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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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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.

Did lax parenting lead to the murders of the Bever family

The Bever's house

The Bever’s house

I originally posted about the Bever brothers here. 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, allegedly killed most of their family because they wanted to be more famous than Columbine and not unlike Columbine a similar pattern appears.

Recently police investigators testified that the Bever’s 13-year-old sister had said that the signs were there a year in advance.

One officer was there when the surviving sister was interviewed. She told them her brothers talked about murdering people for about a year and were buying and collecting body armor and knives.

She told officers she mentioned it to her parents, but said they didn’t see it as a threat, more just boys seeking attention.

I really hate to victim blame here but these aren’t things that can be ignored anymore. I mean we’re talking body armor here. That has only one purpose and unless your kids are also being protected by the Secret Service it’s not a good one. In case you were wondering it is legal in Oklahoma to own body armor but illegal to use it in the commission of a crime.

However the elder Bever brother is alleging an instance of child abuse against his parents…

Robert told police his parents beat him when he was 13 and remembered thinking he wished they were dead. He said his father dragged him up the stairs once because he left a light on and that his mother slapped him so hard it left a mark.

He said he believed his parents hated all the kids and kept having them for a tax benefit.

That could entirely be true considering that the Bevers were not the most social of families.

By many neighbors’ accounts, the Bevers kept to themselves – the siblings played alone in the backyard, walked down neighborhood streets bunched together and their parents didn’t socialize much.

While that doesn’t guarantee that child abuse took place it can be an indicator however that does not excuse the brutality the brothers are accused of committing. Then why also kill their brothers Daniel, 12 and Christopher 7, and their sister, 5-year-old Victoria?

However let’s get back to my initial point. Are the Bever parents responsible for their own deaths and the deaths of some of their children because they ignored obvious signs? While the Bever brothers are ultimately responsible for their alleged crimes the inactivity of their parents did in fact allow this atrocity to take place.

These days as parents we can not allow unhealthy obsessions with things like Columbine and serial killers to go unnoticed and unimpeded.

UPDATE 9/9/2016: After pleading guilty in order to avoid the death penalty, Robert Bever was sentenced to life without parole.

UPDATE 5/22/2017: The trial for Michael Bever has been delayed until August.

Brothers charged in Broken Arrow murders wanted to be more famous than Columbine

The Bever's house

The Bever’s house

I had heard about the family that had been killed in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. It’s hard not to sound condescending when I say this but I didn’t read much about it at the time because it’s not the kind of story I typically write about. While I felt horrible for the family I thought this story could be handled by better bloggers than me. Then a new detail in the story was made public that made me feel compelled to write about it.

For those who may not have heard the Bever family was almost entirely wiped out by two of their own. 18-year-old Robert Bever and 16-year-old Michael Bever allegedly stabbed and killed almost everyone in their immediate family. The fatalities were 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. Daniel’s death was especially tragic as he was able to call 911 to tell police that his brothers were killing his family before he died. Surviving the attack was 13-year-old Crystal, who had been stabbed, and 2-year-old Autumn who was unharmed.

Recently the alleged motive for the killings have been made public. According to reports the brothers wanted to be more famous than the Columbine killers and that the murder of their family was only the beginning part of their plan. Police even said that Robert Bever confessed but showed no remorse. Micheal Bevers has been charged as an adult. As far as the elder brother is concerned Oklahoma does have the death penalty and have executed someone as recent as this past January.

I thought about not doing this story because I didn’t want to give them the fame they were looking for but you can’t talk about family annihilators without talking about the family itself and the Tumblr fangirl brigade already have their shrines dedicated to the brothers. I’d be shocked if these two cowardly assclowns weren’t columbiners on Tumblr. They certainly were cowards like their scumbag heroes, Harris and Klebold. Unfortunately they’re not the first mutants to kill their family. In 2005 Richard Edgar Henderson Jr. of Bradenton, Florida, bludgeoned his family to death with a pipe. He had been arrested in 2001 for plotting an attack against his high school.

Speaking of Tumblr I wonder what excuse will be given for this mass murder. It will probably be the blanket ‘mental illness’ excuse which again further stigmatizes people with true mental illness. Or maybe we’ll hear how they were bullied by their family including a 5-year-old girl. What will probably happen is that when it comes down to it they’ll start blaming each other.

Here’s the thing about ‘fame’, outside of a handful of maladjusted individuals on whatever website the special snowflakes of the world congregate, you two will be forgotten once your sentenced. After the hoopla and ballyhoo fades to most of the world you’ll just be a number assigned by the Department of Corrections.

UPDATE 10/6/2015: The attorney for the younger brother is challenging the constitutionality of his client being charged as an adult. In the juvenile crime stories I’ve posted in the past this tactic has been tried but to my recollection ahs never been successful.

UPDATE 10/12/2015: Earlier today a judge ruled that Micheal Bever will be tried as an adult. Bever’s attorney says he will appeal the decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

UPDATE 1/23/2016: The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the previous judge’s ruling that the younger Bever brother can be tried as an adult.

UPDATE 7/22/2016: Earlier this month Robert Bever tried to follow in the footsteps of the Columbine cowards by trying to kill himself in his cell. He was unsuccessful.

Texas mutant killed his family

Trey Sesler

Trey Sesler

Police: Man charged in Waller deaths planned Columbine-like attack:

Investigators: Waller man accused of killing family was planning Columbine-style attack:

Investigators: Waller man accused of killing family studied serial killers, graded their work:

I’ve only begun to scratch the surface in reading about this crime but it’s late and quite frankly I think I’ve read enough for now.

22-year-old Trey Sesler of Waller, Texas is accused of shooting and killing his family. His victims were his father, Lawton Ray Sesler, his mother, Rhonda Wyse Sesler, and his 26-year-old brother Mark Sesler. The reason he killed them is because he was allegedly planning at attack against Waller High School and didn’t want his family to be embarrassed for what he was about to do. Luckily police were able to catch up with him before he could unleash his attack on the school.

So why was Sesler planning to attack the school? Oh, I’m sure we’ll hear about how he had some kind of traumatic experience at the school but in my opinion it’s because Sesler is nothing more than a lowly mutant. What’s a mutant you ask? If you haven’t been following my site long it’s the term I use for those who idolize school shooters. It seems that Sesler had an unhealthy obsession with Columbine according to investigators. Not just Columbine though, investigators say that Sesler would research serial killers and grade them on their ‘work’.

I’d be very surprised if the senseless loss of his family and planned attack against the school was nothing more than him paying tribute to his cowardly heroes.

UPDATE 4/10/2012: According to his recent indictment part of Sesler’s alleged motive in killing his family was because his father didn’t like the fact that Sesler had no job and just played video games while living at home. Just another loser blaming others for his own inadequacies.

UPDATE 8/5/2012: Sesler is spared the needle by pleading guilty. He was sentenced to life without parole.

Henderson jurors defend decision

Jurors defend penalty process:

This is an article about the jury defending its position on not sending Richard Henderson Jr. to death row.

After hours of determining his guilt, it took the jury fewer than 10 minutes to decide on a recommendation for Henderson’s punishment. Staples said nine jurors voted for life and three voted for death.

The brevity of the deliberations stemmed from conversations the group had earlier while determining whether to convict Henderson, Staples said. Jury members had discussed issues that would affect the penalty phase.

“In looking at it, a majority of us found that the death penalty was not appropriate in this case,” Staples said.

For Staples and the majority who voted for life, these mitigating factors stood out:

• Henderson’s criminal history: As far as the jury knew, he did not have a violent past.

• His love for his family: “Not one witness said he had (serious) problems with his family,” Staples said. “There was clear testimony all around he loved them.”

• His mental illness: “He didn’t get the care he needed,” Staples said, referring to Henderson’s psychiatric history. “Some, he sabotaged or didn’t want, yeah, but he was a kid and there was some responsibility on his parents and society to help him.”

Some testimony during the punishment phase of the trial also had an impact on why the jury did not recommend death, Staples said.

For example, Henderson’s grandfather, Loyal Stringer, described Henderson as “good guy.”

“It’s a tragic loss, but when his grandparents took the stand and proved they could still love him despite what has happened – that speaks toward what we had already thought.” Staples said. “That confirms our belief he wasn’t a cold, calculating monster.”

How could the death penalty not apply? How many of his family would he have had to bludgeon to death before the death penalty applied? If he really loved his family HE WOULDN’T HAVE BEAT THEM TO DEATH WITH A PIPE! He did have a violent criminal history. He planned to shoot up a high school or was the jury not told that part? And the juror basically contradicted himself in the quote about mental illness. If he sabotaged his own treatment then he was well aware if what was going on around him.

It’s not the gravest of injustices because Henderson did receive four life sentences. However I think Henderson more than deserved the death penalty and the jury’s reasoning behind not giving it to him was flawed.

Henderson sentenced

Judge sentences Richard Henderson Jr. to life in prison:

As I predicted the jury recommended that Richard Henderson Jr.’s life should be spared. On that recommendation Judge Diana Moreland sentenced Henderson to four life sentences. One for each of the family members he killed. Henderson will never be eligible for parole.

I’m not surprised but I’m still disappointed. If anybody deserved the death penalty it’s Henderson. However I get the feeling that Henderson will be a troublemaker in prison and you know what that can get you.

Henderson guilty

HENDERSON FOUND GUILTY:

It took jurors 15-hours of deliberations but in the end they did the right thing. They saw through Richard Henderson Jr.’s excuses and convicted him of slaughtering his family.

The five-man, seven-woman jury found Henderson guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of his father, Richard Henderson Sr., 48; his mother, Jeaneane Henderson, 42; and his grandmother, June Henderson, 82. Jurors found Henderson guilty of second-degree murder for killing his 11-year-old brother Jacob, who was attacked first.

There was never any doubt in my mind that he wouldn’t be convicted. Now comes the hard part. The same jury will determine whether or not Henderson gets the death penalty. I’m not as sure about this. I think that now the mental illness excuse will come into play. Also take into consideration that Henderson wants to be put to death. I think those two factors will probably result in life without parole.

I hope I’m wrong but that’s how it will probably play out.

And even he if his sentenced to death he’ll probably be old and gray before it gets carried out because of the appeals process. Not to mention that the trial was almost thrown out so I’m sure we’ll be seeing an appeal based on these grounds.

Another shrink testifies for Henderson

Witness: Henderson insane when he killed family members:

More psycho-babble from the defense in the trial of Richard Henderson Jr. This time from forensic psychologist Dr. Valerie McClain.

“At the time, he had a break in reality,” she testified.

McClain, whose studies include the science of brain and behavior relationship, said it is possible for a person to be insane over a period of time.

At some point, she said Henderson “comes back into reality,” possibly on the weekend after the deaths.

“I think he’s becoming aware of what occurred … coming back into reality. But it does not suggest he is avoiding detection.”

She also said Henderson did not flee, but stayed in house overnight, sleeping in his parents’ bed near his mother’s body.

Isn’t that convenient? Not for his family though.