Barbara Weaver’s Story Wikipedia: Who Was She, How Did She Die, Children, Husband, Biography, Obituary

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What happened to Barbara Weaver? Her husband Eli “Amish Stud” and his lover Barbara Raber conspired and murdered her to live together. Details.

In 2009, the Amish community was rocked by the murder of one of their own, Barbara Weaver, in Apple Creek, Ohio.

The murder was told in a movie titled Murder in Amish Country which was aired on October 4, 2019.

On September 30, 2023, Lifetime also released a new movie on the case called Amish Stud: The Eli Weaver Story.

For starters, it is a true story of Sex, Betrayal and a Cold-Blooded Murder’ by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris. The Lifetime movie follows the real-life story of Eli Weaver, who plotted with his lover to get rid of his Amish wife, Barbara Weaver, so they could be together. Eli’s partner-in-crime was Barbara Raber.

Here’s what we know about what happened to Barbara Weaver and where her killers, Eli and Raber, are today.

Eli Weaver conspired with Barbara Raber to kill his wife Barbara Weaver
Eli Weaver conspired with Barbara Raber to kill his wife Barbara Weaver. Credit: Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

Who was Barbara Weaver?

Barbara Weaver was an Apple Creek, Ohio native who was born on February 2, 1979.

She was married to Eli Weaver in a ceremony which took place in May 1999.

Eli and Barbara were parents to five children in their longterm marriage.

However, their relationship was a rocky one as they had marital issues.

Eli was known to step out of his marriage multiple times, having gone on dates with other women.

Barbara wrote in a letter to her counselor, per All That’s Interesting saying: “Where did my friend, love, trustworthy husband go to? He hates me to the core.”

Barbara Raber was sentenced to 23 years for killing Barbara WeaverCredit: Wayne County Sheriff's Department
Barbara Raber was sentenced to 23 years for killing Barbara Weaver. Credit: Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

What happened to Barbara Weaver?

On June 2, 2009, Barbara was found unresponsive in her home by one of her children.

When police arrived on the scene, they discovered Barbara suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

After further investigation, authorities linked the murder to Weaver’s husband where it was revealed he asked several people to kill his wife.

While many denied his request, his mistress Barbara Raber took on the task.

Text messages between Weaver and Raber showed them talking about different ways they could pull off the murder.

A text from Raber said: “I thought if we could get that fly [poison] stuff in a spice cupcake she might not detect it.”

When Raber was arrested, police found Raber had 840 internet searches on different poisons.

However, Raber snuck into the house and settled on using a gun to murder Weaver.

Both Raber and Eli Weaver were arrested on June 10, 2009, and charged with aggravated murder.

Eli Weaver had multiple affairs while married to Barbara Weaver posting selfies on dating sites
Eli Weaver had multiple affairs while married to Barbara Weaver posting selfies on dating sites. Credit: Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

Who was Eli Weaver’s girlfriend, Barbara Raber and where is she now?

Barbara Raber was a taxi driver who was formerly part of the Amish community in Ohio.

However, she left to be with her husband who is a Mennonite.

Like the Weavers, Raber has three kids with her husband.

Since being convicted of aggravated murder, Barbara Raber was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison.

She is currently at the Ohio Reformatory for Women and is eligible for parole in 2032.