Pam and Eric at a gallery opening in 1993
Pam and Eric at a gallery opening in 1993 (Photo: Courtesy Sitka Conservation Society)
Adventures in Audio

Summer Read: They Chose Death over Life Apart

Pam and Eric at a gallery opening in 1993

Eric and Pam Bealer were living in a cabin in rugged coastal Alaska when they made a dramatic decision: they would exit the world together. Pam was suffering from multiple sclerosis and did not want to see her disease through; Eric did not plan to live without his wife. When they set off into the wild for the last time, they left behind instructions for whoever entered the cabin first. For the final episode of our Summer Read series, author Eva Holland explores the mystery and meaning of a frontier couple who charted their own way out.


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