After feeding, bathing, and clothing a child since the day they were born, a mother knows her child, and what they’re capable of, better than anyone else in this world.
When an Oklahoma mother heard the disturbing things her 2 sons were talking about doing for years, she brushed it off and was sure they were just joking. Eventually, she realized she didn’t know her own children as well as she thought she did. However, by that point, it was already too late…
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The 911 Call
At around 11:30 p.m. on July 22, 2015, emergency operators in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, received a 911 call from a local home. Even though the line was connected, the caller didn’t say anything so the operator decided to send a patrol car to the home to make sure everything was ok.
A Quiet Community
At first, police thought the 911 call was either a prank or a mistake since the community had always been an extremely safe place to live and raise a family. According to police Broken Arrow, which has a population just over 100,000, only has 1-2 homicides every few years…
Arriving At The Scene
“This is a relatively safe community, smaller than Tulsa and what you might call a bedroom community,” Broken Arrow Police Sgt. Thomas Cooper said. Shortly after the strange 911 call, the first responding officers arrived at 709 Magnolia Court and walked up to the front door.
Their Worst Fears Are Confirmed
While walking up the front steps, the officers saw blood around the porch of the home and realized the 911 call had not been a mistake. After the cops knocked on the front door, their worst fears were confirmed when they heard cries for help coming from the home…
The 13-Year-Old Survivor
Police immediately broke down the front door and found a 13-year-old girl, Crystal Bever, laying on the ground. Crystal was still conscious but she was bleeding heavily after being stabbed in the stomach and arms, and her throat had been slit.
Calling For Backup
The police officers picked her up and carried her outside to safety. Before going back into the home, they called for an ambulance and backup since they had no clue what they were going to find in the house. When they made their way back into the home, however, they discovered the situation was worse than they ever imagined…
As the officers made their way through the home, they discovered the bodies of Crystal’s parents, 52-year-old David Bever and 44-year-old April Bever. Both appeared to have been stabbed to death, and sadly, they weren’t the only victims the cops found.
While walking through the home, police also found 3 of Crystal’s siblings, 12-year-old Daniel, 7-year-old Christopher, and 5-year-old Victoria, had also been stabbed and had passed away from their injuries by the time police arrived at the home…
A Tiny Miracle
“It was a pretty gruesome scene and unprecedented in terms of the types of crimes we get in Broken Arrow,” Sgt. Cooper said. Miraculously, however, cops did find 2-year-old Autumn upstairs in a bedroom and completely unharmed after searching the home entirely.
Blindsided By The Violence
“The crime scene has taken a pretty heavy toll on officers who have come out here,” Sgt. Cooper said. “It hits close to home, especially when the victims are adults and juveniles. Our officers have a lot to take in.” And when neighbors heard what happened, they were completely blindsided…
News Travels Around The Neighborhood
“We just have a great neighborhood,” said Helen Hoagland, a resident who has lived in the neighborhood for 42 years. “That’s just crazy; it’s absolutely crazy,” the neighbor added after she watched 5 bodies being taken out of the home.
A Sickening Revelation
As if the situation wasn’t already sickening, police were even more disturbed when Crystal told them that her 2 brothers were responsible for the attack against her and the rest of the family. She also told the cops that her brothers had run off through the back door of the home…
With the help of a canine unit, cops chased the boys through the backyard and into a wooded area where they eventually caught up with 18-year-old Robert and 16-year-old Michael. The boys were both arrested at the scene and taken into custody to be interrogated.
Even though police had the multiple murder weapons with the boy’s DNA on them as well as Crystal’s eye witness account, police wanted to interview the boys to see what possible motive they had for killing their parents and siblings. “Anytime someone murders their family members as young as 5, I don’t see how there could be any type of mental process to that to justify anything,” Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun said…
While in custody, 18-year-old Robert laughed as he told the police that he had wanted to kill his parents since he was 13, but started making a real plan after his younger brother Michael told him he too was obsessed with murder. Michael also told the police that they idolized mass shooters and serial killers.
According to the boys’ confession, they planned to kill their parents and all of their siblings, including killing their 2-year-old sister by beheading her. After, they had planned to cut up the bodies, put them in storage containers, and hide them in the attic. After that, the plan was to steal money and a car from their parents and run off with the various guns and ammunition they had bought online, which would be used to kill 5 random people at multiple locations in the hopes that they would kill at least 100 people…
The Only Speaking Survivor
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Crystal had been rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to treat her stab wounds. When she woke up after surgery and was stable enough to speak, she was able to confirm everything that Michael and Robert had told the police.
The Red Flags
According to Crystal, her 2 brothers talked for years about killing everyone in the family and stealing their money. When she told her mother about what they were saying, she always brushed it off and claimed they were ‘boys being boys’. Crystal also told police that she and her siblings had been homeschooled their entire lives so they had no friends, and she claimed she had heard her parents once talking about how they may have been too rough on her older brothers when they were younger…
Despite the accusations of abuse, there was no excuse for stabbing their parents a combined 76 times or killing their innocent siblings. After being arrested, Robert and Michael were both charged with 5 counts of first-degree murder and 1 count of assault and battery with intent to kill.
Life In Prison
Eventually, Robert plead guilty to all of the charges and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Michael, on the other hand, pleaded innocent and is now going to trial in April 2018. Because he was a minor when he and his brother killed their family, he will have the possibility of parole if he is found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.