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'Amish Mafia' is fake: All signs point toward manufactured characters on show

The evidence adds up: 'Amish Mafia' is fake
The evidence adds up: 'Amish Mafia' is fake
Photo credit: Discovery/Jason Elias

A new season of “Amish Mafia” is now airing on Discovery, and of course fans are thrilled to have the opportunity to tune in again. Though the premise is that all of the show's stars are recently from Amish or Mennonite communities, there has been plenty of buzz that “Amish Mafia” is fake. Lancaster Online shared the scoop on March 4.

The site shares plenty of pictures and details of the stars of the show in ways that certainly reinforces that “Amish Mafia” is fake. Esther Schmucker and her brother John have plenty of run-ins with the law that seem to contradict the show's version of what they did with their lives prior to the show. The site also shares some tidbits on Alan Beiler, noting that he's a producer and talent manager when he's away from the show.

Authorities in the area have shared that there is no evidence that the premise of “Amish Mafia” is real, and the Strasburg police chief says that the show is an “explotation of the Amish culture.” The show talks about the “Lancaster County Police,” and it seems even that part of “Amish Mafia” is fake. There is a Lancaster City Police Department, and the police department's Facebook page even clarified that and referenced the “fictional cable TV show.”

Season 3 of “Amish Mafia” is now airing season 3 on Discovery, and the ratings have been quite strong. While many viewers surely know that “Amish Mafia” is fake, others either suspend reality in order to just have fun with the show, or remain in the dark. Why does Discovery continue to move forward with the charade of this show and others like it? It seems as long as the viewers continue to tune in, they'll continue to put together the show regardless of how accurate it really is.

“Amish Mafia” airs new episodes every Tuesday on Discovery.