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Trial delayed in the Bever family murders

Trial delayed for 16-year-old who helped killed his family

The Bever house.

In July of 2015, 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever allegedly stabbed and killed their father, 52-year-old David Bever, their mother, 44-year-old April Bever, brothers Daniel, 12, and Christopher, 7, and their sister, 5-year-old Victoria. Thirteen-year-old Crystal, who had been stabbed, and two-year-old Autumn survived. The two brothers allegedly killed their family so they could be ‘more famous than Columbine’.

The elder Bever brother was sentenced to five life sentences without parole after pleading guilty in order to avoid the death penalty. Michael Bever has been charged as an adult and his trial was delayed back in May to start this past August. However, his trial has been delayed again. The trial has been rescheduled due to a new attorney being assigned to Bever, but that’s not what I want to talk about.

The defense is arguing Michael Bever was under the influence of his older brother and feared for himself if he did not carry out his brother’s orders. Except the way the younger Bever helped kill his family betrays that defense completely, in my opinion.

Authorities also say Michael, who was 16 at the time, even banged on the office and bathroom door, where younger siblings were hiding, and begged to be let in, because he feared he would be killed. Police say when the children opened the doors, they were murdered.

That doesn’t sound like someone who feared his brother to me. That sounds more like a psychopath who took great enjoyment in killing his own family for no other reason but trying to be famous. The surviving sister even said the two brothers were talking about committing murders up to a year before the crimes occurred. Some people would argue his brain wasn’t developed enough to realize the repercussions of his actions. If someone his age doesn’t realize killing most of his family isn’t wrong then they really have no business being in society anyway.

(Sources)

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Update on Zemmer Middle School shooting plot

Update on  Zemmer Middle School shooting plot

Zemmer Middle School

Earlier this week there was a hearing in regards to the alleged school shooting plot targeting Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan. The defense for the three teen suspects tried getting the charges thrown out, however, the judge ruled there was substantial evidence for a trial to be held.

One of the defense attorneys seems to be treading on familiar grounds

“These kids were desensitized to the reality of the things they were talking about, Columbine and school shootings,” said attorney, Matthew Norwood. “In the case of XXXXX, he was looking to get a reaction … there were no steps taken. It was just talk … Prosecutors are going off of pure paranoia.”

Pure paranoia, huh? Well, in addition to their own version of the Basement Tapes, where they refer to themselves as gods, further evidence was revealed about their alleged intentions. Police found the following ‘story’ on one of the suspect’s cell phones.

“My name is XXXXX and everyone at school thought I was kidding, that I wouldn’t shoot it up, or bring the guns to school,” Lapeer County Detective Bob Wells read from the story messaged from XXXXX to XXXXX on social media. “They always bullied me and thought I was kidding, just like the kids at Columbine.”

Except there’s no evidence to show the Columbine cowards were bullied. More misinformed cretins who turn to violence when things don’t go their way.

The suspects have been released on over $100K bond each and have been ordered to stay off the internet. It’s also been ordered that guns need to be removed from all the households and it’s recommended all three suspects undergo counseling. Considering the three have been charged as adults and are facing life sentences, maybe they should have received counseling earlier.

Defense attorney calls middle school shooting plot a ‘fairy tale’

Defense attorney calls middle school shooting plot a 'fairytale'

Zemmer Middle School

(Story broke 8/2/2017)

I originally posted about the alleged school shooting plot against Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan, here. If you’ll recall, two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old were arrested and charged as adults for allegedly plotting an attack against the school. The teens made a video similar to the Columbine Basement Tapes, where these teens proclaimed themselves gods while threatening violence against the school.

A couple of weeks ago, they appeared in court where one of their defense attorneys claimed the plot was merely the wild imagination of zealous police investigators and referred to the plot as a fairy tale of teen angst expressed in fiction. So I guess the video Cho Seung-Hui sent to a national news channel was just angsty fiction before he killed dozens at Virginia Tech. Or the videos Alvaro Castillo sent to a local news station after killing his father was just a fairy tale. That’s not even mentioning all the videos made by other potential school shooters who were stooped before they could carry out their plans.

When these kids live in homes with guns and proclaim themselves gods who will have followers after they kill as many as they can, isn’t angsty teen fiction or a fairy tale. It’s evidence that shows how much violence these kids could be capable of.

Trio of teenage columbiners charged with plotting middle school shooting

Trio of teenage columbiners charged with plotting middle school shooting

Zemmer Middle School

(Story broke 5/10/2017)

Back in February, three teens, two aged 14 and one 15, were arrested for allegedly plotting an attack against Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan. Back in May, the trio appeared in court where a video made by the teens was played that was heavily influenced by the so-called ‘Basement Tapes’ from Columbine. If you’re familiar with the history of Columbine, this won’t be anything new.

Please forgive the copious copying and pasting.

In the film, XXXXX and XXXXX, 14, sat side-by-side in armchairs in XXXXX’s parents’ basement, smoking while describing the alleged plot to “shoot up” Zemmer Middle School and their plans to commit suicide after.

“It’ll be nerve-wracking, alright, but it’ll be the best moment of our lives,” said XXXXX.

“Our short lives,” XXXXX added.

“I can’t [expletive] wait,” said XXXXX.

Calling themselves “gods” and saying that they intended to “bring justice to the world, one school at a time,” the two teens listed off intended targets in the shooting, throwing their heads back and laughing to themselves.

“I thought I could I could trust someone not to [expletive] walk all over me for almost a year now, it’s [expletive],” XXXXX said in the video. “As if my life wasn’t bad enough. But you know what? It won’t matter.”

“We’re going to use a sawed-off machine gun, some pistols,” said XXXXX.

“Gonna be the best [expletive] of my life,” said XXXXX.

The pair claimed in the video that the attack would leave them with “followers” who would watch over from the afterlife.

“You know what, XXXXX, we’re gonna be in heaven, resting in peace, watching over our followers for generations to come. We will have followers, trust me … till this world is brought to justice one school at a time.”

“If not several,” said XXXXX.

In the video, the two also discussed the Columbine shooters and “Zero Hour,” the documentary on the 1999 mass murder at Columbine High School in Colorado, where two students fatally shot 13, injured 21 and subsequently committed suicide.

“We’ll be resting with them,” XXXXX said in the video, laughing.

As usual, I’m not naming these kids because that’s the kind of attention they crave with this kind of behavior.

As far as the video is concerned, it makes me laugh. These kids are in middle school and consider themselves gods? Please, you’re far from gods, you’re not even acolytes. You’re just another group of plebeians who think they’re being edgy by emulating the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. You’re not the first and sadly, I’ll doubt you’ll be the last. You know nothing about the real world and obviously have little to no parental guidance in your lives.

Speaking of parental guidance, guns were kept in two of the homes by parents, but by all accounts the weapons were secured. However, that doesn’t mean that any security measure couldn’t have been circumvented by the teens. It wouldn’t have been the first time a kid has gotten hold of the key to the gun locker and took the weapon to a school.

Thankfully, the trio have been charged as adults and are looking at life sentences on attempted murder charges. Instead of gods, they’ll just be numbers, collect-calling their parents for commissary money.

Pam Vitale’s killer: “There is no blood on my hands.”

Pam Vitale's killer: "There is no blood on my hands."

Scott Dyleski’s yearbook photo circa 2005

(Story broke 7/1/2017)

Back in 2005, Pam Vitale was bludgeoned to death by a then 16-year-old Scott Dyleski in her Lafayette, California, home. Vitale was the wife of high-profile defense attorney Daniel Horowitz. Dyleski was tried as an adult and was sentenced to life without parole. The evidence against him was overwhelming with his DNA being found on Pam Vitale’s body and the fact that he carved the symbol he used to sign his artwork into her back.

Now, due to a 2014 California Supreme Court ruling, Dyleski is looking to get his sentence commuted to 25 to life meaning he would be eligible for parole after 25 years. The problem is, at least in my opinion, Dyleski still hasn’t shown any remorse for the brutal killing. Not only does he still deny he murdered Pam Vitale, but he sees himself as some kind of potential mentor for at-risk kids.

“I did not kill Pamela Vitale,” Dyleski said Friday. “There is no blood on my hands.”

His voice cracked when he described himself as a depressed teenager who lived for “the day I’d have the courage to kill myself.” He admitted to smoking marijuana and engaging in credit card fraud — two things revealed in his 2006 trial — and wanted the chance to leave prison so he could work with at-risk youth.

“I have realized the great potential I have, and the great amount of good I can do,” he said.

Let it not be forgotten that it was his marijuana growing scheme combined with the credit card fraud that led him to murder Pam Vitale in the first place. Dyleski used a neighbor’s credit card to order $2,300 worth of grow lights then killed Pam Vitale thinking she was the neighbor with the credit card.

People who have defended Dyleski have tried over the years to say that it was Daniel Horowitz that killed Pam Vitale, but they are simply engaging in conspiracy theories since Horowitz is a noted criminal defense attorney.

Not only should Dyleski not be a mentor to at-risk youth, but he should never see the light of day or breathe the air of a free man. Regardless of his age at the time, he is a cold-blooded killer who has shown zero remorse for his actions and deserves to spend the rest of his days rotting in a California prison cell.

A ruling is scheduled for July 13th.

Mountain View High stabber charged in adult court, is identified

Mountain View High stabber charged in adult court, is identified

As was mentioned in my previous post, the knife-wielding suspect from the stabbings at Mountain View High School in Utah has been officially charged as an adult and is expected to plead guilty to the fifth and final charge of attempted murder. Since the suspect will now be processed in adult court the 16-year-old has been identified as Luke Dollahite. With the adult charge, he could be sentenced to 10 to life.

For those of you who may think that a life sentence for attempted murder is too much for a 16-year-old, not only did Dollahite show no remorse in his attack, but he was noticeably disappointed that he hadn’t succeeded in killing anyone. One of his victims also received such nerve damage in his arm that it is permanently paralyzed.

You want to cause all this mayhem and violence to other people because you can’t handle your own life? Then you have to pay the price.
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House burns down where Oklahoma family was murdered by their kids

House where Oklahoma family was murdered by their kids burns down

The Bever house now.

If you haven’t heard about the Bever family, they were a family from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who were killed by two of their own family members. In July of 2015, then 18-year-old Robert Bever and then 16-year-old Michael Bever allegedly stabbed and killed their father, 52-year-old David Bever, their mother, 44-year-old April Bever, brothers Daniel, 12, and Christopher, 7, and their sister, 5-year-old Victoria. Surviving the attack was a then 13-year-old Crystal, who had been stabbed, and a then 2-year-old Autumn who was unharmed. The Bever brothers are said to have killed their family because they wanted to be more famous than Columbine. Robert Bever, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in order to avoid the death penalty, while his brother Michael has been charged as an adult and is set to go on trial later this year.

The Bever house then.

There had been plans made to raze the house and turn it into a memorial park by a city councilman, but part of that point is now moot since the house caught fire last week. So far investigators have not given any cause for the fire or whether or not they think this is a case of arson. There are many possible motives as to why someone may have wanted to burn the house down, but the one I’d like to focus on is that of, what if it was done by a neighbor? I’m not saying it definitely was, because for all we know it could have been a squirrel chewing on a power line. However, the following quote from a local resident caught my attention.

Neighbors said they’re used to people stopping by to look at the house – and even vandalize it.

“They try to take things – pieces of wood from the side and stuff like that ya know,”

Now imagine living in that neighborhood with a ‘murder house’ that’s been vacant for two years, while twisted ghouls constantly come by trying to claim a piece of murderabilia. That’s not even mentioning the number of ‘normal’ vandals that the house has attracted. I could see someone from the neighborhood growing impatient with the planned demolition of the house and taking matters into their own hands.

If this was in fact a case of arson, I see many problems with someone starting their own homegrown suburban renewal program. The first is that fire is very hard to control and this easily could have spread to neighboring residents. Another problem is that fire fighters are putting their lives on the line even when dealing with a single house fire. Any one of them could have easily been killed if the slightest thing had gone wrong in fighting the fire. Then the house would have been a murder house for a second time. Lastly, if this was arson, you just made it easier for the murderabilia ghouls to take a piece of what’s left of the house. They may have even given them an incentive, since not as much of the house is left.

To be honest, I hope it was an accidental fire, as arson may even glamorize the murders further to those that get a thrill from such things.

West Liberty-Salem High gunman wanted victim to shoot him

West Liberty-Salem High gunman wanted victim to shoot him

As an update to the shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio, a second person was also injured in the shooting, but was said to have injuries that were not life threatening.

This past Monday, gunman Ely Ray Serna was in court and denied the charges, which I imagine is the juvenile equivalent of pleading not guilty. His attorney actually requested that he be allowed to return to his home with his parents. Thankfully, the judge ordered him held in juvenile detention for now, noting that the shooting “involved significant planning.”

Serna’s sister says that her brother is not a monster, but is unclear what his motive may have been.

Now, in a new Sheriff’s report that was released today, Serna allegedly apologized to Logan Cole after shooting him. Then Serna reportedly offered the gun to Cole and asked him to pull the trigger while the shotgun was pointed at Serna’s forehead. Cole is said to have refused the offer. The 17-year-old gunman then kicked the gun across the floor before being apprehended by school staff.

I can honestly say that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of a school shooter offering his victim some form of restitution, not to mention showing signs of regret in the middle of their spree. In my opinion this doesn’t seem like the typical school shooting where the gunman is seeking some kind of fame or retribution. To me it seems more like he was trying to commit suicide by cop then lost his nerve after shooting Logan Cole. That in no way should be seen as an excuse for his actions. He shot Logan Cole twice with a 12 gauge shotgun at close range, once in the chest and again in the arm. For committing such a wanton act of violence he should be tried as an adult. That decision could be made as early as this coming Friday when Serna returns to court.

UPDATE 1/28/2017: Victim Logan Cole is said to have a shotgun pellet in his heart. While the injury is not life threatening at present, if left untreated could cause a heart infection.

This is said to be the GoFundMe set up for Logan Cole by his father.

UPDATE 2/3/2017: Today in court, a judge ordered a competency hearing for Serna, and that he remain in juvenile detention for now.

UPDATE 2/6/2017: Logan Cole has been released from the hospital, and is now home. His father states that he is still at risk of infection due to the shotgun pellets that they couldn’t retrieve.

UPDATE 2/17/2017: Logan Cole has returned to class, but is currently wearing a brace on his torso that should be removed within months.

UPDATE 6/12/2017: Serna will be tried as an adult, and his bond has been set at $1 million.

UPDATE 6/15/2017: A judge has ordered the trial to start on August 21st and has made it known he wants the trial to conclude before the start of the school year so there can be closure.

UPDATE 6/25/2017: Serna has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. I can’t wait for the reasoning behind this one. Take a drink if they mention Asperger’s.

UPDATE 7/13/2017: Serna has been transferred to a psychiatric facility.

We get letters: What to do about a possible gun owning ex-con

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I received an e-mail not too long ago about a person who was featured on this site many years ago. The person in question committed a crime as a teen but was charged as an adult and was sentenced to prison time. Unfortunately, they weren’t sentenced to much prison time and they are now out of prison. This person is now the legal age to own a gun and they live in a gun friendly state. Back to the e-mail.

The e-mail I received was from someone who claimed that the person in question committed an armed crime against them. The matter is said to have been investigated by police but no arrest has ever come from it. Unfortunately, without a public record of arrest there’s not much that I can do about as far as making it public knowledge however, I did a little digging. I went to the Facebook of the person in question and it’s very pro 2nd-Amendment and anti-government. That’s their prerogative and all but I have yet to meet anyone that pro-gun without owning one. If memory serves me correctly people convicted of felonies in this country, no matter which state, are ineligible to own firearms for the rest of their lives. As far as I know the conviction has not been expunged.

So my question to you dear reader is this, what can be done at this point to ensure the safety of the community around this former felon who is possibly in possession of firearms?

Torey Adamcik denied new trial or re-sentencing

Cassie Jo Stoddart

Cassie Jo Stoddart

Late last week a judge denied Torey Adamcik’s request for either a new trial or a reconsidered sentence. Adamcik’s attorney argues that recent court rulings that say mandatory life sentences for teens are cruel and unusual however the judge disagreed that those rulings applied in the case of Adamcik.

Along with cohort Brian Draper, Adamcik was tried as an adult, convicted and sentenced to life for the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart. The pair had bragged about the murder on videotape after stabbing Cassie 29 times. Draper was also a fan of the Columbine shooters, what I call a mutant and what Tumblr users call a columbiner.