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It's not like this guy is some sort of hero. He isn't a saint for survivalists or something.
There's a more in-depth article about him in a prepper mag; I believe it's called "Always Ready" or some such.
He didn't just steal "some food." He also stole propane tanks, sleeping bags, clothing, and EVERYTHING he ate. He also stole flashlights, and a radio so he could listen to Hannity and Limbaugh(!) He also stole batteries regularly. So if you lived there, and found yourself in an actual emergency, then your radio and flashlights, your propane, and your food cache may have been swiped by this dude....
We wasn't unplugged from civilization, not by a long shot. He depended on the groceries to be stocked with Dinty Moore and Chef Boyardee. He depended on the Maine economy to be good enough that well-to-do families could stock the pantries of their "summer homes" and "lake cabins" from which he stole for 27 years.
The article said he was living only a couple of hundred yards from some houses the paved road; that he never once lit a wood fire for fear of the smoke giving away his position. He also "hunkered down" all winter, because he would have been visible when the brush lost its leaves.
he often slept with no heat, just under piles and piles of stolen sleeping bags.
I got the impression from the article's quotes supplied by the lead investigator who finally found him, that he was almost certainly lying about parts of his story. She implied that he probably had gone to town on regular trips; that he 'knew all about what was going on in mainstream society, as if he knew what a candy bar cost, etc.
This guy was not a hermit. He didn't turn his back on society; he was a parasite who depended on other people's bounty to keep himself alive without his having to work for it.
Basically, he was like a government, an invisible tax on the locals, living off the fruits of their labors.edit on 31-10-2013 by tovenar because: (no reason given)