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Kaspar Hauser
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    (circa 1812-December 17, 1833)
    Born in Germany
    Appeared in the streets of Nuremburg at about age 16 (May 26, 1828)
    Claimed he had spent his life in a darkened 6'x3' room with no human contact
    Died after being stabbed in the Ansbach Court Gardens
    According to conspiracy theorists, was the secret son of Karl, Grand Duke of Baden
    His various caretakers in Nuremburg became fed up with his constant lying.
    For example, Mrs. Biberbach commented on his 'horrible mendacity' and 'art of dissimulation,' while Anselm von Feuerbach wrote, 'Caspar Hauser is a smart, scheming codger, a rogue, a good-for-nothing.'
    Although he claimed to have been stabbed by a stranger, police searching the Ansbach Court Gardens found only one set of tracks in the snow.
    Therefore, many authors suspect Hauser wounded himself for sympathy but accidentally stabbed deeper than he intended.
    His tombstone reads, 'Here lies Kaspar Hauser riddle of his time. His birth was unknown, his death mysterious.'
    The theory that he was a member of the House of Baden got a modest boost when mitochondrial DNA testing indicated that the possibility could not be ruled out (2002).
    He inspired a Werner Herzog film, 'The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser: or Every Man for Himself and God Against All.' (1974)

Credit: C. Fishel


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