On the night of July 22, 2015, brothers Robert and Michael Bever went on a murderous rampage throughout their home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The teenage brothers were allegedly inspired by the Columbine high school shooting carried out in 1999 by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and had wanted to achieve a body count of 50, starting with their own family members.
In the middle of the night, the brothers attacked their family members without warning. The brothers likely attacked their parents first, killing their father David Bever (52) by stabbing him over 28 times and their mother, April Bever (42) who's body was found with more than 40 stab wounds and blunt force trauma. The brothers then allegedly lured their siblings one by one into a bedroom under the pretense that they were being attacked and needed help. Once the sibling entered the room, the brothers would unleash a rage on the child, stabbing and slicing them until they were dead. During the attack one sibling, 12-year-old Daniel Bever, was able to call 911 but was unable to tell the dispatcher what was happening.
Police responded to the 911 call and found blood on the front porch of the home and heard soft cries for help coming from inside the home. The police were able to rescue 13-year-old Crystal Bever who had been stabbed multiple times and had her throat cut, but ultimately survived the attack. Robert and Michael Bever attempted to flee the scene when police arrived but were discovered in the wooded area behind their house a short time later and were brought into custody. Two year old Autumn Bever was also found inside the home unharmed. In total, Robert and Michael had killed 5 of their family members and had attempted the murder of one more.
The brothers were separately charged with 5 counts of murder and 1 count of attempted murder. Although Michael was a minor at the time of the murders, he was tried as an adult. Both brothers were found guilty on all counts and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. They are currently incarcerated in separate facilities in Oklahoma.