Harry Force, the owner of O'Bannon’s Irish Pub in Telluride, Colorado, died on August 19th, 2010 after showing signs of being beaten twice within seven days. He was 67 years old.
My friendship with the “old man” dates back nearly two decades and we both watched as Telluride destroyed itself with greed, addiction and hate. I allowed these same destructive forces to infect me and my relationships, turning a heavenly dream into a hellish nightmare. This is that story.
I wrote this book for several reasons.
First and foremost was that Harold LeRoy Force was a friend of mine. He deserved better than being called “just a drunk” after his murder. He deserved better than being harassed by a local barfly, the Seventh Judicial District and the Telluride Marshal’s Department. He deserved better from his Elk brothers who turned against him in his death and he deserved better from a town government more concerned with “marketing Telluride” than a human being’s life. Harry Force deserved better, plain and simple.
Another reason I decided to write this book is that I believe it is important for all of us to see that when we fail to do and live by what we know is right, we often set in motion a series of events that destroys reputations and lives.
I do not believe any of the people mentioned in this book are evil, but I do believe that unchecked power, poor decisions, personal grudges, alcohol, and pride can fan the flame of hate in the best of people if you allow it to take root. I speak from experience.
It is important for the reader to understand ........
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