While digging through some old newspapers this afternoon researching #thaistory, I stumbled upon the tale of Lleieusszuieusszesszes Willihiminizisteizzi Hurrizzissteizzi.
I first found him in an Associated Press story from September 24, 1925, also published in the New York Times the following day:
A Siamese arsonist from Folsom, California, with the name of Lleieusszuieusszesszes Willihiminizisteizzi Hurrizzissteizzi, who was being deported as an undesirable alien after his friends lost a long fight on his behalf to keep him in the United States?
You might say that my interest was piqued.
On further research the story became even more intriguing. According to the Brewster Herald of May 8, 1925, Lleieusszuieusszesszes Willihiminizisteizzi Hurrizzissteizzi was a Siamese magician and cook, who had arrived by ship in San Francisco, presumably a few days earlier.
A Siamese magician and cook with the name of Lleieusszuieusszesszes Willihiminizisteizzi Hurrizzissteizzi who arrived by sea in San Francisco around early May 1925 and over the next four months found his way to Folsom, California, made some loyal friends, was convicted of arson and declared an undesirable alien?
You might say that my interest was further piqued.
So far, the only other pieces of information I have been able to discover are that apparently he was mentioned in Robert Ripley’s second Believe It or Not! book, published in 1948, and that ever since then he has been regularly named in Top 10 lists of the world’s most unusual names.
But who was he? What was his story? Where did he come from? Where did he go? And how did he come to be convicted of arson?
If anybody finds further information, please share it. Let’s solve the mystery of Lleieusszuieusszesszes Willihiminizisteizzi Hurrizzissteizzi!