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Gettin ready for Tonic Ball 16! My version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” will wash away all of the bad you’ve ever felt. See you at Fountain Square Theater on Nov 17!

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What if you woke up one day with no memory of your past? That’s what happened to this man, who now goes by the name Benjaman Kyle as he doesn’t remember his real name. 

Benjaman Kyle suffers from dissociative amnesia. He was discovered unconscious on August 31, 2004, in Richmond Hill, Georgia, and is believed to be about 64 years old. He is the only American citizen officially listed as missing despite his whereabouts being known.

Limited Memories

Kyle has memories of Indianapolis as a child, including memories of local cinemas and state fairs. More specific memories place him in Indianapolis between at least 1954 and 1963. The earlier date is based on his recognition of the Fountain Square Theater, but not the Granada Theater. The Granada closed in the mid-1950s. The later date is based on his recollections of a 2% retail sales tax that was enacted by the State of Indiana in 1963.

Kyle also has memories of the area around the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his memories place him in the Denver-Boulder area in the late 1970s to early 1980s. In an interview with Channel 7 News in Denver, Kyle reported having memories of the controversy surrounding the construction of mass transit in Denver, at a time when the city still had no financing to proceed. Although the mass transit system in Denver went into operation in 1994, public debate over the construction of the system dates back to about 1980, consistent with the time period of the other memories that Kyle has about Denver and Boulder.

During an October 16, 2008 interview on the television show of Dr. Phil McGraw, he recollected some minor memories he has, such as having brothers, being 10 years older than Michael Jackson (giving him a possible birth date of August 29, 1948), being around restaurant equipment, and that he attended a Catholic School. Through hypnosis, he has recalled a partial Social Security number: 3X5-44-XXXX, consistent with numbers assigned in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana during the 1960s.

Benjaman Kyle has an unusually detailed knowledge of restaurant operation and food preparation equipment, leading to the belief that he may have once worked in these industries.

Search for his past

Kyle has worked with numerous DNA testing agencies (such as 23andme) in hopes of finding relatives. His fingerprints have been run through national databases and his story has been run on several well-known news channels and popular shows (such as Dr. Phil). All attempts so far have failed. 

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Interestingly, Kyle’s story is similar to a nosleep story I posted awhile back. Read it here