Discussion of North Pond hermit Sept. 25 includes DA who prosecuted him

Sep 14, 2018

Rockland — Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., welcomes Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center and Kennebec and Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.  for a discussion using the book "The Stranger in the Woods: The True Story of the North Pond Hermit" as a jumping off point.

Now known as the North Pond hermit, Christopher Knight spent 27 years living in the Maine woods as a hermit, surviving by breaking into people’s camps for food and sleeping bags and clothes. For decades, no one could determine who was committing the burglaries until April 2013 when he was apprehended breaking into the kitchen of the Pine Tree Camp for disabled children.

Maloney had begun serving as the district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties three months before Knight was caught and all of his burglaries were contained to her district. The criminal justice system gave the district attorney a choice when it came to prosecuting Knight: prison for life (because of  the number of burglaries) or an alternative. Maloney chose the alternative, which she will describe during the discussion.

Learn about Christopher Knight’s journey through the criminal justice system, the restorative justice program he entered, and similar programs that are available in the local community. For more information, call 594-0310.

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