Christopher McCandless

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Man Emerges After 6 Months Alone in the Wild

Kristoffer Glestad lived out his childhood dream in Northwest Territories

(Newser) - "People aren't meant to be alone." That's Kristoffer Glestad's revelation after spending six months in isolation in the Canadian wilderness. Living off the land with a few hundred pounds of gear probably sounds like a nightmare to some, but it was Glestad's childhood dream.... More »

Into the Wild Author Revises McCandless Death Theory

Jon Krakauer thinks he's identified the lethal toxic compound in potato seeds

(Newser) - So what specifically killed Into the Wild subject Christopher McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness back in 1992? In 2013 , author Jon Krakauer blamed toxic seeds from the Eskimo potato plant. After the theory met with skepticism from scientists and non-scientists alike, Krakauer investigated further. His new conclusion: It was indeed... More »

Into the Wild Story Driven by Domestic Abuse: Sisters

Chris McCandless fled abusive father, sisters say

(Newser) - Chris McCandless' journey into the Alaskan wild wasn't only about his love for nature, his sisters say. It was also inspired by his desire to escape a brutal home life in which his father lashed out verbally and physically, they tell ABC News . Chris' sister Carine says she only... More »

Hunter of Into the Wild Fame Killed by Police

Gordon Samel found body of Christopher McCandless in 1992

(Newser) - One last chapter of Alaska's Into the Wild saga has ended in the death of moose hunter Gordon Samel, reports the Anchorage Daily News . The 52-year-old Samel, who found the body of Christopher McCandless in 1992, was shot to death by police Sunday after a chase when authorities say... More »

Into the Wild Author: This Is What Killed McCandless

Mystery solved after 21 years, says Jon Krakauer

(Newser) - It's a question that has nagged Jon Krakauer and readers for some 20 years: What truly killed Christopher McCandless? McCandless, you'll recall, is the 24-year-old who perished in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992, and the subject of Krakauer's Into the Wild. The coroner listed cause of death... More »

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