A Bum Deal shares the inspirational story of Rufus Hannah who rose from the depths of despair to become the remarkable person that he is today. The story follows his life from childhood in rural Georgia, his homelessness, his “film star” status, known to millions around the world, unfortunately, as “Rufus the Stunt Bum” because of his participation in the infamous Bumfights video series and the unspeakable violence against the homeless depicted in them—leading to a worldwide epidemic of homeless abuse.
But his story didn’t end there….it is a story of incredible pride and perseverance, and a recovery few could have imagined. From Rufus’s criminal court case against the makers of Bumfights, and the civil trial (the trail that gave this book its name “A Bum Deal”) to Rufus addiction, recovery and rebirth with the help of co-author Barry Soper. This book shows how he went from nothing to a new life as an awarded advocate against the very violence he first fell victim to. The memoir shows how Barry a simple businessman gave Rufus a chance to change his life around. Rufus’s story is inspiring to anyone who has ever struggled with personal demons and life challenges, and wondered where they would find the strength to survive even one more day.
Rufus Hannah is an advocate for the homeless, and currently an assistant manager of a townhome development. He was formerly featured in the infamous Bumfights videos and was labeled “Rufus the Stunt Bum” by radio shock jock Howard Stern.
Activist and businessman, Barry Soper, is chairman of the board of Oak Grove, a nonprofit educational and residential treatment center serving 160 children, ages five to eighteen. Oak Grove, headquartered in Murrieta, CA, provides twenty-four-hour care at its three campus dormitories for many of these children, the majority of whom have suffered physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or serious family conflicts. Soper has served on the board of St. Vincent DePaul Village. A key center for San Diego’s large homeless population, St. Vincent DePaul’s mission is to help its neighbors in need break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by promoting self-sufficiency through an innovative continuum of care, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships.