The Amish do not like to be photographed. They believe that we English's magic lens contraptions violate biblical instructions about graven images. Photography's sinful connotation is why newspaper and magazine articles about the Amish feature so many buggy shots.
The Amish's reluctance to pose for portraits extends to police booking rooms. In 2009, Johnny A. Schwartz of Seymour, a town in the Ozarks, was arrested on suspicion that he molested two daughters. His eyes are shut in his mug shot.
Schwartz is today serving a 20-year prison sentence for his crimes against his daughters, who told child welfare advocates that he had been "punished" by church officials for molesting them. One of the girls said Schwartz told her he was sorry but that he could not stop himself.
The girls' mother, Fannie, was charged with child endangerment. Her eyes are also shut in her mug shot, creating a sad symmetry between the image and her failure to protect her children. She was put on a probation and ordered to perform community service.
Last week, the crime of silence widened. Four elders pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges for not reporting Schwartz to the police. The elders -- Christian Schwartz, Jacob Schwartz, Emmanuel Eicher and Peter Eicher -- were each fined $300.
Johnny Schwartz' actions came to light after he checked himself into a hospital. His wife told a detective that he was upset about what he had done.
H/T: The Crime Scene