Benjaman Kyle has come to Indianapolis for the first time he can remember. But he’s also certain it’s not the first time he’s been here.
Benjaman suffers from dissassociative amnesia. He’s convinced he grew up in Indianapolis. But because of his rare condition, Benjaman Kyle has no idea who he really is.
He lost his memory at a Burger King in Georgia in 2004. He was beaten and left for dead behind a dumpster. He was found naked, with no ID and no memory of what happened or why. When he woke up in the hospital, all he knew was that his name was Benjaman.
“I just wanted them to leave me alone. I didn’t want to deal with this. They had to have a last name. They were calling me BK Doe, so I just said Kyle, that was the only name I could think of,” said Benjaman.
From the moment he arrived in Indianapolis, Benjaman talked about how familiar everything seemed. Sights like Monument Circle triggered memories as well, though much has changed in the 50 years since he many have walked around the city as a child.
Members of the Indiana Historical Society even pulled out pictures of Indianapolis from the 50’s and 60’s..hoping to jog Benjaman’s memory and trigger a “eureka” moment for him. Nothing seemed to work.
"I never get my hopes up really high because it's been almost nine years now,” said Benjaman.
Ultimately, nothing Benjaman saw on his trip back to Indianapolis provided the key that would unlock his mind and restore his official identity. For him, it’s more than a mystery, it’s the only chance for a normal, productive life.
If you recognize the “Nowhere Man” or want to find out more about his case go to findingbenjaman.com.