by Scratch CRAVEN, Every day Mail
Last refreshed at 11:53 24 Regal 2005
After four months of false leads what’s more, hot speculation, the confusing trail of the Piano Man has at last driven to a calm Bavarian village.
The noiseless vagabond found shuddering what’s more, dousing by police on a Kent beach, whose melodic capacity enchanted the therapists minding for him in hospital, was uncovered to be a farmer’s child from Prosdorf, close the Czech border.
But as 20-year-old Andreas Grassl was rejoined with his guardians what’s more, two sisters, numerous captivating questions waited about his vanishing what’s more, odd discovery.
Not least: Could the man who spent 19 weeks in a Wellbeing Benefit healing center some time recently articulating indeed one word have been faking his muteness all that time?
Yesterday his father Josef, 46, cried as he talked of his fears for his son’s future. “I am apprehensive for his wellbeing what’s more, his state of mind,” he said.
“He has not clarified what has happened to him. There was nothing alarming him as far as we knew.
“We had no thought where he went. We are all cheerful that he’s safe, yet I do stress about what caused this to happen.
“We truly thought he was dead, what’s more, not knowing what had happened to him was torture.”
Initial reports asserted Andreas, who at long last broke his hush last Friday, was simply a conman who effectively tricked staff at Little Stream Clinic in Dartford, Kent, where he had been looked after since April.
When he did at long last speak, he told them that at the point when he was found dressed in a drenching wet suit by police on a shoreline close Sheerness, he had been attempting to confer suicide in the sea.
Back home in Prosdorf (population: 50) his father what’s more, mother Christa, 40, live a unobtrusive yet agreeable presence as dairy agriculturists on the Â£150,000 small-holding. As a youngster their child was astute enough to get a put at linguistic use school, what’s more, was especially talented at French what’s more, biology.
Though the family have an electric console what’s more, a piano, what’s more, Andreas can play very well, he is far from the melodic wonder that a few reports depicted him as.
At school, he was known as a calm individual, yet one who in some cases agitate instructors with his factious manner. He had a enthusiasm for PCs what’s more, spent much free time in Web dialog forums, where his cyber-pseudonym was ‘Scatman’.
Some neighbors too guaranteed he had move toward becoming ‘distant’.
German men must do national benefit be that as it may Andreas instead picked ‘civilian service’, working in a healing center for the rationally handicapped.
It was recommended that it was potentially amid his time there that he learnt the characteristics of rationally sick patients for his claim resulting ‘faking’. Be that as it may that was fervently denied recently by the family lawyer, Dr Christian Baumann.
“He has a mental sickness – he is not a fake,” he said, despite the fact that he did not reveal the diagnosis.
After working at the German healing facility for nine months, Andreas told his family he was heading for Paris to proceed his studies.
It shows up he took a arrangement of odd occupations in Paris, yet in April his telephone calls home stopped.
“When we rang his portable phone, it wasn’t working,” said Mr Grassl. “In May I revealed him missing yet police said that since he was over 18 there wasn’t a part they could do.”
Exactly what happened is not clear, be that as it may Andreas has told his family he had voyage by prepare from Paris to a Channel port, at that point gotten a ship to England.
‘I have no thought how I finished up in England’
Last Friday, his father got a call from the German international safe haven in London saying Andreas was there, what’s more, on Saturday he drove to Munich to gather him from the airport.
Mr Grassl said that at the point when he met his child he had grasped him what’s more, said: “I am fine.” He went on to tell his father: “I just do not know what happened to me. I have no thought how I finished up in England.”
Despite his return home, questions remain. Why had the marks – which would without a doubt have made a difference agents track him to Germany – been cut out of his clothes?
And was his evident perception of an mediator who talked to him in Norwegian a botch or, on the other hand a think red herring?
Whether the full story will ever emerge, as it were time will tell. For now, Andreas’s family are essentially happy to have him back.
by Scratch CRAVEN, Every day Mail