Category: Amish

Renegade Amish group charged with hate crimes in beard-cutting attacks

Twelve members of a renegade Amish group were charged with hate crimes in the bizarre beard-cutting attacks on other members of the sect in eastern Ohio, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

Samuel Mullet and 11 members of his group also face charges of conspiracy, assault and tampering with evidence in the case that has drawn worldwide attention to the insular community.

Members of breakaway Amish sect charged with federal hate crimes for beard attacks

Sam Mullet Authorities raided the compound of a breakaway Amish group Wednesday morning and arrested seven men on federal hate crime charges in hair-cutting attacks against Amish men and women.

Among those arrested were the group’s leader, Sam Mullet, and three of his sons, said Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

FBI investigating Amish beard-cutting attacks

Bergholz Clan An Amish sect referred to as the Bergholz Clan is the subject of a federal investigation following a wave of Amish-on-Amish incidents, FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

law enforcement officials and members of the Amish community believe the sect’s leader has created a cult and is single-handedly behind the beard cutting incidents and other crimes in recent years

Amish in business

According to a recent study in the Global Business and Economics Review, the failure rate of Amish businesses is less than 10% in the first five years, compared with 50% of small businesses in the U.S. over the same time period. Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, points out these five values as part of the secret of their success: • Never ask an employee to do something that you wouldn’t be willing to do yourself. • Value relationships over onetime deals. • Cultivate a rigorous work ethic. • Learn to work outside your comfort zone. • It’s all in the details: make sure the product — or service! — you deliver is carefully crafted.