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Ray: Forest Boy Hoaxer

His name is Ray. He is a 17-year-old German who has been living in a forest. His mother Doreen, died in a car accident when he was still 12. His father Ryan died last August. He has a pendant with letter "D".

After the death of his father, Ray roamed north for barely five days until he arrived at the Berlin City Hall asking for help. The boy can speak English and little German. He has a scar on his face.

However, his stories are vague. He only knows that he was born on June 20, 1994. He does not know his surname. He cannot show the burial ground of his father. He claims to have buried his father alone.

The Interpol entered into the scene when his interesting story seemed to be fading. 

His forest boy story was a hit. International media struggled to get exclusive footages of the media-dubbed “Forest Boy”. His story is being compared to the “Piano Man” in 2005.

The mystery is now clear. We were fooled by childhood fantasy, again.

The truth is that Ray is a 20-year-old hoaxer. He came from Hengelo in the Netherlands. He was declared missing last year. He is Dutch, not German. He never lived in the forest and made his way into Berlin last year.

Ray is living in a city youth home and has admitted that all his stories that touched millions are lies. Authorities are planning to bring him back to the Netherlands.

Ray is now under fire for the social fraud. He has been given free housing, board, German language course, a cell phone, clothes and other items. These should have been given to other “legal” people in Germany.

 Some say that even before Ray admitted that his stories were lies, it was obvious that he was fooling the world. 

Twist: Due to privacy law, the Dutch or  German police (Hengelo is near the German border), the hoaxer cannot be named in public. Thus earlier reports never gave the real name of a.k.a. Ray.

However, media reports have named the boy as ROBIN VAN HELSUM after interviews with several of the boy's friends. As usual, MEDIA NINJA MOVES! Kudos to CNN for observing the privacy law!

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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