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Notorious Tampa Bay murder case to be featured on Investigation Discovery

Hall and Joan Rogers with their daughters Michelle, standing, and Christe. The women were found bound and floating in Tampa Bay.

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Hall and Joan Rogers with their daughters Michelle, standing, and Christe. The women were found bound and floating in Tampa Bay.

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The story of the 1989 murders of an Ohio mother and her daughters found floating in Tampa Bay will be featured on the true crime channel Investigation Discovery on Saturday. Oba Chandler was executed in November 2011 for the 1989 murder of Joan Rogers and daughters Michelle and Christe. The Ohio family was visiting Florida when they were found floating in the bay, bound, tied to concrete blocks and stripped below the waist.

In 1997, a series of articles titled “Angels & Demons” written by Thomas French, then a staff writer at the Times, told the story of the murders, the conviction of Chandler and the impact of the crimes on the Rogers’ family. The series won a 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing (You can read Angels & Demons here.

The episode of Murder in Paradise, which includes interviews with the St. Petersburg police officers and prosecutors from the case, will be shown on Investigation Discovery at 10 p.m. Saturday.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:29am]

    

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