Case 232

Jo, Michelle & Christe Rogers

*** Content Warning: child sexual assault, child victims ***

For Jo Rogers and her two teenage daughters, Michelle and Christe, a trip to Florida seemed like a dream come true. In May 1989, the trio left their dairy farm in Willshire, Ohio and set out on their first ever interstate holiday. 

Nine days later, the deceased bodies of Jo, Michelle and Christe surfaced in the waters of Tampa Bay. Their deaths were the work of a sadistic killer, but there were very little clues to go by. Was someone from the Rogers family involved, or was the killer a local?



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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



Rapist, killer Oba Chandler executed – ABC Action News

Unsolved Mysteries: Diabolical Minds S04 EP23



Death Cruise – Don Davis

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