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Nuremberg Enigma

Kaspar Hauser

Known popularly as the ‘Nuremberg Enigma’, Kaspar Hauser stepped into history on
26 May 1828

An incoherent boy of approximately sixteen years of age, he was found staggering about in Unschlitt Square in Nuremberg. Wearing expensive but tatty clothing, he had an envelope addressed to: ‘The Captain of the 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment.’Local cobbler George Weichmann took him to the local army guardroom, and from there a sergeant took him to the home of the captain to whom the letters was addressed - one Captain Wessenig.


What a life:
Opening the envelope, he found two letters. From them, a picture of Kaspar’s life emerged. Apparently he had spent his entire life in a small darkened cell, attended to by persons he had never seen. Now, it seemed, he was to be trained as a cavalryman, like his father, whoever he was.

Taken to the local police, he was dismissed as a simpleton and placed in a cell. However, given pen and paper, he wrote his name - Kaspar Hauser - and when they attempted to teach him to read and write, it was discovered he could pick it up remarkably quickly. Indeed, Kaspar proved to be a bit of a genius.

The celebrity: The local town council decided it was their responsibility to look after him and appointed a guardian, a scientist called Georg Friedrich Daumer. Under his wing, Kaspar became quite a celebrity, with people coming from far and wide to meet him. He even wrote an autobiography in 1829, but it contained no clues to his identity. However, Kaspar’s life was to be short lived.


On 7 October 1829 he claimed to have been attacked by a man with a blackened face who gave him a wound to the brow. This was the first of two attacks. The second occurred on 14 December 1833, following a couple of years touring Europe in the company of eccentric English aristocrat Lord Stanhope. On this day Kaspar stumbled into the home of a Dr Meyer near Nuremberg with a stab wound in his chest. On 17 December he died, ending a life that was both tragic and deeply mysterious. 

Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)

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