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Hermit Caught After 27 Years In Maine Woods

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/11/american-hermit-caught-27-years

A man who lived as a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other supplies has been caught by a determined game warden who was fed up with the thefts.

Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested when he tripped a surveillance sensor while allegedly stealing food from a camp for people with special needs in a small town in the far north-eastern state of Maine.

Authorities on Tuesday found the campsite where they believe Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit in local lore, lived for up to 27 years. Knight's living quarters included a tent covered by tarps suspended between trees, a bed, propane cooking stoves and a battery-run radio, which he used to keep up with the news and listen to talk radio and a rock station, authorities said.

Some residents say they have been aware of the hermit for years, often in connection with break-ins. During questioning after his arrest Knight said that the last verbal contact he had with another person was during the 1990s, state trooper Diane Vance said. "He passed somebody on a trail and just exchanged a common greeting of hello and that was the only conversation or human contact he's had since he went into the woods in 1986."

He was so well known to some summer cottage owners that they left food out for him so he wouldn't break in during the colder months. But others were hardly aware of the hermit living within their midst without detection since 1986. "I was born in 1987. He was there before I was," Rome resident Melissa Witham said outside her home.

27 years and no social contact, nothing stated as to why he disappeared.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/11/american-hermit-caught-27-years

27 years and no social contact, nothing stated as to why he disappeared.

From the DM (surprised you didn't look!)

Admitting to having had a good childhood, Knight has said he withdrew to the woods after the April 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Russia - but said to Perkins-Vance he remembers that date only to mark his departure, not as a reason.

'He didn't give a reason,' Perkins-Vance said to the Morning Sentinel. 'He said he frequently asks himself that same question.'

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is there no mention of the value of his campsite?

None - but the amount of twigs has pumped up the asking price.

So this guy will be stuck in jail for a while, then plonked in a hostel and visited by social workers for the rest of his natural. I hope he escapes.

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