Lawrence Joseph Bader, a cookware salesman from Ohio, disappeared in 1957 whilst on a fishing trip at Lake Eerie. Authorities found his empty boat, tackle, but Lawrence was nowhere to be seen. A freak storm made it probable that Bader had been injured and died. In 1960, he was officially declared dead. His wife, Mary Lou, was heavily pregnant with their fourth child and was understandably devastated. That was until, in 1965, Bader was miraculously found alive; Living as John ‘Fritz’ Johnson, a local TV personality, in Omaha, Nebraska.

It was only by sheer coincidence that Lawrence was recognised. On February 2, 1965, Johnson was at an archery tournament in Chicago when he was spotted by an old friend. Bader’s 21-year-old niece, Suzanne Peika, then approached him to have a look. Convinced, she asked him, “Pardon me, but aren’t you my Uncle Larry Bader, who disappeared seven years ago?” Johnson laughed it off, but Mrs. Pieka insisted that had his fingerprints compared with Bader’s military records. They matched. Johnson was now faced with the fact that all his memories were false and that he had two wives.

This case has been described as one of the most baffling amnesia disappearances on record, and it will never be properly answered as Lawrence/John had no recollection of the events leading up to it.

…this is the most cutesy thing I’ve done in a while but maybe that’s just me HA dun mind me or all the Redbubble spam lately.

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