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#1    keithisco

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 12:31 PM

In a bizarre indident, a USA Citizen Michael Boatwright regains consciousness with no memory of his life, and could only speak Swedish..


The 61-year-old had been found unconscious in a California motel with no memory of his past.
When he opened his eyes in a medical centre he called himself Johan Ek and spoke just Swedish.
Despite extensive enquiries, police were unable to contact any relatives or find anything out about Mr Boatwright, according to the Desert Sun newspaper




Read More, courtesy of The Daily Mirror: http://www.mirror.co...s-after-2057632


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 10:24 AM

6 pages long, this same case here: http://www.mydesert....?nclick_check=1
Just wondering, would hypnosis not work?

Edited by Rolci, 21 July 2013 - 10:25 AM.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

the only drawback, is that he would only really be understood in sweden.
as an american, it would be far better if he'd woke up and would be able to speak english instead.....
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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:00 AM

QUOTE-
"Sometimes it makes me really sad
and sometimes it just makes me
furious about the whole situation and the fact that I don't know anybody, I don't recognise anybody," he said-
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-Through his interpreter.....

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:02 AM

I find this fascinating. I hope more of the story unfolds when they find some sort of kin. Has he ever spent time is Sweden? Maybe he spoke Swedish as a second language and lost his English. Genetic memory? Past Life? Oddly enough this isn't the first time I've heard a story like this.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:28 AM

the history of xenoglossia has a bit of a checkered past TLS-
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http://en.m.wikipedi...wiki/Xenoglossy
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with most cases failing under close scrutiny.
what IS interesting about the phenomena though, is the fact that sufferers often claim a new identity to go with their new language, like the case of mr Johan Ek in the OP.
so you may be right in thinking these might be fragments of memory from some half-remembered past life.....

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:31 AM

Well, I´d come down on the side of the sceptics on this one. It sounds too much like the "Piano man" in UK. Remember that one?

But fake or not, it would be interesting to trace back the guy`s life.

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 02:30 PM

He cold be second or third gen. American

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:36 PM

The article provided by the OP is not entirely accurate.

After growing up in Miami, Boatwright first visited Sweden in 1981, friends said, where he learned to speak Swedish and hooked up with a girlfriend, Ewa Espling

Read more: http://www.nydailyne...8#ixzz2ZhcPI3OA


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:41 PM

Sounds like the guy had a stroke, something similar happened to a friend of mine who thereafter spoke with an Scottish accent he never had before.

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:46 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 21 July 2013 - 05:41 PM, said:

Sounds like the guy had a stroke, something similar happened to a friend of mine who thereafter spoke with an Scottish accent he never had before.

In this case, however, there is a clear connection of previously acquiring a Swedish language knowledge, or maybe that's what you mean in your post as well.

Edited by pallidin, 21 July 2013 - 05:49 PM.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:50 PM

Interesting but if the guy have been previously exposed to the Swedish language this might be the work of his subconscious at work. Nonetheless it is truly amazing in terms of how our brain really works and the amount of information it can stock in.

Edited by sam_comm, 21 July 2013 - 05:50 PM.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 05:52 PM

View PostZaphod222, on 21 July 2013 - 11:31 AM, said:

It sounds too much like the "Piano man" in UK.



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 06:21 PM

Some memory loss is a common stroke complication.


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 11:55 PM

There is mention of why the hospital is calling him an American by the name of Boatwright.  After all he is saying his name is Johan Elk.  Why isn't he being taken seriously?

The article doesn't say they whether identification was found on him or if they got the info from the hotel.

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