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.
UPDATE 10/3/2017: Michael Bever is refusing to cooperate with the prosecution’s psychiatric evaluation. I don’t know about you, but that almost sounds like an admission of guilt to me.