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Rhoden family of eight killed in Pike County, Ohio in 2016 ***ARRESTS!***

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by MadgeS, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I have to wonder what other crimes they were involved in, but it's probably best I don't know.
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  2. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    (More details at link)


    Sophia Wagner is spending her fifth birthday today in the custody of Children Services.

    But using custody documents and other records, a Dayton Daily News investigation found a fight over Sophia was at the heart of a fierce dispute that prosecutors believe escalated to murder.

    Six days after the eight murders, Jake Wagner – who is in the Franklin County Jail facing aggravated murder charges — filed for custody of Sophia. Those documents obtained by the Dayton Daily News reveal new details about the relationship between the families.

    But they projected a different image in the community.

    They were known in the community for vast property holdings. This includes the 2,000-acre Flying W Farm atop a hill outside Lucasville that is the headquarters of a key family business: exotic animals. On the farm, Fredericka has spent a lifetime breeding prize miniature horses, some of which became among the most renowned in the country. In 1986, a fire killed 20 of the horses valued at nearly $1 million, archival news coverage shows.

    few years later, the family entered another business: breeding miniature Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, reportedly worth between $1,000 and $20,000 apiece. In 1991, Fredericka was accused in three federal lawsuits of racketeering.

    The four started conspiring in January 2016, court records allege. In the following months they bought “specific shoes from Walmart,” as well as the materials to build one or more “brass catchers” and silencers, ammunition, a magazine clip, and a “bug” detector.

    He said a brass catcher is commonly a mesh bag that hooks onto the side of a rifle such as an AR-15 and catches spent cartridges.

    “These killers, if used, wanted to not leave any spent cartridges,” Baker said. “Even though the bullets are recovered, prints and DNA are more likely found on the cartridges due to hand loading. So, they did not want to leave the cartridges.”

    He said an off-the-shelf bug detector helps someone find listening devices and sometimes create white noise to muffle sounds or discussion.

    The shoes are more of a mystery, he said. They could have been a pair of cheap shoes used once and thrown away after the crime.

    The indictments also say the killers closely monitored the victims, their habits and sleeping routines, sleeping locations, social media accounts, layout of their homes and surveillance devices, and pets on the property.
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  3. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Complaint: Pike County sheriff stole confiscated money for gambling, gave impounded cars to family
    Posted: 4:59 PM, Dec 17, 2018
    Updated: 26 minutes ago


    The anonymous complaint that sparked an investigation into Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader , who for two years oversaw the investigation of the brutal Rhoden family murders, alleges that he stole money confiscated from drug busts to fuel a gambling addiction, allowed his daughter to drive impounded cars and created an atmosphere of terror within the sheriff’s office.

    “Reader just does whatever he wants and no one ever calls him on it,” the complainant wrote to the office of Ohio state auditor Dave Yost, adding later: “We are scared to death of him. He is unstable and threatens people.”

    Reader said he had hired Chillicothe attorney James Boulger but declined to otherwise comment on the case Dec. 14, when Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk filed court documents requesting the appointment of a special prosecutor from the state auditor’s office.

    In a text message to I-Team reporter Hillary Lake on Monday, he said he had not seen the complaint and again declined to comment.

    A Pike County judge signed off on the appointment of special prosecutor Robert F. Smith the same day the request was filed.

    Pike County Commissioner Tony Montgomery, who said Junk informed him Dec. 14 there were search warrants and subpoenas issued for the sheriff’s office, was unenthused to see another potential news item emerge from his small, rural county.

    “This is the last thing we need with the Rhoden murders and trials,” he said. “Another reason to be in the news.”

    The complaint reads in full:

    Sheriff Charles S. Reader keeps the cash confiscated on drug cases in a small safe in his office that only he has access to. We believe he is taking money from this safe and using it for personal use. He is a compulsive gambler and never has any money. He has borrowed money from Deputy William Stansbury in the amount of several thousand dollars because he gambled his own money away. He has borrowed large sums of money from Roger Risner, one of his special deputies and who works for the prosecutor for the same reason. He owes local car dealer Lance Vallery over 20,000 dollars. Vallery’s girlfriend Rhonda Potter was Reader’s secretary that he had an affair with. Reader just does whatever he wants and no one ever calls him on it. He has also taken cars out of his impound lot and given them to his daughter to drive. We are scared to death of him. He is unstable and threatens people.

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  4. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    Good grief. How did he keep his job all this time? :screaming:
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  5. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Keep in mind, the letter was anonymous and his name was discussed by the Wagner's as one of several they would seek revenge on. Whether or not the story in the article is true is just one side. The irony of it being released after the Wagner's arrests seems well thought out in advance.

    the Sheriff is guilty then I'll refer judgement to a higher authority. Justice for the Rhoden's still needs to move forward. *JMO
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  6. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    The complaint mentions 2 deputies he borrowed large sums of money from. Easy to verify.
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  7. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    The anonymous person gave first and last names for credibility however why pen it as anonymous, hmm .. makes one wonder
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  8. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    You're right, of course. It sounds pretty outlandish and the anonymous part does make one wonder.

    This is such a weird case with so many twists
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    kdg411 Resource Mod

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  11. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Pike County murders: Movie’s use of gun silencer mirrors that of slain family, evidence shows
    Feb 04, 2019

    A clip from the popular 1999 movie, “The Boondock Saints,” is being used as evidence in the Pike County murders where eight members of the Rhoden Family were murdered in their homes in 2016, according to court documents.

    RELATED: Death penalty possible for 4 of 6 arrested in Rhoden killings

    In the Rhoden family killings, George “Billy” Wagner III, his wife, Angela Wagner, and their sons, George Wagner IV and Jake Wagner are charged with eight counts of aggravated murder, plus gun and death penalty specifications on each; one count conspiracy; four counts aggravated burglary; one count unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance; three counts evidence tampering, and one count each of forgery, unauthorized use of property, interception of wire, oral or electronic communication, obstructing justice and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

    The film is about two brothers in Boston who take on a deadly form of vigilante justice by murdering mobsters and other criminals. The killers in the movie use silencers on their guns, the same killing style that members of the Wagner family are accused of using to execute the Rhodens.

    Investigators combed through 1,100 tips, but the final piece of evidence that led to the indictments of the Wagner family and their arrests on Halloween were due to the finding of the gun silencer, according to then-Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

    New facts show that the homemade gun silencer that prosecutors found was at the bottom of a well on property the Wagner’s used to own, according to court documents.

    “They may have had a certain interest in it. But it seemed to have resonated with them in terms of what to do -- how to solve their problem”, said Marc Clauson, Cedarville University Law Professor.

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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I don't know if I ever seen so many charges against perps before. That's quite a list! This case will probably go on in the courts for years.
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    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    First evidence in Rhoden murders may come in Oct.

    October may be the month the public begins to see evidence and hear from witnesses in the ongoing trials related to the 2016 Rhoden family massacre.

    At the latest pretrial in the now long-running court saga of the six members of the Wagner family arrested in connection with the eight murders, Pike County Court of Common Pleas Judge Randy Deering set Oct. 21 as the day for what he called a motion hearing on “substantive issues,” most presumably filed by the defense team of Angela Wagner.

    Dressed in prison garb, Wagner was back in court Wednesday for the first time since March, facing, as do other members of her immediate family, a laundry list of charges, most notably including six counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications.

    Deering stated the October hearing could involve evidentiary issues and even the calling of witnesses. That could represent the media and the public’s first real glimpse into what is apparently mounds and mounds of evidence compiled by the prosecution in the cases against the various members of the Wagner clan. Little of that evidence has been discussed during the various pretrials in the Rhoden case, and Deering long ago placed a gag order on anyone connected with the case, preventing them from speaking with the media.

    Giving no specific reason for the delay, Deering late last month postponed the beginning of a jury trial for Rita Newcomb, Angela Wagner’s mother, who is charged with forgery, perjury and obstruction of justice. Newcomb’s case was set to go to trial July 8. The trial was reset for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 21. Further delays in that trial seem unlikely if Deering has his way. At last month’s pretrial for Newcomb, Deering warned attorneys to expect her trial to begin Oct. 21.

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