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Study: McCandless May Have Been a Victim of Bad Timing

Researchers: River he tried, failed to cross may have been passable a day before, after

(Newser) - A study on the hydrology of Alaska's Teklanika River in the summer of 1992 might seem like a subject that would have limited appeal—were it not for the young man who tried and failed to cross it. That would be Christopher McCandless, whose death that year in the...

Into the Wild Bus May Have a New Home
Into the Wild Bus
Can Now Be
Viewed Safely

Into the Wild Bus Can Now Be Viewed Safely

As it undergoes preservation work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

(Newser) - Update: The abandoned bus made famous in Into the Wild can now safely be viewed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while it undergoes preservation work. The bus was moved to the university’s engineering facility last week while it's being prepared for outdoor display at the Museum of...

Into the Wild Bus Airlifted Out of the Wild

Bus where Christopher McCandless died no longer in the Alaska wilderness

(Newser) - An abandoned bus in the Alaska backcountry, popularized by the book Into the Wild and the movie of the same name, was removed Thursday, state officials said. The decision prioritizes public safety, Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said. The bus has long attracted adventurers to an area without cellphone...

Allure of 'Magic Bus' Causes Emergency for 5 Tourists

5 Italian hikers rescued near site made famous by 'Into the Wild'

(Newser) - Five tourists are lucky to be alive after trying to make a frigid trek to an Alaskan site made famous by Into the Wild. Tri-Valley Fire Chief Brad Randall tells the Anchorage Daily News that Alaska State Troopers and members of the Tri-Valley Fire Department responded on snowmobile to an...

They Were on Their Way to a Famous Bus. Suddenly, a Slip

Newlywed swept away trying to cross Alaskan river near bus depicted in Jon Krakauer's 'Into the Wild'

(Newser) - A trek in Alaska to see the "Magic Bus" ended in tragedy this week for a newly married couple from Belarus—both the same age as the man who famously died at the bus site. The Anchorage Daily News reports that 24-year-old Veramika Maikamava and Piotr Markielau, who Alaska...

Skull of Man Who Vanished 'Into the Wild' Is Found

Jack McAtee was reportedly last seen in September 2014 in Frisco

(Newser) - Jack McAtee crashed his car into a reservoir in the mountains of Colorado on Sept. 18, 2014. He survived with only a scratch and told a police officer he'd fallen asleep at the wheel. The officer suspected the crash might've been intentional and the 27-year-old spent a night...

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...

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...

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...

Into the Wild Author: This Is What Killed McCandless
Into the Wild Author: This
Is What Killed McCandless

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...

Missing Into the Wild Teen Found Dead

Police believe Johnathan Croom's death was suicide

(Newser) - The father of an Arizona teenager whose body was found yesterday evening near his abandoned SUV in the woods of southern Oregon says his son was "a young man who had a broken heart." The body of Johnathan Croom, 18, was found about 1,000 feet from where...

Hikers Rescued on Trek to Into the Wild Bus

It's the second time this summer

(Newser) - A second set of hikers this summer had to be rescued from the Alaska wilderness during a trek to the bus made famous in the book and movie Into the Wild . Three hikers had to be airlifted out of the region Tuesday, and one of them needed to have a...

No Sign of Into the Wild Fan After Air Search

Another search for Dustin Self planned tomorrow

(Newser) - A rancher searched an Oregon mountain yesterday via helicopter in hopes of tracking down Dustin Self, an Oklahoma teen and Into the Wild enthusiast who vanished a month ago. But Patty Jenkins couldn't find any sign of the 19-year-old or his green tent, the AP reports. With heavy winds...

Teen Fan of Into the Wild Goes Missing in Oregon

Searchers look for Dustin Self

(Newser) - Search parties are combing Oregon's Steens Mountain for any sign of Dustin Self, a 19-year-old from Oklahoma who disappeared a month ago—possibly intentionally. "He told us he was going to be gone for a few months, and he would be off the grid," Self's mother...

Woman Drowns on Way to Into the Wild Bus

29-year-old traveling to see vehicle from book and movie

(Newser) - Another tragic ending gets looped into an already tragic story: A Swiss woman drowned Saturday while trying to cross a swollen river on the way to the abandoned bus made famous by Jon Krakauer's book (and the resulting movie), Into the Wild. Alaska state troopers say Claire Jane Ackerman, 29,...

More Young Men Go Into the Wild in Alaska

Residents wary as visitors trek to bus where

(Newser) - Just as residents of Healy, Alaska feared, more men have come looking for the bus—the old jalopy where Christopher McCandless died on his famous quest, the AP reports. Portrayed in the book and film, Into the Wild, his trip to Alaska has inspired dozens to trek through dicey weather...

Sean Penn to Head Cannes Jury
Sean Penn to Head Cannes Jury

Sean Penn to Head Cannes Jury

Actor-director will head prize-awarding body for May festival

(Newser) - Hollywood's favorite bad boy Sean Penn will preside over the jury for the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, AFP reports. The now twice-divorced actor and director "represents the independent American cinema as well as a vision of America which we like," said the festival's artistic director. Americans Clint Eastwood...

'Into the Wild' Grabs SAG Nominations
'Into the Wild' Grabs SAG Nominations

'Into the Wild' Grabs SAG Nominations

Sean Penn drama gets 4 nods from actors; Atonement gets stiffed

(Newser) - Sean Penn’s drama Into the Wild took the lead in this year’s Screen Actors Guild nominations today, with four nods, including lead actor (Emile Hirsch), and overall acting, the Guild’s equivalent of best picture, the AP reports. Other films noted for full-cast performance were 3:10 to ...

Stiller Feels Heartbreak as Flick Takes 2nd

Farrelly Brothers romp can't break Rock-solid The Game Plan

(Newser) - Ben Stiller stumbled with The Heartbreak Kid this weekend, a weak opening compared to his recent efforts. A mere $14 million return held it at 2nd behind a still-strong The Game Plan, which raked in $16.3 million in a moderate 29% drop. The Rock's vehicle has earned $42.8...

'Resident Evil' Tops Box Office
'Resident Evil' Tops Box Office

'Resident Evil' Tops Box Office

Zombie threequel beats out 'Good Luck Chuck' and 'The Brave One' in debut weekend

(Newser) - "Resident Evil: Extinction" ruled the box office this week, raking in $24 million over the weekend, more than either of the previous two installments. The video game-inspired zombie threequel trounced fellow openers "Good Luck Chuck" ($14 million), which ranked second, fifth-place "Eastern Promises" ($5.7 million), and...

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