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On a cold, gray March evening near Mill Village, Pennsylvania, Edward Gingerich brutally murdered and mutilated his wife as their two children looked on in horror. It was an act of madness that shocked his small Amish community...and the nation.

Edward Gingerich was never considered a typical Amish person. For all of his life, he had rebelled against the traditional ways of his family--showing signs of a vicious temper, bullying those smaller and weaker than he was, and ...

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Overview

On a cold, gray March evening near Mill Village, Pennsylvania, Edward Gingerich brutally murdered and mutilated his wife as their two children looked on in horror. It was an act of madness that shocked his small Amish community...and the nation.

Edward Gingerich was never considered a typical Amish person. For all of his life, he had rebelled against the traditional ways of his family--showing signs of a vicious temper, bullying those smaller and weaker than he was, and socializing with outsiders to the community. Everyone knew he was a troubled man. But no one could have ever imagined the ghastly events that would occur--events that would make Edward Gingerich the only Amish man in history to be convicted of homicide...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425174333
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
The Families xi
Prologue 1
1 The Brownhill Amish 3
2 Ed Meets Katie 10
3 A Short Honeymoon 14
4 The Pennsylvania Doctor 19
5 The New Sawmill 23
6 The Sidekick 28
7 Beware of Loggers with Bibles 33
8 The Hard Sell 41
9 The Reluctant Witness 46
10 Alone and Abandoned 49
11 Evangelists at the Gate 52
12 New Home, Old Problems 58
13 Marks of Violence 61
14 Two-faced 65
15 The Sermon in the Machine Shop 70
16 Ed's Vision 77
17 Ed's First Spell 86
18 "The English Have Ed" 99
19 Waking Up in a Mental Ward 105
20 An English Visitor 113
21 Drug-Addled 120
22 Another Spell, Another Stint 132
23 Saved from the Bishop 141
24 Out of Step 146
25 Punxsutawney Healer 149
26 "I Am a Quack" 157
27 Liver Pills 165
28 The Work of the Devil 171
29 "You Wouldn't Understand" 181
30 The Wedding Announcement 188
31 From the Killer's Lips 199
32 Jail 205
33 Cleaning Up 211
34 The Funeral 218
35 Loose Talk 224
36 Shunned 230
37 Hiring the Head Doctors 236
38 Beating the Bush for Witnesses 247
39 Brainstorming 257
40 Commonwealth v. Gingerich 265
41 Lord Willing 275
42 The Gunk Defense 285
43 "Whacked-Out" 295
44 The Verdict 305
End Notes 315
Index 343
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    The Truth be Told

    I did enjoy the book, but knowing both families on a personal level I guess I would look at some of the details a little different. Growing up only a mile from Katie's parents, we often did business with both families. Try to imagine reading any book with such horror behind it, now imagine how well you knew the people in real life! As far as updates, last I had heard he was released and living far away from this community. Katie's family had since relocated to their roots as well. As far as Ed's family, not sure, but believe they are still in the area.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    He killed himself in 2011. Meadville Tribune January 14, 2011.

    He killed himself in 2011. Meadville Tribune January 14, 2011.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    Shockin

    I read this book in few days, after it was passed thru the family. I lived in Mill Village an this was a shocking horrible thing this man did. Katie was tryin despertaly to get Ed help.No one would help. She paid with her life. Shockin an just awful he didnt get enough time in the hospital to pay for this terrible crime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2005

    concern for the kids

    I have read this book twice and live around many amish families i wonder what ever happened to these kids and why he was only found guilty of involuntary manslaughter? considering the circumstances i'm sure he was not welcomed back into his community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    I was on this call

    Try being there in the ambulance crew to see this horrible thing it was just devistating i know a buch of people in this true life story. i now live about 10 to 15 miles from Millvillage in a little town called Union City Pa

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002

    Haven't read it

    I'm glad you all enjoyed the book, but you should have actually SAT THROUGH the trial. As one of the court reporters assigned to the case...I can't even tell you how horrifying it was, or what it was like to look at the faces of both Ed's and Katie's family members. I wonder if the author sat through the trial? Because he certainly didn't order the transcripts...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    A Miscarriage of Justice

    I just finished reading Crimson Stain. Couldn't put it down. It is strange that neither the prosecution nor the defense was able to get at the root of this man's problem. Would like to know if Ed Gingerich was ever paroled and if he is living back in the Amish community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    More information

    I too could not put this book down from start to finish and would like to know where Ed is now and if he was shunned. Any info. would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Eye Opening Look at Preventable Crime

    I found this book to be a very enlightening factual account of the Old Order Amish way of life, something that is not generally known outside of the Amish and the communities in which the Amish live. This is a page-turner and is made even more interesting by the way the author writes this true story and points out pertinent facts not recognized by the authorities prosecuting this case. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in true crime cases.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    TERRIFIC and SHOCKING!

    An excellent true story about a wacko Amish man who loses control. I learned much about the Amish way of life, their beliefs and religion. The story takes place in the rural region of northwestern Pennsylvania. I was a student of the author at Edinboro University of Pa. It was easy for me to relate to the places that were depicted in the book. The verdict is stunning, and this case will make you question our criminal justice system. GREAT BOOK PROF. FISHER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    I LOVED IT

    I am from Lawrence County. I read this book in awe that he could murder his wife in the manner he did. I just want to know if he was paroled in Dec 1995 & where is he now?? I would like an E-mail address of Mr. Fisher so I can write to him personally about the book & the whereabouts of this man now & also if his community did indeed shun him from their community. I would appreciate any information on the follow up of this story. Thankyou.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2000

    I can remember this

    I was interested in this book because: I can rember when it happened, I have family that live in the area where the murder ocurred, and I live just a few miles from that area. Amish buggies roll past my house everyday! While I was somewhat bored by the details of saw mills, it was frightening to read about a quiet Amish community so close to home. I also had a problem with the author's portrayel of the 'English' that live in the area. Not all are poor dullards! And not all of us are 'Holy Roller' Bible thumping evangelists.

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