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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Sep 16th, 2011 at 01:20:13 PM EST
Forest-boy riddle for German police - Europe, World - The Independent

Berlin police are investigating the case of an English-speaking teenager who appeared in the German capital saying he had lived the last five years in the woods with his father.

...Police say the boy claims that he and his father took to the woods about five years ago after his mother died and have been living in a tent and earth huts.

The boy - who says he does not remember where the family came from - claims he followed his compass north after his father recently died, reaching Berlin after walking for two weeks.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Sep 16th, 2011 at 01:20:23 PM EST
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Just like Dorthy finding Oz.
It sounds like a great story, but probably just a story. I spend a lot of time in the trackless deep woods, and even here in Norway it's hard to get away from the traces of people. And he shows up in Berlin, of all places?
by Andhakari on Sat Sep 17th, 2011 at 04:18:58 AM EST
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See Kaspar Hauser.

On 26 May 1828, a teenage boy appeared in the streets of Nuremberg, Germany. He carried a letter with him addressed to the captain of the 4th squadron of the 6th cavalry regiment, Captain von Wessenig. Its heading read: Von der Bäierischen Gränz / daß Orte ist unbenant / 1828 ("From the Bavarian border / The place is unnamed [sic] / 1828"). The anonymous author said that the boy had been given into his custody, as an infant, on 7 October 1812, and that he had instructed him in reading, writing and the Christian religion, but had never let him "take a single step out of my house". The letter stated that the boy would now like to be a cavalryman "as his father was", and invited the captain to either take him in or hang him.

or Werner Herzog's Film ("Every Man for Himself and God Against All").



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Sep 17th, 2011 at 05:20:47 AM EST
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Why get away from the traces of people? The interesting part of the story isn't the level of isolation, but the origin of the boy (speaks English in a non-English-speaking area) and him walking for two weeks (that should be between 200 and 500 kilometres, depending on his condition; so he may have came from the border of the Czech Republic and Germany).

Let me tell another, much darker story. Around Budapest, a lot of homeless people squat in the woods. (I first met with one around 1995, the phenomenon spread more in recent austerity years.) In the district of Csepel (it is on a big island in the Danube), an immigrant guy from Transylvania got acquainted with some of these people who invited him out in the woods. There he was beaten and then buried alive with only the head sticking out, and tortured until he gave away his credit card password. While the robbers were away, he managed to dig himself out. He then brought police back to the crime scene – where police found four corpses of people buried alive in similar fashion and then beheaded. This was over a month ago, since then, none of the victims could be identified, but several people were arrested. Just this week, they finally identified the ringleader, whom people knew as a Serbian while he himself said he is Macedonian and one newspaper thought he is an ethnic Hungarian from Voivodina who fought in Arkan's Tigers (Serbian paramilitary) – turns out he was ethnic Serb and Serbian citizen and fought in Bosnia, but also a several times convicted criminal from his teens.

What I find noteworthy in this case is how a dozen (or dozens?) of homeless people who must have been at least ear-witnesses to the crimes (there were huts in the woods rather close to the crime scene) have all kept silence.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Sep 17th, 2011 at 05:49:41 AM EST
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Recordings reveal a candid, critical Jackie Kennedy - USA - FRANCE 24
In a new oral history compiled from interviews recorded in 1964, a year after her husband's assassination, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy reveals an opinionated side that differs from her discreet, soft-spoken public image.

..."De Gaulle was my hero when I married Jack," Jackie Kennedy confides. That changed quickly when she met the French leader in 1961 on a visit to Paris, when she found him to be an "egomaniac" and a "spiteful man". And although she spoke fluent French and spent a year studying at the Sorbonne, her assessment of the French people in general is no kinder. "I loathe the French," she admits in the interview. "They are not very nice, they are all for themselves."

...Kennedy also had harsh words for Indira Gandhi, who would become prime minister of India, describing her as "a prune - a bitter, kind of pushy, horrible woman".

Her opinion of US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was equally disapproving. "I just can't see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man's terrible," she says, citing FBI tapes of King and a woman in his hotel room to back up her assessment that he was "tricky" and a "phony". She also said that King had mocked her husband's funeral.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Sep 16th, 2011 at 01:20:33 PM EST
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Well, ..who cares ? Jackie was a lousy reader of character, so what ? She probably thought John was faithful

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Sep 17th, 2011 at 03:28:26 AM EST
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Silvio Berlusconi embroiled in new 'sex party' claims - Europe, World - The Independent

Prosecutors say an Italian businessman recruited about 30 girls to attend parties at Premier Silvio Berlusconi's homes, selecting them for their looks and age and paying some of them to have sex with the Italian leader.

They allege that between September 2008 and May 2009 Gianpaolo Tarantini recruited women of "young age, slender frame," and told them what to wear and how to behave at the parties, according to a newly filed court document.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Sep 16th, 2011 at 01:20:46 PM EST
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