Man convicted of four murders dies in cell

Roger Clay Drollinger (Photo Provided)
Roger Clay Drollinger (Photo Provided)

CARLISLE, Ind. (WTHI) – Roger Clay Drollinger, convicted of multiple murders in Parke County, was found unresponsive in his cell Wednesday morning around 6:45.

Staff at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility made revival attempts, but they were unsuccessful.

Foul play in his death is not suspected but an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Drollinger, who was 61, was serving four life sentences for the murders of Gregory Brooks, Ralph Spencer, Raymond Spencer and Reeve Spence in 1977.

It was also referred to as the Hollandsburg Valentine’s Day Massacre.

The only survivor, Betty Jane Spencer, testified against Drollinger and three accomplices. She passed away in 2004.

The three accomplices, Daniel Stonebraker, Michael Wright and David Smith, continue to serve life sentences at the Pendleton Correction Facility. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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