Kyle Johnson

Woman Crashes into Church, Stabs Husband for “Worshiping the NASCAR Race”

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Remember when Pat Robertson said that demons might make you crash your car? Apparently, misinterpreting a message from God might have the same effect.

"Worshiping the NASCAR race"

Hello, crazy. / Source: Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office

Last week, I wrote a little about something dumb said by purported servant of the lord/professional sayer-of-dumb-things, Pat Robertson. The topic at hand was whether watching horror films makes people more susceptible to demonic possession and liable to crash their cars when they leave church, because of course it would be something absurd when it comes to Pat Robertson.

While no one can truly say for certain if it is indeed true that demons will take the first chance they get to jump into your body like Scott Bakula in Quantum Leap and make you crash your Honda Insight  (though, if they could answer this question, they’d say nope), we can now cite a case straight out of Church Hill, Tennessee that seems to suggest that people are demon-possessed, but are actually more likely to crash their cars into a church. And then, ya know, plunge a knife into their husband’s chest for bowing at the altar of NASCAR, which we all know is a stabbable offense in the first degree. News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

From comes the story of Stephanie Hamman, who is a misguided soul/first-rate nutter in the highest. Just before 10pm this past Sunday, Hamman drove her car through the front of the Providence Church, though it is apparently not considered good etiquette to do so. She then called her husband, Steven Hamman, who had to that point been busy watching the Food City 500 on the tee-vee. Apparently, his wife objected to his choice of idol, telling police that he had been “worshiping the NASCAR race” and was, thusly, in line for a good bit of stabbing.

So Mrs. Hamman rested on the altar of the church with a kitchen knife, which the devil himself had told her to bring along just in case some stabbing had to be done, until her concerned husband arrived to see if she was okay. For his troubles, he received said devil-advised large kitchen knife in the chest.

"Worshiping the NASCAR race"


“I prayed I would not have to use it [the knife] on him, but I did,” she told police afterwards. It is presumed by most that she was bug-eyed at the time and probably unsettled any small children within a five-hundred-foot radius.

"Worshiping the NASCAR race"

“New at 11, a 15-kiloton blast of crazy rocked the Church Hill area Saturday night…” / Source: NUKEMAP

Mr. Hamman, who is reported as being in fair condition at Holston Valley Medical Center, pulled the knife from his chest and called police, who then took his wife into custody. She is currently being held without bond on charges of attempted 1st degree murder and felony vandalism.

So we know that “worshiping the NASCAR race” was grounds for attempted murder, but what compelled Stephanie Hamman to drive her car into the front of the church? Apparently, Hamman, who told her husband “the devil is in me” just before stabbing him, had decided to live for God because God had told her to stop smoking pot and to get in the church. Seems legit.

Apparently, when Stephanie Hamman hears “get in the church,” she interprets it to mean “drive a car through the front of the building.” Because this is precisely what a normal person would do.

"Worshiping the NASCAR race"

When Stephanie Hamman gets in the church, she gets all up in the church. With a car. / Source: WJHL

“I love to smoke it [pot],” Hamman told police. “Sometimes when I do, I start seeing things that others don’t. Isn’t God good? He told me this would happen, and just look, I am okay.”

Perhaps there was some truth to Reefer Madness after all. I think it’s safe to say that Church Hill, Tennessee will not be legalizing marijuana any time soon.

"Worshiping the NASCAR race"

“Let’s go, Jack, I’m red hot!”

The question that needs to be raised here, of course, is whether or not Stephanie Hamman’s car-crashing, church-wrecking, husband-stabbing mania was facilitated by watching horror films. Perhaps the devil was given better access to her because she had made the mistake of sitting down to watch The Conjuring, which resulted in a war of opinion between God and Satan behind the wild eyes of Stephanie Hamman. Because as we all know, if God and the devil ever talk, it is exclusively in the mind of crazy people. It’s kind of like talking through tin cans on strings, just like kids used to do.

It’s tragic, really. Clearly, the devil had been given permission to enter this woman, just as Pat Robertson suggested, and God was only doing his fair best to try and drive him out. Of course, if someone told you to get into a place and you responded by driving your car into it, they’d probably slam their face into their palm and ask you if you were serious, bro.

"Worshiping the NASCAR race"

We wish Steven Hamman a speedy recovery and an even speedier dissolution. May he lead a long, happy, and knife-in-the-chest free life henceforth, though I suspect he may not be “worshiping the NASCAR race” this Sunday for the Auto Club 400. Maybe Martinsville in two weeks, but not this week.

"Worshiping the NASCAR race"


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    Kyle S. Johnson lives in Cincinnati, a city known by many as "the Cincinnati of Southwest Ohio." He enjoys professional wrestling, Halloween, and also other things. He has been writing for a while, and he plans to continue to write well into the future. See more articles by Kyle.

  • great article, very enjoyable. Pat Robertson should be,as Christopher Hitchens opined, “on the sidewalk with a poster board proclaiming the end is near” with the rest of the loonies.

    • Kyle Johnson

      Thanks, Rik. I think the token hobo beard/dirty field jacket look might fit ol’ Pat quite well, now that you mention it.