Friday, November 4, 2011

Old Amish Murder Cases

Most murders that happen in Amish country usually make the newspapers due to the rarity of such events. Here are a few old Amish murder cases that have occurred.

1983 Lancaster County Pennsylvania
In 1982, Naomi Huyard was one of the first Amish people to be murdered in Lancaster County. On November 21 , 1952, Huyard was attacked and murdered by two young men, Ernest Lee Hoopengarner, 21, and Jimmy Lee Herr, age 19.  On the night of the murder, Naoimi Huyard, 50, walked across the street to the home of her neighbors in order to store some boxes of frozen food. When she did not return, her family and neighbors notified police. A search ensued, and her body was found after three hours. She had been stabbed 16 times. She had also been violated. The Amish community was in shock and fearful that such a crime could happen in their communities. The Amish people had to deal with issues of forgiveness and sympathy much like the original story above. The two young men were convicted of murder. Jimmy Lee Herr was sentenced to death. Ernest Lee Hoopengarner, who police say was the person who actually committed the murder, pleaded not guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.