John krakauer's book was made into a film with the same name in 2007 photo by kevin winter/getty images gordon samel, the moose hunter who unwittingly became a footnote in pop culture history when his 1992 discovery of the body of christopher mccandless was detailed in john krakauer's into the wild , was shot and killed by police in wasilla, alaska, this past sunday, according to the anchorage daily news. The death of chris mccandless should serve as a caveat to other foragers: even when some parts of a plant are known to be edible, other parts of the same species may contain dangerous concentrations of toxic compounds.
Gordon samel, the moose hunter who unwittingly became a footnote in pop culture history when his 1992 discovery of the body of christopher mccandless was detailed in john krakauer's into the wild.
When mccandless’s body was found in the alaskan bush, outside magazine asked me to write about the puzzling circumstances of his demise working on a tight deadline, i researched and wrote an eighty-four-hundred-word piece, published in january, 1993. 'into the wild' once more was into the wild 's chris mccandless unlucky or just terribly unprepared the book's author, jon krakauer, now claims to have finally found the solution, which suggests that faulty science may have been to blame. Some four years after mccandless's death, krakauer finally discovers that a toxic mold can grow on legumes i had an epiphany, he writes it wasn't the seeds of the wild potato that had done mccandless in he was probably killed instead by mold that had been growing on those seeds.
Analysis of the wild sweet peas, given as the cause of mccandless' death in into the wild, found no toxic compounds, and there is not a single account in modern medical literature of anyone being poisoned by this species of plant christophermccandlessinfo website on christopher mccandless.
And, now, 21 years after mccandless's death, krakauer thinks he has finally found the answer.