For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine, creeping into homes, and surviving on what he could steal. He became a legend. Then one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest. His name was Christopher Knight
This story is fascinating to me on so many levels.
1. From 1986-2013, he had almost zero human contact. In that time span, he spoke a single word to a human being. Astounding. I speak for a living. I can’t imagine just letting that part of my brain atrophy. I take human interaction for granted. Turns out, when it’s not a part of your life for many many years, you forget how to do it.
2. The survivalist instincts, especially in the winter are baffling. I grew up in Wisconsin, and the cold is something with which you don’t fool around. He lived in it every winter for almost 30 years. I could see maybe a night or two of it. Not a lifetime.
3. This man has not experienced the internet in any form. He’s like an unfrozen 80’s man. Large portions of human history have passed him by. I wonder if he knew about the Clinton administration, or 9/11 or ANYTHING at all. Sure, he was stealing reading materials, but I wonder if you really care about current events when your two main foci are concealment and survival.
4. No one ever found his lair. I guess not many people were looking for him, but still- how does someone live for so long in the same place without someone stumbling upon his camp? His careful plotting and planning were flawless for so very long.