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Oxygen preps “Piketon Family Murders”, “Disappearance Of Susan Cox Powell”

Oxygen Media, NBCUniversal’s true crime multi-platform network for women, will take viewers into the largest criminal investigation in Ohio’s history in The Piketon Family Murders. Produced by MadWest Content and KT ...
March 26, 2019

Oxygen Media, NBCUniversal’s true crime multi-platform network for women, will take viewers into the largest criminal investigation in Ohio’s history in The Piketon Family Murders.

Produced by MadWest Content and KT Studios, the two-hour special will delve into the 2016 massacre in Piketon, Ohio, where seven members of the Rhoden family, as well as Hannah Giley, fiancée to one of the victims, were found murdered.

In this tight and private community, rumors swirled about who was responsible for the killings, until this past November when a series of arrests placed four members of the Wagner family, a prominent Piketon family, were charged with first-degree murder. The special features interviews and insight from local community members, family, friends, local law enforcement and journalists, all of whom help tell the story of this massacre in its entirety.

Executive producers on the special are Josh Murphy, Stephanie Lydecker and Anne Garofalo Paterno. Beth Karas serves as host of the one-off special.

The Piketon Family Murders bows March 31 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

Elsewhere, the female-focused true crime net will present the case of Susan Cox Powell, a woman who has been missing for nearly a decade in the two-night event, The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell.

From Texas Crew Productions and Everywhere Studios, the four-hour series will reveal the devastating final years of Susan’s life while also featuring new developments in the case, including never-before-seen video and interviews with family members. The series will also look to reveal a new theory that may explain the young woman’s disappearance.

Cox Powell, 28, vanished from her home in West Valley City, Utah in 2009. After she disappeared, her husband Josh told the police his alibi: that after his wife went to bed, he took their young sons on an impromptu camping trip during a winter blizzard. More than two years after Cox Powell’s disappearance, her husband took his own life and that of his two sons.

The special follows investigative journalist Stephanie Bauer as she examines the young couples marriage and the issues of domestic violence and emotional abuse while also revealing that Josh’s father, Steven Powell, was sexually obsessed with his daughter-in-law.

David Karabinas, James Buddy Day, Shelley Ross, Tom Mazza and Brad Bernstein serve as executive producers.

The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell premieres May 4 and May 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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