I caught a link to this on one of my social media feeds and was immediately interested in it as I'm from one of the towns (Derry) mentioned in the
article. It's not quite as mysterious as some of the stories on here, but very curious nonetheless.
(For the record - I have no links at all to the people behind the film mentioned in the article).
In June 2009, a man boarded a bus in Derry, Ireland and requested that he travel to Sligo. Once there, he checked into a hotel using a presumably
false name - Peter Bergmann - and over the course of the next 3 days, behaved in a strange and unusual manner.
He left his hotel each morning with a bag which police believe contained personal belongings, and each day he returned with the bag emptied. It
appears he was disposing of all belongings and all traces of his identity (to the extent of cutting labels from his clothes), and carefully avoided
CCTV around the city whilst doing so.
On the day before his death, he asked a local taxi driver to take him to the quiestest beach in Sligo for a swim. Once there, he scouted the area for
a short time before returning to the taxi seemingly content with what he found.
After checking out of the hotel, it appears he disposed of what was left of his belongings before making his way to a bus station prior to heading to
the beach. Whilst at the bus station, he ate a sandwich and had a coffee whilst frequently taking pieces of paper from his pocket, reading them, then
folding them and putting them back in his pocket.
Witnesses on the beach described him behaving in a strange and erratic manner, walking parallel to the water and also parallel to a beam of sunlight
on the beach.
The next day, 2 walkers on the beach found his body early in the morning. Despite the fact the body had been evidently washed up, the subsequent
autopsy showed no evidence of drowning. There was also no evidence of foul play. The autopsy DID show that the man had advanced cancer of the
prostate, bone tumours and had suffered previous heart attacks - yet toxicology showed no evidence of any painkillers or otherwise in his system.
People who encountered him remarked that he had a possibly German (or at least Eastern European) accent. However, intensive police investigations have
failed to unearth any missing Peter Bergmann from Europe or the USA. The address he used whilst checking into the hotel also turned out to be a vacant
parking lot. Extensive searches throughout the town have also failed to uncover any of the items he disposed of away from the view of CCTV.
So, a strange tale indeed - a nameless man apparently makes his way to a town where no-one knows him to die, and removes any possible means of
subsequently identifying him.
I noted whilst researching this that there was a well-known physicist called Peter Bergmann who worked closely with Albert Einstein - probably totally
unrelated, but I wonder if that was the inspiration for the name, if it is indeed a false one as suspected.
As a professor at Syracuse University from 1947 to 1982, Dr. Bergmann taught relativity to several generations of physicists and was a pioneer
in efforts to reconcile Einstein's general theory of relativity, which explains gravity as the warping of space-time geometry, with the paradoxical
quantum laws that rule atomic affairs. That quest is now at the center of modern physics.
edit on 9-1-2015 by elgaz because: Spelling mistake