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The Pink Moon Murders

The Pink Moon Murders

Cavalry Audio

The Pink Moon Murders is an investigative, true crime podcast that delves into the slaughter of eight members of the Rhoden family in rural, Appalachian Ohio in 2016. It was a night that shocked the country with its brutality—and its mystery. Who would commit such horrible crimes? And why? Ohio native David Raterman, a longtime journalist and former author for National Geographic, spent 18 months researching this, interviewing Rhoden survivors and friends as well as hundreds of others in the small community. He even spoke with prosecutors and police officers who were officially gagged by the judge, visited the crime scenes countless times, and pored through records at courthouses throughout the region. Two and a half years after the Rhoden murders, investigators suddenly arrested six members of another family. Raterman attended more than 20 of their hearings at the small, one-room courthouse in Pike County and interviewed their neighbors and friends. What he discovered about that family, who owns the most land in the county as well as an elite horse farm, will leave listeners in utter disbelief. And what he reports overall will surprise investigators—as well as true crime listeners who think they’ve heard it all. Presented by Cavalry Audio and iHeartPodcasts

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  • 14 - Introducing: The Justice Team Network

    Welcome to the Justice Team Network. The ultimate community for lawyers and legal enthusiasts. The Justice Team Network is a unique hub where legal professionals can stay up-to-date with the latest industry happenings, refer cases, and stream their favorite legal shows. Sit back, get cozy, and take a look around. Join us at JTN to unlock a world of legal knowledge, entertainment, and collaboration. Listen Here: Shows: Bourbon of Proof, Justice Team Podcast, The Consultation and Tip the Scales  Website: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Thu, 02 Nov 2023
  • 13 - Episode 9: “Narcissistic Injury”?

    In a shocking twist, on April 22, 2021—the fifth anniversary of the murders—Jake pleads guilty to the charges against him, including unlawful sexual conduct with a minor since Hanna May was only 15 and he was 20 when they conceived their daughter. An Ohio neuropsychologist shares his thoughts for what kind of people could murder eight sleeping family members, describing “antisocial personality,” “narcissistic injury,” and similar terms. And in another shocking twist, the strong, heroic sheriff is indicted on 11 felonies, including theft of evidence and tampering with evidence. He eventually pleads guilty to four. Will jurors in the upcoming trials think the local police are dirty and somehow tainted the case? See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Tue, 12 Apr 2022
  • 11 - Episode 8: “They Will Have to Kill Me First”

    At pretrial hearings, prosecutors ask the lead investigator about evidence they connect to the Wagner Four, including bloody footprints, shell casings, and Captain America masks. And he testifies that Jake was assaulting Hanna May Rhoden, his fiancée and baby mom, which is why she broke up with him. The special agent also testifies that Wagners hacked into Hanna May’s private messages and discovered a disturbing message from Hanna May saying that if the Wagners wanted to get custody of her and Jake’s young daughter, “they will have to kill me first.” Also, for the first time in open court, cracks develop among the Wagner Four as George turns on Jake and their mom. See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Tue, 05 Apr 2022
  • 9 - Episode 7: Roman Chariots and Calliopes

    Because two generations of Wagners allegedly committed mass murder and a third—the two great-grandmothers—was charged with obstructing justice and perjury, and the motive was custody of a fourth generation, journalist David Raterman now wants to learn about the great-grandmothers. Angela’s mom, who has worked blue-collar jobs and been a strong family woman, seems typical for the area. But Billy’s mom is the largest landowner in Pike County, and she operates a prestigious horse farm whose animals have won awards all over the US. How did she and her now deceased husband start their land and animal empire? Interviews with family insiders and court records provide surprising and colorful insight. Learn more about your ad-choices at See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Tue, 29 Mar 2022
  • 8 - Episode 6: “The Most Bizarre Story I Have Ever Seen”

    Billy and Angela Wagner, husband and wife, and their sons, George and Jake, each face eight counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications. Investigators hint that the Wagners murdered to get custody of a daughter Jake and 19-year-old Hanna May Rhoden shared. Then journalist David Raterman discovers who these Wagners are—the black sheep of Pike County’s largest landowner—and who they are not, including Billy legally changing his name and possibly not actually being married to Angela. Raterman also gets previously unknown video of Jake, George, and Billy attending the visitation for a Rhoden they allegedly murdered. Billy’s face is covered in bruises in those days right after the murders. See for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Tue, 22 Mar 2022
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