I Met A Time Traveler In A Taxi (The Mysterious Rudolph Fentz)


In June of 1951, passers by on Wall Street
in New York City, took notice of a young man who appeared confused. Dressed in the fashion of a business man,
from the previous century, he stood trembling but frozen to the spot, in the middle of an
intersection. A brush with a modern taxicab laid him low,
an accident which would lead to the discovery, of several pieces of evidence, which some
now claim to be proof, of the existence of time travel. The young man had a full beard, and the kind
of mutton-chop sideburns, that had gone out of style ages ago. He was taken by ambulance to Downtown Hospital
in Manhattan. Unfortunately, this was a decade, before US
hospitals would have intensive care units. This man passed away peacefully, before he
ever regained consciousness. Then it became the officical duty of the NYPD,
to identify him… a case assigned to Captain Hubert Rihm, of Missing Persons. There was the name of a tailor, in the neck
of the victim’s suit coat, a tailor on Broadway, of which no one had ever heard… another
label inside his silk tophat, from a hat store that went out of business, at about the turn
of the century… and the following items, which were found in his pockets. A wellworn bronze medal, for coming in third
place in a shooting contest. A copper token good for one beer, marked also
with a value of 5 cents. It bore the name of a saloon which was unknown,
even to older residents of the area. A receipt for the washing of a carriage, and
for the feeding and grooming of one horse… issued by a livery stable, on Lexington Avenue
in New York, at an address where now stood, a highrise office building. A few of indian head pennies, and seven dollars
in paper currency, of which the newest banknote was dated 1875. Business cards which revealed the man’s name,
Rudolph Fentz, as well as his Fifth Avenue address… and finally a letter, postmarked
from New Jersey, and bearing the cancelled postage of a two cent stamp. None of these objects showed any signs of
aging. Fentz’s fingerprints were not on record, and
no one had reported him missing. Captain Rihmconducted research, into the location
on the business card. It was the address of the Buckingham Hotel,
which no longer existed. In 1923 the hotel was razed, to make way for
Saks Fifth Avenue. Rudolph Fentz’s name was not listed in the
1951 telephone book, but further investigation revealed a listing for a Howard Fentz, in
a much earler phone book from 1939. The police captain spoke to the residents
of Howard’s apartment building, who remembered him, and described him as an old man, with
silver hair. He once worked as a short order cook, at a
diner down the street. However in 1940 he retired, and moved away. Rihm was told at the diner,that Howard had
passed, five years earlier, but his widow was living in Florida, with her sister. Rihm contacted her by phone. She said that her husband’s father, Rudolph
Fentz, had disappeared in 1876 at the age of 29. He would take a walk in the evening, smoking
a cigar, because his spouse believed, that smoke was being absorbed by the livingroom
curtains. One evening, when his son Howard was possibly
two years of age, he left his family’s New York City apartment, with a lit cigar, and
he never came back. They searched for him in vain, spending a
great deal of money, on a private investigator. No trace of him was ever found. With renewed interest, Captain Rihm delved
into ancient missing persons files, in the dusty archives, of the New York City Police
Department. He finally located the yellowing pages of
a report, on the disappearance of Rudolph Fentz. The description in the records of Rudolph
Fentz, corresponded exactly, with that of the bewildered man who was struck on Wall
Street.. but after filing his own report, Rihm was compelled by his superiors to close
the case as unsolved. The officer barely survived review by internal
affairs, as to his mental competence, and most of the captain’s notes, were stricken
from the official case file.

88 thoughts on “I Met A Time Traveler In A Taxi (The Mysterious Rudolph Fentz)

  1. Good morning Mr.Bill. Great Video! You are one of my all time favorite YouTuber persons. I hope you have a wonderful day!! Xoxo โฃ

  2. Had a conversation with an old war buddy late one night in a taxi, coming back from the watering hole all soused to the gills…Turns out he's still very much MIA. Also turns out there was no taxi.

  3. Good morning bill another great video.that is a really strange story,there's more going on on this planet of ours than we could ever imagine.your channel is without doubt the best on u.tube,please keep up the good work.have a great day and love to your family.ps another video pleeeeeeeeeeeeease.xx ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ

  4. Bill, that was a great story and it certainly gives one something to think about. Also, nice touch with the ending – what a great visual tale of morality. Moreover, I would hope you could slow your end credits down just a bit – I get the whole "Pause" thing and all, but it's hard to land just right, all the same.
    Thank you, brother.
    Oh, Starlit Freak is waving hello – keep your coffee hot and black – lol!
    Peace!

  5. Damanhur springs to mind when I watch such videos. Cheers Bill ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
    http://www.damanhur.org/en/spiritual-vision/spiritual-physics

  6. Iโ€™ve heard different things about this tale. Some say that itโ€™s a true account of a happening in 1951. Iโ€™ve also been told that itโ€™s actually a fictional short story. I canโ€™t remember the author, so I donโ€™t have much to go on. Either way any video on this channel is worth watching, especially with the resident narrator at the helm! I hope that you and your family are doing well Brother Bill!! Peace, Love, and Blessings from your Hillbilly Pal in WV ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  7. You just keep bringing it with stories I've never heard before, and this one's great! The visuals are hilarious as usual, and that Sak's ad, wow!

  8. This was actually a short story by the great Jack Finney more famous for the novels time and again and Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  9. Oh I overslept today! Hope you had a nice holiday weekend my friend! Great episode, as usual! Love my Bill๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’–

  10. You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone๐Ÿ’€
    ROD SERLING

  11. Though I've never been able to buy into the concept of Time Travel, this story surely is enough to at least make a person go hmmm.
    Keep 'em coming, Bill.;)

  12. Perfect delivery! And an interesting time travel story ๐Ÿ‘ and also a great outro. I spose the moral is: "teach a dog to steal worms, and you will get more fish, because of a bird?" Aesop is probly jealous ๐Ÿ˜…. Cheers Bill โœŒ๐Ÿฆ.

  13. Abe Vigoda….enough said……Bill a still could not give me more. You kill, your will.to please is evident by you face of flint… what a great work you have done here! I LOVE you!

  14. I guess that's where they got the inspiration for "The Time Machine" life Stranger Than Fiction bill and you're good at bringing that to light to people who are closed minded.

  15. He didn't live much longer after he time traveled so it must have had tremendous effects on his body? I guess somebody already knew about time travel because they shut the cop down tore up his notes and told him he's a little crazy

  16. Good day my friend hope you and yours are doing well. ! Another Great one in the books or shall I say out of the books lol just imagine what our Governments have covered up for the better cause. ! As they say We canโ€™t have Mass hysteria , it would be the end of the world as we know it ! Lol
    Take care Bill and Godbless

  17. Hi, Bill! Happy Thursday, aka Night Terrors Day! Lol! ๐Ÿ˜
    I love time travel stories. They show how there is so much more to our world than we can ever see. To me, at least, this story is one of those that I consider to be airtight proof. (Of course, the naysayers๐ŸŽ will always say nay, no matter what proof is presented.)
    Also, I have to tell you how much I appreciate and enjoy the shorts at the end of the videos. An extra bonus, something more to look forward to. This one was really sweet. The power of Kindness! โค๏ธ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฃโค๏ธโค๏ธ
    Have a great day! Take care, be well.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

  18. Daaaammmn!!! And how close minded people are this case will be closed for a long time.. I just can't see how you could argue the evedence.

  19. Keep them videos Going Bill i Have Seen Every Video And As You Know i Have Ben a Subscriber For a While Now Thanks For Noticing And Taking The Time To Appreciate It in Fact i Have You On My Notifications Each Time You Make a New Video Keep These Videos Coming Thanks Bill (2Chop)

  20. Wow, cool story ! I haven't heard of that one before…….he must have walked thru a portal that opened for some reason where he was. It's like that Author that walked out into a field and was never found again, however every now & again his family would here his voice out in the field. There is so much of this world we don't understand….it's amazing. Great Job on the video Bill…..thank you so much ! Have a great week !!

  21. Wow, I have heard of this account before, yet not in so much detail. In my humble opinion, one of the most intriguing cases of " time slip" I have ever encountered. Well done sir. Well done.

  22. Always and I mean ALWAYS GREAT material and delivery! Bravo again Bill! Makes my evenings when I get to watch one of your gems!

  23. I have no idea why I didn't get a notification for your latest video, but found it anyway. ( better late than never) Good case study Bill, this is one of the first time slip stories I remember reading about as a kid, always facinated me about the fact he had these objects in his pocket and they appeared in new condition. Great video as always amigo thanks for bringing up this case again, very intriguing like all your videos. Thanx and God bless ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

  24. High speed can slow down the speeders time. And a high gravity field can also slow down time for who ever is in the field. Both would relatively propel the traveler to the future. Time travel is possible. The man shares my first name. Maybe after a fast ride on my motorcycle, l too will find the future.

  25. Loved it. Even tho iv'e heard some of these episodes from other sources. I'd still rather hear you present them the way do.Looking good there Bill,keep it up.

  26. Yeaaaaah! Abe Vigoda, baby! And, anyone that features anything by Dali is a friend of mine! Great story, Bill, never heard this one either! Thank you!

  27. Great video as always, Bill, and the animation at the end with the crane and the pup was wonderful – i so enjoyed the music. Excellent stuff. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  28. Damn, Bill. I just re-watched another video of yours from the early days. I didn't realize how much weight you've dropped. Way to go, man!

    … unless it was, like, sickness related or something. In that case, y'know, sorry.

  29. That mannequin reminds me of an INTERPOL video named EVIL.ย ย  /ย ย  ย If Remus had survived instead of Romulus would Rome now be known as Reme? Food for thought.

  30. This is fascinating. So he reappeared like 75 years later?? I wonder.. I love how you leave in these cinematic outros, it's really great. Mad props.

  31. I heard this story , as a kid , in the 4th grade. I thought it was something like a ghost story , Mr Parker was telling us , back in 1969. I did not know Mr Parker was for real. Thought it happened in Chicago. My mistake. The school was in Chicago. 5026 S Greenwood Ave. Two doors down from where President Obama lived , years later. Junior Military Academy was the school. Closed down in 1971. Bad neighborhood. Now , it is a high class neighborhood.

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