True weird tale of a real-life forest hermit

the-last-hermit-gq-magazine-september-2014-life-02"For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest." His name is Christopher Thomas Knight. [GQ]

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  1. Besides masturbate - what would you do alone in the woods for nearly 30 years?

  2. RobJ says:

    Hendy Woods State Park in northern California had a hermit for a reported 18 years. My guess is that guy was psychologically and emotionally affected by that enormous conflict mid twentieth century.

  3. I remember my first winter backpacking trip in the white mountains. Came across this character who lived off of backpackers scraps and kept talking about how "things were just getting too crazy down there, needed to get away up in the hills". Had been up in the mountains all winter.

  4. Well, he did a tremendous amount of reading, but really the goal of all that alone time in the woods was...being alone. There are people for whom being around other people causes them nothing but anxiety.

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