82 - The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser

In 1828, a young man wandered into the city of Nuremberg. No older than fifteen or sixteen, he told a strange story, of how he had been kept in a dungeon for years, ignorant of where he was or who was keeping him there. And one day, he was pulled from his prison and sent to the city. For the next several years, controversy raged as to who this young man was. And in 1833 he would die, his death, like his life, a mystery. Was he a noble plucked from death and hidden away? Was he a foundling exiled from his home? Or was he simply a trickster?


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