Christopher Knight, 47, spent a hermits life in the woods of western Maine for 27 years, lived in a home made shack, stole to survive, and was captured this summer
” Christopher Knight went into the central Maine wilderness 27 years ago.
He built a hut on a slope in the woods, where he spent his days reading books and meditating.
There he lived, re-entering civilization only to steal supplies from camps under the cover of darkness. During those nearly three decades, he spoke just once to another person – until he was arrested during a burglary last week.
In between, Knight told police, he committed more than 1,000 burglaries, always taking only what he needed to survive. He became so familiar for his thievery and elusiveness that he spawned the local legend of the North Pond Hermit, who for years confounded both locals and police investigating the break-ins.
In June 2005, the Morning Sentinel published a story about the “”hermit of North Pond,”” who, it said, “”for the last 15 years has been picking his way through dozens of the 300 or so camps around North Pond.”””