Reenacting the legendary loop of the Leatherman
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The Leatherman (left) and Russ Schneider recreating his 365-mile loop (right)
Leatherman photo courtesy of Dan DeLuca. Russ Schneider photo by Craig LeMoult
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Courtesy of Dan DeLuca
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Russ Schneider at the Leatherman's grave in Ossining, NY
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Documentary filmmaker Ben Fain (left) and his father-in-law, Russ Schneider
In the mid 1800s, a man dressed in a leather suit spent 30 years continually walking in a 365 mile circle through Connecticut and Westchester County, sleeping in caves along the way. Who he was and why he did it is a mystery that still fascinates people today. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult reports that fascination led one man to literally follow in the footsteps of the legendary Leatherman.
The song at the end of the story was written for the documentary and performed by Jason Ajemian.
NPR, May 26, 2011: Search for clues only deepens Leatherman mystery.
May, 2011: Audio slideshow with Leatherman author Dan DeLuca
Video of Russ Schneider as the Leatherman: