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Gitchie Girl: The Survivor's Inside Story of the Mass Murders that Shocked the Heartland By Sandy Hamman Phil Hamman,

  • Title: Gitchie Girl: The Survivor's Inside Story of the Mass Murders that Shocked the Heartland
  • Author: Sandy Hamman Phil Hamman
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  • Page: 234
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A terrified voice cried out in the night Who are you What do you want 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 mA terrified voice cried out in the night Who are you What do you want 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.Through extensive research, interviews, and personal insight, the authors bring a riveting look at the heinous crime that shook the Midwest in the early 1970s Written from rare, inside interviews with the lone survivor, who broke nearly four decades of silence, this shocking yet moving story will not soon be forgotten.
    Gitchie Girl The Survivor s Inside Story of the Mass Murders that Shocked the Heartland A terrified voice cried out in the night Who are you What do you want The sound of snapping twigs closed in on the five teenagers enjoying an evening around a glowing campfire at Gitchie Manitou State

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    1. I was excited to read this book as I had never heard of this event I don t think I have so vehemently disagreed with a book rating before I was shocked to see it rated 4.57 here The book was poorly edited if it was even edited at all The writing was horrible It felt like there was so much detail and factual info left out of the book and so much extraneous emotional stuff put in I really regret paying 5 for it.

    2. Sandra was only 13, but looked older When she went to Gitchie Manitou State Park with her boyfriend and a few of his friends, none of them could have anticipated the tragedy and chain of events that unfolded that night As the only survivor, most of the police were sure she was somehow involved did the public They called her Gitchie Girl a name that followed her for decades.I first learned about the events at Gitchie Manitou when I was in high school roughly 15 years after that fateful night Most [...]

    3. Gitchie Girl is a true crime book recounting the tragic events of the multiple homicides that occurred at Gitchie Manitou nature preserve near Sioux Falls, SD in November of 1973 I recently saw a news feature about this book which prompted me to purchase it when I found it for sale at a local shop I have lived in Sioux Falls for over 15 years and have never heard of this terrible event Overall the book is well written and a quick read The authors examine the childhood of the lone survivor, Sandr [...]

    4. Never heard about these killings so me as a true crime reader I expected to learn preferably after the crime why this occurred Alas I still do not know why they did what they did which and as an avid true crime reader that is annoying It is one reason why I do not read unsolved books with a few exceptions Okay, I am just a too curious, nosy woman and want to know how it ends and why they do what they do I love the psychology stuff of it as well What make people do things like this Thinking about [...]

    5. I have been looking forward to this since Betty the late Sheriff Vinson s wife told me about it She exclaimed, Oh, you ll just have to read this book coming out on Gitchie Manitou I don t even know about everything they re writing and all that happened to Sandy Quite wonderfully written Things I liked 1 It is both a memoir for Sandra and a fact crime on the Gitchie Manitou mass murder This allows the reader to be absorbed into Sandra s life before, during, and long after the crime It is not alwa [...]

    6. A haunting story well told.This story is tragedy beyond most imaginations A heinous crime and tragic loss of innocent lives.One of the youths that lost his life was known by me personally He was a hard worker and lived life to the fullest So proud of his van and his family.

    7. This was a quick read for a long drive across the state of SD It s about a true story involving the murder of four teenage boys and the rape of a 13 year girl that occurred in a wooded park near Sioux Falls, SD, in November of 1973 I was 10 years old at that time, growing up in Sioux City, IA, but I don t remember hearing anything of this The authors of the book are educators in Sioux City Obviously, the teen agers made some bad decisions, i.e not leaving the park at the first sign of something [...]

    8. Really really liked this book I grew up in NW IA and remember this as I was 13 also Brings back lots of memories from that time.

    9. This book was recommended to me by a friend who knew I liked True Crime and her dad s first cousin wrote the book This is a somewhat local author for me as the crime took place about 2 hours from me and I am familiar with some of the towns mentioned in the book My son lives in one of the towns mentioned This took place in the 70 s 4 teenagers were senselessly gunned down and a fifth one raped and then let go when they were camping in a state park Why the fifth one was allowed to survive is never [...]

    10. Good readI read true crime books because I m always trying to understand why some people create horror mayhem in their lives and others.Some authors are better at telling a story than others These authors were great Just the right amount of information bypassing the truly horrible parts It s hard to accept that four young lives were taken apparently for no reason at all I m impressed that this young lady was finally able to overcome and live her life again She should be an inspiration for others [...]

    11. Excellent bookThe book is well written In fact perhaps too well written Somehow it seemed that I was there I had to take breaks from the book because it ripped me apart, it felt so real to me I have nothing but admiration for the courage Sandra showed in the years after the killings Five young victims A true my sad story.

    12. Although the story is incredible and relays a terrible tragedy in the heartland even right where I grew up , the prose of the narrative lacked the skill to deserve a high rating Gitchie Girl tells an interesting local true crime story that is almost legend near Sioux Falls, and is worth reading if you are from the area.

    13. Started out very good then devolved into a Sunday school lesson I didn t think I had to worry about proselytization in a true crime book Lesson learned The editing was horrible and chunks of facts were completely omitted while some inane bits were repeated This crime is interesting but I d recommend looking for a different book or just reading articles online.

    14. In November of 1973 my family moved from Aberdeen, South Dakota to Sioux Falls My mom was in the kitchen of our new house unpacking and organizing, when she heard on the radio about the murders of four teenagers at Gitchie Manitou State Preserve, just across the border in Iowa The perpetrators were still on the loose, the newscaster said My mom quickly got up and made sure the doors were locked I was too young to remember any of this In later years, my parents talked about how creeped out the wh [...]

    15. True crime of the unusual but lacking a certain depth that I enjoy when reading true crime Forensics, crime scene descriptions and the minute to minute details of the days leading up to the discovery and arrest of The Boss Detail junkie I am, so I would have preferred to hear the details from the detectives policeman view Plus one small detail that I think should have been bigger was the mention of the one brother who was in jail and could let himself in and out for a work release program 1973 m [...]

    16. Gitchie Girl reads like a scary campfire storyexcept it is true The authors did a very nice job of capturing the horror of the events without dragging us through every little gory detail The story is frightening enough without needing anything to sensationalize the horror that these kids experienced Well done.I rate this book 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 and recommend it to true crime enthusiasts or anyone who enjoys reading a scary, page turner I was not familiar with these murders so I was even [...]

    17. I could not put the book down once I started it I read it in a couple of hours This story of true events that happened right outside Sioux Falls is heart wrenching and unimaginable This 13 year old girl is beyond brave and has an incredible spirit The things she endures even before this horrific night in her life is unreal She is a true testimony of the things we can endure as humans and still function She gives us all hope I had the pleasure of meeting her at a book signing and was shocked how [...]

    18. Loved This bookThis is a great TC book but also a book about the only survivors battle with survivors guilt It is a story of teenagers out for a innocent night of bonfires and music that quickly turned into a nightmare only one would live through.I highly recommend this book.

    19. I like reading true crime survivor stories, but the writing in this book was at a high school level Interesting story tho since I m from the area and had never heard about these murders.

    20. Excellent non fiction book that reads smoothly like a novel It usually takes me a long time to read anything in the true crime genre, but I tore through this book in two days.

    21. I suggest not reading until page 43 I wish I knew why the authors decided to write the story the way they did.

    22. I saw this book talked about somewhere and wanted to read it as I grew up around the area But this book was actually kind of terrible I m sorry for what happened and I m glad things worked out for her but this book makes her seem like a saint It reads too much like a Facebook post from a loved one than a factual story I understand she wasn t guilty and I m not saying she was, but man did this book try and make her completely blameless in all aspects of her life from birth to present No one is th [...]

    23. I was drawn to this book as I found out this event happened locally I knew something took place at that specific location but wasn t completely sure I did not think the location had much significance Boy, was I wrongI read the actual paperback book for this one but for whatever reason doesn t list it as an option This book is extremely well written and while reading this, I couldn t help but think that the authors should write horror novels However, this is a sad story A story that comes only fr [...]

    24. These 5 star ratings are so completely off from what I just read I wonder if they read the same book Interesting story but terribly, terribly written The authors were all over the place in their narrative I agree with another reviewer that it seemed like they were trying to sound like they thought a true crime writer should sound but were wildly unsuccessful It s a shame as the story itself is extremely interesting and, you would think, would make a good book.

    25. This book is about the mass murder that occurred in 1973 in Gitchie Manitou State Park in Iowa The book title refers to the only survivor of the night, Sandra The book reflects so much of her emotions that you feel as though you were there with her She is such a strong survivor who wanted justice for her friends This book touched me personally Sandra s emotions, especially her compassion towards her friends, was truly amazing and inspiring I highly recommend this book.

    26. This book was a real, deep encounter of what happened The thing I liked about this book is it wasn t a cookie cutter outside mind telling the story Sandra really told it and it was written like you were there with her I m from Sioux Falls, which is not far from the scene and honestly, that gave me chills Such a good read.

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