August 27th, 2013
03:05 AM ET

'Into the wild' obsession leads to teen's death?

Before he went missing, Jonathan Croom had developed an obsession with the movie "Into the Wild," in which a young man leaves society to go live off the land.  

The movie's main character dies. So did Croom. The 18-year-old's body turned up in rural Oregon Monday, authorities say.   

It was a 1,000 feet away from his abandoned car, which officers found last week.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    What was the name of that book? "On the Origin of..." something or other.

    August 27, 2013 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Julio

    No correlation between the book and his death, except maybe the book was an indicator of suicidal ideation, fleeing the pressures of life or whatever. Another millennial with weak coping skills from being over connected to his gadgets and facing the prospect of supporting himself, I suspect. It's being investigated as a suicide at any rate.

    August 27, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The USA will see an increasing number of "calls of the wild" and deaths by "senseless" violence. I expect it from the youth of a society that no longer values material success, and actually condemns such achievement, along with "too much" education and the highest culture of Western civilisation.

    August 27, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Such a pity he didn't make Gordon Gekko his cinematic hero.

      August 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey translation

      Get off my lawn!!

      August 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • marilu

      and the highest culture of Western civilisation

      ... not really.

      August 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    I suspect todays youth actually puts too MUCH emphasis on material success! They need to put more on moral values and less on material.

    August 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Juan Jiminez

    Dang just found out this guy was from where I live. All over an ex girlfriend. Tragic

    August 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    that movie was depressing...people we still live of fhe land...just to your local market and see how many things are products of the don't need to go to the wilderness to appreciate that...get a bucket and grow tomatoes on yah porch...start a garden in your back yard...pot some herbs in yah kitchen window...and if your city ordinances
    permits raise some live chickens and gettah goat to cut yard yah grass...

    August 28, 2013 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |