10 people who spent years in complete isolation

10 people who spent years in complete isolation

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Were they prisoners or did they choose isolation themselves, but there are a lot of stories about people who spent an enormous amount of time in isolation. Unwittingly, prisoners, mystical hermits and recluses, eccentrics, their stories are sometimes very tragic, but always in demand.

10. John Bigg

In 1649, at the end of the English Civil War, the Puritans of Oliver Cromwell took control of the British Parliament and placed the ruling monarch, Charles I, under investigation for treason. Simon Mine, an English judge and member of parliament at the time, became one of the judges in the case of Charles. The clerk of Myna, Mr. John Bigg, was rumored to be one of the executioners during the subsequent execution of the king.

The biased investigation and the trial of Charles caused widespread disapproval of the public. In fact, the Puritans decided to clean up the old parliament, in one way or another by killing "inconvenient" people. Thomas Hoyle, one of those involved in this case, committed suicide on the first anniversary of the death of Charles.Another Charles judge, Rowland Wilson, was said to have died of melancholy and guilt within a year of the verdict.

When the monarchy was restored in 1660, Simon Mine was prosecuted, found guilty of regicide, and died in the Tower of London. Perhaps out of fear or guilt, his clerk Bigg settled in an underground cave in the house of Main and lived there alone until the end of his life.

As his friends suggest, he chose retreat as his own punishment for involvement in the crime committed.

9. Dorothy Paget.

An eccentric racehorse owner, Dorothy Paget was an experienced rider in her youth, but over the years has become obese, even very obese. She weighed 127 kilograms and smoked 100 cigarettes a day, and eventually began to look twice her age. Her appearance and stale breath caused disgust in most men. It is clear that she remained lonely throughout her life.

When she congratulated her racehorse on winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, people joked unkindly that it was the only man she had ever kissed.

Although she could rule and force people into submission, Paget suffered from irresistible shyness. She isolated herself from other people with the help of female secretaries and a colorful blue tweed coat that looked like a tent. She sometimes locked herself in the toilets, until the people went home, and traveling by train, she occupied the entire carriage to ensure her solitude. She communicated primarily with her staff of servants, leaving them notes, but most of all preferred to contact them through the color-marking system instead of calling them by name. In addition to horses, only one other creature received a Paget affection - Olga de Munn. Olga was a Russian immigrant, she ran a Parisian institution in which a spoiled and naughty Paget was forced to complete her education, being expelled from six other schools.

By the age of 54, Paget lived as a hermit in her house in Chalfonte Saint Giles. She isolated herself and made bets by phone. She was so reclusive that bookmakers would allow her to place bets after the races were over, so strong was their confidence that she did not know the results. She slept during the day and worked at night, naming her teachers and subordinates.She was found dead one early in the morning. Newspapers were filled with articles telling about her life, which prompted Olga de Munn to sue some publications for libel.

8. Kevin Tast.

Kevin Tast is a lonely hunter, though not quite normal. He spent decades freezing his fingers in the Fiordland wilderness on the west coast of New Zealand, trying to photograph a Canadian moose.

In 1900, the first attempt was made to introduce a moose to New Zealand. There were only four of them, since 10 died during a difficult journey across the ocean from Canada itself. By the time they arrived, the four moose survivors had become as tame as a pony. During the long trip, they also became very fond of buns. Only three ventured off when they were released. One stayed close to the beach for many years, probably in hopes of finding a bun.

The next group of moose was released in 1910. There were 10 of them - four males and six females. They seem to have had a more successful settlement on the island, despite the fact that one broke her leg on the day of release, and the other was shot during the week. Free from destructive affection for buns, these moose soon adapted to the new environment. Their descendants were rarely noticed until 1953.

Over time, almost everyone believed that the elk in the Fiordland became extinct due to the struggle for food with a growing number of imported common deer. However, Taste, a biologist, was convinced that a small herd of moose had survived. He lived alone in the wilds of Fiordland to find evidence of the existence of moose. Long periods of solitude in the wilderness ceased briefly in 2005, when DNA analysis of the hairs of animals found in Fiordland confirmed that they may belong to a descendant of Canadian moose. Tasta’s search continues, neither the biologist nor his remains have been found on the island.

7. Blanche Monnir.

She spent 25 years locked in a completely dark room. Starved, naked, lying on a mattress covered with lice and her own excrement. Her only neighbors were the rats with whom she shared bread crusts. She slowly lost her mind. What is her crime? Love for someone below the social status of her family, or excessive rested, depending on how you look at it. In any case, it is fair to say that Blanche Monnir was a victim of terrible injustice, and proof that love, despite popular aphorism, does not always win.

French police found her in the wealthy city of Poitiers after an anonymous call, Mademoiselle Monnir was released and urgently sent to the hospital in 1901. At first it was thought that she would not survive, and although she later recovered physically, her sanity never fully recovered. Meanwhile, the world was shocked to learn that a woman who later became known as the “Isolated Poitiers” was locked in a room by members of her own family after refusing to renounce her love of a local lawyer.

Blanche Monnir was an attractive, clear-eyed brunette. But unfortunately her upper class family, a simple lawyer won her heart. Monnir's reputation would have been destroyed if the union had been approved, and in order to prevent marriage, it was decided to isolate the young woman. It was her brother, a local government official, who lured her into a trap, but the horror was that the plan was supported by her mother, who was convinced that the girl would soon relent. What Blanche never did.

The lawyer died 16 years before Blanche was rescued. When the hideous crime was discovered, Blanche’s mother was locked up in a prison, and soon died there of heart failure after realizing the true horror of her crime.

In an interesting postscript, the so-called life of the “Isolated Poitiers” was believed by some to be persecuted by the French philosopher Michel Foucault, who grew up in the same city and regularly visited the house of Monnieres. The BBC documentary suggests that the philosopher’s obsession with insanity and conclusion may have been inspired by a terrifying story that he, of course, heard as a child, and which he never seemed to forget.

6. 5th Duke of Portland.

In the Victorian era, it was claimed that the Duke, locked in his privately owned room Velbeck Abbey, was in real life Jekyll and Hyde. An extensive network of underground rooms and walkways may have been built to help him lead double lives.

The story seems to come straight from a Victorian novel. In fact, some have suggested that this was the inspiration for the final, unfinished work of Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. A widow named Anna Maria Druck insisted for many decades that her father-in-law, the owner of a baker's store in Baker Street, Thomas Charles Druck, was none other than the Duke of Portland.Although Thomas Drew died in 1864, 15 years before Herzog, Anna claimed that the funeral was a hoax. She requested that the coffin be dug out and opened, assured that it was either empty or filled with lead weights. Thomas Druck organized his own death in order to completely renew his life as Duke.

Anna never renounced her seemingly outrageous story and went so far as to challenge the inheritance of the Portland states. She finally faded into shadow in 1903 due to "intense litigation". Other members of the Dryuk family sought to resolve this issue after it, although the testimony given by some of them was false, and several main witnesses were given harsh sentences for perjury. When the tomb of Thomas Dryuk was finally opened in 1907 and contained the body, the case was closed. However, the requirements of Anna Marie Druck may have had some true ground under them.

Review reported evidence openly. On extremely rare occasions, when the Duke appeared in public, he was wrapped in three coats and a ridiculous huge top hat, and hid under a large umbrella. He mainly made orders, leaving notes.During travels, his stagecoach windows were always hung with curtains. He kept flats in London, which were said to be connected to Baker Street by secret tunnels discovered by workers a few years later.

Because of his isolation, no one really knew whether the Duke was in his room in Velbeck Abbey or not. The food was delivered under the order, but no one ever saw him take or eat it. Even during his illness, the Duke shouted his symptoms through a crack in the door, and his doctor shouted out a diagnosis. Likewise, Thomas Drew was said to have kept his Baker Street office hung with red velvet curtains. When the curtains were closed, the staff was told not to disturb Dryuk. When the Duke’s whereabouts were known, the Drake disappeared and vice versa. After the funeral of Thomas Dryuke, the Duke was known to have been permanently residing in Velbeck Abbey.

5. John Slater.

John Slater, a former Royal Marine, is a famous English eccentric with a penchant for solitary walks. After leaving the military because: “The time has come when I lost interest in learning how to kill a person using only my thumbs”, Slater began to engage in self-knowledge, spending months living among the homeless on the streets of London.After that, he worked in dozens of places and broke all ties. One day, he volunteered to be a human exhibit at the London Zoo for six months to raise money for giant pandas. His proposal was rejected.

He later set a world record for walking barefoot across the UK from Land's End to John-o'Groths. He finished the walk in bright striped pajamas. To raise money for charity, he also walked along the entire coastline of Scotland in just four months. Later, he built a working car from "parts of old cars, washing machines, ironing boards and Coca-Cola bottles" that people threw away.

Regardless of what Slater’s strange behavior was associated with, he finally decided that he would grow a beard and live on the ocean coast in a mountain hole on the west coast of Scotland, where he regularly stayed for up to four months in one visit for at least 10 years. Twice a day, he was forced to collect his things and run to the far end of the cave due to the tide. At night, the cave filled with rats, which crawled along it while he slept.Not surprisingly, his wife refused to join him, and they later divorced. It may sound crazy, but Slater seemed to adapt.

"There is a silence that helps me think," he once told The Herald. "I am fond of harmony ... Calmness. You understand the breathing of the planet, that the same energy that moves these stones moves your heart." Slater told his wisdom, born in a cave, with the help of a large hand puppet, which he called Dirty Frog.

4. Mary Molesworth.

After the debut at the Dublin Theater, the talent and beauty of Mary Molesworth were praised throughout Ireland. Unfortunately, this attracted the attention of Colonel Rochfort, a man known for his terrible temper. Mary did not want to marry him, but her father insisted. Rochfort became the 1st Earl of Belvedere, and he could offer Mary land and status. So, against her will, Mary Molesworth became Lady Beleweder in 1736, having given birth to a count of several children. But over time, she began to spend a lot of time with her brother, Arthur, and his wife, Sarah.

At some point, the Earl received a packet of letters denouncing Mary for adultery.The worst thing was that she slept with his brother during his frequent absences. The count, threatening Arthur with death, forced him to flee the country. And Mary was isolated from society. She was kept under guard and ran away only once, returning to find protection from her father. But he refused to speak with her, returning her to the Count's people as soon as they arrived.

Mary spent sixteen years locked up. People apparently forgot about her until Arthur returned from abroad. An investigation followed, and Arthur was found guilty and obliged to pay damages of £ 20,000 for the destruction of Graf’s marriage. When he could not pay, they put him in jail.

Mary remained imprisoned for another 16 years, finally freed by her son after the death of the Count in 1774. After her release, someone wrote: “Who could have imagined that we admired the beauty of this woman? She is ugly, weak and exhausted! Her hair is white as snow, she has a wild, frightened look in her eyes. She speaks in a trembling voice that barely You can hear it, and the dresses she wears are out of fashion more than 30 years ago! "

Even on her deathbed, Mary continued to insist on her innocence, as did Arthur Rochfort, who died in a prison cell. Their tragic story has become one of the biggest scandals of the 18th century in Ireland.

3. Christopher Knight.

Christopher Knight was described by high school classmates as quiet, intelligent, and inhibited. After graduating in 1984, Knight showed an interest in computers before leaving for the forests of Maine and never going back. Over the next 27 years, he reportedly had only one meeting with a man - a traveler in the forest. Knight greeted and went on.

Locals assumed that someone was hiding somewhere nearby, because their houses were often robbed. Over the decades, Knight has done hundreds of hacks. He stole sleeping bags, clothes, propane cans, radio batteries and an incredible amount of food and alcohol. He was caught thanks to a motion sensor during a raid on a children's camp. When he was arrested, Knight claimed that his glasses were the only thing he owned and which were originally his - he stole everything else. Police filled two pickups, clearing his camp.

Knight spent his time in the woods, playing in Nintendo, thinking on an overturned bucket, watching TV, reading books and magazines that he stole, while he drank and listened to the radio. After his arrest, he suddenly found himself at the center of a global media storm.He became almost a legend, people wrote songs and poems about him, offering to pay a deposit for him, and even get married.

Knight refused all interviews and offers of help. His lawyer has placed public donations to the fund to compensate the victims of multiple hermit robberies. Knight served several months in prison before he confessed to alcoholism and was admitted to a three-year program designed to help him reintegrate into society. However, he was not found to be mentally ill - he just wanted to be alone.

2. William Beckford.

Beckford was the only legitimate son of an extremely rich sugar seller. After he inherited everything in 1770, Lord Byron, as they say, referred to him as "the richest son of England." Byron and several other influential writers also recognized Beckford as a genius. So why did someone with such talent and money end up as a social outcast while living alone in a tower? And how did he manage to spend his fortune?

Beckford was a typical romantic who uses his apparently limitless money to indulge his own fantasies.He never stopped collecting rare books, furniture and works of art. At first, it barely affected the steady annual income from its plantations in the West Indies. But since the slave trade was canceled, everything began to change and income began to decline. On top of that, Beckford has invested a lot of money in the notorious architectural project Fontill Abbey.

Fontill was an amazing work of neo-gothic construction. It took years to complete it, but since its design concerned more aesthetic beauty than the practical facts of the material world, it collapsed within two years after Betford bought it in 1823. Undoubtedly distraught after the loss of such a beloved monumental structure, Begford became even more indulgent to the Freudian obsession with building huge towers. He became a hermit in his less well-known Lansdown Tower, an unusual work of neoclassical architecture 37 meters high and still existing today. He also left one of the greatest underestimated treasures of Gothic literature - his peculiar and very imaginative “Vathek”.

1. “The Terrible Tommy” Silverstein.

Tommy Silverstein is one of America’s most brutal criminals. After being jailed for armed robbery in 1977, his punishment was replaced with a life sentence without parole after he killed two of his cellmates. He was deprived of “human contact” after killing guards at the Marion Prison in 1983. However, there is still no verdict as to whether his punishment matches the crime. Some activists for human rights claim that it violates the American Constitution, which officially outlaws “cruel punishment”.

Silverstein spent time alone in Atlanta before he was placed in the bowels of Leavenworth Prison for 18 years. Finally, he was transferred to the most guarded prison in Colorado. The former head of this institution once described him as "the purebred brainchild of Hell." Silverstein is now “buried” in a cell behind a soundproof door for 23 hours a day. He eats alone and gets only one hour of rest in a slightly larger cage. Some say that this hellish environment is deliberately designed to drive prisoners crazy and make them more obedient. Silverstein claims to have suffered from depression, hallucinations, disorientation, and memory loss.He says that he has passed "beyond the boundaries of what people can psychologically tolerate."

Silverstein has been in solitary confinement for over 30 years. Some prisoners in Louisiana were stuck in solitary confinement even longer. Herman Wallace spent 41 years alone and died just three days after leaving prison at the age of 71.

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    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

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    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

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    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

    10 people who spent years in complete isolation

    10 people who spent years in complete isolation