The few he let into his life described him as "crabby."
I'm from Maine, this was a big story when all of this happened. The fact he was able to survive for so long- despite stealing to survive- is amazing. Hell where I live, during that recent cold spell that hit the US it was constantly -20 F without the wind chill. One can only imagine surviving that every winter year after year.
Is no one else amazed that in 27 years he never lost or broke his glasses?
Pretty anticlimactic at the end there. All this preamble describing things he stole over the years and how hard he was to catch, then ends by basically just saying "and then he got caught" with no detail whatsoever.
You yada-yada-yada'd over the most interesting part, article.
"in the woods of Maine with over 1000 cases of burglary to stay alive."
27 years and he only said "Hi" to some random hiker.
Just blew a good hour at work reading the GQ article about him. Good read.
Last time my house was robbed I got the feeling from the things they took that it was a person living rough.
A folding knife
A pair of jeans
A bottle of tequila
A rump steak
Either that or we were robbed by a cowboy.
Not a very good hermit, was he
There's a book about him I read in one sitting called " The Stranger in the woods" if anyone is interested in reading more about him
The book is very detailed and an enjoyable read, but made me feel sort of uneasy. It seemed to me that the hermit really didn't want the book written. The whole thing felt exploitative, like I was learning information that should have been kept private.
When i read the part about he suffering in prison due to sensory stimuli, and when he described the world as being too noisy and colourful, i knew it had something to do with aspergers syndrome.
Honestly, i would live completely isolated in a forest like him, if i could.
I wish i lived in a outdoorsy place, my mental health would be so much better. Maybe one day.
Edit: I'm referring to the GQ article.