September 14, 2013
How Chris McCandless Died
Whatever your feelings on Jon Krakauer and Into the Wild, his often divisive book on the life and death of Chris McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness, this article is a fascinating read. It’s been over two decades in debate, but Jon and a few others think they’ve finally found proof that his death by starvation was shoved down the slope by botanical misadventure.Oddly, the culprit behind the long-speculated poisoning may have been a species otherwise regarded as safe—a wild potato plant with a dark secret tortuously related to a program carried out in a little-known World War II concentration camp in Ukraine. If nothing else, the strange story brings the discussion back to the table. Click through for more. —MN

How Chris McCandless Died

Whatever your feelings on Jon Krakauer and Into the Wild, his often divisive book on the life and death of Chris McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness, this article is a fascinating read. It’s been over two decades in debate, but Jon and a few others think they’ve finally found proof that his death by starvation was shoved down the slope by botanical misadventure.

Oddly, the culprit behind the long-speculated poisoning may have been a species otherwise regarded as safe—a wild potato plant with a dark secret tortuously related to a program carried out in a little-known World War II concentration camp in Ukraine. If nothing else, the strange story brings the discussion back to the table. Click through for more. —MN

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