Of all the news stories that have come out of Maine, there has never been one like the saga of the North Pond Hermit. The hermit was Christopher Knight.
For 27 years, starting in 1986, Knight lived in the woods near North Pond in the town of Rome, in the Belgrade Lakes area. He survived by breaking into nearby camps and stealing what he needed to live: clothing, batteries, propane and especially food.
He carried out more than a thousand break-ins until he was finally caught stealing food from a camp in 2013.
About 500 journalists contacted Knight after he was arrested, asking for an interview. Knight responded to just one - Michael Finkel, who at first exchanged letters with Knight and later interviewed him - and the people in the Belgrade Lakes region - several times.
Finkel tells Knight's story in his new book "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit."
You can hear Michael Finkel talk about the experience of writing the book in the days ahead:
Wednesday Barnes and Noble, Augusta
Thursday Waterville Opera House, Waterville
Friday Bangor Public Library
Saturday Owl and Turtle Bookstore, Camden
Tuesday Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth
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