“Who are you? What do you want?”
one of the teenagers yelled into the darkness. The sound of snapping twigs closed in on the five teenagers enjoying an evening around a glowing campfire at Gitchie Manitou State Park. The night of music and laughter had taken a dark turn. Evil loomed just beyond the tree line, and before the night was over, one of the Midwest’s most horrific mass murders had left its bloodstains spewed across the campsite. One managed to survive and would come to be known as the “Gitchie Girl.” Harrowing memories of the terrifying crime sent her spiraling out of control, and she grasped at every avenue to rebuild her life. Can one man, a rescue dog, and a glimmer of faith salvage a broken soul? This true story will touch your heart and leave you cheering that good can prevail over the depravity of mankind.
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“You’re going to end up prison!” Phil Hamman was told this repeatedly while growing up. His life was spiraling out of control. A dismal home life with an abusive, con-artist father who drank, gambled, womanized, and disappeared for days taught Hamman all the wrong lessons. Even appearing before judges, ending up in jail, being sent to the hospital at the hands of the police, and dealing with the murder of his best friend did not deter him. He fought back against the world, refusing to be brought to his knees by anyone. Cheating death was his lifestyle. One day he stepped into a parking lot at a predestined moment, and his life’s course began to change. Fate propelled him from the streets of a harsh, impoverished neighborhood and put him face-to-face with troubled teenagers and the challenge to be their positive influence. Under the Influence is packed with firsthand accounts of violence, death, bullies, street fights, love, and a powerful message that will warm the heart. This shocking story will convince you that you can survive your past to become a better person. The reader will not soon forget this true story. Buy Now
“We’re looking at a lot of serious charges here…” The state’s attorney ran his fingers across the pages before him while reading the list of offenses Phil Hamman had committed. Hamman was headed down a dark road filled with violence, crime, and death. He was still reeling from a childhood spent with a dysfunctional family in an impoverished neighborhood where he faced bullies, met killers, learned to fist fight, and then went home every night to a life of domestic abuse. Filled with violence and anger, he found a group of peers who only escalated the turmoil. Clashes with the police, multiple arrests, bribery, and assaults were their specialties. Until one fateful night, a meeting with destiny changed him forever, filling him with a determination that led to a thirty-year career working with some of the most troubled teenagers to right their own paths in life. This memoir is a chilling yet heartwarming story of overcoming adversity. Buy Now