Man lived in the woods for 27 years - level 3

Man lived in the woods for 27 years - level 3

17-04-2013 14:00

If you go into the woods in Maine you may stumble across this camp. The tent belongs to Christopher Knight who lived as a hermit for almost three decades. Since walking into the woods soon after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, Knight has lived nearly without human contact supporting himself by stealing from nearby camps.

He was caught and arrested at the Pine Tree Camp, where he was stealing food. Knight told officers he had spoken only with one other person during his years of solitude - a lone hiker.

Surviving the brutal winters of central Maine, Knight had built himself a larger camp about 20 miles north of the state capital of Augusta. His tent covered by a tarp and surrounded by camouflage garbage cans in attempt to conceal his presence.

There's no known reason for his hermitage. He said the Chernobyl accident was the last major event he remembered but that this hasn't prompted his decision.

Charged with one count of burglary so far, additional charges are likely to follow from his 27 years in the woods.

Interesting words: stumble (trip or lose balance), hermit (a person living alone), tarp (strong heavy cloth some tents are made of), camouflage (masking), conceal (hide), prompt (make somebody decide), charge (say officially that somebody is guilty of a crime).

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