Murdered Ohio Family Were Growing Cannabis

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection


A small rural town in Ohio was shaken by the cold-blooded murder of eight family members, execution-style, near Peebles, Ohio—about 90 miles from Cincinnati on April 22, 2016. The murders rocked the community, and law enforcement officials from multiple agencies have cooperated in the massive investigation and manhunt for the killer, or killers. Ohio’s Attorney General became directly involved and traveled to the region on Saturday.

The victims included seven adults and one 16-year-old male. Four different homes, located on a few miles apart, were involved in the crimes. All of the victims appear to have been killed in their beds. Three children survived the ordeal, including a four-day-old that was found asleep next to the slain mother, along with a three-year-old and a six-month-old.

On Sunday afternoon, Attorney General Mike Dewine explained during a news conference that the killers were still at large, and that the public was encouraged to help if they had any relevant information. At the end of the conference, after almost adjourning the conference, AG Dewine stepped back up to the microphones and explained that they had more information to release.

“I think it’s okay for us to confirm we did find marijuana… in three [crime scene] locations,” explained Dewine. “These were grow operations.”

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Ohio AG Mike Dewine address the media on Saturday. Image: Murdered Ohio Family Were Growing Cannabis
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Ohio AG Mike Dewine address the media on Saturday. Image:

Peebles, a town of about 1,800 people located 85 miles east of Cincinnati, is not used to crimes of this nature. The local Pike County Sheriff, Charles Reader, said in the news conference that the town’s drug and crime problems were typical for its size. The victims, all members of the Rhoden family, had not had any problems with local law enforcement, according to the Sheriff.

“I have never been involved with that family in a criminal nature and I have been in law enforcement locally for 20 years,” Sheriff Reader explained.

The shootings took place near the county line between Adams and Pike counties. Officers from both jurisdictions responded to the call, as did officers from neighboring Ross County. The FBI office in Cincinnati explained that it is closely monitoring the situation in a tweet, and they have offered assistance.

Restaurant owner Jeff Ruby of Cinncinati has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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Keith Mansur

Keith Mansur is the founder, publisher, and editor of Oregon Cannabis Connection newspaper. The print publication has been serving Oregon since 2010. He has been a Oregon medical marijuana patient, grower, and caregiver since 2006. Find him on Facebook or email him at

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