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Do You Know This Man? Man Living as 'John Doe' for Eight Years Hopes Film, Web Campaign Will Solve Mystery of His Identity: Repo

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Benjamin Kyle has been suffering from amnesia since he was found nearly beaten to death behind a fast food restaurant in 2004. A filmmaker's documentary and Internet campaign hope to uncover his identity and get him a new social security number.

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Terry V (30)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:04 pm
Noted and shared. Poor guy

JL A (281)
Monday December 10, 2012, 3:16 pm
Hard to imagine what his life must be like--hope this effort helps.

Jason S (50)
Monday December 10, 2012, 6:49 pm
Good posting, thanks

Chris C (152)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 11:52 am
How sad!

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:01 pm

A man who has been living as a “John Doe” for more than eight years is hoping that an Internet campaign and a new film will help solve the mystery of his identity.

Benjaman Kyle has been suffering from amnesia since 2004, when he was found naked and nearly beaten to death behind a Burger King dumpster in Richmond Hill, Ga., reported.

Doctors called him “BK” because the hospital already had another John Doe.

The 60-something mystery man had a strange feeling his first name was Benjamin.

Other than that, his mind was wiped clean.

"I had no idea who I was. I couldn't remember," Kyle told "I had no idea how I got there."

Fingerprint searches in national databases turned up nothing. And without a name or a social security card, he cannot get a license, an ID card, a bank account or a credit card.

He can’t even take out a library book.

“Basically, I don't exist,” he told “I'm a walking, talking person who is invisible to all the bureaucracy."

Kyle, believed to be around 64, appeared on Dr. Phil in 2008, where he recalled snatches of memory from a childhood he thought was spent in Indiana.

More media appearances and newspaper stories followed, along with DNA tests, military record searches and other efforts to connect the dots.

They turned up some clues, but no hard evidence.

Florida State University filmmaker John Wikstrom decided to make a documentary about Kyle’s struggle after reading stories about him online.

The 21-year-old’s documentary short, “Finding Benjamin,” showed at Tribeca and Cannes, and is available online.

Its website,, contains a petition to the White House to get Kyle a new social security number.

The “We the People” petition needs around 17,000 more signatures by Dec. 25 before it can be considered.

Wikstrom has promoted the campaign on Twitter and Reddit, and believes a new social security number will be Kyle’s first step toward a new life.

"I've been working on this for almost two years now, and I truly believe within the next month, people all over the country will get him a new Social Security number," Wikstrom told

"Their collective altruism, combined with the networking power of the Internet, is really something."

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Ginger Geronimo (438)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 12:03 pm
Here's the link to the petition:

I Care For The World (30)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:48 pm
Obliviously He was not suppose to survive!!

Sounds like a MAFIA HIT thats gone totally wrong.??? SAD.!!
He could have come from anywhere in the world>??

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 4:26 pm
Hot link to petition Ginger provided. Petition for Benjamin Kyle

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 5:31 pm
Noted. Petition signed. Thanks, Carrie.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 6:31 pm
Poor bloke, you'd think that someone in the world would recognize him.

Sam E M (0)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 5:46 am
In this Internet age it seems amazing that not one single person in the World has recognized him.
8 years is a long time to wait for a new identity and social security number. If he still can't remember who he is after all this time, then he should be allowed a new identity, it's not fair to keep him living in limbo when he's already suffered enough.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 12, 2012, 6:20 am
such a sad and mysterious story..

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 6:33 am
Signatures needed by December 25, 2012 to reach goal of 25,000-14,606

This certainly needs to be networked more. This poor man still needs 14,606 signatures!
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