FL FL - Tampa, WhtMale, 93-95, known as 'Roger George', Feb'10

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  1. Sleuthster

    Sleuthster Well-Known Member

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    http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article1076097.ece


    People die with secrets all the time. Secret affairs, secret pasts, secret urges. Roger George's secrets appear to be much more fundamental. Maybe he's entitled to those secrets, whatever they are. Or maybe he's just a sweet old man with a foggy memory and a colorful life.

    Either way, for the first time in his life, Roger George can't work or care for himself. And without documentation, he can't qualify for Medicare or Social Security. The bed he lies in is charity. He has nowhere else to go...

    Some friends arrive. He hasn't seen them in years. Joe and Dorothy Haskins are his oldest friends, and maybe his only ones. If he is lying, then he has lied to them for 30 years...

    They met in 1979, when Joe Haskins moved his bicycle shop to the corner of Columbus Drive and Florida Avenue in Tampa. He found Roger living in an old termite-eaten shack in the back of that property. As Joe fixed up the shop, Roger helped.

    Roger was about 63 then and spoke with a European accent. He was smart, clean shaven and didn't smoke or drink. And he told fabulous stories.

    He was born in Pennsylvania in an Amish community. His parents had died when he was young. He helped dig his mother's grave. He rode the rails, traveled to every state and to Cuba. He wanted for nothing.

    Joe and Dorothy didn't believe everything he said, but something about him felt honest. Joe offered him a twin bed in a corner of the bike shop. Roger slept there for 20 years.



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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3928dmpa.html

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1477dmpa.html

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1261dmky.html

    The guy definately sounds like he was running from the law or the mob or something like that. He said he was from Germany but then he said he visited Europe. He could have served in WWII and been stationed in Germany at some point.
     
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  3. not_my_kids

    not_my_kids New Member

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    He couldn't remember who he was or what he had done, or he just liked to tell stories.
    He struck people as charming, not a con man.

    Any small time actors or authors missing around the appropriate time? I did a quick sweep and didn't find anything.
     
  4. MBLover

    MBLover Wherever I go...there I am

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    Sounds like he was scared of something and running from something. I think maybe Germany or one of the former communist countries is where answers can be found. JMHO
     
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    Interesting story. Nazi or Russian Communist was the first thing that came to my mind also. It says he spoke German, but it says he had a "European" accent, was it a German accent, or perhaps Polish, French? I wonder? If this guy didn't play baseball with Fidel Castro, I'd say he knows this much:

    Although accounts of his education differ, most sources agree that he was an intellectually gifted student, more interested in sports than in academics, and spent many years in private Catholic boarding schools, finishing high school at El Colegio de Belén, a Jesuit school in Havana in 1945.[18] While at Belén, Castro pitched on the school's baseball team. There are persistent rumors that Castro was scouted for various U.S. baseball teams,[19] but there is no evidence that this ever actually happened.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidel_Castro
     
  6. Billylee

    Billylee New Member

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    Well, lets get his picture out there. He has a very definitive profile.
     

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    MBLover Wherever I go...there I am

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    When I saw his profile the first thing I thought was European. I wish there was a more close up picture to see of him - especially full face photo
     
  8. not_my_kids

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    He certainly does have a very distinctive profile.
    Polish, maybe?
     
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