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The most notorious mass murder in Ohio’s history happened on the night of April 21, 2016 in rural Pike County. Four crime scenes, thirty-two gunshot wounds, eight members of the Rhoden family left dead in their homes. Two years later a local family of four, the Wagners, are arrested and charged with the crimes. As the Wagners await four back-to-back capitol murder trials, the KT Studios team revisits Pike County to examine: crime-scene forensics, upcoming legal proceedings, and the ties that bind the victims and the accused. As events unfold and new crimes are uncovered, what will it mean for all involved? What will it mean for Pike County? 

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On the night of April 21, 2016 in rural Piketon, Ohio - eight members of the Rhoden family were viciously murdered execution style in their homes. Two years later in 2018, their neighbors, the Wagners, were arrested and charged with committing the largest massacre in Ohio’s history. Shocked by the arrests, this once close-knit and religious community remains divided and unable to cope. Was a respected and reputable Piketon family responsible for this unimaginable murder spree? Our team will examine the deep ties that connected both families. We’ll examine the evidence and possible motives for the crimes. For the first time we’ll speak with townspeople, psychological experts, respected investigators, friends and members of both families. Are the Wagners responsible for the murders, and if convicted, will they be executed? Or is it possible that there is still a murderer at large waiting to kill again? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On the night of April 21, 2016 eight members of the Rhoden family were murdered in their homes. Episode one explores the crime that decimated an entire family and left residents of the small town of Piketon, OH reeling. We examine what lead up to the crime, look into the details of Ohio’s largest murder investigation, and the potential motives that drove the alleged killers.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
In April 2016, after eight members of the Rhoden family were murdered in their homes, Ohio authorities launched the largest homicide investigation in the state’s history.  For over two years, residents of the small town of Piketon lived in fear, as rumors circulated about who the killers could be.  Then, on November 13th, 2018, six members of a local family were arrested in connection with the brutal massacre.  In episode two, we meet the family accused of being responsible for this unthinkable crime and talk to those who knew them the best.  We’ll also examine the ties that bound the two families together and the driving motive authorities claim might lie at the heart of the tragedy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Episode 3- Hanna and Jake

Episode 3- Hanna and Jake

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Four members of the Wagner family are in prison, awaiting death penalty trials for allegedly murdering of eight members of the Rhoden family. Two other family members have been arrested for supposedly conspiring to pull off the crime. In episode three, we talk to friends of the Rhodens who shed light on the victims’ lives in the months leading up to the murders. We’ll also explore the relationship between Hanna Rhoden and Jake Wagner, the custody battle that unfolded between the two in the months before the Rhoden family was murdered, and the tragic legacy left in its wake. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
On November 13th, 2018, six members of the Wagner family were arrested in connection with the Rhoden family massacre, in Piketon, Ohio. While authorities claim that a custody dispute between Jake Wagner and Hanna Rhoden was the central motive, there are others that think that perhaps law enforcement officials may have the wrong people in custody. Episode four explores some of the alternative theories surrounding the “Piketon Massacre.” We look into the Rhoden family’s violent altercations with other Piketon locals, a melee that ensued after a demolition derby race, and their potential involvement in the Ohio drug trade.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
In the aftermath of the arrest of six members of the Wagner family in connection with the Rhoden murders, many people across the country were shocked by the brutality of the massacre. But, for the Piketon, Ohio area, this grisly crime wasn’t exactly an anomaly. In episode five, we take a dive into the dark history of the Piketon, Ohio community. We investigate a wave of murders that were eerily similar to the Rhoden case, a spate of unsolved violent crimes and take a look into the underhanded tactics of one prominent, law enforcement official entrusted to bring the killers of the Rhoden family to justice. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ohio law enforcement officials spent over two years investigating the Rhoden murders. During that time, they received over 1,100 tips, conducted over 500 interviews and served nearly 200 search warrants.   Episode six explores this exhaustive investigation, how authorities honed in on the Wagners, and how they think the family allegedly pulled off the gruesome massacre. We’ll also look at the Wagner’s moves in the two years following the Rhoden murders, including a shocking decision the family made at the height of the investigation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
With the Wagner family attempting to start a new life in Alaska, the investigation into the Rhoden murders in Piketon, Ohio moves forward. Episode seven tracks authorities’ moves as they narrow in on their suspects. We'll also explore another surprising move made by the Wagner family and the discovery of a key piece of evidence that leads to their arrests. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
With Fredericka Wagner and Rita Jo Newcomb spared jail time in connection with the Rhoden murders, we turn our focus to the four other family members awaiting their days in court. In episode eight, we look at what life in prison is like for Billy, Angela, George and Jake Wagner, the four accused “trigger pullers” in the Rhoden murders. George has requested solitary confinement and Angela’s phone and mail privileges have been revoked. How does this affect their upcoming trials and overall quality of life? We’ll also examine both the prosecution and defenses’ arguments, the turns the case has taken since their imprisonment and how the outcome will shape the legacy of Ohio’s largest mass murder.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
With the Wagner family awaiting their day in court, the residents of Piketon are left to wonder how the largest criminal investigation in Ohio’s history will end. In episode nine, we explore unheard topics such as how the community reacted to the newfound attention and how our team began producing the podcast. We’ll also answer questions submitted by listeners that pertain to the case. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Wild Country

Wild Country

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The most infamous crime that occurred in South Eastern Ohio is the murder of eight members of the Rhoden family. While four members of the Wagner family have been arrested and charged with the murders, the community knows all too well that in this area, there are often more questions than answers. In episode 10, we dive deeper into subjects we’ve only previously touched on such as the relationship between Angela and Billy Wagner and Sheriff Reader’s involvement in the case. Finally, we explore how a neighboring town harbors its own dark secrets.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Hey, Piketon Massacre listeners, check out this iHeartRadio & Shondaland Audio podcast – Criminalia. On Criminalia, hosts Holly Frey and Maria Trimarchi explroe the intersection of history and true crime. This season is all about lady poisoners. During the time that Chicago’s most visible criminal element was organized crime, Tillie Klimek was quietly becoming the city’s most prolific female serial killer. She allegedly killed between six and 20 people, all through arsenic poisoning. We hoped you liked this episode of Criminalia. If you want to hear more, listen to Criminalia every Tuesday on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
In 2016, eight members of the Rhoden family were viciously murdered in their homes. Two years later, four members of the Wagner family, were charged with the largest massacre in Ohio’s history. As justice plays out in the courtroom, the KT Studios team revisits Pike County to examine: crime-scene forensics, upcoming legal proceedings, and the ties that bind the victims and the accused. Starting Wednesday, May 12th listen to The Piketon Massacre: Return to PIke County, a production of KT Studios on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Check us out online: www.instagram.com/PiketonMassacre www.twitter.com/PiketonMassacre  www.facebook.com/PiketonMassacre Executive Produced by KT Studios: www.instagram.com/KT_Studios www.kt-studios.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Episode 1- Ties that Bind

Episode 1- Ties that Bind

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A photograph shows the Rhoden and the Wagner families embracing, in happier times. What would tear these families apart and cause a tragedy that would shake a community to its core? Just months before death sentence trials were set to begin and in the middle of production of this podcast- a shocking break in the case changes everything. The Piketon Massacre: Return to Pike County explores the ties that bind the two families at the center of Ohio's largest murder investigation. Episode 1 dives into the theories surrounding the bombshell reveal and what will happen next in Pike County. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Special prosecutors described the Wagners as “cult like.” In episode two, we take a deeper look at the family that’s allegedly behind the massacre, speaking with a Pike County local who has an intimate connection to them. We also dissect the prosecution's theories on the family’s complex dynamics. On the surface, the Wagners may have seemed all American but behind closed doors, they were anything but. What we found out was far darker and more disturbing than anything we ever could have imagined.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
In episode three, we focus on the impact that Jake Wagner’s confession could have on his mother, father and older brother. Additionally, we unpack the current state of their trials and the future proceedings that will decide the fate of the family at the center of Ohio's biggest criminal investigation. Will they ultimately protect each other or will it become... Wagner vs. Wagner? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
It’s been described as the most gruesome, complicated and long-lingering homicide cases the state of Ohio has ever seen. In episode four, alongside forensic expert, Joseph Morgan we look at the varying evidence that is sure to shape the upcoming trials. As we attempt to piece together what transpired in the Rhoden homes, the complicated forensics and crime scenes begin to make sense. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
The man who helped lead Ohio’s largest criminal investigation, Sheriff Charlie Reader went from being a well-liked public figure to finding himself at the center of a very different crime- one that placed him on the other side of the law. In episode 5, we look at the once beloved sheriff’s career, his involvement in the Rhoden case and his shocking fall from grace.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Comments (60)

Boat Guy

very poor podcast about a tragic and interesting story. The whole thing could have been done in two episodes given the lack of material they have. They play haunting music in the background the entire time in a vain attempt to add drama to a story they do not have the skill or info to tell. Soundbites are replayed repeatedly throughout episodes of acquaintances of those involved blabbering about how they knew the victims or the accused. Really just a very vapid attempt at investigative journalism

Jun 15th
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😀😁😂🤣😃😄🤬😡🥱🤫🤔

Describing a picture in a podcast is pointless and a waste of time. Lol

May 27th
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Sarah Witham

I am so hooked on this podcast... I literally count down the days and hours until a new episode comes out.. If the case goes to trial, I really hope it's televised

May 26th
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James Bradford

I live about 30 minutes east of Cincinnati, not far from this, when DeSwine came out and started announcing drugs and connection with the cartel, all sudden changed the public opinion about this family. Jeff Ruby rescinded his award afraid that the cartel would come after him. Way to go Deswine!

May 26th
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Staci BAMS

5/2021 Check out HBO doc "The Crime of the Century"

May 15th
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Victoria Chambers

ad string 1.

Apr 24th
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Sophia Grace

and now it has been solved. Jake Wagner pleads guilty and agreed to testify against his family members. 4-21-21

Apr 23rd
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For The Love Of a HORSE

Where the HELL was the govemnor? Why didn't anyone reach out, anonymously to the state capital? How COULDN'T the Capitol know? Start with the authorities, investigate them. Plain as egg on your face!! Wasn't there one good officer in the pack? But if it was a pack mentality her or she couldn't so that town basically was held hostage. My heart goes out to the people there. Last thing, hard working parents, fine but you brought kids into this world. They are a gift. Raising them doesn't mean they need to be raised around the constant "lets par- tay" attitude. I heard more about girls getting pregnant with an attitude of ohh well but it means another grandbaby. One girl, didn't know but it was one if THREE guys? Hey daddys why aren't u sittin on tht porch with your shotgun? To tired? Well then spend more time at home and less overtime. What the heck, they're your daughters ans sons. They they're representing a family. I see it, if you want the respect and goodness of thought from others, you take seriously the raising of those gifts. They say you can find almost every answer to questions in the Good Book. Read about rearing young. It's in there!!!

Jan 9th
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Sweet Lime

when will they talk actual evidence??

Nov 29th
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lynn

i mean its definitely family related! it just fits better. its the easiest explanation

Oct 31st
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D&K

WHENS THE NEXT PODCAST??

Oct 20th
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D&K

Those kids should be with their family.

Sep 23rd
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D&K

The lawyer for one wants to with draw because he wants to retire judge says that their won't be going to trial till NEXT YEAR 2021. WHAT???

Sep 23rd
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D&K

You should look in to the murder of a little boy in Hampton Va, and get the whole truth out there. Noah Tomlin. mother Julia Tomlin is scheduled for trial next year. it happened in July of 2019

Sep 23rd
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D&K

Glad you are covering the Massacre. I have heard others and your spot on. love this

Sep 23rd
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Andrea Garcia

the niece is annoying as hell

Sep 21st
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D&K

I get so excited when I see a new push for the Piketon massacres

Sep 16th
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D&K

Why does she have to Scream her answers or statements. And why did she buy vests anyway???

Sep 16th
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D&K

I am just glad there is someone doing some work with the murders.

Sep 16th
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