Pike County Massacre: The most notorious mass murder in Ohio history

Eight people. All members of the same family. Killed execution-style in the same night.The Rhoden family murders shocked the small community of Pike County, Ohio. In April 2016, seven Rhodens were found dead across three properties on the same street, with the final victim discovered later the same day. However, three small children, including a days-old newborn, were found alive at the crime scenes.The methodical nature of the killings left residents wondering who could have possibly carried out these brutal crimes and if they would strike again. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who was the state’s attorney general at the time, brought in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to work with local authorities. The ensuing investigation has been described as the largest in the state’s history. By the following spring, authorities received more than 800 tips and conducted more than 400 interviews.But it would take years for the killers to be brought to justice.”People stop talking to the media, those that were close to their own families and loved ones and so forth,” WLWT investigative reporter Todd Dykes said. “So, it just became this really strange situation where time was passing, no answers.” “Hometown Tragedy” is a Very Local original series that investigates true crimes that rocked communities across America and explores the impact on those left to seek justice. Watch the full episode on Very Local this Wednesday. Very Local is your best source for shows about local communities, bringing you 24/7 access to news from your trusted local news source, weather updates, and more. Very Local also brings you fresh, untold stories from your very own city and communities like yours, with exclusive original shows and local stories specific to where you live. Get the channel to stream Very Local free on Roku or Amazon Fire TV.Follow Very Local on Facebook and @VeryLocal on Instagram for more.

Eight people. All members of the same family. Killed execution-style in the same night.

The Rhoden family murders shocked the small community of Pike County, Ohio.

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In April 2016, seven Rhodens were found dead across three properties on the same street, with the final victim discovered later the same day. However, three small children, including a days-old newborn, were found alive at the crime scenes.

The methodical nature of the killings left residents wondering who could have possibly carried out these brutal crimes and if they would strike again.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who was the state’s attorney general at the time, brought in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to work with local authorities. The ensuing investigation has been described as the largest in the state’s history.

By the following spring, authorities received more than 800 tips and conducted more than 400 interviews.

But it would take years for the killers to be brought to justice.

“People stop talking to the media, those that were close to their own families and loved ones and so forth,” WLWT investigative reporter Todd Dykes said. “So, it just became this really strange situation where time was passing, no answers.”

“Hometown Tragedy” is a Very Local original series that investigates true crimes that rocked communities across America and explores the impact on those left to seek justice. Watch the full episode on Very Local this Wednesday.

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Very Local is your best source for shows about local communities, bringing you 24/7 access to news from your trusted local news source, weather updates, and more. Very Local also brings you fresh, untold stories from your very own city and communities like yours, with exclusive original shows and local stories specific to where you live. Get the channel to stream Very Local free on Roku or Amazon Fire TV.

Follow Very Local on Facebook and @VeryLocal on Instagram for more.

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