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Bardstown families plead for answers in unsolved murders

Michaela MacDonald

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Published: 5/12/2017 10:56:11 AM
Updated: 10:56 AM EDT May 12, 2017

NELSON CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- “A place where neighbors still borrow cups of sugar,” ”An atmosphere that seems to have magically leaped from the paintings of Norman Rockwell and the pages of Mark Twain.” These are ways the Visit Bardstown website describe the small town.

About 40 miles southeast of Louisville, nestled in a county of roughly 45,000 people, historic Bardstown has a darling downtown, where you'll still find things like an old fashion barber shop pole.

It proudly boasts on town signs "Named Most Beautiful Small Town in America." With a reputation like that, signs reading "Solve these Murders,” and "Justice for Crystal" are surprising. But they’re clues that there is mystery surrounding this town.

The ambush killing of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, the murders of a special education teacher Kathy Netherland and her daughter Samantha, the disappearance of Crystal Rogers, and the shooting death of her father are all unsolved.

Four deaths, 1 missing person, and 3 families forever changed, surrounding this one small town.