It is no small feat to survive in the wilderness, let alone for 27 years! But that’s exactly what Christopher Thomas Knight did. You might be wondering how he remained hidden for so long and what led to his recent capture by police. Read on and find out all the crazy details of this amazing story.
Getting Away From The World
Christopher Thomas Knight was raised in Albion, Maine. Though he had a regular upbringing, he found it extremely difficult to connect with other people. So much so, that he ran away from the world in 1986, choosing to live in complete isolation in a forest in Maine. He didn’t tell his family or folks at his job. He just vanished into the forest, with no idea of what he was doing or where he was going.
Fighting To Survive
With only a tent and a backpack, Christopher left his home and car behind for a life in the wilderness. However, he truly wasn’t prepared for life away from the world. He had no weapons to hunt food. He survived by eating forest berries at first, but those were a rare find. So he had to come up with another game plan to maintain his new lifestyle.
Christopher began breaking into nearby cabins when the owners were away. He started small, stealing from gardens to make it look like a wild animal did it. Then, he started entering the cabins for food, drinks, blankets, and even coats. He would wait until everyone was gone and steal only what he needed to survive, hoping not to get caught. He managed to live like this for 27 years! However, people finally began to notice items missing and got the police involved.
The Ultimate Setup
Since Christopher was near North Pond, Maine, police and the surrounding community began to refer to him as the “North Pond Hermit.” The cops began trying to locate this guy and finally put an end to the petty theft in their area. One officer, Sergeant Terry Hughes, came up with a cunning plan to catch him. Sergeant Hughes managed the Pine Tree Summer Camp nearby, a perfect spot for the North Pond hermit to hit. So the officer bought a lot of food for the kitchen, along with high-tech motion sensors and floodlights. Sure enough, Christopher eventually made a stop at the camp and was caught by the police.
Life After Isolation
For nearly three decades of petty theft, Christopher ended up serving seven months behind bars. He also had three years of probation, meetings with a judge each week, and was required to participate in a program for those with mental health issues. Christopher also had to pay $1,500 to each family he impacted with his theft. After jail, Christopher assimilated back into society. He managed to reconnect with his family, and even got a steady job, courtesy of his brother. No more hermit life for him.
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