The Pike County shootings occurred on April 21st and 22nd, 2016. This horrific act claimed the lives of eight members of the Rhoden family. Seven adults and one sixteen-year-old boy were among the victims. In addition, seven of them were executed-style shot, and one was shot dead in his camper.
The Wagner family is responsible for this crime, as reported by Cincinnati.com. The family members involved include Edward Wagner (Jake), 26, George Wagner IV, 27, and their parents, George Wagner (Billy), 47, and Angela Wagner, 48. Angela Wagner has been sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison as part of a plea deal. She was charged with aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, among other charges. However, the charges of aggravated murder were dismissed.
The heartbreaking case of the Pike County Murders: A Family Massacre is extensively covered in the Oxygen documentary titled “The Pike County Murders: A Family Massacre.” The documentary premiered on November 24, 2023, shedding light on the tragic events.
Rotten Tomatoes provides a brief overview of The Pike County Murders: A Family Massacre.
In 2016, a horrifying incident known as the Pike County Massacre shook Ohio to its core. Eight members of the Rhoden family, who had considered another family as friends, were mercilessly executed in four separate locations. This heinous act of violence unraveled a dark underbelly of brutality, where family bonds were shattered and trust was replaced with deceit. The investigation into this tragic event stands as the largest in Ohio’s history, revealing a chilling tale of lies, secrets, and betrayal.
What did Angela Wagner say in court?
When Special Prosecutor Angela Canepa questioned her about whether she thought she could escape the consequences of her actions, she replied,
“You can’t escape the consequences, even if you get arrested or end up in jail. The guilt will always haunt you, and you’ll have to live with it.”
According to a report from Fox 19 Now , Angela Wagner recently testified in court that her older son, George Wagner IV, willingly offered to take complete responsibility for the murders.