New podcast takes on cold-blooded murders in Pike County


 

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. 

>> RELATED: Pike County Murders: Body cam shows George ‘Billy’ Wagner’s arrest

Garbe has been reporting on the Pike County murders for two years. 

He and Amelia discuss what is known and what investigators think they know about the case in which eight members of a family were murdered in four different locations on the same night.

>> RELATED: Pike County investigation: 8 deaths and multiple arrests were tied to one key factor - child custody

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, the state’s next governor, recently announced charges against four members of a Pike County family. 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 Garbe 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.

ABOUT THE PODCAST

“What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio. 

This podcast is brought to you by Cox Digital Marketing

WHERE TO LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE 

Listen to each show below or get the latest episodes delivered directly to you. Find the What Had Happened Was podcast and subscribe  on Apple Podcast (iTunes)Google PlayStitcher and other services. If you like what you hear, rate this podcast. 

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