Two brothers murdered their parents and three siblings because they desired to become known as serial killers.
Robert and Michael Bever from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, had been planning to murder their family as part of a larger mass homicide plot for more than a year prior to the attack.
Both parents, David and April Bever, as well as three siblings, 12-year-old Daniel, 7-year-old Christopher, and 5-year-old Victoria, were brutally murdered in July 2015. The family members were stabbed numerous times, with the mother suffering more than 48 wounds alone.
The brothers bought numerous weapons, including swords, machetes, and more than 200 rounds of ammunition. According to New York Daily News, witnesses testified that Robert bought weapons using the internet since he did not need to prove he was an adult to do so.
Robert laughed while talking about their desire to chop up their victims’ bodies so they could be placed into storage containers in the attic before driving to other cities to kill dozens of other people.
“He appeared to be laid back and mildly excited to tell the story,” said Detective Eric Bentz.
Two sisters survived the attack, and the 13-year-old has been essential in helping investigators determine how long the mass murder plans had been underway.
While in the hospital, having survived multiple stab wounds, she told Detective Chane Cothran that the boys had been stockpiling weapons and armor because “there were too many people in the world,” as reported by Tulsa World. When she told their mother, according to Cothran, she “marked it up to, ‘That’s just what boys do.’”
She also said Robert told her he was going to chop off their 2-year-old sister’s head with an axe. The toddler was unharmed and is currently in foster care.
"They wanted to kill at least 50 people, they wanted to be famous,” said Detective Rhianna Russell, as reported by Yahoo News. “They wanted a Wikipedia page. They wanted media coverage.” Russell, who interviewed Michael, said they wanted to surpass famous murderers and had mentioned the Columbine and Aurora movie theaters killings.
On Feb. 23, a judge ruled that there is enough evidence for Robert and Michael to stand trial and face first-degree murder charges. The brothers have pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder and one count of assault and battery with intent to kill.