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FBI Arrests 7 In Ohio Amish Hair-Cutting Attacks

Agnus Dei Farrant |
November 23, 2011 | 8:36 p.m. PST

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(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
(Photo courtesy of Creative Commons).
The FBI arrested seven members of a breakaway Amish group Wednesday with hate crime charges for the hair-cutting attacks against other Amish.

Authorities raided the group's eastern Ohio compound. Members of the group forcibly cut the beards and hair of Amish men and women and took photos of them from September to November, authorities told the Associated Press.

The most serious charges could carry a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted, the Department of Justice said in a statement Wednesday.

The statement also said that according to the affidavit filed in support of the arrest warrants, the group conspired to carry out the assaults because they were having a religiously-based dispute.

"In doing so, the defendants forcibly restrained multiple Amish men and cut off their bears and head hair with scissors and battery-powered clippers," the statement said, "causing bodily injury to these men while also injuring others who attempted to stop the attacks."

The seven men charged are: Samuel Mullet Sr.; Johnny S. Mullet; Daniel S. Mullet; Levi F. Miller; Eli M. Miller; Emanuel Schrock and Lester S. Mullet. They are being charged with willfully causing bodily injury to any person, or attempting to do so by use of a dangerous weapon, because of the actual or perceived religion of that person.

According to the AP, cutting the hair is a highly offensive act in the Amish community. The Amish follow the Bible's instructions for women to grow their hair long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry.


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Ranger Dan (not verified) on November 24, 2011 9:38 AM

What are they, like a gang of gay hairdressers, doing drive by perms and mohawks? Do they do nails too? "Ahhhhh! Officer it was just awful, he used the most hideous peach color on my nails, and the curlers were just way to tight".

Anonymous (not verified) on November 23, 2011 10:00 PM

Yes... but do the Mullets know that their signature hairstyle is still "out"? :0). And this sentence:
"Members of the group forcibly cut the beards and hair of Amish men and women..."
What does it mean? I mean the Amish men should appreciate it if someone finally shaved off their wife's beard, don't you think?

In all seriousness, this pales in comparison to some crimes these days. One would have to be very bald, er I mean, bold to try hold hold down one of these dudes (they are quite strong from all the manual labor, and healthier than average, too). Trying to force people to change just makes them bitter, so this is really senseless. I just hope those folks (the guys and gals who suffered the attack) didn't get cut up too much from the incident. Sometimes being an exclusive, separatist isn't easy; and being the child of one it sounds like can be even harder ;0).

Anonymous (not verified) on November 23, 2011 10:00 PM

They should arrest all the amish for there puppy mills.treat dogs worst than mike Vick. Everyone google amish puppy mills.

Anonymous (not verified) on November 23, 2011 9:09 PM

Well sounds like a clash of hairstyles...the Mullets are moving in.