Shattered Calm

A murder in Amish country

Crime and other "worldly" problems rarely touch the plain-living Amish and Mennonite residents of New Holland, Pa. Indeed, no one could recall any precedent for the violence against Naomi Huyard, a frail, friendly woman of 50. On the evening of Nov. 27, the Amish woman left her farmhouse and walked across the road to the home of John and Lillian Herr to store several boxes of cauliflower in a freezer in their garage. When she did not return, her sister became alarmed and notified neighbors, who called the police. After a three-hour search of the neighborhood,...

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