(Originally posted at Infinity Explorers)
In 1950, a man dressed in Victorian fashion appeared in Times Square in New York. According to the witnesses, he seemed a bit confused. No one paid more attention until, a few minutes later, he crossed the avenue and was hit by a car.(The Strange Case of Rudolph Fentz)
The officers who raised the body checked their things to identify it, but what they found seemed to make no sense: a small metal token, valid for a beer, where the name of a hall appeared that nobody, not even the most Old men of the city (who were asked, knew, a receipt for the care of a horse and the washing of a carriage in a barn on Lexington Avenue that did not appear in any address book, certified for about $ 70 in beads Business cards with the name Rudolph Fentz and an address on Fifth Avenue and a letter sent to his address in June 1876 from Philadelphia.(The Strange Case of Rudolph Fentz)
Most intriguing was that, despite their antiquity, none of the objects showed signs of deterioration.Intrigued, Police Captain Hubert Rihm decided to carry out an investigation to untangle the case.
First the agent contacted the address of Fifth Avenue, which turned out to be a business in which no one had heard of Rudolph Fentz. Frustrated, he decided to look for the name and actually found an address in the name of a Rudolph Fentz Jr. When he called, they told him that the man no longer lived there.(The Strange Case of Rudolph Fentz)
However, he was on the track. He managed to find the bank account of the man, which led him to ask in the bank offices where he was informed that he had died 5 years ago, but that his wife was still alive. The agent communicated with her, who informed him that her father-in-law, after whom her husband was named had disappeared in 1876¸ at the age of 29.
The case was then closed. Apparently, a man from 1876 had appeared in New York’s Times Square and, after walking recklessly down the avenue, would have died run over.
Could it be a temporary trip? The case of Rudolph Fentz is presented as a common example of temporary (or interdimensional, we are not sure) journeys that happen without the will of the person. At some point it was said that it was a fictional story, based on a story from 1954, but the appearance of this story in a newspaper in 1951 discards it.