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'Amish Mafia': So-Called Subculture of Outlaws

Reality series tries to expose what is portrayed as the darker side of a quiet culture.
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Well in this media age if you go on national television and insult any one group of Americans from. Presbyterians the -- Walters there will be PR hell to pay. Unless. You go after the Amish. Really got to try to get in. -- email from the Amish but -- they show blowing up everything we thought we knew about these humble folk. It claims to expose how -- subculture of violence keeps them online and it is enough outrage. That's the Amish so ABC's Lindsey Davis went into their quaint corner of America. Find out more. Here in Lancaster County Pennsylvania some 50000. Homage in -- they have for nearly 300 years simply. And -- -- high quality isn't Rolling Hills is an American sub culture. Often brimming with intrigue and controversy. It is also. Of the so called -- mafia. It's the reality show -- -- on the Discovery Channel they try to pull back the curtain on this traditional Christian culture. Community many your -- fascinated by you know so little about. The mafia operates outside of -- Islam. We can't elders basically just look the other -- This series now in its second season follows this man. Lebanon -- and his assistants who reportedly looked after the Amish community here in Lancaster County. Doing the dirty work that -- church campus. It was a great guy -- across. It's not afraid to -- -- skulls -- -- said to work as an internal police system that takes the matters of their communities into their own hands. They also provide Amish -- essentially insurance for buggy -- personal injury or property damage. They also keep an island teenagers who take time off to experience the outside world before committing their lives to the -- And make sure that if peace is -- fans and everybody is an old Levi calls himself. The enforcer. As a whole the army denied the existence of the Amish mafia. Much of the show's content has been strongly criticized by -- scholars questions of -- didn't -- as to whether some of the cast members are actors. But this series producers say the main cast members aren't actors. They just haven't been baptized in the Amish church so technically this strict rules don't apply. We traveled to the farms of Lancaster County to get a better understanding of the show and its characters as my first. Buggy experience in the context of the environment -- would every Amish family owned horses. Yeah definitely turned sixteen and embarrassment. -- really that thing again so why have you decided not to get baptized. I'd rather have a computer and watch TV maybe -- car and not travel. Worse this subculture within the Amish community. He's well documented on the show including foreign -- Pimp my buggy competition's. -- -- wagon and -- targets as they call them. So -- for people who does have. No idea or perhaps have some misconceptions what it's like to grow up -- We never had electricity during I never grew up watching movies television and computers and eating my -- grew up with out electricity without running water and as I -- order you know you're exposed more want to -- -- spring and -- and that's when I learned that everything that's out there. And then I -- more me you know and explain for us what rush -- -- -- has basically when he turns sixteen. You get the opportunity go out. And to actually have more a social life he -- hang out with your friends you. Getting hit -- easy and Democrat parties -- the time of freedom we experience. Another side of life. Testers other side is revealed on the show. Show which she and her family don't watch because they don't own a TV though she says with every generation the rules are beginning to bend. Outside world looks at an Amish community as a whole and that we're all the same and that we -- these. Humble people who really don't have anything we would never dressing teens who would never itself -- -- would never have Internet access -- They they look at it that when in reality they. 90% of -- kids have all those things. That was certainly the case in the Amish -- we've visited where Allen who goes by flip she -- his bedroom. The only room in the house equipped with electricity. And -- TV. Here -- some movies. -- -- Is until Alex for their teenage son while he goes through -- -- -- stationed there. Meanwhile the rest of their house is pretty much in accordance with Amish rules. Every bedroom furnished with a bed -- curtains. And of course. A Bible the Bible says that your sin shall find you out. -- an antagonist in the series comes from a more traditional community of -- Ohio where he too has the same role -- Levon. The war -- Who now spends his days trying to oust from power by any means necessary. Reality is it always had to be -- -- light my dread it must have found it. What -- having a hard time following is that you're quoting scripture and you're talking about god of the -- -- years setting his office on fire. I -- is that is what some things that you should be taking into your own. People say -- -- is obvious on fire. The -- how nobody knows that -- that -- that's sparking the housing didn't. Did you did you see me that I was asking him. -- Yemen and answer questions and could not initially -- answer some -- questions either -- what did you do go to jail. Why did -- go to jail. I was. Had and while I don't parliament -- and I guess -- It's public record I imagine it -- look it up strengthens because look at. I was indicted four 24 recounts -- a felony trafficking. And drug -- yet. And so -- no longer doing that. No I'm not trafficking -- politically live happy lives and helping the community. Steve Wright is a criminal defense attorney in Lancaster County. He says the bulk of his practice is representing Amish youth who are in trouble. Every year I'll see an increase of several Amish clients a year. And whether it's for mainstream criminal activity such as the alcohol use -- abuse. -- the marijuana views. And it's. Other crimes such as theft and things of that nature as well they're doing the same amount of this type of activity that mainstream American kids are doing today. If this show is real reality TV than the century's old clean lifestyle. Certainly. Isn't what it used to -- For Nightline I'm Linda Davis in Lancaster --

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