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"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

The Piketon Massacre

07:11 min | 2 months ago

"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

"Episode crime and media. I'm courtney armstrong television producer at kt studios with jeff. Shane and stephanie lie. Ducker ceo and founder of kt studios and producer of the pike and massacre over. The course of the last decade. True crime has exploded as the go-to genre across media platforms and telling the story of the rodent family in their murders. We've often asked ourselves. Why are we as creators of the series so interested in the story. And why are you the listener so fascinated by it so we gathered a group of experts to explore these questions and ask ourselves. Is it a crime to love true crime. The true crime podcast audiences seventy five percent women. That's kind of an astounding stat right. Well i think as we are more socialized to know that the world could be dangerous in us a place. That's dr heidi horsely. She's a psychologist specializing in grief. Counseling and his co founder of the open to hope foundation or constantly looking at our bass being very aware of our surroundings nothing in allies at night. you know. we're very very aware that we be victim us. So i think that and i also think women are very social we. We're very connected. One understand other people. I think we tend to be very people oriented earned maybe in family oriented. Nothing arch but often slim our remorse. And maybe that harbors. Well like protecting our pack. It's an interesting thing. Because i hadn't realized the true crime audience was quite as skewed towards women as it is and i'm certainly a watcher also and i think it allows us to feel to. You know we see something that's like love based or brings us laugh films. Get to make us feel things that maybe we don't necessarily want to feel jeff as a man. What do you think about that. It's definitely a different experience. Being a man like i don't have to look over my shoulder in the same way. After a certain age. I think for most men. You're not prone to being a victim. And i can walk through a parking lot without fear which i think is a privilege that i have not fully appreciate until working with courtney and stuff on crime projects so being aware of that privilege i think is has been eye opening and i think putting myself in your shoes in listening to a podcast i would like. Oh yeah that's a red flag. You could see how a toxic relationship between jake and hannah or however you describe it. What can you learn from that. It's way easy to spot things in other people's lives in our own to you know so there is a real tool from that we can look at anybody and say oh. I see the red flag bear and is that bad from psychological even for listeners. Who are listening to this driving on their way to work or you know doing whatever it is we do when we hear a podcast is it because we are desperate to hear other people's bad stuff because our lives feel better. I don't think so. I think it's people are desperate. Hear really extreme tales because it helps us categorize things in our own life and maybe look out for things differently because when you're in the thick of it it's really hard to see out of trouble. Sometimes we don't spotted as cleanly in our own lives journalists. Chris graves covered the road. Murders for the cincinnati inquirer. She was in pike county just days after the roads were murdered. Twenty sixteen her reporting was important and giving a voice to the victims families in the early days of the investigation. Chris gave us her frank assessment on the rise and true crime content. You know this will sound Sound really really basic. But i think you you start from a place. If this were me how would i want to be treated. We have to rise above the tiny story that just hurts people. You know the showing up in jamming the microphone in somebody's face. And how do you feel. And i mean if i were going to be completely candid. I think constantly thinking you know is it information or is it entertainment. We have to figure out a way to move beyond that salacious entertainment. Whatever there are fascinating deep stories to be told and lord only knows. This story has so many elements of storytelling. But there's a way in which you can tell it with. I hope i hope. Without taking advantage of people you know we did go to pike county and you know to your point knocked on doors without a microphone without a camera for all the obvious reasons and it is. It's it's hard on the heart. We do try to be thoughtful knowing that that would be really difficult if it were my door that somebody was knocking on. But i don't know. I don't know what the answer is there. If nobody hears it then also we're not doing our job either new say entertainment. We have a standoff in that. Because i don't really see it as entertainment. I also think bigness is sometimes. We're in the emotion business right. It's almost like a shout from the rooftop of here. This see this this happened. This is a time stamp on something. And what's the balance of that. How do you balance being respectful of people's lives and also people want to know every detail of the story. How do you balance that in terms of making it respectful to what happened but also allowing people to consume it. And take that in. Yeah that's a good question. i think you try to. You know while using finding fact. I think you also tried to approach people with compassion and empathy. Focus on the person's life. You know be accurate. There's nothing worse than getting stuff wrong especially with someone who doesn't have a voice anymore. Avoid gory details. Just because the ori do they need to see that. will it. cause unnecessary harm to people. Will i re victimize people but the gory details to some extent is what differentiates one thing from another in the spirit of making sure that people are being emotionally charged and mad as hell. Is that wrong. It is extraordinarily a gory case. There were three children. Left alive live at the scene and very hideous circumstances. Imagine a four day old being in her mother's arms while she's shot two times in the face right. We know that is disgusting. But some of this is shocking. And if you don't feel shock then you don't hear the story. How much is too much in terms of sharing an over sharing the gory. So i think my point in saying that is being careful that we don't just report for lurid curiosity. Some of that is also making sure that. Hold the power in the interview and again. I'm not talking about politicians but those who get thrust into this horror through no fault of their own and they deserve that power and that voice. And i see myself just sort of as a conduit you know i'm an ear and macondo at and i tried to share a story hopefully in an empathetic compassionate way But.

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"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

The Piketon Massacre

02:12 min | 3 months ago

"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

"Next season but check in next week when we'll be bringing you a special bonus episode before the break for more information on the case and relevant photos follow us on instagram at kt underscore studios the piped-in massacre returned by county is executive produced by stephanie. Lie decker and me. Courtney armstrong editing and sound designed by executive producer. Jared aston additional producing by jeff. Shane andrew becker and chris graves. The pike massacre.

"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

The Piketon Massacre

05:09 min | 3 months ago

"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

"Jody bars reporting helped raise awareness about curtis and jennifer's murders. The police were seemingly unable to make any progress still today. No one's been arrested. Kirk james family have no more answers today than they had. When we rolled out of pike county for the last time and aired the the final broadcast into this case from your extensive investigation seems as though investigators know what might have happened to curtis and jennifer and who may have done it. Why do you think there has been an arrest. That's my question. I don't know why there hasn't been an arrest. I don't know the investigators just didn't have enough. I don't know what else was needed to finish investigation. You've got people in these statements telling stories that you fill out what happened when you know the people who were adelphi in these statements as having gone to this murder seeing committed these crimes. It came back home. So i don't know why. Or what or where. Investigators art at this point in time. This is where fifteen years down the road. No arrests so as far as families concern and i talked to them regularly still today i mean they they feel like this is a miscarriage of not even justice. They didn't get that far. It's just an incomplete investigation. You just hope one day you'll be able to finish the story because at this point two people are dead in. It appears that whoever did this is you know gotten away with murder but that won't be the case fangio. Montgomerie has anything to do with it. You're still on this mission to get answers to get justice and also to make sure that it doesn't happen to another family right. I got my kids up. Were they were a little bit. I had a little bit of time on my hands. So i started going full force with getting hopper case out into the public. Speaking i went to the prosecutor spoke with him a few times. I went to the sheriff's we had an interim sheriff. When mr reader got suspended we're told just helps coming and it never does and i noticed that it's always when i get really rowdy. Squeaky wheel gets the most grief. When i start squeaking. I'll get a phone call. Hey just hang on. I'm going to figure out and nothing happens in. We're tired of it. That's like the most emotional about is just feeling like nobody cares. And i can't imagine what curtains anyth- mom their mothers feel like. That's another thing that puts the fire under by ass. It's never it's not going to bring them back. You'll always have a hole in your heart from that. But i would love to see someone get arrested for curtis in jennifer's murder and get prosecuted and that we get justice more information and the case relevant photos. Follow us on instagram at. Kt underscores studios next week will be bringing you the season finale where full panel of contributors will answer listener questions. So please write us with anything you wanna know this week. Is your last chance to get the questions. In the piped-in massacre returned by county is executive produced by stephanie. Lie decker and me. Courtney armstrong editing and sound design by executive producer. Jared aston additional producing by jeff. Shane andrew becker and chris graves. The pike massacre returned to pay. County is a production of iheartradio and kt studios for more podcasts from iheartradio visit the iheartradio app apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen to your favorite shows do you wonder where your food comes from more. And more people to america's corn farmers work hard every day to grow a crop that you can be proud to serve your family. And they're doing it with an eye toward sustainability caring for water air soil and resources that fuel healthy families and more sustainable products. Take a look to find out how farmers in rural america work to make life better for all of us from cities to their rural communities learn more at nc g. dot com in cg a a commitment to the future in a rapidly changing world. People wonder more and more about where their food comes from. And how it was grown farmers who grow america's corn understand how important this is and want to share the stories from our farms of how we are working to grow an incredible crop that can be an answer to sustainability questions and has grown by men and women who value the air water soil and our natural resources just like you to find out more about how corn farmers are working to feed and fuel a vibrant economy and healthy planet visit. Nca dot com a commitment to the future..

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"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

The Piketon Massacre

03:04 min | 3 months ago

"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

"Pike and massacre returned to county a production of iheartradio and katie studios. You've got all these scenarios in your head. I think this may have happened her navy. They did this. Every family of a murder victim does that you lay in bed and you think what happened. Why did they do this to did this. There's someone out there roaming around that killed two people that you could be standing beside in the grocery store and scary is the pike massacre returned to pay county season two episode ten hopper road. I'm courtney armstrong a television producer at katy studios stephanie. Lie decker and jeff shane over the course of producing this series. We've spoken to several members of the road and family because of a gag order and impending trials for the wagner family. They have been unable to go on record but earlier this year. One member of the family told us that her friend a pie. Tin resident named angie montgomery wanted to share a story about her own family and a loss they had suffered some years back. Coincidentally that same week a listener wrote in asking about that exact case so for this bonus episode as gear up to the season finale. Next week we decided to look into it. Angie perhaps more than most people can empathize with with. The roads are going through when we spoke to angie. She had just heard about jake. Wagner's plea deal in the road murder case. This news hit angie especially hard. She told us that she immediately reached out to her. Rodent family friend. I remember texting her just telling her. I was sorry that had to hurt so bad knowing that you sat down to eat christmas dinner with these people. You went to church with these people. So i can't imagine finding that out. Angie reflected back on the day. The bodies of eight members of the rodent family were found. I think we lost our innocence. That day we lost our wholesomeness our trust. We lost everything it was like you weren't a days this is happening. Your like where am i living. What's going on here. it's crazy angie's bewilderment is no doubt informed by her own tragic loss ten years before the road and family was gunned down. Her cousin curtis francis and his fiancee. Jennifer forget were also murdered and pike county. Angie spoke with producer. Chris graves about it. I know this probably hard. But can you describe for me. What happened to curtis jennifer on december. Ninth two thousand. Six curtis at his friend's house visiting he had been drinking that day and having a little bit of fun and jennie had came down and told him that he needed to get home and he laughed about ten thirty that night and went home and his mother talked to him before he went to bed. Belt midnight. I think in jenny had talked to a friend. I think about eleven thirty so they were going to bed and the next day. Nine one one call came in that genie's.

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"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

The Piketon Massacre

08:05 min | 3 months ago

"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

"I'm dr lori centers. I'm a psychology professor at yale. And i started to notice that a lot of my students all that happy so i created a new class longtime everybody to psychology and the good life. But it's not just my students who need to understand the science being and that's why we launched the happens lab so you can learn about too. Are you ready to feel happier. Head to iheartradio app apple podcasts. Or if you like to listen brought to you by ziprecruiter. The smartest way to hire. Welcome to the piped-in massacre production of iheartradio and katie studios. Somebody pretty important in ohio. Once asked to be why. I was so vested interested in this case in sex trafficking. I had to be honest with myself and i had to say when i first heard it. I didn't believe it. i didn't think it was widespread. And ever since then. It's been like these women aren't lying and they deserve all lavar. This is the pectin massacre return to pike county season. Two episode nine twenty five miles south part to. I'm courtney armstrong a television producer at katy studios with stephanie lie. Decker and jeff shane throughout the series we've examined abuses of power by authorities in ohio from law enforcement officials to city councilman investigative reporter. James pilcher drew a through line in the cases of pike. County sheriff charlie reader michael moran and the corruption that has infiltrated the southern ohio criminal justice system happening in these kinds of counties. So much either. Hey you had ineffectual or corrupt or both law enforcement right. You had a community or a culture of lawlessness that has descended on upon many places in rural america. And i think that's one of the reasons. Nobody's watching nobody cares to watch not to enhance or blow up importance of journalists. But if you don't have some kind of watchdog or Somebody holding officials accountable i. It doesn't always work in two thousand. Seventeen reported nikki. Blankenship uncovered an affidavit filed by the drug enforcement agency. The document detailed and fbi investigation into a portsmouth. Ohio lawyer and former city councilman michael moran. Its content supported stories. Nikki had long heard from area. Women who claimed that moran was involved in sexual digging and prostitution. It should be noted. That michael moran has strongly denied the allegations. So when i got this affidavit. I i mean they took it to my publisher my editor and they wanna prove that it was real it was authentic and all this was real and so i contacted private investigators that i knew had the look into the document further. I call people in court systems. That i knew and had them looking into it. I verified it over and over and over and ultimately they said that no we're not going to publish gave my letter of resignation that day and the said ethical differences. I left during the course of her reporting on sex trafficking and southern ohio. The issue had become personal for nikki. She often spoke with the families of portsmouth women that had fallen into prostitution and others whose family members had gone missing or been murdered after her resignation. Nikki had a crucial decision to make. I made a promise to the families little bit. But i promised these families and i shouldn't have as journalists thomas them but i did. I promise that i was going to scream until someone listened. So i felt like i was just repeatedly be shut down. I feel very helpless. I had to do something. I had to put it out there somewhere. And social media's. I knew even if only local families were able to see that i thought it might them in some way give them something and as a local journalist a lot of people locally were on my facebook page so i went ahead and i publish him. I went to sleep. Woke up the next morning. I had hundreds probably thousands of whites on the close already traits if not thousands of shares and messages for everyone. But it kinda went crazier than i expected to win. You saw the affidavit. What ran through your head. I was not a bit stunned and people. They want me to be stunned. But i wasn't. That's katie lancaster. Speaking with producer. Chris graves katie's best friend and sister-in-law megan lancaster went missing twenty thirteen. Katie alleges that megan worked for michael moran as a prostitute moran denies these allegations. What went through my head is. Oh my gosh like. I'm not the only one that sees this. You know like the fbi sees it like it was just so just a sense of relief. News of the affidavits spread. It soon. Caught the attention of cincinnati inquirer investigative editor. Bob strictly who had once worked for the newspaper. The portsmouth daily times initially was sports editor in portsmouth and was elevated to managing editor. And during my time there there were always these rumors about michael moran and the women that he was around in circles he he ran in and at the time early in my career it just seems so far fetched or smith if nothing else is a remote so a lot of things get tossed around without substantive evidence to back it up but it was quite surprising to receive or that there is something that could actually back this up. We got a copy of it ourselves and verified through various attorneys and around the council. And i went back and looked through notes that i take and i 'cause i never throw away notebook for my time. Working enforcement was like a lot of this tracks. And here's a government official saying so and it's in a sworn affidavit. So it's time for the chips allah table and get involved says too. Big of a story took more even. If it is a place that is not traditionally in an area where type paper covers it. I don't know if initiated a sense of responsibility as much as it triggered a pretty huge amount of guilt that motivated me to go pitch the story of our bosses despite paper being two and a half hours away from the subject that we were covering and luckily bosses were hospitable enough to allow us to explore that dig real deep in this story and turn over some rocks that needed to be turned over decades ago the puerta. Jane's kilter was writing for the inquirer at the time mob. Boss came to me. Because i was investigative reporter and said what do you think about this. You wanna take a look at this guy. Trafficking women all over the country from this little town. This burned out shell of a town. It's known as the epicenter of the opioid epidemic. Is he doing. This is it. Sure can we prove it. I really thought there was no way. There was no way this could be going on for so long and nobody did anything about the other interesting thing. Was that the paper got. This wouldn't publish it. I mean it's a federal affidavit and they still wouldn't publish it right. There in the hometown of mike moran picks it the big city newspaper from two hours away in cincinnati to come in and do this investigation now granted. We have the resources of usa today behind this but why not at that have been published or if the local newspaper had been truly and independent harm or an independent high with some of this stuff have gone on. I don't think so the first time i went to portsmouth. I didn't know what to expect. Nate partnered me fulltime with photographer. Who is also on the story is she and i were just shooting some footage out at the. Us shoe factory and there was graffiti. They're talking about a prostitution and drugs and things like that and this guy writes up on a bicycle san What you guys doing. We just kinda tell them so. By the way.

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"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

The Piketon Massacre

08:00 min | 3 months ago

"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

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Does it really matter now. It's been alleged many times that each one of them had a role in this. I mean we've kind of heard that discussed before. Yeah because to your question of does it. Matter i mean in my mind would certainly is if someone outside the four is because then that person has been living with this secret knowledge. That is hard to imagine bearing. It's not like you just dial up a baby sitter and say hey. Can you come by. Watch my kids for the night i mean. Can you imagine or my grandkids. I mean you would think they would have spoken to that person already if there was a fifth person and watching the children or something like that then he kinda closing bites engine and thoughts at this moment. Yeah i mean i. I would love to see what jake told the. Investigators what was behind this. Was it just the child. And why and i know why jake jake confessed. He found god. That's what i. That's what i heard so don't be all the you know. If you've ever covered a bond hearing you think some kind of find god. I think some find god and i guess he. He really found him how. 'bout that it will be interesting to see if it was more than just the child because to wipe out eight people for a child is you know that's it. That's a whole different type of thing that i'm you know you hear about domestic violence incidents over children and divorces going ugly and a spouse kills another spouse over control but to kill an entire family. Because you want one child is. It is hard to wrap your head around. Fat is indeed. All this was about so right now all we know is what j. wagner did so i think we can all speak with with certainty that he had a major role in this. But you're you're looking at trying to make sense of this. It's the custody issue but then on top of that. It does luke hannah gilly to some extent because her brother apparently he got this. Hannah rodent pregnant. You know. it's not just hannah in this child. It's hannah her mother her father. You know all centered around this baby. Everyone who could get custody of this baby you. That may be driving him at that point but then you now have. Hannah guilt looped in through her brother in that tied to hanna road. And i don't. Is that enough. I mean what if it comes out that and i know we all. We've all heard the theory from from the state at this point in time to this was a concerted effort by four members of the wagner family. But what if it comes out that you know jake was truly the trigger guy and the rest are are. On the periphery helping and supporting you know again. I mean this is just me shooting the breeze here about this but you know it's just you try to put yourself in that mindset of doing what we know jake did at this point in time and the result of whoever's actions you still got eight people dead children laying in the blood and the aftermath of that so the hell of a situation over there will continue to monitor movements and george wagons trial as well as any developments regarding accused father billy wagner and accused mother angela wagner but while we wait we want to turn our attention back to the michael moran story that we covered an episode seven. I really thought there was no way. There was no way this could be going on for so long. Nobody did anything about it. One of the best lawyers a politician and a sitting judge all possibly involved in this network. That's how deep this win. And that's when we knew we needed to get more women who had been through this experience to talk about what they said they'd been through with michael. 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"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

The Piketon Massacre

08:49 min | 4 months ago

"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

"Him. Abors in it to michael ryan's name his cell phone number. I had all this remains that really impacted our area a lot of closure to these families who are told nothing by our local officials are local for this is the pike and massacre returned to pike county season. Two episode seven twenty five miles south. I'm courtney armstrong a television producer at kt studios with stephanie. Lie decker and jeff. Shane in episode five of this season. We explored the allegations of corruption and the subsequent arrest of pike county. Sheriff charlie reader but his story is just one of many that has illuminated alleged abuses of power perpetrated by those involved in southern. Ohio's criminal justice system so in this episode. We wanna focus on another case that has long affected a community. Just twenty five miles south of piked in in a town called portsmouth. Ohio in two thousand fifteen reporter named nicky blankenship began investigating rumors of human trafficking in the town like many small ohio. Town's portsmouth has a long rich history of industrial might preceding an era of rapid urban decay. Here's james pilcher. Reporter for local twelve news and cincinnati. Speaking with our producer. Chris graves the county seat of kyoto. County which right below pike county. So it's about thirty to forty five minutes out. The pike portsmouth has this. Rust belt burned out industrial field. There are half empty to empty factories in the middle of the city at one point. Us shoe had biggest plant there. And then obviously you know the global economy and we all know what happened to manufacturing in the mid west it still has a small profitable steel mill. Downtown it's barely hanging on. So kyle a city that was forgotten when the manufacturing industry began to disappear. Portsmouth was besieged by the drug trade nikki. Blankenship grew up in the area and saw the devastation firsthand. Your areas been really hit by the opiate crisis right. Yeah we call ourselves. Ground zero for the opioid epidemic. I've lived in ohio. Since nineteen eighty-four insider counties. Yeah lived here my whole life. I remember in highschool people around me. They would start out with small pain pills and oxycontin hit and it was no longer recreational drug use. That people were doing that parties. You're seeing people become addicted very very very quickly in two thousand eight. Nikki started writing about the issue for a local newspaper. I started out covering the drug epidemic. I was the first in the area to do stories on oxycontin looking at overdose rates in the area and started asking those questions from the coroner's office. About how many of these deaths that we're seeing are connected to opiate use and then started looking into komo's and we ended up shutting down over twenty three helmets inside a county nikki's reporting helps at a late on the areas drug problem but other elicit industries sprung up around it. Nikki was there to cover it all and twenty thirteen. I did a series that ran for months on prostitution and i was walking the streets with these growth. I also talked to you like parents of one then that we're working on the streets and talk to officers about the problem and local businesses about how it affected It was interesting. Because when i was doing these stories i started seeing a lot of names. Come up from these girls. The one mentioned most often was michael. Moran michael moran. He's in his mid seventies long-time defense attorney. You know the you is drug offenses those kinds of things yet. His own firm in portsmouth and at one point in the late two thousands got himself appointed as a city. Councilman of portsmouth is a very public person. So if there was a red cross danquah or something covering he would be there. So he's he's been around my whole career pretty much now. Rumors had been circulating about mike moran for years they stories about him being involved in prostitution prostitution god way back to the seventies. A lot of those stories are just about him. Hiring grows stance and Apple local parties and poker gangs. It was a secret the everyone choked about but no one really talked about and it was pretty common knowledge. I think. I mentioned like a red cross bank. I had to cover once. He was air with a girl known to be arrested for prostitution known to be arrested for drug abuse and she was there you could tell that. She was under the influence her behavior. She being very loud. I'm on a cell phone with this. And speaking very appropriately for the study and like just laughing with her at westerly councilman at the time. Actually wendover towards me jokingly elbow me in the side than said. There's mike at one of his girls. It's just always been known as nikki began exploring maran's ties to the local sex trade. The story grew much darker. I was interviewing some people who were in an inpatient treatment facility. And i found out that one of the women over the program was involved with a human trafficking program and so i started talking with her about human trafficking and she said that when women are arrested eleazar major moran has been going to see them in jail and charges and exchange floor doing sexual favors for him and working in prostitution nikki. Further explain the allegations levelled against moran by area. Women that the crux of what he does is. He offers his legal services to get these women out of jail and then put some under his employee. Yes he gets women out of gel and basically gets into his clutches. Our stories are the people are hired as dog walkers or as cleaners and and said are actually working in prostitution. An affidavit filed by the. Da would later support these accounts. James explained that this method of manipulation marks the distinction between prostitution and human trafficking from people will say oh well these women knew what they were doing. They were just trying to make money. These women were prostitutes. Well if you talk to the experts it went one step beyond that. It went into trafficking because some of those allegations moran was holding over them the fact that they were drug addicts even he would withhold their money or withhold. Their money wherewithal to get drunk so the statute says if you withhold or threatened to withhold money that women need for drugs or withhold. The drugs trafficking. 'cause it's coercion anytime you can prove coercion. It's traffic both in ohio law in federal. 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"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

The Piketon Massacre

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"courtney armstrong" Discussed on The Piketon Massacre

"In general where a lot of them get in trouble is it because they feel so powerful and touchable. I don't know but man you look at it in the final analysis. What we have here is a guy in pike county who had the county by a streaming who had the trust of people who live in that county. So is it power. I don't know all that. I know at this point. Is you had an elected official. Who makes a pretty bad decisions and he's paying for it now. Have you gotten a sense. What the implications might be for the wagner cases that readers now going to jail there early facing down prison for whether or not that had anything to do with the actual investigation. No one knows by. If i'm a defense attorney all i gotta do is throw it that smokescreen at some point and see what happens and if i'm a prosecutor i'm thinking okay. I need to have a contingency plan to how to answer this. If you're the defense. I'm assuming you will bring it up in court. You'll you'll point to that if the judge allows it and say you know. How can you trust investigation. This man was out there on the scene that morning. I think it makes people in the county question. What's really going on there. While we wait to see how sheriff readers conviction will impact the wagner trials. One journalist continues to grapple with the legacy of the road and murders story. That forever changed her life more than five years ago. More on that next time for more information on the case and relevant photos. Follow us on instagram. At kt underscore studios the pike and massacre. Returned by county is executive produced by stephanie. Lie decker and me. Courtney armstrong editing and sound design by executive producer. Jared aston additional producing jeff. Shane andrew becker and chris graves. The pike massacre returned to pay cownie a production of iheartradio. Kt studios for more podcasts. From iheartradio visit the iheartradio app apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen to your favorite shows if you're a small business owner growing your business what it's all about that is if you have the space to do it. Cube smart self storage has the solution with a variety of storage unit sizes helpful online resources and easy to access facilities. Keep smart self. Storage provides a self storage experience that puts the focus on you. Because you and your business matter most and help you grow cube. Smart is offering up to twenty five percent off your monthly rent. Say goodbye to crowded inventory and hello to your business. Success story with qb smart self storage visit cube smart dot com for more information in the land of diamonds. Mervyn king maker queen with a gorgeous movers. Diamond before you go down on one knee visit. Movers diamond importers with a huge selection of high quality diamonds. At fair prices diamond is washington's first choice at mervyn's you'll receive a free diamond education and no pressure to buy a dime. Make a statement. They say you know value nine out of ten brides choose movies. The tenth is still speeches. Check out of us at moves. Diamonds dot com again. that's movers. Diamonds dot com..

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