December 24th, 2002
Triple-murder. On Christmas Eve in 2002, Ernest R. Wholaver, Jr. murdered his estranged wife, Jean, 43, and his daughters, Victoria, 20, and Elizabeth, 15. Victoria's nine-month-old daughter, Madison, was left alive but alone and unattended. In July of the same year, Ernest Wholaver had been charged with multiple sexual offenses against his daughters. His wife obtained an order under the Protection From Abuse Act, evicting Ernest from the home. On the night of the murders, Ernest's brother, Scott, drove him to the home and waited in the vehicle while Ernest cut the phone lines, broke into the home, and fatally shot Jean, Victoria, and Elizabeth. Afterwards, the brothers drove to Clearfield County to dispose of a pistol, shotgun, and other incriminating evidence. The bodies (and Madison) were found 28 hours later. Ernest was arrested shortly after. He was found guilty of three counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to death. He remains on death row due various appeals.