Born in the small town of Kłodzko, Poland, Jarek immigrated to Vancouver, Canada with his family at the age of ten to re-join his father in hopes for a better life. Despite the language barrier, he would eventually excel both scholastically and athletically during his adolescence as he slowly adapted to his new "Westernized" lifestyle.
But everything changed during the latter part of his high school years when he met and fell in love with an extraordinary girl named Dianne. Before long, the two became inseparable in an environment that appeared to threaten their intimate relationship. She was to become a nurse, and he an airline pilot, until the crazy idea of elopement changed their lives forever.
Armed with their youthful innocence and a yearning for adventure, the star-crossed lovers devised a plan to elope using a rented aircraft. The getaway plan was simple: leave quietly and minimize the impact to both their families and friends. Everything was going according to plan until, during their final flight leg, the plane crashed into Little Bitterroot Lake and Dianne tragically died.
Distraught and in shock, Jarek hitch-hiked aimlessly south, where he would spend the next twenty-four years trying to make sense of the accident, as he slowly pieced his life back together.
A love story like no other, the details of how and why it all happened are now in the memoir that accompanies the interactive website www.ambrozuk.com containing over 800 documents and evidence reports from RCMP and Flathead County authorities. Despite what the Flathead County authorities tried to do, it is finally time to demystify their elopement, unravel the twenty-four-year-old Montana mystery case, and set the record straight.
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A Tear in my Life: The Brutal Truth
by Jarek Ambrozuk
The incredible true story of two high school sweethearts who mystified the U.S. and Canadian authorities for 24 years after their elaborate elopement ended in tragedy. Read about their love, the accident, and what happened a quarter century later in the small town of Kalispell, where their innocent elopement accident was turned into a crime by a town that would not be denied its scapegoat.
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