Publicly, they were a prominent family, highly respected. Privately, a jury would hear something else in a case -- that pit father against son, husband against wife, brother against brother. And at the heart of it all was a terrible family secret. Dennis Murphy reports in this Dateline classic. Originally aired on NBC on April 1, 2011.
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The Piketon Massacre
The most notorious mass murder in Ohio’s history happened on the night of April 21, 2016 in rural Pike County. Four crime scenes, thirty-two gunshot wounds, eight members of the Rhoden family left dead in their homes. Two years later a local family of four, the Wagners, are arrested and charged with the crimes. As the Wagners await four back-to-back capital murder trials, the KT Studios team revisits Pike County to examine: crime-scene forensics, upcoming legal proceedings, and the ties that bind the victims and the accused. As events unfold and new crimes are uncovered, what will it mean for all involved? What will it mean for Pike County?