Mystery of FL man who awoke speaking Swedish, claims no memory of documented past

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Florida man awakens in hospital with no memory of his past. (wtsp.com/USA Today
    much more, with a picture, at the link
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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  4. legalmania

    legalmania Verified Paralegal

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    What a strange story. I hope they find out who he is soon. It's a lot easier with the internet. At least his face can be seen around the world in minutes, instead of weeks the way it use to be. I'll try and post this story on our website, we have listeners from around the world. I'm an advocate for the missing, so I feel obligated. Hope to have him reunited with his family soon.
     
  5. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    It might be interesting to find out if there is such a person as Johan Ek from Sweden and what can be found about him. (Quick Google search, looking on LinkedIn it looks like Johan Ek is a very common name.)

    Also the background of Michael Thomas Boatwright, say back to when he was a child. Was he born in Sweden, or did he travel with his parents a lot?
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    At least according to the articles posted, they do know who he is; he was carrying a passport, a California identification card, a veteran's medical card and a Social Security card, all in the name Michael Boatwright. His picture appears on one or more of the documents.

    He doesn't know who he is. Or so he claims, and the diagnosis is transient global amnesia, fugue state.

    He speaks Swedish without a strong regional accent, indicating he was very probably not brought up there.
     
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    T4Tide Verified Registered Nurse

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    What an interesting story.........


    Wait. Where am I?

    Who are you people? What the heck does wfgodot mean?
     
  8. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Ah! Så vi träffas igen!
     
  9. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    But could he have been born over there, then brought here at a young age? Maybe was adopted at a young age?
     
  10. Dewey2Me1MoThyme

    Dewey2Me1MoThyme Have clue will sleuth!

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    Very sad if it's all true. Can you imagine living as a man with no name?

    My eldest brother was hurt in an industrial accident back about '72, he can remember things from his childhood like it was yesterday, but he can't tell you what he had for dinner 30 mins ago. He does remember some of his later life but much of it is hazey to him.
     
  11. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    That can't be right ??? The point of transient global amnesia is that it's transient and the worst of it should be over in 24 hours or so although milder deficits may persist for longer.
    If he's been like this from February it's not TGA but amnesia caused by some other kind of a neurological diagnosis or a dissociative state unless he's faking it. JMO

    http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/174700...chT2010+[Transient+Global+Amnesia+Review].pdf

    Worth noting also that there should be no clouding of consciousness or personal identity in TGA and no other cognitive impairment ( losing the ability to speak English or do graphic design would count as cognitive impairment). Also according to the diagnostic criteria of TGA there should be no recent history of head trauma, epilepsy, seizures and the article does not explain why he was unconscious in the hotel room to begin with. And it's not too clear if they could document he has had the required anterograde amnesia meaning that he had difficulty registering new memories or if he has just forgotten the past events prior to waking up at the hospital (retrograde amnesia)

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/transient-global-amnesia/DS01022/DSECTION=symptoms
    http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/129/7/1640.full.pdf
     
  12. hopeandglory

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    I think him being adopted is highly unlikely (although, I suppose, not impossible). I don't think that international adoptions of Swedish children is very common, and I've never heard of it happening. Taken from a website on adoption:

    Things might've been different in the 50's and 60's (or whenever he was born) though.




    I wish there was a clearer video of him speaking. I only found one with an interpreter overlapping him, are there any other videos available? From what I could hear it seems like he does have a hint of an accent, possibly from not speaking the language for a longer period of time. Of course it could just be a dialect, but it sounds like he's not 100% fluent in it, if that makes sense (which could be explained if he hasn't spoken it regurarly).

    Anyway, this made it to the biggest newspapers in Sweden, so if he does have family or people who recognize him here, then the 'mystery' will soon be solved.
     
  13. CHERIE.T

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    Can the Navy release any info about him?
    If he has living friends or family they may recognize him IF they have the Internet.
     
  14. Mahouston69

    Mahouston69 Digital Imaging Specialist

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    The Swedish-American woman quoted in the WTSP article said it was also possible that he simply hadn't used his Swedish for a long time.

    What an odd story. Calling Oliver Sacks!
     
  16. hopeandglory

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    Information from a Swedish forum where he's being discussed (I'm not taking credit for any of it):

    http://korstemplar.cgarena.com/: He has given an adress and claimed to have studied at the University of Stockholm

    There's a company registered under his name from 1987, in Nyköping.

    One user claims that, according to sources, this man has been involved in medival time events (you know, roleplays and stuff like that, I don't really know what the word is for it), and apparently his alias during these events was, in fact, Johan Ek.
     
  17. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    This sounds like a case straight from Fringe! I keep waiting for Walter Bishop to pop in...

    What a strange yet interesting case!
     
  19. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    https://www.facebook.com/michael.boatwright.520

    from 2010
    http://www.deltabridges.com/news/zhuhai-news/cultures-mix-awards-fete-betty-lin

    Archaeologist? that's new? It should be easy enough to verify whether the Stockholm University has records of him having worked there. Can anyone find any scholarly articles having to do w/ archeology in his name? I haven't found anything specifically by Michael Boatwright. There are some by MT Boatwright that I can't tell the first names from the citation but there is an archaeology professor called Mary T Boatwright so likely many are by her.

    If the University knows nothing about him, he may be the type who has a different life story to tell everyone. It's just a little strange that he had all that documentation with him if it was a hoax, unless it was a spur of the moment thing.

    Looks like he may have been arrested in Florida in 1974.
    http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Flo...L/Michael-Thomas-Boatwright.30719266/details/
     
  20. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article17136054.ab
    An acquaintance in Sweden has come up and says he learned to know MB as "Strongbow" in torneringspelar. I don't know how to translate that, some kind of medieval knight games, swords and armors sort of thing.
    THey've also asked from the Swedish census bureau and he was not born in Sweden although he seems to have claimed so even before this strange episode. He was born in Florida in 1952, came to Sweden in the early eighties, 1981 and lived there part of the time until he finally moved out of Sweden in 2003.
    Everybody Aftonbladet has talked to in the middle ages hobbyist circles say he's an American and they haven't heard of the name Johan Ek. Some thought he was an Australian and none of his friends interviewed by the Aftonblade seem to have know how he made his living (acknowledging that you might not talk about such mundane things in the heat of the battle). In the nineties he worked as a personal assistant in Skåne (in the south of Sweden). His company in Sweden has been inactive for long. The people who knew him in Sweden all seem to say they lost contact with him years ago. He is described as a restless soul.

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    MB in a live action role play game some time in the eighties.

    Nothing here about an university job or archaeology training although it might go with the medieval interest.
     
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    It doesn't matter where a person is born, as youngin's we learn to speak like our parents, language and dialect.
     

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