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GoErie.com: Gingerich brothers plead no contest

There are 6 comments on the GoErie.com story from Oct 26, 2007, titled GoErie.com: Gingerich brothers plead no contest. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Edward Gingegrich, foreground, and family members leave a preliminary hearing where he and his brothers, Joseph and Atlee were ordered to stand trial on criminal charges alleging he coerced his daughter to ...

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Jan

United States

#1 Oct 26, 2007
Edward Gingerich should still be locked away. Involuntary manslaughter? Seems more like he committed a brutal murder.
Boo Boo Bear

Erie, PA

#2 Oct 26, 2007
He DID, Jan. Brutal murder to the max.
O.J. too.

The judicial system defers to the psychobabble industry. When they kill again, it is not the judges fault. Finger points at psychobabble and they, in turn, weave a new theory.

Disembowling a mom in her 20's?
Involuntary manslaughter.

Religious folks would say evil instead.
They would be right.
By the way, Gingerich is cured says psychobabble.
He is no longer having a breakdown. We are.

“Leave the gun; take the canoli”

Since: Oct 07

Erie, PA

#3 Oct 28, 2007
I think it is more of a problem with juries seeing the Amish as more pious than everybody else than it is with the judicial system's deference to the "psychobabble industry". Consider the case of Richard Laird & Frank Chester in eastern PA. These two men brutally slashed the throat of gay Levittown artist Anthony Milano on December 14th, 1987.

Richard Laird was a tattooed, loud-mothed biker who self-medicated for his untreated ADHD and organic brain damage with small quantities of meth. He had far more problems than Ed Gingrich had. Laird and Chester both got the death penalty. Yet, this Amish man - Ed Gingrich - who abused his wife and ended up beating her to death and then proceeded to gut her like a deer on the kitchen floor in front of their children got a slap on the wrist. He served less time than people who write bad checks!

The significant differences here is that Richard Laird & Frank Chester were poor working-class whites. They had the image of being social deviants because they did not have steady jobs. They were renters. They had tattoos. They drank hard and lived on the margins of middle-class white society. As poor white males who were not part of the successful white middle class, they are held beneath contempt by the rest of society. Plus their victim was a man as opposed to a woman. Now compare that to the Gingrich case: Ed Gingrich was a member of the Old Order Amish community. His victim, whose death was far more brutal and terror-filled than that of Anthony Milano, was a woman - his wife Katie. Women don't count in the justice system. If a woman is abused by her husband, she somehow deserved it. She is not considered as much of a victim as a man would be. If the perpetrator of such psychopathic homicidal acts fits the more socially accepted image of an Amishman (compared to an unemployed male deemed as "white trash" with tattoos and no steady job) juries are lenient. This is so about classism it stinks!
easy

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Oct 28, 2007
Jacqueline Homan wrote:
I think it is more of a problem with juries seeing the Amish as more pious than everybody else than it is with the judicial system's deference to the "psychobabble industry". Consider the case of Richard Laird & Frank Chester in eastern PA. These two men brutally slashed the throat of gay Levittown artist Anthony Milano on December 14th, 1987.
Richard Laird was a tattooed, loud-mothed biker who self-medicated for his untreated ADHD and organic brain damage with small quantities of meth. He had far more problems than Ed Gingrich had. Laird and Chester both got the death penalty. Yet, this Amish man - Ed Gingrich - who abused his wife and ended up beating her to death and then proceeded to gut her like a deer on the kitchen floor in front of their children got a slap on the wrist. He served less time than people who write bad checks!
The significant differences here is that Richard Laird & Frank Chester were poor working-class whites. They had the image of being social deviants because they did not have steady jobs. They were renters. They had tattoos. They drank hard and lived on the margins of middle-class white society. As poor white males who were not part of the successful white middle class, they are held beneath contempt by the rest of society. Plus their victim was a man as opposed to a woman. Now compare that to the Gingrich case: Ed Gingrich was a member of the Old Order Amish community. His victim, whose death was far more brutal and terror-filled than that of Anthony Milano, was a woman - his wife Katie. Women don't count in the justice system. If a woman is abused by her husband, she somehow deserved it. She is not considered as much of a victim as a man would be. If the perpetrator of such psychopathic homicidal acts fits the more socially accepted image of an Amishman (compared to an unemployed male deemed as "white trash" with tattoos and no steady job) juries are lenient. This is so about classism it stinks!
Thanks for the post. I've posted on my site about this case in reference to the time Gingerich served,
Mad in Levittown

Salfordville, PA

#5 May 23, 2008
I believe Richard laird got what he deserved and the jury didn't have a hard time seeing right through this white trash creep. I was in the court room and saw the pictures that will never leave my mind. There was nothing simple of this killing. it was truly over kill. he didn't just get slashed. I think they all should get at the minimum life without parole. Spare us all from having to take them back to court when they get released and committ another crime.
Silkflorals

Addy, WA

#6 Aug 19, 2011
I grew up with Ricky Laird.....this really surprised me when I heard about it. Yes, his continued drug use was a concern to me. Unfortunately, I have seen too many people destroyed by drugs, especially meth. He was a bully, yes, he was loud, yes, but I never saw that dangerous side of him. Of course I left Levittown right after high school so I have no idea what the drugs have done to him after then. When I knew him, he was blonde, not bearded, and not a biker. As for Frank Chester, I did not know him. It shocks me to know that I could hang out with someone for so long and not see that dark side. He was so happy go-lucky in high school. I hung out at the Kessler home where he frequented all the time. He was always pulling pranks, but nothing violent. I knew he was racist, as most were back in the 70's, but I never saw a violent side. This really saddens me. I bought the book you wrote, Eyes of a Monster, I will have to finish reading it to fill in the gaps of what happened after I left Levittown in 1980-81 :(
As much as I want to take Frank's side, I never knew Frank so I am not sure what he is capable of. Back then I would never think Ricky was capable of this, but like I said, with drugs, there is no telling how much it warps the mind!

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