Did Chris destroy those cabins?

May 5, 2004
Outside Magazine
Jon Krakauer: Into the Wild

February 26, 1996

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Did Chris destroy those cabins?
Q: I was wondering what you thought about the destruction of the Forest Service and private cabins. One ranger thought it was Chris but the authorities never even considered him a suspect. What is your take on this situation?
Michael Juday
[email protected]

A: I remain fairly certain that McCandless had nothing to do with the destruction of any of those cabins. My extensive research convinced me that McCandless never walked very far upstream along the Sushana River from the bus (i.e., toward the cabins). His photos clearly indicate that when he roamed from the bus, he went downstream (north, toward the Sushana's confluence with the Toklat)--the opposite direction from the cabins.

I didn't mention it in the book, but more than one knowledgeable local thinks a bear was in fact responsible for the damage.

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