Even the most seasoned cops are taken aback when Katie Gingerich is found murdered and disembowelled. Could a religious quarrel in the tight Amish society have led to such a heinous act, and why did no one intervene? Edward Gingerich, her killer and husband, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 1994, but he was mentally ill at the time. He served his five-year term in a mental hospital’s jail wing. Mr. Fischer feels he should have been declared not guilty due to insanity, allowing him to be sent to a mental institution indefinitely. Edward Gingerich, 44, hanged himself on January 14, 2011.
On March 18, 1993, Katie Gingerich was killed, shocking the Pennsylvanian Amish community to its core. Katie’s damaged body, with her internal parts piled up beside her on the floor, horrified the police when they arrived at the crime scene.
‘Murder in Amish Country: The Original Amish Murderer,’ (Season 1 Episode 5) a documentary on Investigation Discovery, explores the case and depicts the bizarre circumstances surrounding the gruesome crime. If you’re intrigued by this case and want to know if Katie’s killer is still alive, we’ve got you covered.
What Caused Katie Gingerich’s Death?
Katie Gingerich was a devout member of the Rockdale Township Amish community in Pennsylvania. She was the bishop’s niece, and residents praised her as nice, diligent, and pious, attributes that the Amish value highly.
Unfortunately, she was married to Ed Gingerich, and while their relationship was initially blissful, things took a nasty turn when Ed began to question their way of life, according to the episode. Even still, the villagers were completely unaware of the horrific murder that would change history.
On March 18, 1993, when the police arrived at Katie and Ed’s house, they were astounded at the brutality of the murder. Katie was on the floor, and her head appeared to have been battered in with a blunt object. Furthermore, the victim’s body had been severely mangled, with all of her internal organs being piled up beside her on the floor by the perpetrator.
An autopsy later revealed that Katie had been battered to death by the murderer, and it appeared to be a crime committed in a fit of rage. Nothing appeared to have been taken, and there was no evidence of forced entry, ruling out a burglary.
Who KilledKatie Gingerich and Why?
When police arrived at the crime site, they discovered Katie’s husband, Ed, who was carrying both of the couple’s children. However, the show depicted Ed confessing to his wife’s murder and claiming that he was the one who had battered her to death in an unusual change of events.
Despite the fact that the cops were quick to apprehend him, they understood they needed to dig deeper into the case to figure out what was going on. Officers discovered that Ed had been disillusioned with the Amish way of life after questioning the Amish community. As a result, the local community decided to marry Ed and Katie in the hopes that she may persuade him to change his views.
However, after his wedding, Ed became increasingly sad and would spend hours at his woodshop, which he owned and operated, according to the show. Ed met other people from outside the community through the woodshop, who influenced his beliefs even more.
The show depicted how Ed lost control of his mental gadgets as he was burdened by the Amish way of life and perplexed by what he heard from others. According to the episode, he began hallucinating and was on the verge of a psychotic breakdown, prompting him to seek treatment at a psychiatric facility.
However, the medication had little effect on Ed’s problems, and he began to believe that his wife was holding him captive against his will. The show also detailed how the pair frequently got into fights, and it followed Ed as he spiralled deeper and deeper into a mental health crisis that foretold disaster for him.
In the end, it’s thought that during one of his mental episodes on March 18, 1993, Ed lost control of his senses and murdered Katie. In fact, once in police custody, he appeared to be genuinely regretful about his actions.
What Has Happened to Ed Gingerich and Where Is He?
Despite being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia while awaiting trial, Ed was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by the jury. In 1994, he was sentenced to two and a half to five years in jail. Ed was eligible for parole in 1995, but he remained in prison until March 19, 1998, when he was eventually released.
Following that, in 14 January 2011, reports indicated that Ed had been residing in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, with his attorney for about six months until his body was discovered hanging at a local barn. Ed committed suicide, according to an autopsy.