Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers
"Renegade Amish" goes behind the scenes to tell the full story of the Bergholz barbers: the attacks, the investigation, the trial, and the aftermath. Kraybill gives voice to the terror and pain experienced by the victims, along with the deep shame that accompanied their disfigurement - a factor that figured prominently in the decision to apply the federal hate crime law. Built on Kraybill's deep knowledge of Amish life and his contacts within many Amish communities, "Renegade Amish" highlights one of the strangest and most publicized sagas in contemporary Amish history. Paperback. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. 207 pages.