Jon Krakauer offers new theory on how Chris McCandless died | Alaska Dispatch News

February 12, 2015 2:25 PM

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Jon Krakauer offers new theory on how Chris McCandless died | Alaska Dispatch News

FAIRBANKS -- Author Jon Krakauer posted "How Chris McCandless Died: An Update" Wednesday at the New Yorker online with the fifth theory he has put forward since 1993 to justify his claim that the young man did not die of reckless behavior, but of poisoning.

In 1993, Krakauer wrote in Outside magazine that the 24-year-old who ventured off the Parks Highway with meager supplies and never returned may have eaten wild pea plants and made himself sick. "In all likelihood McCandless mistakenly ate some seeds from the wild sweet pea and became gravely ill," K...

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