Case 232

Jo, Michelle & Christe Rogers

On May 26 1989, Jo Rogers and her two teenage daughters – Michelle and Christe, left their dairy farm in the quiet village of Willshire, Ohio to begin their dream holiday in Florida. Nine days later, three deceased bodies surfaced in the waters of Tampa Bay.

What followed was a desperate search for a killer who murdered his victims in the most sadistic way possible. Signs pointed to members of the Rogers family being involved until a small sample of handwriting, scrawled on the bottom of a travel brochure redirected the investigation to a friendly Tampa Bay local named Oba Chandler.

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

EPISODE:

Research & writing – Jessica Forsayeth

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro – www.dl-sounds.com

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

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RESOURCES

 

NEWS ARTICLES

Angels and demons – Tampa Bay Times (winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize by Thomas French)

3 bodies found in bay – The Tampa Tribune

3 bodies found in Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay Times

Bodies found in bay baffle police – St Petersburg Times

Slayings of vacationers baffle Florida police – The Cincinnati Post

Police suspect 3 found in bay were tourists – Tampa Bay Times

Residents of Willshire find tragedy hard to accept – Associated Press

Ohio murders remain mystery – Associated Press

Killer linked to another murder – Tampa Bay Times

1990 slaying solved – South Florida Sun Sentinel

Murder investigation shifts to Ohio – Associated Press

Deaths of mother, daughters still haunt rural community – Associated Press

Handwriting on billboard led to suspect’s arrest – Tampa Bay Times

Suspect in murders of three Ohio women jailed – Tampa Bay Times

Cincy man faces trial in killings – Daily Dayton News

Chandler told of killings, his daughter testifies – Tampa Bay Times

Chandler could ‘evoke your trust’ – Tampa Bay Times

Murder-for-hire theory tossed out of Chandler trial – Tampa Bay Times

Oba Chandler will take the stand in his own defence – Associated Press

Chandler testifies: ‘I never killed no one’ – Tampa Bay Times

Chandler’s alibi gets challenged – The Tampa Tribune

In the deaths of three women, Oba Chandler is found guilty – Tampa Bay Times

Jury: death to Chandler – Tampa Bay Times

Chandler gets three death sentences – Associated Press

Jurors say: “We felt like family” – Tampa Bay Times

Prosecutors plan to watch Chandler’s execution – Tampa Bay Times

‘I don’t need any closure.’ Hal Rogers rebuilds his life. Oba Chandler is about to lose his – Tampa Bay Times

State executes notorious killer – The Tampa Tribune

Coral Springs PD: Cold case solved, DNA points to executed man as killer – CBS News Miami

 

AUDIO/VIDEO

Rapist, killer Oba Chandler executed – ABC Action News

Unsolved Mysteries: Diabolical Minds S04 EP23

 

BOOKS

Death Cruise – Don Davis

 

 

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