|Posted by jez on August 31, 2010 at 1:05 AM|
The present bureaucratic America/UK places extensive emphasis on paperwork, if a person changes their data then they become a new identity. Some documents are considered "incontrovertible/unfakeable" by the authorities and thus trusted.
There are multitudes of paranoid people in the world, instead of waiting for the government to oppress them, they might assume their alternate identity, place their alter egos into bureaucratic cold-storage, until it is needed, to say flee from a divorce, or the police or something else.
But every disaster shows that some of the deceased are never properly accounted for. In some instances, some are people who had not previously existed.
The police drop in on the next of kin and find a house where the landlady forwards mail to a defunct letter-box in another town. Worse, the deceased possessed I.D. for a person who passed a few days after birth and who then went on to claim a relative's insurance and so on.
Of course just one or two of the many reasons for ‘disappearances’, and there may be many more.
Joseph M. Ippolito.