers that it was Benjaman, but could not recall his last name. “Kyle”came from his police and hospital placeholder name.
When he saw himself in the mirror for the first time, he realized he was around 20 years older than he thought he was.
Benjaman couldn’t remember who he was and either could anyone else. Police and authorities have tried to do detective work and identify him and he has had national exposure on TV shows, but no one has come forward to identify him.
Benjaman believes that he was passing through Richmond Hill, Georgia and may have been on the road because of Hurricane Charley, which had hit earlier that month. When he was found, he had three marks on his skull that appeared to have been caused by blunt force trauma.
A film has been made about his story.
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