Random Death Claims a Man Who Struggled to Regain Life

New York Times | May 27, 1989

By Sarah Rimer

For much of six years, James Reginald Jarvis lived in a cave in Inwood Hill Park at the northern edge of Manhattan with his prized possessions: a sleeping bag, a collection of rocks and fossils and sheet music of sonatas by Bach and Beethoven.

Three years ago this man, who finished high school when he was 15 years old and once seemed headed for success as a musician or a scientist, emerged from the park and began, tentatively, to rejoin society. He moved into a residence in Washington Heights, re-established family links and timidly set out to look for work…

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