Man with no memory tries to start new life

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - He doesn't know where he's been, and he doesn't know where he's going.

A man who now goes by Benjaman Kyle is struggling to reconnect with his past as he makes a new start in Savannah.  Morris News Service
Morris News Service
A man who now goes by Benjaman Kyle is struggling to reconnect with his past as he makes a new start in Savannah.

He has no name, no home and no job.

He calls himself a "real live nobody."

So, he chose a name for himself - Benjaman Kyle - and he is attempting to start a new life. But without an identity, he has learned that's really hard to do.

"I try not to think too much about it because I find it really frustrating," Mr. Kyle said.

The only life he knows started shortly before 7 a.m. Aug. 31, 2004, when a former Burger King manager found Mr. Kyle lying next to a Dumpster behind the restaurant on U.S. Highway 17 in Richmond Hill, according to a police report.

Mr. Kyle was naked and unresponsive. He was sunburned and covered in bites from fire ants, according to paramedics' reports.

The fast-food manager called police, who labeled the man with no name a "bum" and sent him off in an ambulance, the report stated.

Officers found nothing to identify the man. Police told Mr. Kyle they found no signs of a crime, but Mr. Kyle believes he was mugged.

According to the paramedics' reports, three depressions showed on the right side of Mr. Kyle's head, which could have come from blows delivered with a blunt object. The report also indicated Mr. Kyle was unconscious but breathing when he was found, and that he was sweaty. Prolonged sun exposure left him blinded.

Doctors assumed the amnesia was temporary and a result of stress. They had no idea it would still be a problem three years later.

During the past three years, Mr. Kyle has gone in and out of different hospitals, long-term care facilities and shelters.

While at J.C. Lewis Health Center, Mr. Kyle's physical injuries healed. The ant bites went away, and his back grew stronger. His blindness, which doctors diagnosed as bad cataracts, was fixed by donated surgery.

He started working at J.C. Lewis as a residence manager but was never paid, Mr. Kyle said.

The Rev. Micheal Elliott, president of Union Mission Inc., said Mr. Kyle's recompense was free shelter, free food and free medical assistance.

"Because we couldn't establish his identity, I could only pay him illegally without a Social Security number," the Rev. Elliott said.

After a year-and-half, Mr. Kyle grew weary of not earning money and left J.C. Lewis - the only home he had known, he said.

Since then, Mr. Kyle has moved back and forth among the homes of friends. Most of them are nurses and people he met at J.C. Lewis.

He works odd jobs for cash to buy food and clothing.

Twice he has returned to the Burger King where he was found.

"I thought seeing the place would help. It didn't," he said. "I don't remember how I ended up in Richmond Hill or how long I was lying there."

He also has talked to operators at most of the motels and restaurants in the area, but no one has found an abandoned car or any records that the man was there.

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whitescorpion
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whitescorpion 09/25/07 - 09:07 am
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uncle Bob!!!

uncle Bob!!!

martigirl9999
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martigirl9999 09/25/07 - 04:41 pm
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I wonder if this man has gone

I wonder if this man has gone to the police station to see if he matches a missing persons report!

Hearts for Animals
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Hearts for Animals 04/17/08 - 06:42 pm
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I wonder where he is

I wonder where he is now....we should try harder to find out where he is missing from...I do believe this could happen to a person...someone should interview him on TV...nationally also.

poorestchump
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poorestchump 06/07/09 - 01:00 pm
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Here's the story: About 13 to

Here's the story:
About 13 to 30 years ago there was a man named William Albert "Spike" Keathley. This man lived at addresses in Anderson, IN (on 43rd St., 21st St., Alhambra,...), Muncie, IN and New Castle, IN. He was a musician who could sing, play guitar, banjo, violin, trumpet, piano, harmonica and probably more. He has copywritten music and lyrics for several songs. Spike would be about 52 or 53 years old now.
According to his brother, he eventually ended up dying in Phoenix, AZ in 1996 from smoke inhalation (that's all his brother says he knows about it). When I showed him the time regressed pictures from the Dr. Phil Show, he stopped acting annoyed and started acting SCARED! He said the picture looked a whole lot like Spike but he didn't want to have anything to do with it. He also has 3 sisters that I haven't communicated with.
Is it possible there was some kind of mix up? Spike never really died?
Is it possible Spike was in some sort of "suspended" state and finally just WOKE UP after being declared dead?
The guy (in the time regressed picture) looks EXACTLY like Spike did 30 years ago (that's when I knew him) when he lived in Pasadena, TX (near Houston).
jb

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