Who Is Rudolph Fentz?

Time Square Old New York


It is still a mystery today as to who is Rudolph Fentz.

It is June 1950, an usual summer day in New York. A strange man pops into Time Square wearing old fashion clothes and he is looking very confused. Witnesses are saying that he started to run with a shocked expression on his face but unfortunately the next minute, he is hit by a taxi.

Rudolph Fentz is wearing clothes that are out of fashion decades earlier and he also has Victorian mutton-chop sideburns. From the look on his face, it is clear that he doesn’t know where he is and he looks scared from something he maybe saw. Maybe if he has the time to react and save himself we will know the truth in years to come.

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When the Police examine the body of this strange man a few objects are found in his pocket and none of them show any signs of aging.

The officials from the morgue find the following:

  • Seventy dollars in old banknotes (nothing special if they didn’t look relatively new)
  • A business card with the name Rudolph Fentz and an address on Fifth Avenue. After more research was done, the investigators discovered that this address was a business location but the owner didn’t know anything about Rudolph Fentz.
  • A bill for the washing of a carriage and the care of a horse from a stable on Lexington Avenue that was not listed in any address book
  • A Cooper Token for a beer worth five cents from a saloon that was not known even from the eldest people in the area.
  • A letter sent to his address in June 1876 from Philadelphia

Later Research

Captain Hubert V. Rihm of the Missing Persons Department of the NYPD tried to find who this man was using the information he had on his person. He found out that the fingerprints of Rudolph Fentz were not registered anywhere. Nobody had reported him missing so he continued his research and he found a man named Rudolph Fentz Jr in a phone book from 1939.

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Rihm when to this address and asked the residents in the building about Rudolph Fentz Jr.

He found that this person was a 60 years old man who moved after 1940 when he retired but nobody knew his new address. He worked somewhere nearby from what the neighbors told to the police captain.

Rihm contacted his bank and unfortunately Rudolph Fentz Jr. died five years previous. But there was one hope! His widow was still alive and Rihm went to see and to talk to this lady.

She knew a few things about her husbands family so Rihm found that Rudolph Junior’s father had disappeared in 1876 when he was a 29-year-old young man. He just went for an evening walk to relax and he never came back.

So…of course the opinions were shared and some people tried to prove that this was just a story.

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The story was published many times as a real fact until Chris Aubeck, a folklore researcher investigated if it is truth or just a myth. So in 2000 Aubeck, when a Spanish magazine published the story as a fact, claimed that the events and the persons are not real.

In 2002 Pastor George Murphy said that the Fentz episode is part of a novel written by Jack Finney (1911-1995) who published it on 15 September 1951 in the Collier’s magazine.

Unfortunately no copy of the story ‘I Am Scared’ was found and Finney died before he had the chance to tell us the truth.


Some other people, real believers in the time traveler version of the story, wanted to prove that Rudolph Fentz was a real person and what happened was a real fact. So, in 2007 a researcher working for the Berlin News Archive found something that proved the veracity of this strange man’s story. He actually found a newspaper story from April 1951, presenting the story as it is today.

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This article was printed five months before Finney’s short story. So, it is a possibility that Finney inspired his novel from a real fact? I personally think yes.

After this, a number of researchers found evidence of the real Rudolph Fentz. They also proved that he disappeared in 1876 at 29 years old.

My conclusion

So, if there was a real Rudolph Fentz… How did he get hit by a taxi in 1950? Maybe he was an accidental time traveler? I believe that he found a portal somehow and without understanding what was happening he found himself in 1950. But as we know, he was a business man not a scientist so he didn’t expect this and he never understood what was going on.

The bad luck is that he didn’t have the chance to tell us the truth, to tell us his story.

Maybe someday, another time traveler will warn him about the incident with the taxi driver and he will be alive… I don’t know if this will be a good idea because of the paradoxes that can be created but at least we will know THE TRUTH.

Thanks for reading and for updates… I will be back.

Any comment you have or any questions, I am here to help



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Cristina Boros
I have always been interested in time travel. From a very young age I was forever watching movies that would take me back in time.

I would love to hear from all of you who are also interested in this subject. Movies? Science? Book? Literature?

Whatever your interest is, I would love to meet you.


  1. Sergio

    Wow, what an interesting story! I never heard of this Rudolph Fentz before, now I’m curious to find out even more about him.
    One question, though: when you talk about a portal, do you have an idea of what kind of shape or form it may have? I’m clueless about this…

    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      I am not sure, I don/t have any prove but i think could be a black hole. Something like this could be a portal in this situation. he was not a scientist so he was not in space, Just my opinion :))

      Thanks for reading my post and i am very happy that you enjoyed it. Stay close for updates:))


  2. Karim

    This is an interesting story. I love this type of mystery, enough evidence to make it a possibility but no way of substantiating the facts as he was killed before anyone had a chance to interact with him.

    Perhaps someone knew who he was and what was about to happen and sent the taxi driver to stop him before he made too many ripples in the space time continuum. 🙂

    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      Perhaps:)))you never know:)))

      Thanks for reading my post and i am happy that you did enjoy it . If we had a chance to talk to him, maybe we would find out amazing things. You know, as he wasn’t a scientist he wouldn’t keep time travel classified, I thing because of the shock he would talk very fast…For sure he would say when is he from and how he came :))))

      Thanks again for your comment and stay close for more interesting time travel stories:)

  3. Gary

    Very interesting story. I’ve never heard it before. I have always believed that if we ever figured out time travel, people from the future would be showing up in the present time, and we would know that it existed. I look forward to more stories like this. Are you a big fan of the Back To The Future movies?

    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      yes I am 🙂 I watched them many many times:)))

      There are a few cases of people who claim that are time travelers and i will tell here their stories:) stay close for more :))) Thanks for reading my post 🙂

  4. Wilson

    Ooooh I want to believe!
    Throughout the years, I’ve actually read a few of these stories now. It’s hard to believe the sources of these stories sometimes, but they truly are so interesting.
    I totally believe the universe is a lot more mysterious than we can imagine, maybe there are portals that can be exposed randomly!
    Kinda scary, but intriguing at the same time lol.
    Anyway, thanks for the interesting article Chrissy. Hopefully I get to comment on more of your stuff.


    1. Cristina Boros (Post author)

      Hello Wilson, I am glad that you did enjoy my article and thanks for visiting my site. 

      Yes it is hard to believe but when you see there are so many stories like this, you have to think that maybe something is true.You see, when No details about this ,man had been found and when you find his son telling that his father disappeared one day…what you can think? And it is not only him. So many other stories like this we heard. If you are interested have a look at the legends category and enjoy.

      Have a good day and stay close for updates.



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