In rural Maine, the North Pond Hermit committed more than 1,000 burglaries for food, fuel, tools, and clothing since he left a computer-technician job and retreated to the forest - for a life of solitude and larceny. But all that has come to an end.
It’s ironic that someone who wanted to be completely anonymous is now the most famous citizen in Maine.
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"I had thought I had no chance,” Vanuytrecht, who comes from near Brussels, told the Austria Press Agency. “When I read about the Saalfelden hermitage, I thought to myself: that’s the place for me."
When asked about his qualifications,
"Vanuytrecht said he thought his previous experience working with homeless people, alcoholics, drug addicts, prisoners and psychiatric patients would stand him in good stead. His divorce and the poverty he experienced as a result was also good preparation."
Well done, Stan. And we look forward to many years of never hearing from you ever again.