12:58 21-10-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Man spent 27 years living alone in woods of Maine, U.S.

Bishkek (AKIpress) - ap The Maine man dubbed the North Pond Hermit has broken his silence, telling a magazine writer that he doesn't know why he disappeared into the woods for nearly three decades and that jail was worse for his sanity than isolation.

"I had a backpack and minimal stuff," Christopher Knight, 48, told GQ in an interview at the jail where he served seven months for committing hundreds of burglaries while camping out.

"I had no plans. I had no map. I didn't know where I was going. I just walked away."

He said that as he hiked through Maine in the summer of 1986, "I lost track of where I was...I didn't care."

Knight said that he lost his identity during his years of solitude. "With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn't even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free."

Despite the physical hardships of living outdoors, Knight said being locked up in the county jail was mentally tougher. "I suspect," he wrote in a letter, "more damage has been done to my sanity in jail, in months; than years, decades, in the woods."


Twitterfacebookprint
15:13 28.08.2014
LATEST NEWS
12:57 30% of Kyrgyzstan’s schools lack central water supply12:45 Exact number of Kyrgyz citizens fighting on ISIS’ side remains unknown – expert12:41 New cars exempt from mandatory technical inspection in Kazakhstan - law12:32 Kyrgyz Transport Ministry asks ADB to consider possibility of funding of 3rd phase of construction of North-South alternative road12:28 Kyrgyz PMs propose abolishing of extension of pharmaceutical invention patents12:27 Cotton areas in Jalal-Abad region reduced by 790 ha in 2014 due to low cotton prices12:26 UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visits National Library of Uzbekistan12:21 All betting offices to be closed in Kyrgyzstan soon – Financial Market Supervision Chief12:16 Experts discuss role of Muslim women in society, their radicalization12:06 Daily power outages from 11.00 pm to 5.00 am planned for Osh to save electricity12:02 Kyrgyzstan, Iran discuss ways to expand bilateral trade12:01 Korean Deputy Minister of Trade, Energy visits Uzbekistan11:55 Civil council to monitor judicial system concerned about President’s initiatives to amend Constitution for further judicial reform11:43 Turkmenistan declares 2015 as Year of Neutrality, Peace11:40 Asian share gains fade as China data fail to temper growth anxiety11:33 Intensive movement of Kyrgyzstan towards Eurasian integration to remove all obstacles for migrant workers – Federal Council Chair11:21 Turkmenistan, Mexico discuss trade, economic cooperation in Ashgabat11:16 Mining investment in Kazakhstan to reach $30bn by 201711:04 Russian Federal Council Chairperson suggests signing of new agreement with Parliament of Kyrgyzstan11:02 Tajikistan, Luxembourg vow to develop cooperation in economy, culture, education spheres
Astana
+2° C
Ashgabat
+20° C
Bishkek
+11° C
Dushanbe
+22° C
Tashkent
+17° C
exchange rates
 
70.74
55.46
9.04
1.36
231.50
181.50
29.64
4.43
6.38
4.99
0.82
0.12
3084.28
2367.40
385.74
61.13
3.63
2.85
0.47
0.07

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75