After launching its newest season of Lies Crimes & Video last weekend, HLN is bringing its audience exclusive coverage on the 2015 Bever family massacre this Sunday, February 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
While Lies Crimes & Video has covered infamously horrific cases such as the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas and the 2011 Lululemon murder near Washington, D.C., this Sunday’s installment is the most shocking and emotionally unnerving story that they have aired to date. Titled “Summer Night Massacre,” this heartbreaking episode focuses on the murders of five family members in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on July 22, 2015 by two teenage brothers.
In their suburban community of Broken Arrow, the Bever family was known as a tight-knit group that often kept to themselves and didn’t socialize much outside of their home. April Bever was a stay-at-home mother of seven home-schooled children and her husband, David, was the family’s main provider. Despite their large brood, the Bever’s lived in a handsomely sized home and were able to supply personal electronics for their older children.
In particular, 18-year-old Robert and his 16-year-old brother Michael were avid gamers and spent much of their time on the internet. Robert even had his own Youtube channel wherein he and his brother would post videos of themselves talking or performing comedy sketches. Although everything about the Bever household appeared normal and wholly loving, something incredibly insidious was brewing between Robert and Michael behind closed doors.
Around 11:30 p.m. on July 22, police were alerted to the Bever residence by a 911 call made by 12-year-old Daniel Bever. Daniel stated that his brother was attacking the family, then screaming, commotion and a male voice were heard on the call just before the line went dead. When first responders arrived on the scene, they found blood covering the porch of the house. Officers knocked on the doors, heard a faint whimper calling for help, and forced their way into the home.
A 13-year-old girl was immediately found on the other side, laying on the floor and bleeding from multiple stab wounds. Police then searched the house and found that April, 44, and David, 52, were dead from numerous stab wounds. Daniel, the boy who had made the initial 911 call, was also murdered. His younger siblings, seven-year-old Christopher and five-year-old Victoria, had been stabbed to death as well. Unharmed, however, was the Bever’s two-year-old daughter who had been left asleep upstairs in her crib.
Robert and Michael had fled the scene and hid in an area of brush just behind the house, but officers quickly caught up to them and took them into custody. The boys were covered in their family’s blood and Michael’s shirt was torn up by the K9 unit’s police dog. When Robert and Michael were taken in for questioning, they easily confessed to their crimes and gave up plentiful information surrounding their master plan to become famous mass murderers.
According to Michael, Robert had admired serial killers and wanted to commit a shooting spree outside of his family’s murder that would outdo the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. When detectives asked Michael about his brother’s target body count, Michael stated that Robert aimed to murder at least 50 people.
Robert and Michael’s 13-year-old sister ultimately survived her horrendous injuries and testified against her brothers in court. The boys were both charged with five counts of first-degree murder and one count of assault and battery with intent to kill. Robert pleaded guilty to all counts and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Michael underwent a five month long trial that began on April 16, 2018 and ended with him being sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
To watch the whole story unfold, you can catch this episode of Lies Crimes & Video on HLN on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT! For more gripping true crime stories, don’t forget to tune into Season 2 of Lies Crimes & Video every Sunday night at 9 p.m.