Convicted Amish killer commits suicide,
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#1 Jul 28, 2012
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. Convicted Amish killer commits suicide, police say
By Marissa Rosenbaum
(Reuters)- Nearly two decades after Amish man Edward Gingerich outraged his normally peaceful religious community by killing his wife, he has been found dead of an apparent suicide.
Gingerich, 44, hung himself in a barn on Friday in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, police said.
He had been living at the property with his attorney, George Schroeck, for the past six months.
Schroeck told Reuters that his wife, Stephanie, discovered Gingerich's body, along with a message written in dust on top of a bucket that read, "Forgive me please."
Gingerich became the first Amish person found guilty of homicide, when he was convicted in 1994 of involuntarily manslaughter for killing his wife, Katie, said Jim Fisher, who covered Gingerich's story in his book "Crimson Stain."
A jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but mentally ill, for the 1993 killing in the couple's home in Rockdale Township, Pennsylvania, where he crushed his wife's skull and used a kitchen knife to remove her stomach organs from her dead body.
"I always thought, and made the point in the book, that he would have been better off and society would have been better off, if he would have been found not guilty by reason of insanity rather than manslaughter," Fisher told Reuters.
In that case, Gingerich -- who was diagnosed with schizophrenia -- would have been placed in a mental institution and received more treatment than he ended up getting upon his release from prison, said Fisher, a former professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
"I don't feel good about the man who is in so much despair that he takes his own life by hanging," Fisher said. "That is a depressing end to a sad and depressing story."
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