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UPDATE: October 10th, 2011 – 11:26PM
There are members in the Amish community in Ohio that are fearful and angry about the recent occurrences amongst them. There have been multiple breaks ins, and in each occurrence, men’s and women’s hair is being cut off as well as the men’s beards.
Four different sheriff’s departments – Jefferson County, Carroll County, Holmes County and Trumbull County – reported similar incidents this week involving hair cutting, with reports of groups of Amish men yanking victims out of their homes by their beards or bursting into their homes and attacking them with scissors.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department reported the Amish men referred to themselves as being part of the ‘Bergholz Clan’.
A 13-year-old female and 74-year-old man were amongst two of the victims in Holmes county when a group of 27 men came into their home. The cops moved forward aggressively and were taking evidence from horse trailers and buggies, assuming that these were used in connection with the assaults.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said there was a similar incident in Trumbull County three weeks ago.
He said hair from the victims was brought back to Jefferson County to prove to Sam Mullet, the bishop of the Bergholz group, that Mullet’s orders concerning the hair cutting was being followed.
Holmes County, and I’m assuming the others as well, have reported that they will be pursuing felonious assault and burglary charges for whoever participated in these attacks.
In 2007, the Bergholz Amish community was again thrust into the spotlight after it was alleged that sexual abuse was prevalent in the community.
Sheriff Abdalla testified that a 12-year-old girl was brutally raped in the community, and he expressed concern that there could be more potential victims.
He also said that the community was being intimidated by Bishop Mullet saying that he ‘has fear instilled in all those people; mind control in all those people’.
I love how much fun these little pranksters are having. They could be brutally assaulting these individuals, but no, they’re simply cutting their hair off. And the fact that they’re using their horse trailers and buggies as get away “cars” just makes me laugh hysterically. Like, seriously? If you’re going to break the law, assault members of your community, and more, I don’t see why you couldn’t just use a damn automobile. It’s not like you have much respect for the Amish traditions anyhow. And I would assume that they don’t move too fast and you could be easily apprehended after committing such a crime. Thank goodness your victims don’t have phones and can’t call authorities quickly enough to make that happen. Although, I’m still confused as to why they don’t just chase you, rather follow you, out themselves.
- Ohio Amish Under Investigation for Beard-Theft Ring [Crime] (gawker.com)
- Amazing Amish Auction Features Zebras, Camels, People in Bonnets [Video] (gawker.com)
- The Plain Ponzi Scheme: Feds Charge “The Amish Bernie Madoff” (jonathanturley.org)
- Here Are Eight Mugshots Of Amish Guys With Odd Hair And Beards [Deadspin XY] (deadspin.com)
- Behold the Mighty Beard, a Badge of Piety and Religious Belonging (nytimes.com)
UPDATE HERE: The Fugitives have been caught!!! (August 10th 5:04PM Pacific)
Three siblings are currently wanted by the FBI for multiple felonies, including: evading the police, armed bank robbery, warrants, shooting at officers during a high speed chase, and much more.
Lee-Grace Dougherty, 29, Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, and Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21 all have previous criminal records. Their mom has been pleading for them to turn themselves in to ensure no one gets hurt and “do the right thing”. Unfortunately, when three of your children all have criminal records and then pull a stunt like this, together, I don’t have much faith in you as a mother.
The youngest of the siblings, Ryan, has around 20 felonies already and one was for sexually texting an 11-year-old girl. One week before the bank robbery in Valdosta, Georgia, he registered as a sex offender for the first time. Lee-Grace was wanted for a hit-and-run crash and battery from earlier in the year, as well as having a probation violation. Dylan was fortunate enough to only have a charge of marijuana possession before this crime spree took place.
Here’s a video broadcast:
For more on these idiots, click here (They also had an underground bunker that they made and can be seen here)