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Monday, August 26, 2013

The Amnesiac Among Us. American Michael Boatwright is the most curious man I've read about all summer, and his recent return to Sweden, where he once lived -STILL with no memory- looking for answers about who he really is, or even why he suddenly started speaking fluent Swedish, but (supposedly) can't speak English any longer, is the riddle of the year; Talar ni engelska? Nej!


CNN YouTube Channel video: CNN correspondent Paula Newton reports on the American Navy veteran, apparently suffering from amnesia, who has flown to Sweden looking for answers about his past. Uploaded August 22, 2013. http://youtu.be/YqphppDQaaM
Article at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/21/health/amnesia-swedish
The Amnesiac Among Us: American Michael Boatwright is the most curious man I've read about all summer. His recent return to Sweden from the U.S. -STILL with no memory- looking for answers about who he really is, or even why he suddenly started speaking fluent Swedish, but can't speak English any longer, is the mystery of the year
As you might imagine, Boatwright has been the subject of intense fascination and curiosity this summer in the hyper-competitive Swedish press, with literally everyone having a pet theory of their own about what "really happened" to him that would explain his loss of memory.
Or, his purported inability to speak English.
Talar ni engelska? Nej! 

Some people, with nothing to base it on, have spun theories about him possibly having accidentally killed someone and wanting to repress the memory and or go to a country that doesn't expedite if the suspect can get capital punishment, or even the usual -when in doubt-
blame the CIA theories, except how could someone like this possibly be in a position to help the CIA or anyone, since despite his having been in both Japan and China, he did not have jobs where he'd run into the kinds of people operatives deal with.
Plus, his life seems to have become quite unmanageable, a bad sign of spycraft..

Much of that thinking about criminal motivations has to do I think with both the need to make something that's likely very simple, much more complex, and the long-lasting effect in Sweden of so many American police procedurals on Swedish TV, where American-made programming dominates at all hours of the day.
('Smallville' came on at 6 a.m. on my trip in January. Or was it 5 a.m.?)


Aftonbladet TV video: ”Svensken” försökte ta sitt liv – i Kina. ("The Swede" attempted suicide - in China). 
By Magnus Sundholm, July 29, 2013
http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article17206906.ab

The British press really loves the story, too, in part, because of the mystery angle, just dangling there like low-hanging fruit.
Like the Swedish media, they want to figure it out and either explain it or expose him, whichever the truth points to via tangible evidence

See also: Transient Global Amnesia: What Total Memory Loss Is Like
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/28/transient-global-amnesia-what-total-memory-loss-is-like.html
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The Daily Mail
Who am I?! American who woke up one day and could only speak Swedish goes to Europe in an attempt to regain his memories
Michael Boatwright woke up in a Palm Springs Motel 6 in February with no memory of his past life
The former English teacher woke able to only speak Swedish
His doctors said that his amnesia could have been caused by 'massive emotional trauma'
A worldwide search for friends and relatives was launched by his doctors
He has returned to Sweden to meet an old girlfriend who he hopes will be able to kick-start his forgotten life
By James Nye
PUBLISHED: 19:06 EST, 21 August 2013 
UPDATED: 02:50 EST, 22 August 2013
The U.S. Navy veteran discovered unconscious in a Californian motel in February, who awoke with total amnesia and only able to speak Swedish, has flown to Sweden in a bid to rebuild his life.
Michael Boatwright, 61, was reunited in Gothenburg on Tuesday with Ewa Espling, an old flame who he has not seen in almost 30 years and hopes spending time with her might trigger an avalanche of lost memories.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2399474/American-woke-speak-Swedish-goes-Europe-regain-memory.html

As you can see, over a dozen hits at some of the most-popular media sites in Sweden:
http://sok.aftonbladet.se/?q=Michael+Boatwright

http://www.svt.se/search/?q=Michael+Boatwright

http://www.tv4.se/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=Michael+Boatwright

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