I remember a lot of people had some real skepticism about his story at the time. I guess it was a little too fantastic to be true.
Smart kid: a few hours of community service are definitely worth a book deal.
Reminds me of another “feral” hoaxer, Misha Defonseca:
Unfortunately most of the feral children stories you hear have some sort of major problem. The few we end up tracking down significant detail on tend to be hoaxes, exploitation of disabled kids, or huge exaggerations of legitimately interesting events.
Kaspar Hauser lives. (See Werner Herzog’s Jeder Mann gegen sich und Gott gegen alles for a properly Germanic dramatization.)
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