How did this go on for so long? I don’t accept that Knight’s experience with alarm installation explains it.
I wonder if the situation became like placing a saucer of milk outside for a stray cat?
Did people like the idea of this guy living out there without a job or other commitments so much that they, consciously or not, allowed themselves to be robbed like this for decades?
I don’t know. All I know is that I started reading this piece and somehow kept reading through to the end. I don’t find Christopher Knight’s story particularly interesting. Spoiler alert: He’s a bum who stole fossil fuels and food to survive. Yes, he was damn good at it! However, I’m much more interested in learning more about why the victims allowed this to go on for close to three decades.
I’m thinking that self loathing of the 9 to 5 lifestyle has to be a part of the explanation. The temporary residents spend mini vacations in the cabins, while probably dreading a return to the office on Monday morning. Maybe they lived vicariously through Knight’s antics?
Whatever the case may be, this is a weird one on multiple levels.
At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people.
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