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Miguel Endara

“The portrait took nearly 138 hours to complete, and at a rate of 4.25 dots per second, he estimates the piece contains roughly 2.1 million of them”

In 2004 an unconscious man was discovered behind a fast food restaurant in Richmond Hill, Georgia. He had no belongings, severe sunburn, and was nearly blind from cataracts. The man also had absolutely no idea who he was. After months of ongoing evaluation from doctors and psychologists it was determined he was suffering from dissociative amnesia. He adopted the pseudonym Benjaman Kyle and has embarked on a search for his true identity sparking massive amounts of media coverage and even a short film, Finding Benjaman, by John Wikstrom. He is the only citizen in the United States officially listed as missing despite his whereabouts being known. One strange aspect of this predicament is that Kyle now lives completely in limbo: for the past 8 years he has been denied the ability to obtain a new social security number which in turn prevents him from opening a bank account or having a credit card. The government argues that he already has one, but despite the efforts of fingerprint matching, DNA tests, and exposure on television, he simply cannot determine his true identity.

After catching a screening of Finding Benjaman at the Tribeca Film Festival artist Miguel Endara (previously) was inspired to help in any way he could, which meant making art. Endara embarked on this portrait of Benjaman using stippling, a tedious technique which involves a pen, patience, and an obscene amount of dots. The portrait took nearly 138 hours to complete, and at a rate of 4.25 dots per second, he estimates the piece contains roughly 2.1 million of them. The hope is to spread awareness for Bengaman’s plight and to help raise money through the sale of prints to support a petition to get him a new social security number.

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In 2004, Benjaman Kyle woke up with no identification, no clothes, and no memories. Eight years later, no one, including the United States Government has any idea who he is.

Life being far stranger then fiction, great short documentary.

Benjaman Kyle is possibly the most well known dissociative amnesia sufferer to date.

In August of 2004, a Burger King worker found Benjaman Kyle nude, sunburned, and covered in ant bites behind a dumpster. There were three depressions in his skull thought to be caused by blunt force trauma. Benjaman was unconscious and remained that way after being transported to the hospital for two weeks.

Upon waking, Benjaman only recalled faint memories of his past and was mostly unaware of who he was or where he came from. He even said that when he looked in the mirror for the first time after waking up he saw a man about 20 years older than he initially thought he was. DNA, Benajman’s memories, and some hard detective work have led to Benjaman’s real last name possibly being Davidson and the discovery of what are believed to be two of his second cousins. Apart from this, nothing else has been found to lead to Benjaman’s identity and no one has come forward saying they know who he is. Benjaman Kyle recently cut off contact with a forensic genealogist when she told him she was getting very close to discovering his identity.

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Hey everyone! I haven’t posted anything in a while but please, sign this petition to grant Benjaman Kyle a new Social Security Number. 

One of the students at my film school, John Wikstrom, made a documentary on Benjaman, who lost everything when he woke up in 2004 with retrograde amnesia.  Because he has no form of identification and can’t remember anything about his life, Benjaman can’t hold a real job or even check out a library card. The FBI has even taken Benjaman’s fingerprints but there’s still not trace of who he truly is. 

He needs less than 10,000 more signatures and if you just took a few minutes to sign the petition, it would really help out somebody who’s been through a lot. If you want to know more about what happened to Benjaman, just watch the film.  To sign the petition, follow this link:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/grant-benjaman-kyle-new-social-security-number/m9tgKh14

Thanks for you time.  With your help, we can give Benjaman the attention his case truly deserves.

Benjaman Kyle

Benjaman Kyle woke up bloody and beaten up outside a Burger King in Georgia in 2004. When he woke up he had no recollection of who he was or how he got there. He also found that he had no ID or any other identifiers on him.

It’s 2012 and Benjaman Kyle still has no idea who he is. He’s unable to start a new life because the US Government will not issue him a new Social Security Number under the notion that Benjaman already has one. 

Please sign this petition to allow Benjaman to move on with his life and issued a new SSN.

For further information:

Benjamin Kyle’s Wikipedia Page

A Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything)

The Petition to the White House to Grant Him a New SSN

A Short 10-Minute Video 

His Official Website 

please reblog this, especially if you are in the midwestern US, in the hopes that somebody will recognize him. 

The Mysterious Case Of Benjaman Kyle


Benjaman Kyle was found unconscious behind a Burger King restaurant in Richmond Hill, Georgia in August 2004. He remembers very little about what happened in his life before this date and was diagnosed with dissociative amnesia. He does not remember his social security number and has been homeless since the date he was found unconscious. Despite widespread media coverage noone has yet come forward claiming to know who he was in his past life before the events of August 2004. 

There have been many attempts carried out in order to find out Kyle’s true identity - these include DNA tests, fingerprint comparisons, facial recognition comparisons and research of birth announcements around the time of Benjaman’s remembered birthdate. However, none of these have been completely successful. 

To this date neither Benjaman nor anyone else knows who Benjaman Kyle really is - he is the only American citizen officially listed as missing despite his whereabouts being known.

Kyle currently resides in a 5x8 foot shack provided by a good Samaritan in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

“In 2004 a man was found unconscious behind a Burger King dumpster with no belongings, no ID and no memory of who he was. The hospital he was taken to already had a John Doe, so he adopted the name Benjaman Kyle, an homage to the fast food joint at which he was discovered. Kyle, suffering from retrograde amnesia, still has memory of his former life.

To complicate matters even further, Kyle is currently unable to receive a new social security number because of his peculiar situation, and is thus unable to get a job or register at a homeless shelter. Artist Miguel Endara was one of many citizens who, after hearing Kyle’s story, wanted to help. Endara, known for his incredibly realistic dot drawings, used his incredibly painstaking stippling technique to create a lifelike portrait of Kyle in 138 hours. The final product contained 2.1 million dots, each applied one by one at an average of 4.25 dots per second.

Endara was determined to raise awareness surrounding Kyle’s unimaginable tale. Through selling prints of the work for $90 each, Endara will donate half the proceeds to help his subject. But you don’t have to be an expert photorealistic artist to contribute; an online petition is currently circulating to grant Kyle a social security number and help him begin his new life. The deadline is December 25 and all you have to do is sign it.”

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Finding Benjaman

A beautiful story presented through a short film by John Wilkstrom.

Miguel Endara shot to prominence with a beautifully edited video following the 11 months it took to create a portrait of his father, using over 3.2 million dots. The Making of ‘Hero’ received more hits than dots in the days after it was released. Take a look at the video, quite amazing.

Endara’s most recent work has an even more interesting back story. This portrait of Benjaman Kyle required over 2 million dots, and when I saw the original it was hard to believe it wasn’t a photograph. It’s the subject, though, that holds the attention this time. 

In 2004 a man was found outside a Burger King in Richmond Hill, Georgia. He had cataracts, severe sunburn, no belongings and appeared to have been badly beaten. He’d lost his memory, he didn’t know who he was any more.

These days Benjaman Kyle (a name he chose because it shared the initials of the restaurant he was found beside) is the only person in the United States classified as Missing, despite his whereabouts being known. As a consequence he can’t gain a Social Security No, meaning he can’t legally work, set up a bank account or seek public shelter.

On watching the short film below by John Wikstrom, Miguel decided to make a drawing of Benjaman Kyle to bring more attention to the subject’s plight. Prints are now being sold with 50% of the proceeds dedicated to helping Benjaman Kyle gain an SSN and get his life back on track.

Finding Benjaman from John Wikstrom on Vimeo.

> Visit Miguel Endara’s website and buy a print of Benjaman Kyle’s portrait> Miguel Endara is on Facebook and Twitter

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On August 31, 2004, a man now living under the name Benjaman Kyle was discovered behind a Burger King at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Highway 17 in Richmond Hill, Georgia. He was found by the managers of the restaurant, lying on the ground inside the stone wall enclosing the dumpsters, in a space between the dumpsters that is accessed by a walk-through used for trash disposal. The dumpster enclosure was behind the Burger King in an area hidden from view from all directions except from the restaurant parking lot. Prolonged exposure to the sun had left him sunburned. He was assumed homeless and taken to a hospital for treatment. Officers who searched the scene found no clothes or wallet to identify the man.
According to the manager, there were no weapons found at the scene. Paramedics reported that there were three depressions in his head, that may indicate blows by a blunt object. When found, he had no memory of who he was, and did not even recognize his own face. He was legally blind with cataracts, indicating he may have been without medical care for some time before he was assaulted. Initially, he was known as BK because he was discovered on the premises of a Burger King. Since then, he has chosen to live under the name Benjaman Kyle. Living without a social security number, Benjaman is unable to get a job, get an apartment, or even stay at a homeless shelter. (SSN’s are required to stay at a homeless shelter in the state of Florida, in which he currently resides.) The government does not reissue SSN’s and has said they cannot make an exception. Benjaman is currently hoping that petitions find their way to the White House so that he may start a new identity. Until then, he has memories of Indianapolis as a child, including the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, the Woolworth’s on the Circle, and the Indiana Theater showing movies in Cinerama. He remembers Crown Hill Cemetery (though not its name), the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and the White River when “it was mostly just a dumping ground”. He also remembers grilled cheese sandwiches for a quarter and glasses of milk for a nickel at the Indiana State Fair. Please Share this in hopes that Banjamin may find somebody that knows him! Let’s find Benjaman Kyle!