The North Pond Hermit is back in the news, more than two months after the story about Christopher Knight first broke. This time, it’s a version of the North Pond Hermit song written by Maine bluegrass musician Stacey Keach and performed by Keach and Dan Simons, filmed by reporters Brent McDonald and Katherine Q. Seelye of the New York Times. The song first came out in a video shot in mid-April, but the New York Times video includes a performance from the pair, plus new interviews with camp owners around North Pond in Kennebec County.
Knight, pictured at left during his arraignment hearing, spent more than two decades cut off from society, living alone in the woods, has been charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft, stemming from his April 4 after allegedly burglarizing the Pine Tree Camp in Rome. He has not yet been indicted on the charges, pending completion of a psychological examination. Knight’s story has captured the imaginations of both Mainers and news outlets from around the world, including the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, CNN and The Guardian in the UK. In addition to Keach’s song, there have been other songs, parody Twitter and Facebook accounts and countless stories and other media coverage.