Lebanon Levi is the leader who totes a gun and has three henchmen — John, Jolin, and Alvin. They seek justice in a vigilante way by cutting down infidelity, blackmail and extortions within the community.
Levi is a Mennonite who was never baptized. He’s not — or ever has been — a devout member the church, allowing him to live in both the Amish and non-Amish communities. This also affords him the “eye for an eye” style of justice.
“Levi is a man who straddles both worlds,” Dolores Gavin said — the “Amish Mafia” executive producer. “He genuinely feels as though he is a help to the community, and yet he has a propensity for violence and intimidation.”
The producer said it took him a few years to earn the trust of these vigilantes enough to create a show about them.
“Amish Mafia’s” disclaimer reads this:
“The Amish Church denies the existence of the Amish Mafia. To ensure the safety of innocent Amish, select re-enactments of events must be used.”
In a preview for the premiere episode of the show, an Amish bishop is the target of justice by Levi and his men as he asks a cab to take him to a prostitute. When he’s busted, two of the henchmen storm in with cameras to get evidence of the bishop’s indiscretion.
Some modern conveniences are utilized by Levi and his men…such as SUVs, guns, and the latest technology. It’s a practice not used in the Amish or Mennonite lifestyle, but not much is elaborated on regarding the reasons for why they break that rule.
Lebanon Levi and his three men have a criminal record and don’t hesitate to engage in violence, but they believe in using it for bettering the Amish community.
“Amish Mafia” premieres Wednesday, Dec. 12 on the Discovery Channel at 9 p.m., ET.