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3 dead in apparent murder-suicide may have been in apartment for days: neighbor

MIDDLETOWN – The three people who were found dead after an apparent murder-suicide in an apartment building in Middletown may have been there for several days.

Monica Dickens, who lives in the same apartment building on the 100 block of South Union Street, said a smell began to fill the building yesterday, prompting another neighbor to call the police.

She thought it may have been an animal until the officers, who responded to the welfare-check call, knocked on her door and asked her if she heard any gunshots over the last few days.

“I didn’t hear anything,” she said, still somewhat surprised at what had happened.

Police have not yet released the names of the deceased. She said a man, woman and a child lived in the apartment.

“They were always fighting, and I would always hear yelling,” Dickens said. “But I never expected all of this to

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Wholaver murder case subject of TV true crime network episode

By Dan Miller

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Sixteen years ago perhaps the most notorious crime in Middletown history took place, when Ernest R. Wholaver Jr. killed his wife Jean and the couple’s two daughters, Victoria and Elizabeth, inside their home in the borough on Christmas Eve 2002.

Now, the Wholaver slaying is the subject of a recent episode aired by the true crime TV network Oxygen.

The episode entitled “Silent Night, Lethal Night,” aired Dec. 16 as part of the Oxygen series “Homicide for the Holidays.” The episode can still be viewed by going to the Oxygen website.

The episode includes excerpts of an interview with Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo, who prosecuted the case against Wholaver back in 2004. Also appearing in the piece is former Middletown police Detective David Sweitzer, who has received awards recognizing his work investigating the Wholaver case.

Wholaver, now 58, in 2004 was sentenced to death three times after being convicted

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Christmas Eve triple murder in Middletown featured on TV true-crime show

The killings of a woman and her two daughters by her estranged husband on Christmas Eve 2002 is part of a series of shows on Oxygen about horrific crimes over the holidays.

Oxygen network’s “Homicide for the Holidays” lineup includes a show about the Wholaver family of Middletown, killed almost 16 years ago: Elizabeth, 15; Victoria, 20; and Jean, 43, were shot to death as they slept in their Union Street home on Christmas Eve. Victoria’s 9-month-old daughter was left alone with the bodies but unharmed. They were found the next day after they hadn’t shown up for a Christmas dinner.

Their husband and father Ernest Wholaver Jr., who’d been accused of sexually assaulting his daughters, was convicted of three first-degree murder charges in 2004 and sentenced to death.

Investigators said he killed his family to prevent his daughters from testifying that he had

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Brutal holiday murder of a mother and her two daughters on Christmas Eve revisited in TV special

Brutal holiday murder of a mother and her two daughters on Christmas Eve revisited in TV special 

Dailymail.com Reporter

A new Homicide for the Holidays will air tonight on Oxygen.

The episode, entitled Silent Night, revisits the murders of the Wholaver family who were killed in their home on Christmas Eve 2002.

Jean Wholaver, 43, and daughters Victoria, 20, and Elizabeth, 14, were found dead in their Middletown, Pennsylvania after being shot in their sleep.

Only Victoria Wholaver’s baby daughter was left unharmed.

The killer was later revealed to be the Jean’s husband Ernest Wholaver who was soon to be tried on rape charges after allegedly molesting his daughters. 

More will be revealed when

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Brutal holiday murder of mother and her two daughters on Christmas Eve

Brutal holiday murder of a mother and her two daughters on Christmas Eve revisited in TV special 

Dailymail.com Reporter

A new Homicide for the Holidays will air tonight on Oxygen.

The episode, entitled Silent Night, revisits the murders of the Wholaver family who were killed in their home on Christmas Eve 2002.

Jean Wholaver, 43, and daughters Victoria, 20, and Elizabeth, 14, were found dead in their Middletown, Pennsylvania after being shot in their sleep.

Only Victoria Wholaver’s baby daughter was left unharmed.

The killer was later revealed to be the Jean’s husband Ernest Wholaver who was soon to be tried on rape charges after allegedly molesting his daughters. 

More will be revealed when

Read more at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6497177/Brutal-holiday-murder-mother-two-daughters-Christmas-Eve-revisited-TV-special.html

‘Killer Couples’ details motives in Bluffton restaurateur’s murder. Here’s when to watch

The story behind the fatal shooting of popular Bluffton restaurateur Jonathan Cherol — including details about drug arrests, alleged affairs and ruled-out suspects — is being featured on the Oxygen television network’s “Killer Couples.”

Cherol, a 33-year-old who was part owner of Pepper’s Old Town, was shot in the head on the back porch of his home in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2015.

In interviews with Bluffton Police Department spokesperson Joy Nelson, Detective Baker Odom and Capt. Joseph Babkiewicz and with Kimberly Smith of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the episode pieces together a timeline of the night Cherol was killed and the investigation that followed.

The show also includes actual police interrogation footage and reenactments of parts of the investigation.

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Sam and Colette Collins, also of Bluffton, were arrested in the

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‘Killer Couples’ details motives in Bluffton restaurateur’s murder. Here’s when to watch

The story behind the fatal shooting of popular Bluffton restaurateur Jonathan Cherol — including details about drug arrests, alleged affairs and ruled-out suspects — is being featured on the Oxygen television network’s “Killer Couples.”

Cherol, a 33-year-old who was part owner of Pepper’s Old Town, was shot in the head on the back porch of his home in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2015.

In interviews with Bluffton Police Department spokesperson Joy Nelson, Detective Baker Odom and Capt. Joseph Babkiewicz and with Kimberly Smith of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the episode pieces together a timeline of the night Cherol was killed and the investigation that followed.

The show also includes actual police interrogation footage and reenactments of parts of the investigation.

Digital Access for only $0.99

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.

Sam and Colette Collins, also of Bluffton, were arrested in the

Read more at: https://www.islandpacket.com/entertainment/tv/article222654330.html

‘Killer Couples’ looks into murder of Bluffton restaurateur

The story behind the fatal shooting of popular Bluffton restaurateur Jonathan Cherol — including details about drug arrests, alleged affairs and ruled-out suspects — is being featured on the Oxygen television network’s “Killer Couples.”

Cherol, a 33-year-old who was part owner of Pepper’s Old Town, was shot in the head on the back porch of his home in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2015.

In interviews with Bluffton Police Department spokesperson Joy Nelson, Detective Baker Odom and Capt. Joseph Babkiewicz and with Kimberly Smith of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the episode pieces together a timeline of the night Cherol was killed and the investigation that followed.

The show also includes actual police interrogation footage and reenactments of parts of the investigation.

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.

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Sam and Colette Collins, also of Bluffton, were arrested in the slaying about a month after Cherol’s

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Saturday-Night Documentary Showdown: ‘Murder in Mansfield’ vs. ‘Jonestown’

A Murder in Mansfield

The Setup: A son seeks answers with the help of Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA). Collier Boyle was 11 on New Year’s Eve 1989 when his father, John, bludgeoned his mother in their Ohio home and hid her body under the basement floor of a newly purchased place in Erie, Pennsylvania. Twenty-six years later, Kopple accompanies Boyle to his childhood house, to a reunion with detectives — and to prison to ask Dad for the truth.

The Most Disturbing Bits: Early on, we see archival footage of an eerily composed preteen Collier testifying at John’s trial. Video evidence of his mother’s body being extracted from her concrete grave is horrific. Yet John’s selfish, occasionally angry letters to his son after his conviction are almost as upsetting.

Try to Wrap your Brain Around… John’s protestations of innocence. When the two men sit down at Marion Correctional Institution, he

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