New podcast takes on cold-blooded murders in Pike County

Crews installed a billboard on Ohio  23 north in Waverly, near the Pike County Sheriff's Office, in advance of the one-year anniversary of the Rhoden family murders on April 22, 2016. The billboard promotes the $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the eight unsolved homicides. The billboard company donated the space, and Sheriff Charles Reader used Furtherance of Justice funds from his office to cover the cost. Holly Zachariah /The Columbus Dispatch
Crews installed a billboard on Ohio 23 north in Waverly, near the Pike County Sheriff's Office, in advance of the one-year anniversary of the Rhoden family murders on April 22, 2016. The billboard promotes the $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the eight unsolved homicides. The billboard company donated the space, and Sheriff Charles Reader used Furtherance of Justice funds from his office to cover the cost. Holly Zachariah /The Columbus Dispatch

When the smoked cleared, the only witnesses left alive were dogs and babies.

“What Had Happened Was” host Amelia Robinson sat down with Will Garbe, an investigative reporter for the Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV, for an unusual episode of the podcast. Will has been reporting on the Pike County murders for two years and recently returned from a hunting trip there with local residents.

He and Amelia discuss what is known and what investigators think they know about the case in which eight members of a family where murdered in four different locations on the same night. Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, the state’s next governor, recently announced charges against four members of a Pike County.

Investigators say the Wagners - a husband, his wife and two adult sons - gunned down, Christopher Rhoden Jr.; Christopher Rhoden Sr., Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden; Dana Lynn Rhoden; Gary Rhoden; Hanna May Rhoden; Hannah Hazel Gilley and Kenneth Rhoden. The shocking case has seen several twists and turns. As Will explains in the podcast, things are now just getting started. There have been rumors about a drug cartel, arrested grandmothers and an alleged custody dispute in this tragic case.

Podcast: Who does Amelia Robinson think she is?

The tables are turned on this latest edition of the What Had Happened Was podcast, as Troy Liming asks the hard-hitting questions, and host Amelia Robinson gives the answers.

Dayton.com and Daily Daily News writer Amelia Robinson launched the "What Had Happened Was" podcast in late January 2017.
Dayton.com and Daily Daily News writer Amelia Robinson launched the "What Had Happened Was" podcast in late January 2017.

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

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