The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 1, 2013

TV series debuts with area Amish murder

The Herald

NEW WILMINGTON — A 1993 slaying in Crawford County will be featured on the premiere of an Investigation Discovery series called “Deadly Devotion.”

At 9 p.m. Tuesday, ID will air an episode called “Murder in Amish Country.” It is the story of the gruesome killing of 29-year-old Katie Gingerich by her husband Ed in front of their three children.

The hourlong episode includes an interview with Jim Fisher, a former FBI agent, retired criminal justice professor from Edinboro University, and author of “Crimson Stain” and eight other true-crime dramas.

Gingerich was the first and only member of an Old Order Amish sect to be convicted of such a crime. He served four years for involuntary manslaughter at the State Correctional Institute at Mercer.

Gingerich hanged himself in 2011 in a barn near Cambridge Springs.

Fisher, who lives in New Wilmington, told the Titusville Herald for a Friday story that much of the TV episode was drawn from “Crimson Stain.”

“I remember people like this from working for the FBI,” Fisher told the newspaper, explaining that Gingerich was a sociopath, who was schizophrenic and bipolar.

“He started hallucinating and having delusions,” Fisher said. “The devil was manifested in his wife.”

Fisher added that he doesn’t believe that insanity is any justification for such an act of pure violence.

“He knew he was killing his wife. Ed knew what he was doing,” Fisher said, noting that most mentally ill people are not violent.

For his role in the upcoming show, Fisher was interviewed at an Erie bayfront hotel, and Fisher provides some voice-over throughout the episode.

“I’m as interested as anyone else to see how this thing comes out,” Fisher told the newspaper.