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Pilgrim's Wilderness - A True Story of Innocence and Madness on the Alaska Frontier-logo

Pilgrim's Wilderness - A True Story of Innocence and Madness on the Alaska Frontier

Tom Kizzia

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 appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy with his wife and fifteen children in tow, his new neighbors had little idea of the trouble to come. The Pilgrim Family presented themselves as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal, with their proud piety and beautiful old-timey music, but their true story ran dark and deep. Within weeks, Papa had bulldozed a road through the mountains to the new family home at an abandoned copper mine, sparking a tense confrontation with the National Park Service and forcing his ghost town neighbors to take sides in an ever-more volatile battle over where a citizen's rights end and the government's power begins. In Pilgrim's Wilderness, veteran Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia unfolds the remarkable, at times harrowing, story of a charismatic spinner of American myths who was not what he seemed, the townspeople caught in his thrall, and the family he brought to the brink of ruin. As Kizzia discovered, Papa Pilgrim was in fact the son of a rich Texas family with ties to Hoover's FBI and strange, oblique connections to the Kennedy assassination and the movie stars of Easy Rider. And as his fight with the government in Alaska grew more intense, the turmoil in his brood made it increasingly difficult to tell whether his children were messianic followers or hostages in desperate need of rescue. In this powerful piece of Americana, written with uncommon grace and high drama, Kizzia uses his unparalleled access to capture an era-defining clash between environmentalists and pioneers ignited by a mesmerizing sociopath who held a town and a family captive.

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 appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy with his wife and fifteen children in tow, his new neighbors had little idea of the trouble to come. The Pilgrim Family presented themselves as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal, with their proud piety and beautiful old-timey music, but their true story ran dark and deep. Within weeks, Papa had bulldozed a road through the mountains to the new family home at an abandoned copper mine, sparking a tense confrontation with the National Park Service and forcing his ghost town neighbors to take sides in an ever-more volatile battle over where a citizen's rights end and the government's power begins. In Pilgrim's Wilderness, veteran Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia unfolds the remarkable, at times harrowing, story of a charismatic spinner of American myths who was not what he seemed, the townspeople caught in his thrall, and the family he brought to the brink of ruin. As Kizzia discovered, Papa Pilgrim was in fact the son of a rich Texas family with ties to Hoover's FBI and strange, oblique connections to the Kennedy assassination and the movie stars of Easy Rider. And as his fight with the government in Alaska grew more intense, the turmoil in his brood made it increasingly difficult to tell whether his children were messianic followers or hostages in desperate need of rescue. In this powerful piece of Americana, written with uncommon grace and high drama, Kizzia uses his unparalleled access to capture an era-defining clash between environmentalists and pioneers ignited by a mesmerizing sociopath who held a town and a family captive.
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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 appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy with his wife and fifteen children in tow, his new neighbors had little idea of the trouble to come. The Pilgrim Family presented themselves as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal, with their proud piety and beautiful old-timey music, but their true story ran dark and deep. Within weeks, Papa had bulldozed a road through the mountains to the new family home at an abandoned copper mine, sparking a tense confrontation with the National Park Service and forcing his ghost town neighbors to take sides in an ever-more volatile battle over where a citizen's rights end and the government's power begins. In Pilgrim's Wilderness, veteran Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia unfolds the remarkable, at times harrowing, story of a charismatic spinner of American myths who was not what he seemed, the townspeople caught in his thrall, and the family he brought to the brink of ruin. As Kizzia discovered, Papa Pilgrim was in fact the son of a rich Texas family with ties to Hoover's FBI and strange, oblique connections to the Kennedy assassination and the movie stars of Easy Rider. And as his fight with the government in Alaska grew more intense, the turmoil in his brood made it increasingly difficult to tell whether his children were messianic followers or hostages in desperate need of rescue. In this powerful piece of Americana, written with uncommon grace and high drama, Kizzia uses his unparalleled access to capture an era-defining clash between environmentalists and pioneers ignited by a mesmerizing sociopath who held a town and a family captive.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Fred Sanders

Length:

10h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:40


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:03


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:39


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:20


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:21


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:58


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:11


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:02


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:43


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:04


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:35


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:13


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:17


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:36


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:55


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:11


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:19


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:32


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:26


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:36


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:21


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:24


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:40


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:04


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:32


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:26


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:24


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:58


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:04


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:28


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:24


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:14


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:50


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:36


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:28


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:11


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:56


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:17


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:45


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:21


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:48


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:32


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:39


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:11


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:41


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:48


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:32


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:55


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:50


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:41


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:53


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:48


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:02


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:08


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:46


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

02:10


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:11


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:41


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:00


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:07


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:57


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:54


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:46


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:02


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

02:32


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:31


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:22


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:13


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:23


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

02:24


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:50


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

00:37