"Piano Man" copied some characteristics of his mentally ill patients


Doctors were quoted four months ago as saying the man had drawn a grand piano after being given a pen and paper and had later played classical music on a chapel piano for hours.

German man who baffled police and care workers after being found wandering in a suit near a southern English beach, soaking wet and refusing to speak, has returned to Germany after four months in care.

The man was dubbed the "Piano Man" by the media after supposedly giving a virtuoso piano performance while being treated in a psychiatric unit, where doctors failed to identify him despite being inundated with suggestions.

The 20-year-old from the southern state of Bavaria returned home on Saturday after the German embassy had verified his nationality and provided him with replacement documents, a German foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday. He declined to give the man's name or say where he was now living.

British health authorities said on Monday the man had been released after making a "marked improvement" but would not give any further details.

A report in the Daily Mirror newspaper said the man had finally broken his silence, revealing that he was German and had been trying to commit suicide after losing his job in Paris when he was picked up by police. The newspaper said he had previously worked with mentally ill patients and had copied some of their characteristics.

Doctors were quoted four months ago as saying the man had drawn a grand piano after being given a pen and paper and had later played classical music on a chapel piano for hours. The Mirror cast doubt on that, saying he could "hardly play a note".

Medio: EiTB24.com
Fecha: Lunes 22 de agosto de 2005
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