It almost sounds like a legend. A burglar breaks into some camps over and over again, but is never caught. He’s always careful not to break anything, locks up after himself and only takes food, batteries, propane, and other necessities.
But that’s what happened, folks. Some of you may have read about him by now, a man who went into the woods twenty odd years ago and never came out until just recently.
In a way it’s a very cool story because here you have a guy who’s been on his own for 27 years, which is kind of the ultimate in being a loner. But the downside – at least to me – is that he survived not by hunting and fishing, which he said was too hard, but by stealing from camps in the area.
I guess this leads to a moral discussion. On the one hand his stealing was wrong, but on the other it was costing the tax payers a lot less money than him being in jail like he is now. He wasn’t a murderer or rapist or anything, he just stole food and other essentials to stay alive. True – it wasn’t my stuff that was being stolen or I might have different opinion of the whole thing, but if I knew a guy was in the area living like that and I knew that he was harmless I’d probably be leaving care packages here and there for him.
You have to wonder at the authenticity of the story. Who could live in the wilderness all those years with minimal human contact? He did have a radio so he wasn’t completely out of touch with what was happening in the world. Officials here in Maine seem to be pretty convinced the guy is the real deal though, so until I hear different I’ll go along.
Last I heard he’s locked up, but very cooperative.
Anyway, I’d like to get your thoughts on the matter. Please feel free to comment on any aspect of the story that strikes your fancy. For me the cool thing is that he managed to survive in the woods by himself all that time even if he did by stealing. Who hasn’t ever dreamed of just disappearing into the woods or a desert island or something? I sure have.
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