AMAZING STORIES: Maspeth Woman is Found... Amnesia Victim in Philadelphia Remembers her Name - JuniperCivic.com
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Originally published in the September 2011 Juniper Berry Magazine

AMAZING STORIES: Maspeth Woman is Found... Amnesia Victim in Philadelphia Remembers her Name

Hanneman Hospital in Philadelphia

Special to The New York Times, December 8, 1942‒PHILADELPHIA, A pleasant-spoken, well-dressed woman, who has been a patient suffering from amnesia at Hanneman Hospital since the day after Thanksgiving, remembered today that she was Mrs. Emma Biederbeck of 69-04 Fifty-Eighth Road, Maspeth L.I.

But how she came to be in Philadelphia and what happened to her wallet and her spectacles Mrs. Biederbeck could not recall. The mention of dental plates enables her finally to remember her name.

Mrs. Biederbeck told hospital authorities that she had a 17-year-old daughter, Dorothy, and a brother, William R. Whipper, who also lives in Maspeth. Then the circumstances of her sudden appearance in Philadelphia faded away.

I remember getting up on Thanksgiving Day and eating breakfast. She told Dr. John Ross, but I can't remember a thing after that. I don't know how I got to Philadelphia. I have no relatives or friends here. I don't remember what became of my wallet or my spectacle case, which were marked with my name.

Police here said Mr. Whipper was on his way to take his sister home. He had notified police of her disappearance.