I have to give this book three stars out of five because as a true-crime aficionado, I just wasn't feeling the tension in the story for a long while. This is the story of the only Amish man ever convicted of murdering his wife, and it was a rather gruesome crime at that, but I had to read most of the book waiting for that to happen. The murder happens around page 185 and I was frankly starting to get bored with reading it prior to that. There was some tension leading up to the murder, of course, but that was only present in the fifty pages prior to the murder; there was just an awful lot of character development and background that I wasn't certain was really necessary to the story. I also felt that the story ended rather abruptly with the sentencing of the Amish man. There was one small concluding paragraph, but I felt like that was rushed, and it left me wanting to know more about what happened to the man and his family after the fact.
Edited to add: I did some digging and found the author's own website has much more information on the man from the time of his sentencing to more or less the present. It just doesn't seem "right" to have to go to a website to get all of this other information that could have easily been included in the book. I suspect that the editor edited some of the post-crime information or that there was a page number limitation in this book going to the publishers.
About this true crime book. The only case in history where an Amish man kills his wife after a bout of schizophrenia. He kills her with his bare hands and feet & removes her organs from the brain down, in front of two of the couples small children. Horrifying!!!! A must read for true crime fans.
I loved this book. I found it to be very fascinating! That could be however because I attended college at Edinboro University of PA, just a few miles from the town of Mill Village where this murder occurred. The author Jim Fisher, was one of my criminal justice professors there in 1989. I remember the news headlines when the murder occurred so I wanted to read the book. It did not disappoint. Very shocking and interesting!
Pamela S. (swabbie) reviewed Crimson Stain: The Shocking True Story of the Only Amish Man Ever Convicted of Homicide on
A very gripping, detailed true story. Nothing was left to the imagination. No matter how vile, or grisly the murder was, it made you feel like you were right there on the sidelines watching everything and you couldn't change the outcome. Being about Amish people, I have never read anything so brutal in my life. It was definately shocking. And an excellent read!!