A possessed Tennessee woman, crashed her car into a church, laid on the altar and then stabbed her husband in the chest because the devil told her the man was worshipping a NASCAR race, police say, in a case of attempted murder.
23 year-old Stephanie Faye Hamman, admitted to police that she had been smoking weed all day and all night. She told cops it was God's plan she carried out in rural Church Hill, a small town in the northeastern part of the state.
"She stated God had told her that smoking marijuana all day and all night was not good for her, and that she only needed to smoke it at night to help her relax," Police Chief Mark Johnson told the newspaper. "Mrs. Hamman further stated that she felt her husband Steven was worshiping the NASCAR race at Bristol (Tenn.), which made her mad, and she began having thoughts that the devil put in her head."
The troubled Hamman told police the "God told me he wanted me in there, so i drove my car through the front doors." She then rammed her Toyota Celica into the front doors of Providence Church, which is just across the street from her apartment.
Her husband, Steven Hamman, came running after she called him for help.
"Mr. Hamman stated he found his wife lying in front of the altar, and as he checked on her, she stated, 'The devil is in me', and stabbed him on the right side of his chest with a large kitchen knife," Johnson said. "Mr. Hamman stated he pulled the knife out of his chest and fled the scene. He went back to the apartment where he waited on police and EMS assistance."
Cops rescued Steven Hamman Sunday evening after the incident. The victim was hospitalized and reportedly in fair condition Monday evening. His wife was found about 30 minutes later at a nearby emergency room, where she told cops family members had taken her.
"I was riding with them to a party at the racetrack when they brought me here," she told police, according to the report. "I was outside digging in the mud when the devil told me I need to go there. I knew God would help me live right."
While she was being arrested, Hamman told the officer she had been baptized Sunday morning at the same church" God told" her to drive her car through.
Police later learned she had not been baptized there, but may have been baptized at another church that day.
Hamman was jailed without bond on charges of attempted first-degree murder and felony vandalism pending a court appearance. The church sustained severe damage. Pastor Joel Trigg the leader of the harassed church told WCYB-TV that his congregants were praying for both Hammans.
"We have a lot of compassion for people who are struggling with those kinds of things. It is a very weird thing, but we live in kind of a weird society right now," the pastor told the TV station.
Hamman has already admitted to police her crime.
"The devil told me to take the kitchen knife with me. I prayed I would not have to use it on him, but I did," she allegedly told officers according to reports. "When Steven came to check on me, I told him the devil was in me and I stabbed him in the heart. Have you heard if he is dead or not?"