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.
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.