For three years, I had fun reviewing the godawful trashy reality show Amish Mafia, the program that purported to reveal the secret society within a secret society – the crew of enforcers and thugs and gangsters among the Plain Folk of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
I had a lot of fun reviewing and snarking on those shows – the crappy acting, the convoluted storylines, the straight-out offensiveness of the whole program. It was silly and it was fun.
What was NOT fun about the show was the ongoing real-life storyline between Esther Freeman Schmucker, one of the stars of Amish Mafia, and her off-camera boyfriend, rapper I’Mir Williams. At one point in time, Williams beat Schmucker nearly to a pulp, fracturing her cheekbones and her teeth.
I remember that horrible story. And I wrote about it in 2014.
And I wrote about how the producers of Amish Mafia callously and horridly wrote the assault into the program storyline. This show just didn’t hit rock bottom… it borrowed jackhammers and kept on plunging lower.
That was three years ago.
This morning, I learned that Lancaster County, Pa. police are on a manhunt for I’Mir Williams. WGAL in Lancaster, Pa. reports that Williams assaulted an unnamed woman and put two children in danger. According to a police spokesperson, “There was a choking incident, a slamming into a door and punching and kicking…two children were being held or close to the female victim…they were in some risk of harm as well.”
Although the woman is not initially identified in the news report, the last two lines of the news story are chilling. “This isn’t the first time Williams has been charged with assaulting this woman. He was charged with assaulting her in Strasburg in 2013 while she was on the show ‘Amish Mafia.'”
Dammit. Not again. Not again.
Some people will say, “well, if you’re being beaten, get away.” But it’s not that easy. It never is. Some people can’t leave their abusers, whether it’s because of emotional damage, the fear of destitution, or a thousand other reasons that make no sense to you or to me, but make perfect sense to them. It’s sad and it’s horrifying and it’s traumatic.
And I certainly hope that there are people who can help Esther Freeman Schmucker through this painful and traumatic ordeal the best way possible – get her the hell away from I’Mir Williams, and make sure that Williams spends the rest of his natural life in a prison cell. Assaulting a family member is horrid enough … but now you bring children into the battle? Scum.
Trust me. This is more important than a silly little TV show from years ago.
I know there’s an old mantra about how “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”
This was one of those things I hoped would change for Esther Freeman Schmucker.
I’m sorry to see that it hasn’t changed.
I hope police find I’Mir Williams – and if there is any sort of karma in this world, I hope he gets every punch back at him that he threw at another person.
Every single punch.