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Forest Boy Is Raymond: English speaking boy who lived in German woods awaits Tom Cruise

by | 19th, February 2012

WHO is ‘Forest Boy’, the English speaking youth found living in a German forest? Well, you’re going to have to wait a while. A spokesman for Germany’s youth protectorate says:

“He wants no publicity and we have nothing more to say on this subject. We will not enter into discussions about secrecy or otherwise. There will be no more information forthcoming on this case.”

And so having been reminded of Forest Boy, we are told yo forget him.

It was back in September 5 2011, that the lad wandered into Berlin city hall claiming to have lived in the forest for five years with his father. Said he:

“I’m all alone in the world. I don’t know who I am. Please can you help me?”

He said his name was Ray. His mum was called Doreen (died in a car crash) and his dad was called Ryan, and he’d died two weeks earlier. Forest Boy had buried Ryan. And then he’d walked to Berlin. He was wearing jeans and carrying a rucksack filled with winter clothing, a sleeping bag, a tent and a compass.

Michael Maass, a spokesman for Berlin police, told media:

“The boy speaks English and a little German but we really have no idea where he comes from. If anything should happen to him, his father had told him to look at his compass and go north. And this is apparently what he did, walking for two weeks before reaching Berlin. He found a youth emergency centre and walked in. We have never seen anything like it. We have no evidence to contradict what he has told our colleagues at the youth services, although we are still investigating, and very much want to find out who he is.”

Only, the story appears to be a fantasy. Detectives noted that his clothes and tent were cleans and showed little sings of outdoor use. Ryan’s body has not been found.

Ray does not want to be photographed – and strict German privacy laws means he does not have to be. He has declined to offer up his DNA.

So. Will we ever know who Ray is? That’s Raymond, the boy who was living in woods since he was 12. That’s Ray, as in Raymond Babbitt, star character in Rainman. Someone get Tom Cruise to ask the lad a few questions:

Charlie: Listen, Ray, our dad died, that means he’s not with us anymore. Did they tell you about that?
Raymond: I don’t know.
Charlie: You don’t know if they told you or you don’t know what death is?
Raymond: I don’t know.


Charlie: Who’s your dad?
Raymond: Sanford Babbitt. 10961 Beachcrest Street, Cincinnati Ohio.
Charlie: That’s my address. Hey, who’s your mother?
Raymond: Eleanor Babbitt. Died January 5, 1965 after short and sudden illness.
Charlie: Who the hell are you?
Raymond: Uh oh, fifteen minutes to Judge Wapner.

So. Ray… Wanna tells us about your favourite film?

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