Research Sheds New Light on 'Into the Wild' Story

11:32 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Research Sheds New Light on 'Into the Wild' Story

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There’s been disagreement over precisely what caused Chris McCandless’s death, but new evidence assembled by curious writer and then chronicled by Into the Wild author Jon Krakauer points a likely final verdict: poisoning from a toxin unknown to be in the wild potato seeds he consumed, which led to McCandless’s weakening, paralysis, and starvation.
As with Aron Ralston, the story of Chris McCandless has sharply divided observers, between those who see him as a hero for eschewing a materialistic, traditional western life and those who think he was an idiot who got in over his head and then paid the ultimate price in the Alaskan bush.