The creepy mystery of Kaspar Hauser is not very well-known in this country, but it still fascinates Germany. Was he a con artist? Lost royalty? An amnesiac? Or merely a child who was raised away from all light and life, then thrown out in the world on his own?
His mysterious murder ends his life with the same question mark as it began.
He brings to mind poor Genie, the California girl who was apparently chained to a bathroom for the first 13 years of her life. and has become the oft-used example of what happens when a child is raised feral, with as little human contact as possible. They're not alone, either -- read here about the Ukraine's dog girl. The very thought of it makes me sick.