Skip to content

Convicted Amish killer commits suicide, police say

ERIE, Pa (Reuters) – Nearly two decades after Amish man Edward Gingerich outraged his normally peaceful religious community by killing his wife, he has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

Gingerich, 44, hung himself in a barn on Friday in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, police said.

He had been living at the property with his attorney, George Schroeck, for the past six months.

Schroeck told Reuters that his wife, Stephanie, discovered Gingerich’s body, along with a message written in dust on top of a bucket that read, “Forgive me please.”

Gingerich became the first Amish person found guilty of homicide, when he was convicted in 1994 of involuntarily manslaughter for killing his wife, Katie, said Jim Fisher, who covered Gingerich’s story in his book “Crimson Stain.”

A jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but mentally ill, for the 1993 killing in the couple’s home in Rockdale Township, Pennsylvania, where he crushed his wife’s skull and used a kitchen knife to remove her stomach organs from her dead body.

“I always thought, and made the point in the book, that he would have been better off and society would have been better off, if he would have been found not guilty by reason of insanity rather than manslaughter,” Fisher told Reuters.

In that case, Gingerich — who was diagnosed with schizophrenia — would have been placed in a mental institution and received more treatment than he ended up getting upon his release from prison, said Fisher, a former professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

“I don’t feel good about the man who is in so much despair that he takes his own life by hanging,” Fisher said. “That is a depressing end to a sad and depressing story.”

Gingerich, after serving his maximum sentence of four years in prison for the killing, moved to a mental institution in Michigan before going to Indiana and eventually returning to Pennsylvania and the Brown Hill Amish community in 2007.

Gingerich had been on antidepressant medications, but Schroeck said that he had apparently stopped using them, Schroeck said. The attorney said he took Gingerich to see a nurse this week, and that Gingerich told him then that he was taking his medication.

“He was very depressed. I didn’t realize how depressed he was, but when you take your own life, you can figure he was pretty depressed,” said Schroeck, who was his attorney for the 1994 manslaughter case.

One of Gingerich’s most painful experiences was his alienation from the Amish community after his crime.

“His community completely deserted him. They shunned him. They kept him from rejoining his family,” Schroeck said. “He was an awfully good person, and he could have helped his community a lot.”

Despite all that, Gingerich will be buried in an Amish cemetery, his attorney said. He added that is what Gingerich would have wanted.

“We’d often find him stumbling around the house using a lamp, even though I would tell him to use the light switch. He was Amish to the end,” Schroeck said.

(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Greg McCune)

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Posted in General News.

Tagged with , .

Support #altnews & keep Dark Politricks alive

Remember I told you over 5 years ago that they would be trying to shut down sites and YouTube channels that are not promoting the "Official" view. Well it's happening big time. Peoples Channels get no money from YouTube any more and Google is being fishy with their AdSense giving money for some clicks but not others. The time is here, it's not "Obama's Internet Cut Off Switch" it's "Trumps Sell Everyones Internet Dirty Laundry Garage Sale".

It's not just Google/YouTube defunding altenative chanels (mine was shut), but Facebook is also removing content, shutting pages, profiles and groups and removing funds from #altnews that way as well. I was recently kicked off FB and had a page "unpublished" with no reason given. If you don't know already all Facebooks Private Messages and Secret Groups are still analysed and checked for words related to drugs, sex, war etc against their own TOS. Personally IU know there are undercover Irish police moving from group to group cloning peoples accounts and getting people booted. Worse than that I know people in court at the moment for the content they had on their secret private group. Use Telegrams secret chat mode to chat on, or if you prefer if you need to or buy a dumb phone with nothing for the NSA to hack into if you are that paranoid.

So if your not supporting this site already which brings you news from the Left to the Right (really the same war mongering bollox) then I could do with some. Even if it's just £5 or tick the monthly subscription box it will be much appreciated. Read on to find out why/


Any support to keep this site would be appreciated. You could set up a monthly subscription for £2 like some people do or you could pay a one off donation as a gift.
I am not asking you to pay me for other people's articles, this is a clearing house as well as place to put my own views out into the world. I am asking for help to write more articles like my recent
false flag gas attack to get WWIII started in Syria, and Trump away from Putin. Hopefully a few missiles won't mean a WikiLeaks release of that infamous video Trump apparently made in a Russian bedroom with Prostitutes. Also please note that this article was written just an hour after the papers came out, and I always come back and update them.

If you want to read JUST my own articles then use the top menu I have written hundreds of articles for this site and I host numerous amounts of material that has seen me the victim of hacks, DOS plus I have been kicked off multiple hosting companies, free blogging sites, and I have even had threats to cease and desist from the US armed forces. Therefore I have to pay for my own server which is NOT cheap. The more people who read these article on this site the more it costs me so some support would be much appreciated.

I have backups of removed reports shown, then taken down after pressure, that show collusion between nations and the media. I have the full redacted 28/29 pages from the 9.11 commission on the site which seems to have been forgotten about as we help Saudi Arabia bomb Yemeni kids hiding in the rubble with white phosphorus, an illegal weaapon. One that the Israeli's even used when they bombed the UN compound in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. We complain about Syrian troops (US Controlled ISIS) using chemical weapons to kill "beautiful babies". I suppose all those babies we kill in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria are just not beautiful enough for Trumps beautiful baby ratio. Plus we kill about 100 times as many as ISIS or the Syrian army have managed by a factor of about 1000 to 1.

I also have a backup of the FOX News series that looked into Israeli connections to 9.11. Obviously FOX removed that as soon as AIPAC, ADL and the rest of the Hasbra brigade protested.

I also have a copy of the the original Liberal Democrats Freedom Bill which was quickly and quietly removed from their site once they enacted and replaced with some watered down rubbish instead once they got into power. No change to police tactics, protesting or our unfair extradition treaty with the USA but we did get a stop to being clamped on private land instead of the mny great ideas in the original.

So ANY support to keep this site running would be much appreciated! I don't have much money after leaving my job and it is a choice between shutting the server or selling the domain or paying a lot of money just so I can show this material. Material like the FSB Bombings that put Putin in power or the Google no 1 spot when you search for protecting yourself from UK Police with "how to give a no comment interview". If you see any adverts that interest you then please visit them as it helps me without you even needing to give me any money. A few clicks per visit is all it takes to help keep the servers running and #altnews alive!

However if you don't want to use the very obvious and cost free ways (to you) to help the site and keep me writing for it then please consider making a small donation. Especially if you have a few quid sitting in your PayPal account doing nothing useful. Why not do a monthly subscription for less money instead. Will you really notice £5 a month?

0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.