Mystery and Strange Phenomenon from the Fortean Times Part 4

A collection of mysteries and strange phenomena from the English magazine the Fortean Times.

CHILLING EXCERPTS FROM THE FORTEAN TIMES

NAKED TARZAN IS CAUGHT

A real-life Tarzan has been captured in an African game reserve. Rangers swooped at dawn on the naked man's tree lair in Tanzania's lion-infested Mikumi Reserve. They found him whimpering like an animal. He was unable to talk. This mysterious man, who had defied several previous capture attempts, had apparently lived in harmony with the park's animals, living on berries and fruit. Now he is being kept in a cell while police try to identify him. (Daily Mirror, 7 Jan. 69.)

12-YEAR-OLD BOY DIES OF OLD AGE

Here is a story of Lovecraftian horror--but by all accounts is as real as a wart. The poor kid with the unlikely disease of progeria, a malfunction of the pituitary gland which regulates the smooth functioning of many others in turn, had the unlikely name of Jomar Henregue Silva. Six months after he was born, in Vitoria, Brazil, he had all his teeth ... but they were yellow and crooked. Before he was two years old, his hair had turned white and began to fall out. He tried to lead a normal child's life, but galloping senility left him with wasted limbs and creaking joints. At 10, his skin was wrinkled and dry, and doctors confirmed that his blood vessels had hardened like those of an old man. Then, his life was over before it had really begun. (Daily Mirror, 29 Jan. 71.)

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