CRIMSON STAIN is the shocking true story of murder in an Old-Order Amish community.
The ritualistic murder of Katie Gingerich in rural Pennsylvania set into motion a clash of Amish and modern values about mental illness, domestic violence, and criminal justice. CRIMSON STAIN is a window into the private and mysterious world of the Old-Order Amish.
This revised and expanded edition of CRIMSON STAIN tells the shocking and tragic story of the Gingerich family up to the present day.
REVIEWS OF THE FIRST EDITION:
"A truly unique contribution to the true-crime genre." Phoenix Book Review
"A fascinating, heart-wrenching, and sobering account of the consequences of an untreated mental illness and its effects on a community that co-exists with modern society but is separate from it." Sunday Patriot News (Harrisburg, PA)
"Fisher writes in a clear, highly readable style." Erie Times-News
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
|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|
|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|
|15||The Sermon in the Machine Shop||70|
|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|
|22||Another Spell, Another Stint||132|
|23||Saved from the Bishop||141|
|24||Out of Step||146|
|26||"I Am a Quack"||157|
|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|
|37||Hiring the Head Doctors||236|
|38||Beating the Bush for Witnesses||247|
|40||Commonwealth v. Gingerich||265|
|42||The Gunk Defense||285|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
He killed himself in 2011. Meadville Tribune January 14, 2011.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.