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REVIEW î Pilgrims Wilderness ß Into the Wild meets  Helter Skelter in this riveting true story of a modern day homesteading family in the deepest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness—and of the chilling secrets of its maniacal spellbinding patriarch When Papa Pilgrim his wife and their fifteen children appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCInto the Wild meets  Helter Skelter in this riveting true story of a modern day homesteading family in the deepest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness and of the chilling secrets of its maniacal spellbinding patriarch When Papa Pilgrim his wife and their fifteen children appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy their new neighbors saw them as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal But behind the f. Long time Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia is the only person who could have written this in depth heart wrenching book His years of involvement with the Pilgrim family as a reporter and intimate knowledge of the wilderness community of McCarthy allow him to tell their incredible story without sensationalizing it Instead Kizzia brings together the many strands of the Pilgrims' story almost unbelievable but for the fact that they are true and recounts their tale with clarity compassion and a journalist's keen eye for verifiable detailPilgrim's Wilderness is the best kind of nonfiction writing It is lyrical captivating and provides an in depth portrait of a family far removed from mainstream life and a small remote community that few people will ever visit This is a must read for anyone interested in Alaska in family life in extremist religion in cults in back to the land movements in the vast project of protecting American wilderness through the National Parks Service in small town life in media spin and in just plain good writing To be concise almost everyone will find something to appreciate about this fascinating book

Pilgrims WildernessInto the Wild meets  Helter Skelter in this riveting true story of a modern day homesteading family in the deepest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness and of the chilling secrets of its maniacal spellbinding patriarch When Papa Pilgrim his wife and their fifteen children appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy their new neighbors saw them as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal But behind the f. Long time Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia is the only person who could have written this in depth heart wrenching book His years of involvement with the Pilgrim family as a reporter and intimate knowledge of the wilderness community of McCarthy allow him to tell their incredible story without sensationalizing it Instead Kizzia brings together the many strands of the Pilgrims' story almost unbelievable but for the fact that they are true and recounts their tale with clarity compassion and a journalist's keen eye for verifiable detailPilgrim's Wilderness is the best kind of nonfiction writing It is lyrical captivating and provides an in depth portrait of a family far removed from mainstream life and a small remote community that few people will ever visit This is a must read for anyone interested in Alaska in family life in extremist religion in cults in back to the land movements in the vast project of protecting American wilderness through the National Parks Service in small town life in media spin and in just plain good writing To be concise almost everyone will find something to appreciate about this fascinating book

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Tom Kizzia å 0 REVIEW Amily's proud piety and beautiful old timey music lay Pilgrim's dark past his strange  connection to the Kennedy assassination and a trail of chaos and anguish that followed him from Dallas and New Mexico Pilgrim soon sparked a tense confrontation with the National Park Service fiercely dividing the community over where a citizen’s rights end and the government’s power begins As the battle grew intense the turmoil. Alaska tends to attract eccentric people It's a frontier and there are communities that are actually the end of the road To go further one must traverse rivers streams mountains and brush all without roads or regular access It happened in 2002 that a man calling himself Papa Pilgrim arrived in McCarthy Alaska with his wife and thirteen children McCarthy a very small community in the summer and a nearly empty community in the winter is indeed the end of the road and the entrance to the Wrangell St Elias National Park the largest national park in the United StatesPapa Pilgrim once known in Texas as Robert Hale had a sketchy background He was married once to a woman named Kathleen who died with a shotgun blast to the back of her head The gun had no fingerprints on it and Robert was let go with the death deemed accidental Kathleen was pregnant at the time of her death Robert married two times and fathered four children before he met 16 year old Kurana Rose who he married when he was 33 By this time he had found religion and was a bible thumping Christian who interpreted the scriptures in his own profoundly arrogant way He traveled to New Mexico but ran into troubles with his neighbors and the law there He ended up in Alaska finding Fairbanks and Anchorage too urban and big and running into trouble in both placesWhen he arrived in McCarthy with his then 13 children he ended up bulldozing a road into the National Park A long and contentious legal battle ensued with the park because he was said not to have gotten the correct licenses to clear the land He settled in a remote area of the park near an abandoned copper mine that he called the Mother Lode His family lived in a one room cabin that was so small that the only way they could sleep at night was to line up in sleeping bags on the floor By the time he reached McCarthy he was known as Papa Pilgrim and his wife was called Country Rose The older children who once had hippie names were renamed biblically While in Hillbilly Heaven three children were bornOn the outside things looked idyllic with the Pilgrim clan but some people were suspicious McCarthy was divided about whether they liked or disliked this family and whether they sided with the National Park Service or with the Pilgrims However it didn't take long to realize that all was not as it seemed with the Pilgrim family Though they played music beautifully all self taught the children could not read they were being physically and sexually abused and domestic violence was predominant in the household all perpetrated by Papa PilgrimThis book is derived from a series of articles published by Tom Kizzia in an Anchorage newspaper He has done further investigation to make these articles into a book and it is a page turner of the best sort It is fascinating and frightening but it is hard to stop reading it Most importantly it is all true If you like books like Helter Skelter or other true crime novels; if you like reading outdoor adventure stories; then this book is for you There is not a boring page to be foundI must add one caveat I lived in Fairbanks for 44 years and have visited McCarthy where my husband has served as artist in residence for the last two years He will be there this summer as well He travels deep into the Wrangell St Elias mountains to paint and spends a lot of time in the town as well I know some of the characters in the book and it made it all that real for me Kizzia captures the town of McCarthy and its people very well