Forest Boy Confirmed as a Hoax

Quite a few have suspected "Forest Boy" might be a hoax, ever since he showed up at a youth emergency center in Berlin last year (Sep 5, 2011). He said he had been living in the woods with his father for the past five years.

That story, authorities have now determined, is false. He's actually a 20-year-old man from the Netherlands who went missing a few days before showing up in Berlin. His real name is Robin van Helsum. He was IDed by former classmates after his picture was recently published in the Telegraaf. Links: LaMa's thread in the forum, msnbc,


Posted on Fri Jun 15, 2012


There is something on this story that doesn't fit the common sense:

1) That smiling boy doesn't look to have personal problems.

2) I doubt that someone who wants to start a new anonymous life, allow police to take pictures of him and search for him on data bases, which would help to identify him.

I even dont think anything of this story, neither he was found on a forest, nor he is really now a 20 yo boy called Robin. Maybe, all this is just a media prank to sell newspapers or increase the visits on some internet site, a viral or the typical early summer serialized soap opera xD.
Posted by Cruent  on  Sat Jun 16, 2012  at  08:36 AM
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