For many years, a shady figure lurked in the dark surroundings of a rural town who was stealing from homes and fleeing from people. Nobody couldn’t ever saw the person and even less knew who was behind of that. The only thing that people knew is that they were afraid and the police were unable to stop him. This is the incredible story of one most mystery man that ever existed.
Someone is Watching
For 30 years, residents of North Pond town, Maine had heard strange sounds in the night. People would awake by the disturbing rustlings but always when they turned the lights, nothing was there. Someone managed to just see a lurking figure.
They could feel like something is constantly creeping in the darkness and knew that things will go missing each time that sounds occurred.
An Unusual Thief
This thief was incredibly odd. He or she focused on steal regular items like magazines, books, junk food, jeans, boots, winter jackets, small radios, and batteries. This elusive criminal never stole an expensive item that he/she could sell it for a good amount of money. Therefore, locals labeled him/her with curious nicknames such as the “the Hungry Man,” “the Mountain Man,” “North Pond Hermit,” “Maine’s Loch Ness Monster,” or even the “the Stealthy Yeti.”
The Hunt Starts
But things will change in the Spring of 2013 when the elusive criminal decided to target the Pine Tree Summer Camp. It seemed a perfect place to steal things. A big place where he/she could sneak into to find food and supplies without anyone noticing something missing.
However, the thief did notice a small detail: the police begun a hunt for him. Besides, the Summer Camp’s manager is the Sergeant Terry Hughes who developed an excellent plan to catch the culprit.
On April 4, 2013, Sergeant Terry Hughes received an alarm triggered meaning that someone was in the kitchen of the camp. Hughes immediately went to the scene expecting to find a violent criminal carrying a weapon, or maybe a ragged homeless person searching desperately for food.
When Hughes looked into the kitchen through the window, he saw something totally unexpected. A clean and well-dressed middle-aged man with a smooth face. And the sergeant asked himself who is this apparently regular man?
Caught In The Act
As the unknown man went to the dining hall, carrying a backpack full with food, Sergeant Hughes threw a flashlight to blind him, and while he was holding a gun in his other hand, he yelled to the man: “get on the ground.” Unexpectedly, the intruder followed the Sergeant’s orders without any kind of resistance.
While the man kneeled down, Officer Diane Perkins-Vance and other two cops handcuffed the suspect to a chair. He never put up a fight or resistance. The officials noticed that the man was pale skin with dated glasses and without an ID. At first, he refused to answer officials’ questions but later he revealed his unbelievable story.
Living Alone In The Woods For Decades
It took two hours until the culprit finally answered Officer Perkins-Vance’s questions. He said he wouldn’t the questions because he was “ashamed”. Then he revealed his name: Christopher Thomas Knight. Jobs? None. Address? The woods.
But the big surprise came when the officer asked him how long time he had been living in the woods and he admitted he lost the sense of time but remembered that the Chernobyl disaster occurred before he decided to go into the woods. So that meant he began his life of solitude and theft in the woods in 1986 (27 years)
The Early Life of The Hermit
Christopher Thomas Knight was born on December 7, 1965. He was always a loner person since he was born. His family was not different, though. “I had good parents” he remembered. “But we were not emotional persons. We were not touchy-feely. We always tend to stoicism.” So, he always had difficult to relate to others beyond a basic level.
When he was younger, Christopher was a shut-in person who stayed busy with the things that really mattered to him. However, nobody could expect he might cut off completely from the world.
A Man With A Promising Future
Curiously, Christopher was a talented student during his school years. His grades were excellent and even graduated fast but without having friends. After high school, he went to Sylvania Technical School in Massachusetts where he studied electronics.
Moving to that city meant a change of pace from his accustomed life in Maine. But still, he did not make any friends. After finishing the 9-month course, Christopher was able found a job installing alarms for cars and homes.
He bought a car through a loan which his brother agreed to help him with it. However, his brother never could never know about Christopher’s plans to vanish from civilization.
A Loner With A Good Family
Christopher Knight always tried to make himself appear modest and unnoticed as possible. He was the middle child of brothers and one younger sister. During his childhood, he went on several hunting trips with his father and they get accustomed to sleeping in the back of family’s pickup without using a tent.
His family was not violent or unhappy. They were just very reserved to express their emotions and share their private issues with the world. Although his parents were not particularly rich, they admired art and knowledge and also believed in the wonders of science.
A Simple Life
Even his family couldn’t ever imagine that Christopher would leave to separate himself from the rest of the world. Without a major incident that may be the reason for such sudden move, maybe he felt that too many good things happened to him so he might felt that was too much for him.
When he decided to leave it all, he didn’t even say goodbye to his family or anybody else that he knew. Until one day, he just vanished. He recalled, “I had no plans when I decided to leave, I was not thinking about nothing. I just did it.”
The Necessity To Flee
Like anyone, Christopher imagined a simple life surrounded by silence and solitude. However, he had a very little training of how to survive in the wilderness so it would be easier to somehow get hurt, suffer from starving or just die alone in the woods.
During the first 2 weeks, he walked through the Maine forests only guided by his instincts. But Christopher discovered that could not appease one natural desire which eventually obliged him to adopt a life of crime.
Christopher’s main desire was to just get lost and be completely alone. He hadn’t any desire to have any kind contact with people. He said, “Very soon, I lost track of where I was. But I didn’t care; honestly, I was happy with the choice I’d made.”
However, he didn’t take any kind of hunting equipment or weapons with him when he started this one-way excursion. During his first weeks, he was searching for food that existed in the surrounds, like berries. But that method will not help him to survive for long…
The Need For Food
Christopher realized very soon that the provisions he brought were not enough. This realization came when he was suffering from starving. Despite Maine woods’ vastness, there are not many options for eating. Some comestible pants only last for a weekend. Perhaps it would be a different story if Christopher had planned to hunt or fish.
Moved by his unceasing starvation, Christopher began stealing small vegetables from gardens, like a tomato or an ear of corn. He never felt the need to ask help in order to keep his solitude undisturbed.
Looking For Shelter
Yes, he brought a tent, but how well it could resist when it rained and the ground became very muddy and malleable. One night, he made the risky decision of sleeping in an empty cabin.
The Woods, His New Home
Christopher rapidly embraced the woods as his new home. He had to adapt to live among rocks, the damp earth, and also take advantage of what nature could provide him. However, there were some other necessary goods nature just could not provide.
He used old magazines to coat his floor and absorb the water, so he’d never go thirsty. But to obtain the magazines it required a lot cunning and stealth.
Perfecting His Stealth Skills
Christopher never acted in a rash way. Before making any move, he first observed the inhabitants so he can know when they came and went and for how long they were absent. Then, when he was sure no one could catch him, he entered the cabin.
He considered these raids very easy because people tend to always leave doors unlocked or windows open due to a peaceful place like Maine who could imagine that there is a danger beyond its tranquility.
Without A Trace
Christopher focused to raid cabins during the week because it’s the moment when most vacationers were away. Many of the cabins were vacation homes, so if something was missing, how could they remember after being a whole week away?
And he always was aware of leave the fewer traces of his presence as possible. So if he could find any spare keys, he kept them hidden someplace safe so he could access the cabin later without any trouble.
His Questionable Legacy
It’s estimated that Christopher made a total of 1,000 burglaries during 27 years. Some labeled him as the culprit of one of the “biggest burglary cases in the history of Maine.” However, his victims could not deny the care that the hermit did his raids. Unlike common burglars, he never smashed a window or broke a lock. He always took care of leaving everything more or less in its original state.
The Consequences Of His Actions
Six months after his arrest, Christopher Knight took the stand at Kennebec County Superior on October 28, 2013. He was found guilty to 13 charges of burglary and robbery, so he was sentenced to 7 months in jail. But to avoid a 7-year sentence, he had to meet with a judge on every Monday.
Additionally, he had to pay his victims a total of $1,500 in restitution and he has to attend a program for people with mental health problems and fulfill 3 years of probation.
His Return To Civilization
After being released, Christopher agreed to meet with the judge on every Monday as he promised in the court hearing and swore to abstain from alcohol. Contrary to everybody’s expectations, he showed an incredible discipline following these statements.
And what was the reward of this? He got his life back and reconnected with his family again when he was in jail. The relationship with his family started to heal and even his brother offered him a job which he took later.
Christopher has stated that definitely, he is not proud of what he had done. In fact, he is very sorry to those he had harmed. But he has had some reflections to say about his life as a hermit.
For him, even silence itself deafens. “Solitude bestows an increase in something valuable. I can’t just discard that idea. Solitude improved my perception but when I decided to increase my perception of myself, I lost my identity. There was no one to perform for. There was no need to define myself, so I became irrelevant.”
Then he remarked, “I was never lonely. If you enjoy solitude, you’re never alone.” And he ended, “all my desires were dropped away. I didn’t long for anything. I didn’t even have a name. I was completely free.”
That’s how he was able to survive for 27 years without going crazy or being a victim of depression or desperation.
Nurses Unite to Bail Out Father In Trouble
A near tragedy in an Illinois town was almost compounded by a police overreaction, but the quick thinking of a group of nurses saved the day and made everything turn out alright.
The story began in Centreville, a small town in the St. Louis metropolitan area. On the evening of April 7, 2019, a one-year-old girl named Demani began to choke on a penny. She had put a penny inside her mouth, as children are wont to do, but accidentally swallowed it. The penny became lodged in her throat. Her father, Darius Hinkle, and her mother, Donecia Pittman, who were with her at the time of the incident, were terrified for their daughter’s safety. They put her in the car, and began to drive to the hospital. Naturally the mother comforted the choking child while the father drove. Time was of the essence, so they drove very quickly.
Unfortunately, a police officer saw them driving towards the hospital. Unaware of their destination or the situation, the police officer went into pursuit of the speeding vehicle. Obviously the father did not stop to waste time explaining the situation, but instead proceeded with all possible haste towards the medical center. Before they had gone many miles the speeding car was being followed buy a long line of police cars with sirens flashing. The father disregarded them and continued to the hospital, sometimes at speeds exceeding a hundred miles an hour. The police kept pursuit.
Very little time passed until they reached their destination, Touchette Regional Hospital. The distressed parents tried to make contact with medical personnel and to inform them of their child’s dire predicament, but witnesses to the incident say that the police were almost entirely unconcerned with the well-being of the baby. Instead, the police forced the distressed parents to the ground, treating them with harshness and severity as they disregarded the choking infant. The father was arrested and taken away. The mother went in to see to her child.
The obstruction was removed from the child’s trachea without the necessity of surgical intervention. Once Demani was out of danger, Ms. Pittman went to bond out her partner. When she arrived she encountered the biggest surprise in an evening filled with surprises. When Ms. Pittman stepped forward to speak to the desk clerk about paying the bail for Mr. Rucker, she was informed that the person immediately before her had already paid for it. That person was a nurse from the Touchette Regional. The nurses had seen the entire incident, including the man’s overwhelming concern for his daughter and the police officers’ complete indifference to the circumstances. They were moved to action by what they had witnessed. The nurses took up a collection among themselves and volunteered to pay the man’s bond.
Although Mr. Rucker still faces criminal charges for this incident, and he will still have to appear in court and plead his case, the touching faith that the nurses showed in him has gathered national attention. The story has become an example of how human beings can support each other in the face of injustice. Contributions have been made to the man’s legal defense and to reimburse the nurses for their time and trouble. One can only hope that the police have read this story as well and found in it an example for better behavior.
Blind Dog Gets Seeing Eye Dog
Charlie is 11 years old and his age officially makes him a senior pup. A few years ago, Charlie had to have both of his eyes removed because of glaucoma. He managed life and was able to cope with the blindness from day to day, but he did become less excitable and began to slow down. That is all changing now because of a new friend.
Charlie’s owners, Chelsea Stipe and her husband, could tell that the dog could benefit form a friend, even if he was still showing signs that he was a happy dog. They were right. They brought home a puppy named Maverick and things began to change. The two dogs soon became inseparable and Maverick’s puppy energy and enthusiasm seemed to inspire Charlie. Stipe told the media that Charlie had become more puppy like and playful since Maverick was brought home. Stipe used to buy Charlie toys and he would never play with them, but now the two dogs are constantly playing with each other and a handful of toys.
Maverick is only a few months old but has already picked up on the fact that Charlie can’t see and is experiencing the world much differently. Maverick has adapted to help Charlie with his blindness. Stipe said that Maverick seems to know Charlie is different than him and so he’s aware when Charlie begins to move and is always on the lookout for him. He even puts toys in front of him so Charlie can play, and when they are walking together Maverick will help keep Charlie in line. When Charlie is resting, Maverick will too, just to reassure him that he’s always there and he’s not alone.
While Charlie and Maverick are different, nothing has hindered their friendship. In fact, Stipe thinks it has made the two dogs closer. While nothing can make Charlie’s eyesight better or turn back the clock on his life, Maverick gives hope that there is happiness for them both now that they are together. Stipe is confident that if Charlie had eyes, then she would be able to see a twinkle in them. Stipe and her husband used to think they could lose Charlie at any time because he’s an older dog. While they know Charlie won’t live forever, they know he has a new zest for life and he doesn’t have to spend his remaining years gloomy and it’s almost like he is a puppy again. Those who want to keep up with Maverick and Charlie can do so on Instagram.
Glaucoma is more common in certain dog breeds since they are genetically predisposed. About 40% of dogs with glaucoma can become blind in the eye that is affected within the first year, regardless of if they get any surgical or medical treatment, which was the case for Charlie. The condition can be managed if caught early enough and the pressure in the eye will have to be checked by a veterinarian often. Half of dogs that develop glaucoma in one eye will also develop conditions in their other eye within eight months. Veterinarians say that most dogs will adjust over time to the loss of an eye or both eyes, especially since with glaucoma they could have been losing their vision over a longer time period. A veterinarian can suggest ways in helping a dog transition to vision loss and how you can make your home and outdoor life easier for the dog without sight. Many times you will have to pay more attention to your dog when he or she loses sight, since it can be more vulnerable to other animals. While it may not be a guaranteed suggestion, getting another dog may just be the ticket.
A Woman Who Finally Became Confident With Her Birthmark Inspires Others
Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Unfortunately, not everyone has been seen or regarded as being beautiful by many folks. Having blemish on the skin (birthmark) is one of the most common reasons why many people have been laughed at, scorned at, and even bullied. Truth be told, anyone can develop a mole or discoloration on the skin which can happen before birth or soon after being born. While some could disappear early in life, most birthmarks typically remain visible for life.
In a bid to avoid public criticisms, some people would prefer to conceal the blemish on their skin by wearing makeup (especially if it’s on the face) or by wearing long or bogus dresses (when it is on other parts of the body). No doubt, it is generally difficult to embrace something that you don’t find beauty in. But this is not how it ought to be. Just so you know, there are many people with birthmarks that freely live their life as they choose to without caring about what others may say.
While many people see their birthmarks as the reason for their low esteem, there are those who simply see their own discoloration as a beautiful splash of color. Evidently, these are people that see no reason to hide their natural skin color. Yulianna Youssef is one of such wonderful people. She’s an ambitious young woman who hails from Warsaw Poland.
Currently working as an Instagram blogger, 25-year-old Yulianna has not only chosen to become confident with her large birthmarks but has also begun taking actionable steps to inspire others to openly embrace their situations. During a recent interview with Mirror Online, she publicly talked about how she managed to live her life as a young girl who has a largely conspicuous birthmark on her body.
According to the Instagram influencer, growing up as a kid with a huge blemish on the skin was never a pleasant experience. As a matter of fact, she had to face lots of criticisms from both children and adults. Covering much of her skin, the blemish was caused by congenital melanocytic nevus (CMN) – a rare condition that can affect babies at birth.
According to her, the marks made her undergo severe bullying from other children while growing up. But she just had to see it as part of life and endure them. Aside from the discouraging comments she received, she rarely had an opportunity to play with other kids who were restricted by their parents to do so because they misjudged her to be contagious.
But all these did not demoralize the young girl from becoming who and what she wants to be. Even with her large birthmarks, Yulianna believed in herself, doing everything possible to feel sexy, confident, beautiful, healthy, and happy in her own skin. Initially, she got into hiding from the public to avoid been laughed or scorned at.
Most times, she wouldn’t dare to come outside the house during the day until with was dark just to avoid the stares and teasing of people. But she soon grew sick and tired of the act and decided to find a way out for herself. Things turned around when she decided to accept her own self for who she is.
Getting to this level in life wasn’t an easy feat at all. She basically had to face life as it came to survive against all odds. In her own words, “It’s been a long way.”No doubt, she grew up strong embracing her skin as it is and proving her childhood bullies wrong. Now, Yulianna is educating others about her condition from the Instagram page she has started.
Mom Forgets Her Baby at Airport
In a plot that could make a Home Alone movie, a plane had to turn around after a mom informed a flight attendant that she forgot her child at the King Abdulaziz International Airport. The mom was on a Saudia Airlines flight when she realized she left her baby in the boarding area at the airport. She got on the plane, sat through the takeoff process, and then realized that she didn’t have her baby. The pilot was able to make arrangements to turn the plane around. In the viral video, the pilot is asking air traffic control if they can come back because a passenger forgot the child.
Every mom has had some forgetful moments, including before they even become a mom and are going through pregnancy. They don’t call it pregnancy brain for nothing. While it’s possible a mom can forget to pick up a child from school or maybe turned her back in a grocery store, causing a toddler to run around for a few minutes, nothing is as bad as leaving your child at the airport.
Traveling with kids can be hard and it’s an exhausting experience, but forgetting a child in an airport seems like a new level of forgetfulness.
The flight was from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When the plane had already taken off, the mother frantically informed the crew that she had forgotten the baby in the boarding area. A YouTube video captured the conversation between the pilot and the air controller operator and the video has gone viral, with over 1.8 million views. The pilot requests that the flight come back because a passenger forget the baby. He adds in the quote “the poor thing.” The air traffic staff needs the pilot to confirm the story, probably because they think it is so outrageous. The pilot confirms the story and says that the passenger refuses to continue the flight. Finally, air traffic controllers agree that the plane can head back to the gate and admit they haven’t heard this before.
The details of why and how the mother forgot the baby haven’t been released. Many people are trying to fill in the blanks and are asking if the mom was perhaps just too sleep deprived to notice. Maybe she thought her husband or someone else in the party was carrying on the child. Maybe she had older kids who were also flying and she got too distracted trying to take care of them all. Luckily, baby and mom were reunited at the airport after the plane turned back and everyone made it home safely.
Reactions on social media were mixed. Some can’t fathom how a mom forgets a baby at the airport, but there are plenty of stories were children were left at malls or the grocery store. Many people are shocked that it was an airport, out of all places. One Twitter user pointed out that planes will rarely take off immediately once you are boarded, so you have to sit there waiting and waiting and it seems pretty hard to imagine that during that time period, she didn’t notice her baby was missing. Some are also pointing out how nobody in the airport noticed an unattended baby. Some people are calling out the mother as careless and neglectful, while others are more sympathetic and understanding that mom life is difficult and things can happen. Everyone is glad that the baby is okay and one day this child will have a story that can top every other story when it comes to moms forgetting their children.
Stuck In Ice: Mom Gives Birth In Car
It is generally said that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This is just what a Wisconsin mom has proven along with her family. This whole thing happened when mom Pilar Gauthier gave birth to her son while on the way to the hospital. Before even getting into the car to head to the local hospital, her husband, Matt Grall had called 911 for an ambulance to come to their aid. But little did he know that his wife’s current condition and the seemingly harsh environment would hamper their journey to the hospital.
Already, ice had covered the road thereby making it too slippery for the ambulance to get through. With labor fast progressing and coupled with the delay, Matt had no better option left than to get into the car with his wife and head for the hospital. Obviously, it was difficult to drive on the icy roads but they just had to get going to beat time. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned.
Noticing how Pillar’s contractions ramped up, it was clear that there wasn’t ample time to make it to the hospital. To this end, Matt had no other choice but to pull over to attend to the situation. He had to find a place to park the car and attend to his wife. Other than film the whole situation, there was no much work for him to do at this point as he had already played his role by bringing the family to where they are now.
Right on the side of the road, it became evidently clear that Gauthier will see herself through labor to give birth to her child without medical assistance. Whether they like it or not, the baby was right on the way and they had no other choice but to make preparation for their child’s arrival. They were certainly in for an unconventional delivery.
Not long after they had pulled over, baby Mayan came along. There was no much time to struggle as things moved very quickly. According to Matt, the whole delivery thing lasted for about 5 minutes. One interesting thing that happened at the time was having everyone work in tandem to make things work. The family’s younger children all had some fantastic roles to play during the delivery process. In fact, one of them had to use a shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord after the baby’s arrival.
The Deputy Sheriff Sandra Finger came to the scene a few minutes after Baby Mayan was born in the car. Basically, she had to stay around to ensure that both mom and baby were safe as they waited patiently for the arrival of the ambulance. According to her, she even had to provide a blanket to keep them warm from the freezing cold. Dad had to continue what he was doing to help his wife.
Due to the icy condition of the roads, it was entirely difficult to get to the hospital. In fact, a plow driver had to come to their aid to plow the route to enable the ambulance to get to the hospital. Even at that, the roads were too slippery for the plow to get on with work. Thankfully, they were still able to make it to the hospital.
Obviously, the coming of the newest addition to the family and the circumstances surrounding his birth was very challenging. Kudos should be given to the family for the courage they took to weather the storm and ensure a safe delivery process. Despite the challenge before them, it is just interesting to see how everyone remained calm and collected throughout the entire time.
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