An Amish man was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after allegedly confessing to fatally poisoning his 26-year-old wife Anna Yoder Borntreger nine years ago, according to the Huffington Post. On January 10, police officials say that Samuel Borntreger, 39, of Summer Shade, Kentucky, went to a local police station and confessed to murdering his wife in 2006 while working as a cabinet maker in Missouri. He allegedly went on to say that he put “antifreeze in her drinks and battery acid in her rectum” before her death, prompting a police investigation.
Kentucky police officials immediately contacted Missouri authorities after Borntreger allegedly confessed to fatally poisoning his wife. He also told police officials that “He didn’t love her anymore,” and officials believe that may be the motive for the alleged killing, but it has not been confirmed. Anna’s body was later exhumed and investigators are looking into her medical records to uncover the exact cause of death. Harrison County Sheriff Josh Eckerson stated that she was diagnosed with a liver problem, but he believes it may have been caused by poisoning.
CBS News reported that Anna’s family members stated that they became suspicious of her death the moment they learned how she died. It was difficult for the family to believe that she died as a result of a liver problem and immediately wanted a second opinion. However, police officials appeared to have overlooked their concerns and didn’t launched an investigation until nine years later when Borntreger allegedly confessed to fatally poisoning his wife.
Before her death, she and her husband lived in an Amish community northwest of the small town of Bethany with their four children. Borntreger was a minister at their local church as well as a cabinetry shop owner, but within a year of his wife’s death, he relocated to another state, remarried, and had four more children. It is unclear if he took the four children he had with Anna with him or if he left them behind in Missouri.
Borntreger moved on with his life, but for undisclosed reasons, he recently confessed to fatally poisoning his wife. Eckerson stated that he believe Borntreger confessed to murdering his wife because “He needed to get it off his conscience. That is why he has come forth.”
He also stated that before Borntreger allegedly confessed to fatally poisoning his wife, he wrote a letter to someone in Missouri, admitting to committing a crime in 2006. Eckerson couldn’t elaborate on the letter as the investigation is underway, but he did say that the allegations took him by surprise. He said, “This is a man who was pretty well known in the community as a cabinetmaker. I would have never dreamt of something like this happening.”
“We didn’t have any idea what was going on until…he confessed. He had told some other people what he had done. He had a lot of business. When she died, he remarried shortly thereafter and then picked up and left. I assumed to move to Kentucky.
“He became a minister and decided it was time to air his dirty laundry I guess.”
When the Amish man allegedly confessed to fatally poisoning his wife, Barren County Sheriff Kent Keen stated that “This is very rare for me.” He went on to say that “In my 23 years in my business we’ve had people admit to a lot of things, but to initiate it from the beginning – to call us and say, ‘Hey, I need to tell you something’ – this is a first for me.”
“He wouldn’t tell them the reason on the phone, but when deputies arrived, he said that he had been ordained as a minister in his church and this burden had fallen upon his heart and he could not preach to the congregation without confessing to it.”
After Borntreger’s alleged confession to fatally poisoning his wife, he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is currently being held at the Barren County Detention Center on $250,000 bail.
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