Item description for The Butterfly Garden: Surviving Childhood on the Run with One of America's Most Wanted by Chip St Clair...
Overview Describes the author's early experiences of abuse at the hands of Michael Grant, the man he thought to be his father, how he eventually turned the man over to the police, and his discovery that Grant was a wanted child murderer.
Publishers Description One of America's Most Fascinating True Crime Cases
Fear rocked Chip St. Clair's world. As a boy, he never knew what would set his father off--maybe the ice cubes had melted in his glass of Tab, maybe dinner was overcooked or undercooked or the gravy was too runny. Regardless, the beatings always came. As did the twisted games of cat and mouse--being thrown from a rowboat into frigid Lake Michigan, the middle-of-the-night moves to different states, or being left to dangle over a ten-story balcony while his father watched from inside. But one fateful night when the police answered the call, the truth came to light from the shadows, sparking national headlines: Chip St. Clair's entire life--his name, even his date of birth--had been a lie, and the man he called 'Dad' was an impostor, an escaped child killer who had been on the run for over two decades. The stunning revelation would send one of America's Most Wanted to justice and another on a quest for his true identity. With chilling detail and a riveting, lyrical narrative, The Butterfly Garden reveals St. Clair's struggle to piece together his haunted past before it consumes him and shares his inspiring metamorphosis from victim to victim's advocate. The Butterfly Garden is a timeless triumph, a reminder that hope can be the most powerful of all emotions, freeing us to soar despite the past and the odds against us.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Jan 18, 2008
Publisher HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS #647
ISBN 0757306950 ISBN13 9780757306952
Availability 0 units.
More About Chip St Clair
Chip St. Clair is a recipient of a U.S. Congressional Record for his work helping to keep abused children safe and to keep predators behind bars. He began sharing his story nationally in 2002, having been featured on major television programs such as Dateline, Good Morning America, and the John Walsh Show". Most recently, St. Clair helped to pass Michigan's, Montana's, and Maryland's versions of Jessica's Law.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Butterfly Garden: Surviving Childhood on the Run with One of America's Most Wanted?
Good book club book. May 26, 2010
It was an interesting story but the end left me with many unanswered questions. I managed to find a few answers on the internet.
Hard to Imagine May 26, 2010
Unbelievable what one human being can inflict on another life that is so innocent. Makes you appreciate your own life for not having had to experience what this person went through. Unimaginable!
PURE INSPIRATION! May 21, 2010
This book is one you will never forget. It is raw and will make you experience every emotion possible, leaving you with a feeling of ultimate power over your own destiny!! BY FAR, one of the BEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN!!!
The Butterfly Garden Sep 3, 2009
This is an amazing book of courage and survival and hope for anyone who has been through a troubled childhood.
Sad story but does not show the true reality of severe childhood abuse Jul 30, 2009
Reviewed by Angela Henley for Reader Views (7/09)
I am a Social Worker by degree and have been involved with, victim of and read and seen many cases of severe abuse. This type of story or memoir is of great interest to me. "Chip" is unique in that he was a kidnapped victim, rather than the biological or step child of the abusers. In addition, the main abuser in the family was wanted by the F.B.I. for the murder of another child. Reading the book was a priority for me as I felt it would be "different," "gripping," and enlightening. These unique details enticed me to read the book.
I was disappointed in the book. Chip was typical in the verbal abuse that goes on in many dysfunctional families. The verbal abuse and situations described in the book are low to moderate, not severe. This abuse is by no means acceptable and the incidents described are good indicators that more severe abuse is not only possible but probable. This book would make an excellent academic book to read before going into the field of Child and Family Protection, Social Work, Criminal Justice, etc.; but is not a book that shows the true reality of severe childhood abuse.
While Chip did endure violence and verbal and physical abuse he quickly was able to break off the relationship, triumph and had people around him to assist and "love" him despite the baggage that all abused children and adults that were abused as children have. Schools, Social Workers, Courts, etc were all bypassed by this family and were not described in the book as "a way of life." This is the case in many instances.
The story of Chip in "The Butterfly Garden" is one worth reading for the lucky ones, the ones that haven't seen or been involved with severe childhood abuse. The "gripping" stories are the ones in which we often don't hear too much about, the stories of the children who are not getting "applause," "plaques" and recognition for turning in America's Most Wanted, but the stories of the silent, unrecognized and many times unable to tell their stories and too afraid to turn in America's Most Evil.