Valentine's Day massacre killer dies in prison - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Valentine's Day massacre killer dies in prison

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Roger Drollinger Roger Drollinger
CARLISLE, IN -

The ringleader of one of the most horrific murders in Indiana history has died in prison.

Roger Drollinger was one of four men serving multiple life sentences for the so-called Valentine's Day massacre in Parke County. Police describe the 1977 murders as "thrill killings."

The suspects broke into a home in Hollandsburg on Valentine's Day, forcing a family of boys and their mother to lie on the floor. The victims were threatened and taunted before they were shot to death.

Betty Spencer survived the shooting. The blast blew her wig off and the killers assumed she was dead. She ran for help and eventually testified against the men who killed her family.

Drollinger died in his cell this week at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. He was 61.

Investigators do not suspect foul play. A coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine how he died.

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