Rhoden Family Massacre: Pets Carried Surveillance Devices

The latest on the arrest of the Wagners in connection with the Rhoden family deaths
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2018 9:07 AM CST
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stands beside a screen bearing the likenesses of arrested parties during a news conference to discuss developments into the slayings of eight members of one family in...   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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(Newser) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday called it "the most bizarre story I've ever seen": the arrests of four members of the Wagner family in the April 2016 execution-style slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Ohio. Authorities allege a custody dispute was at the root of the crime; Edward "Jake" Wagner, now 26, shared custody of daughter Sophia, now 5, with victim Hanna Rhoden. The latest in the case:

  • Wagner's mom, Angela Wagner, is one of the four to be arrested on capital murder charges, and NBC News resurrects her old words: She previously described Hanna as "like a daughter," said her husband George "Billy" Wagner's "best friend" was Hanna's father (victim Christopher Rhoden Sr.), and characterized the perpetrators as "monsters."

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