Benjaman Kyle is the pseudonym adopted by a man who has dissociative amnesia. He was discovered unconscious on August 31, 2004, in Richmond Hill, Georgia, and is believed to be about 64 years old. He had been unable to obtain employment without a Social Security number. He is the only American citizen officially listed as missing despite his whereabouts being known.
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I woke up beaten with no memories outside of a burger king in 2004. Any identification was stolen as well. The Amnesia was presumed to have been caused by an injury that knocked me unconscious. The United States government still doesn't have a clue as to who I was. My internet connection is spotty, so I'll be on as long as I can. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjaman_Kyle
Here is proof: http://imgur.com/OCqRk, and here is more (a copy of the only ID card I have with the address covered). http://imgur.com/YjiBv
There's a short documentary that explains my predicament on
After the documentary, I got a special state ID, and a job in a kitchen, where i still am to this day.
Please sign the petition to get me a new social security number.
I have to go, but I will try to get back when I have a good connection and the time.
UPDATE: To the websleuths page claiming that this is fake, read:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/10/man-with-no-memory-america (towards the bottom)
Also, Please be aware that I do want to fix this but I also have a full time job in which people depend on me. I cannot take the time to go find a WI-Fi and respond to everything that is posted.
Do you ever have nagging feelings about specific places/things that are just on the tip of your memory, but you can't quite place it?
Yes all the time.
what would you do if they recovered your previous identity? Would you work at reassembling your pre-accident life or continue life as Benjamin Kyle?
A little bit of both, I'd have to merge both lives.
Are you a time traveller?
Everyone is a time traveler. They're born, they live, and they die.
> I remember the best salad bar in Denver was Azar's resturants and them having the worst service.
Wow, that had to be some shitty service. I have this image of you telling the manager ages ago "There is no amount of trauma, that will ever let me forget these empty glasses of water". They should really buck up and send you some rolls. For life.
They are a defunct chain. Out of business-I think that proves I was right about their service.
No finger prints,dental records,no old High school friends, or family. That is crazy, Do you have full memory now of your day to day activities? Like can you remember what you just did or do you forget a lot?
I do forget a lot.
What abilties have you discovered In the last couple of years?Like play the piano or repairing cars.
Working in restaurants, and repairing restaurant equipment.
Signed your petition, good luck to you. Are you a generally happy person, or does the mystery surrounding your life really weight you down?
I guess I would say I'm generally happy but I get depressed sometimes.
What do you know? And how has no one stepped forward to identify you? Has this bothered you at all?
I don't know how nobody has stepped forward and identified me. I suspect the media has overrated themselves in how they think they reach all the people in the united states.
1) Where in Florida? Was this also where you woke up?
2) Do you remember any other languages?
3) Did you check with the VA? You may have served in the military.
What if you are not supposed to find your true identity? Maybe you are part of a special witness protection program.
1) I'm in jacksonville. I woke up in richmond hill, Georgia.
3) that's been checked
the witness protection program has been checked
Were there other things you forgot besides your identity that you had to relearn?
I'm not sure I had to re learn anything. It seems like whenever i need to do something, if i've done it before, I remember. When I got in a car I knew how to drive a car.
I had a dream where I repaired a restaurant stove. And remembered how to do it.
How do you know how old you are?
I was born ten years before Michael Jackson. I remember that distinctly.
Have you ever walked around an area and felt that it was vaguely familiar?
No, I would like to. That's I'd like to go to indianapolis or denver
So Benjaman what are you doing now?
Can you finally get some books from the library? If so what are some good books that have helped you pass the time?
I have a library card now, and a state ID card. I like science fiction.
Did you forget what kinds of food you liked or how things tasted?
Do you remember any famous people or people you knew before the accident?
Do you think the accident could have changed your personality at all?
Someone asked me the presidents, and I got all of the 20th century ones right. That was one of the tests from the doctors
Any books or shows you recall after seeing them again?
leave it to beaver, ozzy and harriet, bonanza, star trek the original
I never saw any of the series with the bald guy until recently
What are your life goals - career, family, etc?
Oh long term, I'm planning on dying. Hell, I'm 64. I plan on working until im dying. There will be no retirement or credit.
Did the person or people who did this to you ever get caught?
An investigation wasn't opened until three years later, 2007
Best of luck to you Ben. I've never heard your story, so maybe someone who really knows who you are hasn't either. Lets hope we can reach them this time!
Sorry, I should have read the Wikipedia article first. One thing it doesn't mention is drug or alcohol use. Do you have any characteristic of past addictions? Also, the article mentions that you were not in the best of health prior to the accident. How bad was your health? Could you have been homeless?
One of the initial reports said that my lab results were surprisingly normal, indicating that I was in good health considering that I was just a homeless bum. No characteristics of past addictions.
Check out Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles if you haven't already. He's also got another collection book that includes The Illustrated Man.
I've read both of those, don't remember much about them, but I think I've read just about everything Ray Bradbury ever wrote.
Has anyone yet looked through yearbooks in Indianapolis for you? Just a thought
Yes but I understand they could not find a complete set from all the high schools.
Have any neurologists or similar scientists studied you? EDIT: If so, what did they figure?
Dr King, the neurologist hired with the dr phil show, came to the conclusion that it was a disassociative fugue
Have you ever been contacted by someone claiming to be from your past? How did you handle that.
If not, what precautions will you take when someone does eventually come forward claiming to know you to be sure you are not being taken advantage of?
Three or four people, after long conversations, they decided they were misled.I couldn't remember them either
Do you feel that what the government has done (or lack of) is an injustice for someone with a case like yours?
I think the government is worried that if they make an exception in my case, there will be a lot of people who come forward and try to take advantage of it
If you have memories of those two specific cities, why on earth haven't you gone to them to recover your memories by now? I understand money could be difficult when you can't make any and such... but it really seems like the most logical course of action. To go where your memories indicate.
up until very recently, i wouldn't have been able to go, because I would need to be driven. To fly you need an ID
Do you ever see something in particular that feels very familiar or significant? Have you been back to Indianapolis? Maybe just walked around or something?
I'd like to go back and just walk around, other than just looking around on the internet. Dr Phil talked about doing it, but they never did