Murder in Amish CountryWith unparalleled access, gripping interviews and evocative re-enactments, Murder in Amish Country takes viewers into a hidden world as detectives uncover secrets, passions and rivalries that lie beneath the surface in each community. AIRED: Sunday April 18, 2021 at 11:00 PM ET/PT on documentaryChannel
Murders of any kind are thankfully rare events within the peaceful and reserved Amish and Anabaptist communities that are scattered across the United States. When they do occasionally occur, investigating detectives soon find out that solving them is unlike working any other kind of case. As one cop put it: “It was easier getting information from the Mob than from the Amish.”
Dramatic, original and revealing, Murder in Amish Country tells the true stories of homicide investigations in this unfamiliar world, where witnesses are notoriously distrustful of outsiders - even the police - and where justice is often dealt with internally. Often career cases for detectives, these investigations are both extraordinary and challenging: A wife is inexplicably killed in a frenzied knife attack, a husband is slowly poisoned to death, a missing woman’s body is finally discovered in a basement, an unidentified child’s body is found beside a isolated rural road and a murdered Mennonite man turns out to have unexpected connections to a dangerous international drug smuggling operation. Finding the killers and bringing them to justice will push detectives to the limit in every episode.
Combining unparalleled access to those in or close to the Amish community, captivating interviews with the friends and family of the victims as well as with law enforcement officers and visually arresting re-enactments, Murder in Amish Country takes viewers into a hidden world as detectives strive to break through the walls of silence and distrust by uncovering secrets, concealed deep rooted relationships and the rivalries and passions that lie beneath the surface in each community. For police and viewers alike, each episode of Murder in Amish Country is an immersive journey to bring a killer to justice and shines a light on a hidden side of the human experience.