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3 Amish men accused of cutting hair, beards of others
Four alleged attacks have taken place in an Ohio Amish community since September 6, the local sheriff says.
October 10th, 2011
08:32 PM ET

3 Amish men accused of cutting hair, beards of others

(CNN) - Three Ohio Amish men remained in police custody Monday after allegedly assaulting other members of their local community in part by forcibly cutting off hair and beards - a particularly egregious offense in Amish society.

Lester Mullet, 26, Johnny Mullet, 38, and Levi Miller, 53, were arrested last Friday, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.

Additional arrests are expected, Abdalla said.

Four alleged attacks have taken place since September 6, Abdalla said. The three men are accused of breaking into multiple homes and inflicting a series of cuts and bruises while forcibly cutting facial and other hair from men, women, and children.

The attacks, according to Abdalla, were instigated by an extreme Amish splinter group led by Lester and Johnny Mullet's father - Bishop Sam Mullet.

"The leader of this group ... - I call it a cult - was shunned from his faith some years ago," Abdalla said in regard to Bishop Mullet. "He basically thumbed his nose" at others.

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    Those Amish were just following this motto!
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    October 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  4. Reality

    The Amish and Mennonites suffer from inbreeding. The topic appears to be one of its results.

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    October 12, 2011 at 8:46 am |
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  5. THE BROWN NOTE

    the amish as a whole are a terrifyingly violent people

    October 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Yeah... Drive-By-Shootings with single shot muskets from the side window of Buggy..... I guess that if I did such coming at me ... part of me might be scared... 🙂

      October 12, 2011 at 4:01 am |
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