A Killing in Amish Country
Sex, Betrayal, and a Cold-blooded Murder
Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris
St. Martin's Press
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Publishing Group
On Sale: 07/05/2016
ISBN: 9781466875241336 Pages
At just 30 years old, with dark-blonde hair and freckles, Barbara Weaver was as pretty as the women depicted on the covers of her favorite "bonnet" stories - romance novels set in Amish America. Barbara had everything she'd ever wanted: five beautiful children, a home, her faith, and a husband named Eli. But while Barbara was happy to live as the Amish have for centuries - without modern conveniences, Eli was tempted by technology: cell phones, the Internet, and sexting. Online he called himself "Amish Stud" and found no shortage of "English" women looking for love and sex. Twice he left Barbara and their children, was shunned, begged for forgiveness, and had been welcomed back to the church.
Barb Raber was raised Amish, but is now a Conservative Mennonite. She drove Eli to appointments in her car, and she gave him what he wanted when he wanted: a cell phone, a laptop, rides to his favorite fishing and hunting places, and, most importantly, sex. When Eli starts asking people to kill his wife for him, Barb offers to help. One night, just after Eli had hitched a ride with a group of men to go fishing in the hours before dawn, Barb Raber entered the Weaver house and shot Barbara Weaver in the chest at close range.
It was only the third murder in hundreds of years of Amish life in America, and it fell to Edna Boyle, a young assistant prosecutor to seek justice for Barbara Weaver.
Where did my friend, love, trustworthy husband go to? He hates me to the core.
—BARBARA WEAVER, IN A LETTER TO HER COUNSELOR ABOUT THE DEEP DIVIDE IN HER MARRIAGE.
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Praise for A Killing in Amish Country
“Olsen's [writing] is both gossipy and sympathetic, searing and brilliant. . . . A must read for true crime aficionados and students of abnormal psychology! I read until 3 a.m.!” —Ann Rule on If Loving You is Wrong
“Gregg Olsen is one of this country's favorite true crime writers…Olsen takes readers behind the scenes of this fascinating case.” —Tucson Citizen on A Twisted Faith
“As good as it gets.” —Lee Child on A Wicked Snow
“A rapid-fire page-turner.” —Seattle Times on A Twisted Faith
“A disturbing portrait of a community undone by its appealing young pastor…. An unsettling story of a man who committed murdered and then used his charm and his power as a man of God to exploit his congregants and satisfy his sexual obsession.” —Publishers Weekly on A Twisted Faith
“Dark, atmospheric, riveting suspense . . . Gregg Olsen is one of the best.” —Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Fear No Evil on A Cold Dark Place-