Pour ceux qui s'intéressent au survivalisme, voici un cas beaucoup plus sérieux que l'infantilisme de l'Instinct de survie d'Alain Bonnet de Soral ou les deux bouquins de Piero "Saint-Georges" Falotti. Un homme de 47 ans qui vivait depuis plus de 27 ans dans les bois du Maine (USA) vient d'être arrêté par la police. À comparaison avec lui, le survivalisme soralien fait office de bobos parisiens du seizième arrondissement essayant de se la jouer "bio", "nature" et "simplicité volontaire". Avec ses bâches et son petit poste de radio en pleine forêt, l'homme du Maine est bien mieux préparé pour "l'effondrement économique" que Saint-Georges dans sa ferme-bunker avec toute son armurerie et ses réserves de conserves.
La Jérusalem des Terres Froides vous présente ici deux articles portant sur cette affaire. Le premier de TF1 et le second, plus exhaustif et avec quelques photos, du journal anglais The Guardian.
---Un ermite américain arrêté après avoir passé 27 ans dans les bois---
Par Caroline Piquet
Présenté sur TF1 le 11 avril 2013 à 21:07
Insolite : Un Américain âgé de 47 ans, vivant depuis 27 ans dans les bois du Maine, a été arrêté pour vols répétés. Il n'avait parlé à personne depuis le milieu des années 1990.
Après avoir vécu 27 ans dans un campement de fortune perdu au milieu des bois de l'Etat du Maine, un homme âgé de 47 ans a été arrêté par la police américaine. Des bâches en guise de tente, un réchaud et un poste de radio...Christopher Knight a vécu avec peu de choses. Sa survie, il l'a doit à des centaines de vols commis dans les villages alentours, qui lui ont permis de se nourrir pendant des années.
Parti à l'âge de 19 ans, en 1986, il n'aurait pas parlé à un homme depuis les années 1990, rapporte le quotidien britannique The Guardian. L'ermite était pourtant connu de la population locale, qui avait pris pour habitude de lui laisser de la nourriture sur le pas de leur porte, espérant le dissuader de cambrioler les demeures.
Ce n'est que mardi que la Police l'a retrouvé, en train de dérober de la nourriture dans un camp d'accueil pour personnes handicapées, qui, lassé de constater des vols répétés, avait mis en place une alarme anti-vol. Il a donc été arrêté alors qu'il sortait de la cuisine du camp, un sac à dos rempli de victuailles. "Il rentrait ici comme on rentre dans un magasin Wal-Mart", a déclaré Harvé Chesley, le directeur du site qui avait constaté le vol de plusieurs bouteilles de gaz. Christopher Knight s'en servait pour cuisiner, ce qui lui permettait de se faire repérer en allumant des feux de camps.
Pour l'heure, l'homme des bois a été placé en détention pour vols. Les raisons de son isolement volontaire ne sont toujours pas connues et ses proches n'ont toujours pas été identifiés.
---Hermit caught after 27 years in Maine woods---
Présenté sur The Guardian le 11 avril 2013 à 8:30
Christopher Knight, who disappeared aged 19, lived by stealing food and supplies from woodland camps in Maine, say police
The woodland camp where Christopher Knight is believed to have lived for up to 27 years. Photograph: Reuters/Maine police
A man who lived as a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other supplies has been caught by a determined game warden who was fed up with the thefts.
Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested when he tripped a surveillance sensor while allegedly stealing food from a camp for people with special needs in a small town in the far north-eastern state of Maine.
Authorities on Tuesday found the campsite where they believe Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit in local lore, lived for up to 27 years. Knight's living quarters included a tent covered by tarps suspended between trees, a bed, propane cooking stoves and a battery-run radio, which he used to keep up with the news and listen to talk radio and a rock station, authorities said.
Some residents say they have been aware of the hermit for years, often in connection with break-ins. During questioning after his arrest Knight said that the last verbal contact he had with another person was during the 1990s, state trooper Diane Vance said. "He passed somebody on a trail and just exchanged a common greeting of hello and that was the only conversation or human contact he's had since he went into the woods in 1986."
He was so well known to some summer cottage owners that they left food out for him so he wouldn't break in during the colder months. But others were hardly aware of the hermit living within their midst without detection since 1986. "I was born in 1987. He was there before I was," Rome resident Melissa Witham said outside her home.
Paul Anderson, a town councillor, acknowledged local talk about a man living alone in the woods. "I've lived in the town for 32 years and I've never, ever met the guy," Anderson said.
Since vanishing from his Maine home for no apparent reason and setting up camp when he was about 19, Knight sustained himself on food stolen from dozens of cottages, but his favourite target was the Pine Tree Camp, where game warden Sergeant Terry Hughes, who had been trying to nab Knight for years, set up a surveillance alarm, authorities said.
Knight was caught on Tuesday as he left the camp's kitchen freezer with a backpack full of food, they said. "He used us like his local Wal-mart," said Harvey Chesley, the camp's facilities manager.
Ron Churchill, owner of Bear Spring Camps in Rome, said employees maintaining his camp's lakeside cabins had seen the man thought to be the hermit in the past. Churchill said his business has lost propane containers to thefts, the latest of which were discovered on Wednesday.
Despite Maine's harsh winters, during which temperatures sometimes struggle to get above -12.2C (10F) for a week at a time, Knight stayed at his encampment and avoided making campfires so he wouldn't be detected, and he used the propane only for cooking, Hughes said. To stay warm he would bundle himself in multiple sleeping bags, authorities said.
When caught Knight was clean-shaven and still using his aviator-style spectacles from the 1980s. "When we went to the site where he has been living, it only took a few minutes looking around and making observations such as ropes that were embedded in the trees that had grown around them that he used to hold his tarps up, shoes that were under rocks that had been there for years, there was enough indication to me … that he had been there for a lot of years," said Hughes.
The trooper said that the case of the North Pond hermit sometimes seemed a "myth" that might go unsolved and bringing it to a conclusion is "amazing".
"I think it's still sinking in," Vance said. "I don't think I will ever be involved in such an incident or case it this magnitude."
Knight had been charged only with the Pine Tree Camp burglary, in which $238 worth of goods were taken, and was being held at the jail on $5,000 bail for burglary and theft. It was not clear whether he had a lawyer.
Knight had attended a high school in Fairfield, about 20 miles (32km) away. Why he decided to disappear in the woods remained a question on Wednesday. Attempts to reach relatives were unsuccessful.