Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Unexpected News

 Watching the news last night, we were both dumbfounded to hear that one county away, an Amish woman was found murdered in her home. She was six months pregnant, and her two young children were in the home. Her husband found her when he came home at lunch time. The two children were unharmed.

We looked at each other with a sick feeling. I know that it is a different community than their Amish community, but I also know that Mattie and Levi both have what seems to be 1001 cousins. 

We worked down at the new house today. We didn't get the windows in, but we got them framed up. We had severe weather coming, heavy rains, possible hail and thunderstorms. So we just went ahead and framed the windows, but waited to cut the sheeting out and install the windows in their spaces. 

After considering things, Tim decided that he wanted to put in two more windows on the south side of the house. I agreed with him on one. He ignored my objection to the other. More 2 x 6s were required along with additional ziptape. He also needed to pick up some furring strips, so we decided to use the rainy afternoon to head up to the lumber store. On the way back, we figured to stop in at Levi and Mattie's to make sure they didn't need a ride to Spartansburg this week. 

We decided to frame the question just like that. They would know about it. I'm not sure how word gets through their community, but it does. We would see it on the news, but they probably got it word of mouth at about the same time. I know that they do not speak of things like this in front of the kids, so asking if they needed a ride to Spartansburg was all that we'd need to say. They would know what we were referring to, and if it was a relative, we'd made the offer. They could discuss it between themselves later and run down to the neighbor's house and give us a call. 

Mattie met us at the door. It turned out that it was not a relative, but she was glad we were there. There had been a serious accident. Her brother chopped down a large tree the previous day. As it fell, a large branch crashed down. He tried to run, but did not make it. The branch fell on him, badly breaking his leg and trapping him. 

His wife had been hanging out laundry when her daughter told her that 'fadder' had fell a tree. Clara stopped to look where her daughter was pointing. When she didn't see her husband, she went looking for him, and found him pinned under the branch, his leg bones broken through the skin. 

I shivered at the thought of it, and Mattie said, "I know!" 

I asked her where he was and she said that he was in  Erie. He had surgery and at least one rod had been put in. She thought there might be two but she wasn't sure about that.  He would be kept in the hospital and pumped full of antibiotics for at least three days to make sure that a bone infection did not set in, which could lead to possible amputation. Once that danger was past, he would be sent home. 

I mentioned that Tim had a therapy appointment the following day and we volunteered to take anyone up that wanted to visit him. 

I'm glad we stopped in. 

As we were leaving, Levi followed us out to the porch to quietly ask what we knew about the murder. I said that the police were not releasing much in the line of details, only that they were asking everyone in the community to come forward if they'd seen anything out of the ordinary. A red jeep had been seen going up and down the road. It was parked in the dead woman's driveway at about 10 AM. If anyone had a description of the driver, it had not yet been made known to the public. 

Levi stood with his hands in his pockets. The murder troubled him a great deal, we could tell. 

Truth be told, it troubles us as well.

32 comments:

  1. Kay of Musings: Good gosh, Debby! That is horrible.
    You are such amazing friends for Mattie and Levi.

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    1. It really is. I can't stop thinking about it.

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  3. Living in NE Ohio, we can often come up behind an Amish buggy on some county backroads. The worst we ever are aware of are accidents involving buggies and cars. This seems so heinous. What would a red jeep be doing in such a secluded neighborhood!

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    1. Here the Amish are scattered among the English. Cars are just as prevalent as buggies. It would not be considered strange to have a car in an Amish driveway.

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  4. That is just awful. I !I've 45 minutes from Lancaster PA Amish Country. Several year ago there was a terrible mass killing at a schoolhouse. An event like that is always terrible.but somehow this was even more horrific to me. I hope they are able to solve the crime quickly.

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    1. I remember that, and how shocked we all were by it...and yet here we are 17 years later...and somehow we have ceased to be shocked.

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  5. Thinking of your good friends, their families and their communities. So glad you step up to offer support, a ride, a treat, etc. I always appreciate the neighborliness you share. Take care, Bonnie in Minneapolis

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    1. It is definitely give and take. They are just as generous to us as we are to them.

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  6. What a terrible thing to happen. Somehow, it always seems worse if a pregnant woman is murdered.

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  7. Good progress on the house..and a good reason to visit.

    You get the feeling that the community could well know the red jeep..I hope it gets sorted soon

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    1. They are a very observant group. They may not say a lot, but they see a lot. A red jeep is pretty specific, and it has to be a big clue. Tim and I couldn't help but remember the night that we dropped off a chair and a woodstove on Levi and Mattie's porch after dark. They were away at a wedding and we knew that, but a very suspicious young man pulled up in the driveway after us. The neighbor said that the car had been going up and down the road that evening and he wondered what was going on.

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  8. A traumatic time for the community.
    I hope the leg break heals cleanly.

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  9. What a horrid event, and why? That is so kind of you to help your neighbor family; it reminds me a bit of The Walton's TV series, where kindness was taught, and people helped each other. Hope the injured leg heals well. Linda in Kansas

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  10. How very sad, and troubling. Why would anyone do such a thing.
    I hope the man with broken legs recovers well. I can't even imagine the pain he must have been in.

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    1. He said that the ambulance ride was just awful.

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  11. I immediately thought of that night that you and Tim watched the car of that guy acting so erratically near Mattie and Levi's house. What a tragedy for the community. I hope that Mattie's brother is able to recover without problems.

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    1. He's hoping to be home tomorrow. I know he will feel better in familiar surroundings, and I know that Clara will feel better when she can fuss over him at home.

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  12. What an awful event to happen to these simple people...simple because they choose to live that way. So sorry also about the brother of Matti. Glad you are there to be a positive life-line to the modern world.

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    1. The whole community is shocked, Amish and English alike, but the community is pulling together to care for the family.

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  13. Sorry to hear this news. Hope the person who did this is caught.
    I hope Mattie's brother will be all right soon..

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  14. I am reminded that there is a series of Amish mystery/murder books. I can't remember the author, so I am not much help. They were okay for awhile, but I didn't love them.

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    1. My mother loved those Amish romance stories. They were so formulaic. I never heard of a mystery series before, but based on your level of underwhelmedness, I think I'll just take a miss on them.

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  15. Wow, that is certainly scary news. Perhaps there is some comfort in the fact that most murders are committed by people known to the victim. In other words, it's not likely that the killing was random, but you never know.

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    1. I'm not sure about random or not, but the killer seems to be someone outside the community that the family did not know.

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  16. A horrendous story which I had not heard about due to not watching or reading the new online daily, but I did search out this story after reading this post. It was so sad to read this young woman and her unborn child. What compels people to take the life of others is something I will never understand.

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    1. I just cannot stop thinking about it. The woman got up, did her laundry, hung it out, was having a completely normal day at home with her two children...and suddenly nothing was normal at all.

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