By Kevin Williams
It's been two years since Amos Yoder, 79, was murdered in his Kentucky home on a Sunday morning. And his wife Marjorie was viciously attacked. Two years later the crime remains unsolved.
I do have sources who know some things about the community and people involved. I'm not a fan of anonymous sources, but sometimes I am more interested in what a person has to say than who says. Marjorie did survive the attack but am being told she can provide very little information.
This is a recap of what happened as posted on Amish365 two years ago:
Some media reports have indicated the couple was “choked”, but Kentucky State Police public information office Stu Renke says that is not the case, it was “blunt force trauma.”
AMISH OR MENNONITE?
I’ve seen differing reports about whether the couple was/is Amish or Mennonite, the source says that they “refer to themselves as Mennonites and do use horse and buggy on Sundays and for weddings and funerals.” The source said that everyone in their area knows one another:
“Where we live is mostly farmland. They are real nice people,easy to get along with,” the source said.
It doesn’t really matter whether they are Amish or Mennonites, it’s a tragedy. A friend of mine says Amos Yoder is Amish and she is a credible source. Why the discrepancy in reports? Guthrie, Kentucky, where is murder took place, is home to the New Order Electric Amish, a small group of progressive Amish. From Todd County’s website:
Todd County is home to the oldest Amish settlement in Kentucky. Founded in 1958, the “Guthrie community” is home to “electric” New Order Amish that originate from a now-defunct Amish church at Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Though they dress plain, use the horse-and-buggy, and speak Pennsylvania Dutch, New Order Amish differ somewhat from Old Order Amish in that they tend to have a greater focus on missions and outreach and are generally liberal on technology – such as the use of electricity in homes, and tractors and other modern machinery on their farmsteads. While New Order Amish dot the rural landscape in southern Todd County, a growing settlement of Old Order Mennonites exist in the northwestern portion of the county near Fairview.
I’m thinking that the Yoders are part of this group.
SOMEONE WHO KNEW THE YODERS?
The source also said that everyone would have known the Yoders were away on Sunday morning except that, the source said, “they probably didn’t go that Sunday” because Marjorie had just had knee replacement surgery. That meshes with my own gut feeling….that a Sunday morning in such a rural location seems like an odd, odd time and place for a murder unless it was someone who knew the routines of those involved. This is pure speculation on my part, but….that’s my gut feeling.
The source said that Marjorie Yoder had to undergo reconstructive surgery on her face from the injuries.
And that is all I have. Trooper Stu Recke says: “If anyone has any information no matter how trivial, and callers may remain anonymous, call 270-676-3313 with tips.”
I live close to the area. We heard robberies had been happening in that area for a couple of years but because of their beliefs they were never reported to the authorities.
Carolyn, that is interesting....someone probably assumed those people would be at church, the house would easy pickin's and then they'd scoot...but plans went awry.
The break - in took place around 2 AM sun morning. There were 2 men involved inside the house. The family feels they know who did it as suspicious activities had takin place with some well known individuals involving Amos in the days leading up to this night/morning. Amos had suffered a stroke a few month before this and had not regained completely as far as his thinking and strength. Some info was givin to the police but nothing came of it. It was definitely someone who knew Amos quite well because of the conversation they carried with him while he still lived.
Thanks, do you have any more information? Definitely seems like someone must have known Amos well to commit this crime.