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German 'forest boy' turns out to be a hoax


Posted on Thursday, 3 October, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments

'Ray' claimed he'd been living in the woods for five years. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Donar Reiskoffer
A boy who claimed to have spent five years living in the woods in Germany has been exposed as a fake.
Identifying himself only as "Ray", the boy made headlines in 2011 when he revealed that he'd been surviving with his father in the wilderness for years. When his father died suddenly the 17-year-old was forced to trek for days to the nearest town to seek assistance.

After a lengthy investigation however authorities discovered that, far from being a 'forest boy', Ray was actually a regular young man whose real name was Robin van Helsum.

According to reports he had left home in Hengelo without letting his family know where he'd gone. Investigators learned that his story of living in the woods was a complete fabrication after a former girlfriend came forward and identified him.

Guilty of defrauding the German social welfare system and for lying about being a minor, Helsum managed to escape a jail sentence but now faces 150 hours of community service and has been ordered to undergo compulsory therapy.

Source: Sky News | Comments (9)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 26 September, 2013, 14:43
Well, I guess he didn't know that his made-up story would fly around the news and internet enough for his friends back home to "turn him in" Keep it simple, stupid.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado on 3 October, 2013, 13:59
He's now known as 'Silly Boy!'
Comment icon #3 Posted by ancient astronaut on 3 October, 2013, 17:10
Imagine that. I guess he figured that everyone else (besides himself) was a complete and total fool, and would never do anything crazy like check out the validity of his claims. I guess shame on us for not letting him live his lie. JACKASS.
Comment icon #4 Posted by AlienDan on 3 October, 2013, 19:53
Cool story bro.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Princess Serenity on 3 October, 2013, 23:35
One word: BUSTED!
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 4 October, 2013, 16:59
I wonder what the people that believed him and helped him think?
Comment icon #7 Posted by highdesert50 on 5 October, 2013, 2:00
Arthur Conan Doyle stated "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." Which yields the corollary ... the obvious.
Comment icon #8 Posted by dummy2b on 6 October, 2013, 13:55
Only two classes of people,the caught and the uncaught.
Comment icon #9 Posted by seeder on 7 October, 2013, 21:20
Only two classes of people,the caught and the uncaught. actually there are 3 types of people - to be precise... those who can count, and those who cant


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