Via The Telegraph:
Yorkshire housewife Marina Chapman claims to have been raised by Capuchin monkeys. As you’ve undoubtedly already guessed, she’s got a book and movie deal to promote…
Marina Chapman learned to catch birds and rabbits with her bare hands after being abandoned in the jungle by kidnappers, it was reported.
The Tarzan-like episode was brought to an end when she was discovered by hunters but by her ordeal continued when she was sold to a brothel in the city of Cucuta, and groomed for prostitution.
She escaped and spent years on the streets, sometimes being arrested and kept in a cell, but was eventually taken in by a Colombian family to work as a maid in her mid-teens, and took the name of Marina Luz, according to the account given to a newspaper.
Later during her mid-twenties she travelled with a neighbouring family who went to stay in Bradford on business for six months – and stayed after she met John Chapman, then a 29-year-old bacteriologist, at a church meeting. They married in 1977.
The entire thing sounds sketchy to me. It’s reminiscent of Misha Defonseca’s phony memoir Misha: a Memoir of the Holocaust Years. Defonseca’s story of escaping from a concentration camp at age six and being protected by a pack of wolves as she wandered Eastern Europe was an international bestseller. None of it was true, though, and eventually the facts came out: Defonseca wasn’t in a concentration camp during the war. She isn’t even Jewish. And the wolves? Well, that by itself should have been enough to raise a few eyebrows. I’m curious if Chapman’s story is just as much a fantasy.
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