Lone Survivor of 1973 Gitchie Manitou Mass Murders Tells Her Story

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Writing “Gitchie Girl” was a complex process that involved interviews with not only the survivor but also with law enforcement personnel who were involved with the case as well as family members of the victims. We spent many hours digging through boxes of dusty old police reports and court records. Having my wife, Sandy, as a co-author was a necessity to bring the book to life. “Gitchie Girl” will be released January 12, 2016! People are welcome to share their memories of this event as well as their opinions or to post questions regarding the murders or the book. Let’s talk!

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10 thoughts on “Lone Survivor of 1973 Gitchie Manitou Mass Murders Tells Her Story
  1. Curt Davis

    I am looking forward to this 3rd book. I can recall going to Gitchie as a younger adult hanging out with friends and knowing the story of what happened. We used to hang out at the shelter area where the fireplace was that was close to the river as you could hear the water running. There is something about the place that leaves a person a little uncomfortable when there.

     
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    1. philhammanauthor@gmail.com

      Yes, Curt, there have been many people over the years who have visited Gitchie Manitou Park to see the site of these horrendous murders. With the release of this book, people will understand more of what happened that night.

       
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  2. Lonny Cochrun

    I had to see the ever lasting effects long after that night. Phone calls late in the night about how she was afraid they were coming for her. How she over heard someone say they were going to kill her for them. Yet she lives on amazing. I see her strength. I see her hide her pain and fright. Being the only survivor is not a blessing,but yet she is making it one. Love and Peace, from Lonny.

     
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    1. philhammanauthor@gmail.com

      Lonny, you’re right. Sandra has had to be strong many times over the years. She has agreed to accompany us to some book signings, and this too will be a new challenge for her to face. She has shown incredible fortitude throughout her life!

       
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  3. Mark Thorstenson

    I remember that case so well. I was a young Sioux Falls police officer when that happened and read the case file more than once through the years. Now a retired Captain, I would love to read the book. How do I get a copy?

     
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    1. philhammanauthor@gmail.com

      Mark, the book will officially be released January 12th and will be available on Amazon at that time. Shortly after that it will be available at Zandbroz in Sioux Falls. It will be available on Amazon as an eBook beginning about January 7th. I think the book will have some interesting twists for you even though you are familiar with the case. Let me know what you think after you’ve read the book!

       
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    1. philhammanauthor@gmail.com

      The Fryers have refused interviews. However, Sandra Cheskey went to Fort Madison this past summer for a face-to-face meeting with Allen Fryer as part of a documentary that is being filmed on this same topic. We do touch on that in the book. Again, thanks for posting!

       
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  4. Douglas & Janet Krutzig

    I’m from Minnesota and while my wife and I were visiting my sister in Brandon S.D. The horrific account of Gitchie was recounted around a campfire one night. I had to get the book, I couldn’t put it down and I read through it in a matter of hours. I don’t know why but the story just grabbed me, perhaps it’s because the victims were around my age and that time period was such an innocent time in my own life. I can’t imagine having my world torn apart as all the victims and their families were back in ’73. Mine and my wife’s heart goes out to all who’s lives was forever changed by those evil Fryer brothers on that fateful night. We would like to know if and when, anymore book signings with Sandra will be held. We would like to meet you, your wife and Sandra and get a signed copy of Gitchie Girl. And when the above mentioned documentary will be available to watch.We have been praying for Sandra since we read your book. Thank you.

     
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    1. philhammanauthor@gmail.com

      Doug & Janet, thank you for your kind words about the book. Yes, as you noted, Sandra’s life as well as so many others had their lives shattered that night. Sandra does not appear at many events, and when she does appear there is often a huge crowd! We announce book signings on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/phil.hamman.author/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and Sandra has a Facebook page called “Gitchie Girl” that you may want to follow as well. Where in Minnesota are you? We may be able to make arrangements to come and speak at a library near you. (We always add that ratings for the book on Amazon or Goodreads are greatly appreciated, if you are so inclined.) We hope we can meet you soon, and stay warm! –Phil & Sandy

       
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