At just 30 years old, with dark-blonde hair and freckles, Barbara Weaver was as pretty as the women depicted on the covers of her favorite "bonnet" stories - romance novels set in Amish America. Barbara had everything she'd ever wanted: five beautiful children, a home, her faith, and a husband named Eli. But while Barbara was happy to live as the Amish have for centuries - without modern conveniences, Eli was tempted by technology: cell phones, the Internet, and sexting. Online he called himself "Amish Stud" and found no shortage of "English" women looking for love and sex. Twice he left Barbara and their children, was shunned, begged for forgiveness, and had been welcomed back to the church.
Barb Raber was raised Amish, but is now a Conservative Mennonite. She drove Eli to appointments in her car, and she gave him what he wanted when he wanted: a cell phone, a laptop, rides to his favorite fishing and hunting places, and, most importantly, sex. When Eli starts asking people to kill his wife for him, Barb offers to help. One night, just after Eli had hitched a ride with a group of men to go fishing in the hours before dawn, Barb Raber entered the Weaver house and shot Barbara Weaver in the chest at close range.
It was only the third murder in hundreds of years of Amish life in America, and it fell to Edna Boyle, a young assistant prosecutor to seek justice for Barbara Weaver.
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Limited trial info
This book is an excellent read. I myself hate books that go into the trial of the murder....I just want info about the crime and what happened without having to read about the entire trial. This book has very limited trial writings and this book is worth the read! The Amish are an interesting read themselves. Anyway this book is a must read!
I loved this book! I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down. Gregg Olsen is a master story teller and this book was addicting the whole way through. Mr. Olsen keeps the audience guessing as to who will go down for the murder and there are many twists in this story. This book is definitely worth reading!
Don't buy it.
Not worth the money. More then that, I don't feel like Barbara Weaver would want people reading about her life, her children and marital problems. Out of respect for her I wish I hadn't bought this book. Why should the Authors benefit from a young Mothers tragedy. So tired of people benefitting by publishing "Amish" books. Just gross and wrong.