Mollie Halpern: Perpetrators in an FBI closed case received their sentences earlier this month, but their actions continue to evoke fear among the Amish community.
Michael S. Sirohman: The entire Amish community—at least from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan—they’re all very aware of this community and still fearful of it.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern, and this is Gotcha, the FBI’s closed case of the week.
Sixteen members of an Amish sect in Bergholz, Ohio launched multiple attacks against other members of Amish communities. In some instances, the attackers and victims were related. Case Agent Michael Sirohman…
Sirohman: They believed it would help bring their victims closer to God by doing this to them.
Halpern: The attackers wanted to shame their victims by cutting and shaving their hair and beards with scissors and horse shears.
Sirohman: The hair and beard of members of the Amish community are symbols of their religious faith.
Halpern: Some victims were also injured.
Sirohman: They wanted pictures to show how funny and embarrassed their victims looked afterwards.