Peter Bergmann was the alias used by a man who was found dead on a beach in Sligo, Ireland on the 16th of June 2009.
On the 12th of June 2009, Peter boarded a bus at the Ulster Bus Depot in Londonderry and headed to nearby Sligo where he arrived at 6:28pm. He then took a taxi to Sligo City Hotel.
At the hotel, he checked in under the name Peter Bergmann and listed his address as Ainstettersn 15, 4472, Vienna, Austria. Authorities later determined that the address was false.
The next day, Peter visited a post office in Sligo where he brought 8 stamps and airmail stickers. It is unknown if Peter ever sent any mail, and it is believed that if he did send mail it would have identifying information on it.
Over the next 3 days, Peter left the Sligo City Hotel over 13 times. Each time he left, he was carrying a plastic purple bag which had something inside. The bag, and its contents, have never been located. Police think that he was disposing of his personal items throughout Sligo.
On the 15th of June, Peter checked out of the hotel and headed to a local bus station. When he left the hotel, he was carrying two black bags, which he was seen carrying when he checked into the hotel. However, when he arrived at the bus station, he was only seen carrying one black bag.
At the bus station cafe, he enjoyed a ham and cheese toastie and a cappuccino. He was seen on CCTV footage looking at a small piece of paper, constantly folding it and opening it. He eventually tore up the piece of paper and threw it in the bin. The contents of the piece of paper are unknown, but some speculate that it was a checklist of all the things he needed to/wanted to do in Sligo.
Peter then took a bus to Rosses Point and was seen wandering along the beach for the next 8 hours. Many people that saw him said that he seemed nervous and that he was taking his clothes off one by one. Peter was last seen alive at 11:50pm, walking along the beach.
On the 16th of June, a father and son found Peter’s body on the beach. His clothing and personal belongings were found around 300 metres away from his body, but his glasses and a blue cardigan he was wearing have never been located.
An autopsy revealed that Peter had terminal prostate cancer, several bone tumours, and had suffered heart attacks in the past. His official cause of death was a heart attack, but even if he hadn’t suffered a heart attack he would probably only have lived for another 2 weeks.
It is widely thought that Peter went to Sligo with the intention to end his own life, and where his body was located some have suggested that he wanted his body to be washed out to the Atlantic so no trace of him would ever have been found.
Over the years there have been several theories that range from Peter being a wanted criminal, a spy, and even an intelligence agent. But there has never been any evidence to actually support any of these theories.
Peter’s true identity is still a mystery to investigators.
Peter is described as being a white male, between the ages of 55 and 60, and standing at around 5″8′. He had short grey hair that was cut close to the scalp, a slender build, an olive complexion, a strong German accent and he had a gold tooth at the back of his mouth that would have been noticeable. He also had extensive dental work carried out.
Do you know the true identity of Peter Bergmann?
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