ROCKDALE TOWNSHIP — An Amish man who killed his wife in 1993 was found dead Friday afternoon in a barn in Rockdale Township, Crawford County.
Edward D. Gingerich, 45, committed suicide by hanging himself in the lower level of a barn on property at 27912 Miller Station Road, state police at Meadville reported. Gingerich was pronounced dead at the scene by Crawford County Chief Deputy Coroner Scott Schell. Schell estimated the time of death to be around noon Friday.
Gingerich had been staying at the home of George and Stephanie Schroeck for about the past year, according to the Meadville Tribune.
Stephanie Schroeck reportedly told Schell that Gingerich left the house about 10 a.m. Friday and went to a barn to feed the horses. When he didn’t return, Stephanie Schroeck went to look for him about 3 p.m., the Meadville Tribune reported she told Schell.
In 1993, Gingerich killed his 29-year-old wife, Katie, with a kitchen knife.
Gingerich was convicted in 1994 of involuntary manslaughter but found mentally ill.
He was sentenced to serve 2 1/2 to 5 years in a state correctional institution. He was released in 1998 and eventually moved to Michigan, where he reportedly stayed at a mental health facility. He moved back to the Brown Hill Amish community, not far from Rockdale Township, in February 2007.
In April 2007, Gingerich and two of his brothers were charged with taking his teenage daughter from the custody of Edward Gingerich’s parents, who raised the girl since he was convicted of murder.
In February 2008, Gingerich was charged with illegal possession and use of a firearm while he was deer hunting.