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Christopher McCandless' 'Into the Wild' Story Spurred by Abuse: Sister

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By    |   Monday, 10 Nov 2014 06:21 PM

Christopher McCandless set off on his journey that resulted in the best-selling book "Into the Wild" partly as a result of what his sister calls a dysfunctional and traumatic childhood in her recently released book, "The Wild Truth."

McCandless is known for leaving civilization and hiking to Alaska, where he starved to death in a bus located nearly 30 miles from the closest town.

Carine McCandless wrote “The Wild Truth,” a new memoir that talks about her life, and also about what living in their family was like for the children of Walt and Billie McCandless.

"Frankly I was asked every time I met with a group of people ... why Chris left the way he did and why he felt the need to push himself to such extremes," McCandless told ABC News. "I really watered down those answers for a long time ... and I really felt and learned that I was doing a disservice to Chris and all those people 'cause the greatest inspiration comes from truth."

Outside magazine said McCandless’ book reveals a toxic home environment, enhanced by their father’s drinking, rages, and beatings. McCandless doesn’t spare her mother, either, writing that although she was a victim of Walt McCandless, she was also cruel and belittled the children.

In her book, Carine McCandless said that she told Jon Krakauer, author of “Into the Wild,” about her family environment, but asked him to please not talk about it in the book, Outside said. Krakauer wrote the foreword to McCandless’ book, saying that he “shared Carine’s desire to avoid causing undue pain to Walt, Billie, and Carine’s siblings from Walt’s first marriage.”

Walt and Billie McCandless have made one comment about their daughter’s book on an ABC "20/20" segment: “After a brief review of its contents and intention, we concluded that this fictionalized writing has absolutely nothing to do with our beloved son, Chris, or his character. The whole unfortunate event in Chris’s life 22 years ago is about Chris and his dreams — not a spiteful, hyped up, attention-getting story about his family.”

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Christopher McCandless set off on his journey that resulted in the best-selling book "Into the Wild" partly as a result of what his sister calls a dysfunctional and traumatic childhood in her recently released book, "The Wild Truth."
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