Mrs. Miller and her husband, Martin, who live two hours north of Bergholz, were the first victims in the beard and hair attacks. Last Sept. 6, their six estranged children and their spouses pushed into their house and sheared Mr. Miller’s beard and hair, then cut Mrs. Miller’s waist-length hair to above her ears.
Their daughter, Nancy M. Burkholder, who was granted immunity from prosecution and compelled to testify, said Thursday that she had helped “take the beard and hair” of her parents in order “to help them lead a proper Amish life.”
Fanaticism is no human genius. It’s all too human.