Meet Christopher Knight, a man that left his normal life at 20 years old to become a hermit. He lived in the wilderness, completely alone, for 27 years. He was apprehended only in 2013, after committing over a 1000 burglaries.

Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years

At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people. This is his story

Christopher Knight was only 20 years old when he walked away from society, not to be seen again for more than a quarter of a century. He had been working for less than a year installing home and vehicle alarm systems near Boston, Massachusetts, when abruptly, without giving notice to his boss, he quit his job. He never even returned his tools. He cashed his final pay cheque and left town.

Knight did not tell anyone where he was going. “I had no one to tell,” he says. “I didn’t have any friends. I had no interest in my… Continue Reading (17 minute read)

8 thoughts on “Meet Christopher Knight, a man that left his normal life at 20 years old to become a hermit. He lived in the wilderness, completely alone, for 27 years. He was apprehended only in 2013, after committing over a 1000 burglaries.”

  1. HeartsOfDarkness

    One of my close friends had a summer cabin about 1,000 yards from this guy’s camp. Growing up, she never wanted to be alone at the property because of how many times he’d broken into their cabin. The area is VERY remote (think miles and miles of dirt roads through dense woods), and it’s unsettling to think that someone was out there, watching, for decades.

  2. ProfessorInitial4019

    Yes I saw a story on this bu Mrballen on YouTube. He never lit a fire to keep warm as he didn’t want people to find him. And when they asked him why he just kind of went “dunno just felt like it”

  3. McGician

    What kind of winters did this guy have to endure

  4. loulan

    If you keep robbing places in town, are you really “living in the wilderness”?

  5. kingbane2

    interesting story. it sounds like some of the residents figured out he was only after food and supplies and tried to help him out. but he was afraid it was a trap.

  6. restlessmouse

    He drove his almost new Subaru as far as he could up into the sticks, and just left the keys on the dash and hiked in. He was ashamed of the stealing but not enough to stop and return to “civilization”. Boy howdy, I could not live like that.

  7. 314159265358979326

    He was sentenced to 7 months in prison (he had a week left after time served), a $2000 fine, 3 years of probation and completion of a mental health course. The prosecution was opposed to a harsher penalty.

  8. SlowTalkinMorris

    Theres a book about him. It’s called The Stranger In The Woods by Michael Finkel. Interesting read.

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