Hate Crimes Against Amish, Part 1
February 8, 2013
Sixteen people are sentenced to between one and 15 years for hate crimes against members of the Amish community.
Mollie Halpern: Sixteen people are sentenced to between one and 15 years for hate crimes against members of the Amish community.
Michael S. Sirohman: There was a religious motivation that caused the attacks to occur.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern, and this is Gotcha, the Bureau’s closed case of the week. The perpetrators, who are Amish themselves, waged five brazen attacks in Ohio against the victims over a three-month period in 2011. The attacks stemmed from an old religious dispute between Samuel Mullet, Sr. and members of other Amish sects. Case Agent Michael Sirohman says the attacks were Mullet’s way of getting revenge.
Sirohman: Sam is a very intelligent individual, and he is very good at manipulating people.
Halpern: Mullet permitted his followers to commit the attacks—even against their own family members.
Sirohman: The victims were very brave in this. In many of the cases, they had to testify against their own children.
Halpern: In the next edition of Gotcha, find out what tool meant for use on animals was used in the attacks, and more…
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