Marina Chapman is the woman who claims to have been raised in the jungle by monkeys. Marina says she is 60 or 62 years old, maybe more, but she can’t be sure. For about five years Marina claims to have lived with monkeys. She could not measure the time in the solitude of the jungle, so she cannot be sure if she spend five years or more only with monkeys. Marina has been isolated into the deep of the Colombian jungle. She has seen no human presence for years, living in holes, feeding herself with roots and bananas.
Marina Chapman was saved from the jungle by hunters, according to her memoir book. The woman claims that by the time when this happened, she had completely lost her language, she barely remembered her parents and had no idea what was her name. Still, the hardest days of her life have not been the ones spend in the jungle. After leaving the monkeys who raised her, Marina was sold into a brothel in Cucuta, but she managed to escape becoming a street thief. She was later enslaved by a mafia family. Marina claimed that she was saved by a neighbor and moved to Bradford, in Yorkshire.
How did Marina end up in the jungle in the first place? Well, it seems that she was kidnapped at the age of only 4. She was taken to a Colombian jungle and left there. She managed to survive because she was kept alive by capuchin monkeys.
A crucial event that occurred during the time when she lived in the jungle was the moment when Marina thought that she was going to die because of a chemical she had eaten. “My last thought as I began to slip into unconsciousness was a simple one: I was obviously going to die I had no idea how much time had passed when I slowly began to rouse from my drug-induced slumber, but I was aware that everything felt strange. I started to tune in to faint noises around me”, Marina wrote in her book.
The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys is the memoir book in which Marina Chapman tells her entire story to the world. However, this story can be extremely hard to believe. Marina says that her memoir is authentic and everything presented in the book is true, but numerous people have chosen not to believe her. Actually, many publishers have refused to work with her for the book, claiming to be a fake.
The Girl With No Name was published on April 1, 2013. The book was written by Marina with the help of her daughter, as well as of Lynne Barrett-Lee. Andrew Lownie, her agent, believes this story, as “Marina is an exceptionally rare, arguably unique example of an abused, uneducated, feral child who has somehow survived and conquered her misfortune.” Part of the wild child is still very much in her; she has spent much of her time in England embarrassing her kids by scaling trees in seconds, catching wild birds and rabbits with her bare hands, as well as milking the odd passing cow,” Lownie also said.
What is certain is that Marina can still climb trees in an impressive manner, even though she is about 60 years old. And there is no evidence that her story is not true. It is up to readers to decide if what Marina is saying in her memoir book is true or not.