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He's eluded authorities for more than five years, a mountain man who roams the wilderness of southern Utah, breaking into remote cabins in winter, living in luxury off hot food, alcohol and coffee before stealing provisions and vanishing into the woods.
He sometimes tidied up a cabin, but other times left it a mess or riddled with bullets, authorities say. He was known to deface religious icons. He scrawled notes for cabin owners, alternatively thanking them or demanding they "get off my mountain." He also warned sheriffs he was "gonna put you in the ground!"
Even authorities have found something to admire in Knapp's knack for survival and evasion. He stepped on saplings to avoid leaving discernible boot tracks and changed stolen footwear often to confuse searchers. He walked alongside trails instead of on them and kept mostly to backcountry.
In February, law enforcers were finally able to identify Knapp because of a photograph taken by a wildlife camera and fingerprints.
By Tuesday, his life on the lam came to an end, done in by an educated guess by searchers who had grown to know his tendencies, the tracks he left with his snowshoes and the sounds of him chopping wood outside a cabin near a mountain reservoir.
I saw that. I have seen in the reports about Knapp that he usually left behind empty whiskey bottles. I'm all for having a drink but I suspect he may have gotten a little too drunk a few times and became unnecessarily destructive. That and the hand written threats to law enforcement may have expedited his (Knapp's) capture.
Originally posted by Gazrok
reply to post by tanda7
The guy in Maine they just got, similar case, except he was more respectful, got away with it for like 25 years...