11 episodes

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?

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    • True Crime
    • 4.0 • 2.3K Ratings

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?

    Episode 10- Wild Country

    Episode 10- Wild Country

    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. 
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    • 33 min
    Piketon Uncovered

    Piketon Uncovered

    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.
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    • 36 min
    Truth Be Revealed

    Truth Be Revealed

    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.  
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    • 40 min
    4,000 Miles Away

    4,000 Miles Away

    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.
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    • 40 min
    The Investigation

    The Investigation

    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.
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    • 36 min
    Air & Opportunity

    Air & Opportunity

    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.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

TurboSpot ,

Narrator too quiet/soft

I’m only 2 episodes in so I hope it gets better, but the narrator is speaking as if she’s trying to tell you a secret and there are people around. Please increase the volume on her voice to level it out with the volume of the rest of the podcast. I find myself turning the volume up when she speaks and then getting blasted as soon as anyone else’s voice comes on. It’s up and down constantly with the volume and then fast forwarding the commercials. Takes a lot of work to listen to this podcast so far. That said, so far I like the layout and the tragic story is holding my interest in this format. Will change to 5 stars if the audio issues are corrected.

carlgood1 ,

less is more

Well done but commercials were excessive - and they failed to get many (if any?) people close to the case. It just seems like there was no access to anyone aside from deeply confused types.

DeRay (whose lunatic shouting is almost as annoying as her total lack of insight) should have been left on the editing room floor. It’s a pending case and I get that the producers are relegated to people at arms length within the family, but it’s better to have no source than such a jarring but worthless one.

Love the overall production however and very much appreciate the narrators neutral affect and story sequencing.

Hearing the reporter ponder whether grandma will get her notary license back was an unintentionally hilarious missed edit. Why would anyone care lol

Jordansc ,

Meh

I love true crime podcasts, but this one was too long with too little content. It should’ve just been an hour long episode or something. The story is interesting and I’m looking forward to following the trials, but no one in this show seemed to have anything to say but used a million words to do it. It reminded me of my high school papers when I had to hit 2500 words but didn’t want to do any more research.

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