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Christopher Knight, 47, known as the North Pond Hermit, after his arrest

This is Christopher Knight, known as the “North Pond Hermit”.

The Guardian reports:

He would meditate on an overturned bucket while staring up at the sky and knew all the eagles that nested nearby. And in his 27 years of seclusion in the woods, Christopher Knight also refined his tastes in the food and gear he stole to survive, authorities said on Thursday after dismantling the hermit’s lair in the far north-eastern state of Maine.

In the 47-year-old’s camp they recovered goods that included high-end LL Bean sleeping bags and a new tent.

He was wearing brand-new shoes and gloves, all believed stolen, when authorities arrested him after he tripped a surveillance sensor at a camp last week. They believe Knight may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries of food and other staples during the nearly three decades he hid in the woods.

Some of the equipment retrieved by police from Christopher Knight’s dismantled camp

Knight’s arrest came a little more than a week after the capture of a self-styled mountain man in Utah who shared some of the same traits. For six years Troy James Knapp ransacked cabins on national forest land for guns, food and high-end camping gear, authorities said.

Knapp, a 45-year-old California parolee who went on the run in 2004, faces 29 burglary-related felony and misdemeanour charges in Utah that could keep him in prison for life.

Authorities say Knight does not show signs of mental illness and they have uncovered no other motive for his seclusion except that he wanted to be alone.

Read the full story at The Guardian

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One Response

  1. As it happens, I know people who used to live in the Rome ME area. While they sold their place and moved away a few years ago, they are greatly relieved about this guy’s arrest for their former neighbors’ sake. Living in proximity to an active & uncaptured thief for such a long time can have a real corrosive effect on a person.

    Some news sources are trying to romanticize the guy — I’m glad the Guardian didn’t, at least not in the piece you cited.

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