New book reveals more Maine connections from man who mysteriously died in Stacyville

HOULTON, Maine – Christopher Roof, who was identified earlier this fall as the man whose body was found 10 years ago in the woods of Stacyville, spent part of his childhood in Maine as he lived with her mother Marcia Moore.

Maine State Police identified Roof, a teacher from Concord, Massachusetts, after a former student recognized the description of the body’s clothing when she overheard it on a podcast discussing the case . The way Roof died bears a strong resemblance to her mother’s, whose remains were found in the woods near her home in 1979 in Washington state after she was missing for two years.

New book reveals more about the family’s connection to Maine. “Dematerialized: The Disappearance of Marcia Moore” delves into the circumstances of Moore’s death, but also provides a glimpse into Roof’s childhood during his mother’s marriage to Simon Roof.

A photo of Christopher Roof, whose remains were found in Stacyville in 2010 and identified as him in 2021. Credit: courtesy of the Concord Public Library

The book describes Moore’s son as the “most sensitive and closest to his mother” of all his children, and he has been nicknamed “Chrishna”, a reference to the Hindu god Krishna. He seemed to have followed his mother in some of her alternative lifestyles, practicing vegetarianism and spending time living in an ashram, a type of monastery that originated in the Indian subcontinent.

“He was pretty deeply affected by the Vietnam War era and what was going on,” said Joseph DiSomma, who co-wrote the book with his wife, Marina. “He never really wanted to have a regular 9 to 5 job sort of thing.”

Roof went on to graduate with a summa cum laude English degree from Emerson College in Boston and wrote children’s books and poetry while working as a substitute teacher in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. It would ultimately be one of his former students who identified his remains, which ultimately enabled Maine State Police to resolve the case.

Some of the books Roof wrote were poetry for children and adults, with titles like “A Winter Night’s Revels”, “Halloween to Halloween”, “Idylls”, “The Mythical Magical Poetry Book”, “The Pink Sheep” and “The Spook House”. According to the Concord Public Library.

Moore, who married five times, was known as the author of esoteric books on astrology and yoga and had experimented with drugs such as LSD and ketamine, leading some to conclude that her death was a trip. drug gone wrong.

The book describes his attempts to get Roof to try ketamine as well, but he categorically opposes it and begs her to stop. Roof had explored all possibilities regarding his mother’s disappearance, including a possible kidnapping, but also appeared to have come to terms with her passing away by suicide, according to the book.

While Moore died in Washington, it was when she lived in Maine with her third husband, Mark Douglas, that she had her most creative production, DiSomma said.

“It was really a huge source of activity for her,” said DiSomma. “She wrote her magnum opus ‘Astrology: Divine Science’, which is probably her most successful book, which she wrote with Mark Douglas.”

Moore and Douglas lived with their children, including Roof, in Greystone Manor, a large house in the small coastal town of Cape Neddick, County York. Moore, who was the daughter of hotel mogul Robert Moore, financially supported the opening by Douglas of a publishing house focused on subjects such as astrology.

“Marcia had affection for the coast of Maine, having spent pockets of her childhood with her grandmother Jane in Cape Elizabeth, where she was introduced to spiritualism and the psyche,” the book said. “For Marcia, it was another sign of fate; Mark finds this mansion she felt she really belonged to.

In addition to his grandmother, Moore had other relatives in the state, as his uncle was a Unitarian minister in Portland. The book also says that his children, including Roof, spent time at summer camp, although it does not specify where in Maine the children attended.

But despite the connections, the book doesn’t explain what Roof may have done in Stacyville, far off the South Coast, when he died.

Roof, an avid reader of Henry David Thoreau, has not been missing for the past decade as many, including his family, believed he was gone in search of a lifestyle to look out for. Walden in the woods.

“I think Christopher was really delighted with all the forest and woodlands in this part of Maine,” said DiSomma. “If there was a connection, I think it had more to do with that, or maybe it was people he had known up there, but as far as I know he had cut the bridges with most of his friends and family in 2010. “

The DiSommas book is due out on November 16.

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