Krakauer in his book suggested that McCandless was the innocent victim of an unknown poison contained in the seeds of the wild potato. That theory was based on the line, "Fault Of Pot. Seed'' in McCandless' journal. Krakauer's theory was later debunked. That led him to posit a second theory based on a fungus growing on the seeds.
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The theory, too, was proven wrong. Krakauer is now pushing a third mystery poison. All appear aimed at reinforcing the author's belief, stated in "Into the Wild," that if the young man died as the result of a previously unknown poison, "it means that McCandless wasn't quite as reckless or incompetent as he has been made out to be.
What McCandless was or wasn't doing in Alaska is hard to say based on the scant record he left behind. And what this reporter discovered is that the Alaska McCandless featured in "Into the Wild," billed as a "true story," is a fictional character. In writing the book, Krakauer took an individual word or two from McCandless' journal and around such entries created little stories. Where McCandless wrote the single word "caribou" at No. The date is a guess based on the numbers in McCandless' so-called journal. There is not even that thin thread to support the observation that McCandless "saw a caribou, but didn't get a shot off.
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If the numbers in McCandless' journal represent days at the bus, he appears to have lived for almost three weeks after writing "Dr. Zhivago" in the journal. It is possible he read no other books in that time. It is equally possible he read every book in the bus after that.
There is no way of knowing. It is as if the late writer Ernest Hemingway found a word journal written by Nick Adams containing the words "railroad," "fish," "forest fire," "camp" and a few others -- and from that wrote "Big Two-Hearted River" as the true story of Adams' biggest fishing adventure. Hemingway didn't do that. He sold Big Two-Hearted River as fiction. Krakauer, on the other hand, appears to have done exactly what he accused author Greg Mortenson of doing in Krakauer in attacked Mortenson's mega-bestselling book "Three Cups of Tea" as "an intricately wrought work of fiction presented as fact.
ADN made no attempt to fact check the sections of "Into the Wild" dealing with McCandless' life Outside before his death in Alaska, but a fact check of the Alaska section of the book -- a book now taught in classrooms across America as "the true story of Chris McCandless" -- makes it clear the Alaska section of the book sprang largely from Krakauer's imagination. From the start, the author had few facts to work with. He cherry-picked some of those, ignored others, and made things up to fill in the gaps between the few words McCandless recorded in what averages out to a four-word-per day journal.
Krakauer was told the books weren't McCandless ', but he ignored the information. McCandless' time in Alaska is at the heart of Krakauer's bestseller.
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And the Alaska story revolves around McCandless' journal. The journal contains approximately words, numbers, nine asterisks and a handful of symbols. Other than this, all Krakauer had to go on was several rolls of film found with the young man's body and a rambling, cliche-filled, word diatribe carved into plywood in which McCandless claimed to be "Alexander Supertramp" off on a "climatic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. McCandless' journal contains no descriptions of what he did at or around the bus.
About a quarter of the words in the journal are simply the names of animals: Some of what "Into the Wild" attributes to the journal doesn't exist. Krakauer claims McCandless "noted in his journal that it rained for a week straight. The journal contains no such note. Krakauer claimed it was this period of rain that caused flooding and prevented McCandless from crossing the Teklanika River and walking to safety. Weather records for nearby Denali National Park and Preserve show no heavy rains for what Krakauer specifies as the period of time in question. It could be Krakauer has the dates wrong.
The journal contains none. It is merely numbered from 1 to The dates used in "Into the Wild" are another Krakauer guess. The only real detail in the journal comes after McCandless writes "Moose! What follows from there until 50 is a workmanlike description of dismembering the animal he shot and killed out of season. Almost a third of the words in the journal come over the course of what appear to be the seven days after the moose dies. After losing most of the moose to bugs and bad weather, McCandless draws only lines in his journal from 51 to At 67, he adds "Depart Bus.
He does not say where he is going or why. The McCandless family book has a picture of the Teklanika.
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It is nowhere near full flood. The book contains more than two dozen other photos, but the entire catalog of photos from McCandless' camera have never seen the light of day. The family book and journal do show McCandless was out of the bus for a significant period of time, getting snowed on and living in a crappy pup tent.
His photos also show he started down a snowmachine-packed trail to explore the Stampede country. In his days out of the bus, he likely followed a similarly packed trail to several cabins, at least one of which had food that might have helped keep him alive for months. Three cabins -- two privately owned and one a property of the National Park Service -- were broken into while McCandless was at the bus.
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It had never happened before. It has not happened since. In "Into the Wild," Krakauer dismissed the break-ins, saying that if McCandless had done it "it's difficult to imagine him destroying the buildings without his boasting of the deed in his diary. The diary contains no boasting of anything.
And Krakauer fails to mention the only trail in the area at the time led to the cabins. A man setting off to explore the country around the bus would almost invariably follow a trail, as McCandless clearly did on his way to the bus, because it makes hiking easier. Krakauer knew McCandless followed a snowmachine trail to the bus that would have looked the same as the snowmachine trail branching south to the cabins just before reaching the bus. Krakauer wrote an introduction for the McCandless' family book. The introduction says, the "pictures yielded a wealth of crucial information. The book's only reference to mushrooms is this:.
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