posted on Apr, 24 2013 @ 09:22 AM
Originally posted by strangefires
A bit of info...
I grew up in this small community. The "North Pond Hermit" is by far not the only person living off in the woods alone and undetected here. As
children we were warned not to go to far into the woods alone. Some of them would come down from the hills and steal clothes off the clothesline.
While others would take vegetables out of the garden at night. I had an encounter at night with one as a very young child and all I will say is that
it was terrifying. These guys aren't heroes. Most are very mentally disturbed and can not handle being in public. They live on private property
often doing damage and junking up the area and steal consistently. Some are vets while others are trying to get away from the law. It is basically
Maine's version of the homeless population. There are virtually no mental health services in the state since they closed the mental institutions, and
people automatically assume the ill must have just disappeared. Umm no. Take a ride into the hills with a 4X4 and go far enough, you will find some
very interesting inhabitants.
I grew up in Maine and have lived here for most of my life. I've lived mainly in the Portland area, however spent some time in Waterville (17 miles
from Rome) and Bangor.
There are many Mental institutions in Maine that are open and have been for a long time. Not sure what institutions you are referring to, but they
are definitely not all closed.
Saying that this guy and the supposed mass amounts of hermits living in the area are representative of Maine's homeless population is just absurd.
Maine has a very high homeless population due to the fact that Portland and Bangor are the end of the road for Greyhound bus lines. I've heard
stories of City governments down south (Philly, Boston, etc.) taking their problem transients and buying them a one way ticket to Maine.
NY Times Article on Homeless Relocation
I've done lots of 4x4 exploration all over the state and have yet to encounter a "hermit". The trash lying around out on the trails, in the woods, on
back roads, is generally the uneducated population in remote areas who don't know how to dispose of trash properly or just don't have the means.
Of course if you have some sort of factual information on the Maine homeless mentally ill hermits that are everywhere in the Maine woods, please
Here's the most recent update:
angor Daily News Article April 23rd
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