In April, a man showed up on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, England, sopping wet in a suit and tie with the labels cut out. He was unable to speak, but would later play the piano like a virtuoso. Doctors diagnosed amnesia and authorities scurried to learn his identity. Today, it turns out the man they dubbed Piano Man could be Mr Nobody, from Toronto. In 1999, Mr Nobody had walked into a Toronto hospital with a broken nose, bloody face, no wallet, and a Yorkshire accent. The labels had been cut out of his clothes and he said he had no idea who he was. Doctors diagnosed amnesia and authorities clamored to learn his identity. Mr Nobody now claims his name is Sywald Skeid. The Piano Man and Skeid are the same age and both have bleached blond hair.
Detective Stephen Bone of Toronto police said he was suspicious of Mr Skeid’s motives. “I believed he deceived me in 1999 and continues to deceive authorities.”
Mr Skeid first adopted the name Philip Staufen and has also used the name Keith Ryan. In 2001, a London publisher claimed he was the spitting image of Georges Lecuit, a gay porn model. But the real Mr Lecuit had his French passport stolen in August 1998.