This is the final part of “Time travelers” series for now. I have a couple of suspects, but for now they lack so much evidence that it would be useless to post them now. I will return to them later when I can find more evidence. However you can find them yourself if you are interested of time travel topic. The final case of the series for now is the case of Kaspar Hauser. It is a little bit different than other time traveler’s cases, because he maybe didn’t know that he was a time traveler. And that is because his travel could be a so called “time slip” where person just disappears and don’t know what happened. This can be caused by parallel universes crossing over or just rip in space-time continuum.
Traveler: Kaspar Hauser
Traveler type: Unofficial time traveler
Status now: Dead, (30 April 1812 (?) – 17 December 1833) was a German youth who claimed to have grown up in the total isolation of a darkened cell. Hauser’s claims, and his subsequent death by stabbing, sparked much debate and controversy.
Here is the short version of Kaspar Hauser’s story:
In 1828, as out of nowhere, a young man appeared in Nuremberg’s town square. He had no history, spoke only a few words and could not stand upright. Having been locked in a basement for 17 years, Kaspar Hauser was more beast than man! Who was he, where did he come from?…and why was he stabbed to death 4 years later?
The mystery of Kaspar Hauser has fascinated German writers and artists for almost 200 years. He embodied German Romanticism the way no other figure could. To date, though several theories concerning his true origins have been presented…some think he was of royal birth…no conclusive evidence has ever been found. At first Kaspar Hauser, this “wild child” seems like the ultimate outsider, the most extreme example of a “social outcast” imaginable.
From another site:
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 was given into his custody as an infant on 7 October 1812 and that he instructed him in reading, writing and the Christian religion, but 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 either to take him in or to hang him.
There was another short letter enclosed purporting to be from his mother to his prior caretaker. It stated that his name was Kaspar, that he was born on 30 April 1812 and that his father, a cavalryman of the 6th regiment, was dead. In fact this letter was found to have been written by the same hand as the other one (whose line “he writes my handwriting exactly as I do” led later analysts to assume that Kaspar himself wrote both of them).
A shoemaker named Weickmann took the boy to the house of Captain von Wessenig, where he would repeat only the words “I want to be a cavalryman, as my father was” and “Horse! Horse!” Further demands elicited only tears or the obstinate proclamation of “Don’t know.” He was taken to a police station, where he would write a name: Kaspar Hauser. He showed that he was familiar with money, could say some prayers and read a little, but he answered few questions and his vocabulary appeared to be rather limited.
He spent the following two months in Vestner Gate Tower (de) in the care of a jailer named Andreas Hiltel. Despite what many later accounts would say, he was in good physical condition and could walk well; for example, he climbed over 90 steps to his room. He was of a “healthy facial complexion”and approximately 16 years old, but appeared to be intellectually impaired. Mayor Binder, however, claimed that the boy had an excellent memory and was learning quickly. Various curious people visited him to his apparent delight. He refused all food except bread and water.
Life and death in Ansbach
Schoolmaster Meyer, a strict and pedantic man, disliked Hauser’s many excuses and apparent lies and their relationship was thus rather strained. In late 1832, Hauser was given employment as a copyist in the local law office. Still hoping that Stanhope would take him to England, he was much dissatisfied with his situation, which deteriorated further when his patron, Anselm von Feuerbach, died in May 1833. This certainly was a grievous loss to him.(Some authors, however, point out that Feuerbach, by the end of his life, apparently stopped believing in Hauser; at least he wrote a note, to be found in his legacy, which read: “Caspar Hauser is a smart scheming codger, a rogue, a good-for-nothing that ought to be killed.”But there is no indication that Feuerbach, already seriously ill, let Hauser feel this change of opinion.)
On 9 December 1833, Hauser had a serious argument with Meyer. Lord Stanhope was expected to visit Ansbach at Christmas and Meyer said that he did not know how he would face him.
Five days later, on 14 December 1833, Hauser came home with a deep wound in his left breast. He said that he was lured to the Ansbach Court Garden and that a stranger stabbed him there while giving him a bag. When Policeman Herrlein searched the Court Garden, he found a small violet purse containing a pencilled note in “Spiegelschrift” (mirror writing). The message read, in German:
Hauser will be
able to tell you quite precisely how
I look and from where I am.
To save Hauser the effort,
I want to tell you myself from where
I come _ _ .
I come from from _ _ _
the Bavarian border _ _
On the river _ _ _ _ _
I will even
tell you the name: M. L. Ö.
There is a movie of this incident “The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser” and you can watch the full movie in YouTube:
The time traveler aspect have been written in this book called “World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries“. The last lines in that book what describes Kaspar Hauser’s case are: “Was he the genious daumer believed in, or the slow learner of Meyer’s reports? Was he an abandoned, impoverished peasant boy, the lost heir to the Throne of Bavaria, or the victim of a time-slip?”
So there you have it… you decide.