Michael Bever, 19, pictured in this April 18, 2018, at Tulsa County Courthous, on Thursday was handed five life sentences for the 2015 murders of his parents and three siblings
Childish crayon drawings by an Oklahoma teenager convicted of killing his parents and three of his siblings in 2015 show images of gravestones and murderers he admired.
The drawings, stored in a red composition book by now 19-year-old Michael Bever, were completed during his time behind bars at the Tulsa County Jail.
On Thursday, Michael was sentenced to five life terms in prison to run consecutively, while his older brother Robert is already serving a life sentence with no chance of parole after earlier pleading guilty to the horrific murders.
In the book, Michael names James Holmes, who shot up a movie theater in Colorado, and cult leader Jim Jones as his heroes, and also includes a page featuring a red swastika with ‘white power’ inside.
The teenage boy drew a number of pictures showing stick figures who had been killed in different environments, labelling each page ‘death’.
He also wrote a short story about he and his brother’s decision to murder their family, which included the boys’ five-year-old sister.
He also drew a number of disturbing pictures of murders, deaths, and a swastika labelled: ‘white power’
‘Once upon a time there where [sic] brothers named Michael and Robert,’ the tale begins.
They hated there [sic] family… so they killed them.
‘The end,’ he concluded, drawing underneath a picture of the two boys holding weapons while their family members lay dead on the ground.
Michael Bever was 16 years old in 2015 when prosecutors say he and his older brother, Robert Bever, killed their mother, father, two younger brothers and 5-year-old sister at their suburban Tulsa home. Two other sisters survived the attack.
The killings began at around 11.30pm on July 22, 2015, and the Bever family’s home in Broken, Arrow, Oklahoma. It started with Michael and Robert attacking their 13-year-old sister.
She testified they had lured her into a bedroom where they slit her throat and stabbed her in the torso and arms. Miraculously, she survived.
As they attacked her, their mother April, 44, came to the bedroom to find out what was going on.
The brothers turned on her. She was stabbed nearly 50 times in the head, neck and torso.
Michael drew the story of how he and his older brother Robert had murdered their family because they ‘hated’ them
The story was accompanied by crudely drawn images, including the brothers at the end holding what appear to be weapons, surrounded by dead bodies
Michael always drew the brothers with five dead bodies to symbolize the two parents and three siblings the pair killed. One figure is smaller, perhaps to represent his five-year-old sister who was brutally murdered
Fifty-two-year-old father David Bever was killed by 28 stab wounds to the head, neck and torso.
Brother Daniel, 12, was able to call 911 before he succumbed to the nine stab wounds he sustained.
In the chilling call, audio shows Daniel told a dispatcher: ‘My brother’s attacking my family… help!’
Movement can be heard in the background before another, deeper voice says ‘hello?’ and then hangs up the phone.
The youngest victim was five-year-old Victoria, whom the brothers stabbed 18 times. Two-year-old Autumn was asleep throughout the attack and was not harmed.
During his trial, prosecutors heard how Michael tricked his siblings into opening locked doors as they hid from Robert by pretending he, too, was under attack.
When police arrived at the family home, there was blood on the porch.
Following Michael’s conviction in May, officials released graphic photos of Michael (left) and Robert (right), which were taken at the time of their arrest
The massacre took place inside the Bevers’ Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, home (pictured) on July 22, 2015, when Michael was 16 and Robert was 18
Michael said during his trial Robert, pictured in blood-soaked clothing after his arrest, was the mastermind of the attack and he was driven by hatred towards everyone
The brothers had planned to steal their parents’ car and drive to Washington State after the killings, wanting to shoot five people at a time in random attacks along the way using guns and ammunition Robert had been able to buy online.
But Michael and Robert fled to the woods behind the house when police arrived, and the pair were apprehended after a police dog sniffed them out.
Michael told the court at his trial the frenzied attack on his parents and siblings was driven and orchestrated by his older brother who had a ‘hatred’ for society and ‘everyone’.
He admitted he was obsessed with the Columbine school massacre, but claimed he only went along with Robert’s murderous plot to save his own life, and Robert himself testified he wanted to take responsibility for all of the killings.
Prosecutors, who urged the judge to award a no-parole sentence, argued Michael was a willing participant in the gruesome massacre of his family and he should be locked up for the rest of his life. The sentencing Thursday effectively achieves that.
A shot of Michael’s restrained hands reveals blood staining his palms and fingers bright-red
Michael’s older brother Robert (pictured in red before the killings) stabbed Daniel, 12, (right), Christopher, 7, (left), five-year-old Victoria (in pink) and their parents. Their 13-year-old sister (second from left) and two-year-old sister (on Robert’s lap) survived
Father David Bever, 52 (left), was killed by 28 stab wounds to the head, neck and torso. Mother April (right), 44, was stabbed nearly 50 times in the head, neck and torso
Life sentences are considered 45 years for parole purposes in Oklahoma, and inmates must serve 85 percent of each sentence before technically being eligible for parole.
Calculated consecutively, Bever’s sentences total 253 years and he must serve 85 percent, or 215 years, before he reaches parole eligibility.
Bever’s defense attorneys said they were surprised by the sentences and plan to appeal.
Following Michael’s conviction, officials released graphic photos of Michael and his older brother, Robert, taken at the time of their arrest.
The images taken by arresting officers depict the Bever siblings in torn clothing, caked with blood and mud.
In his photo, Robert Bever, who was 18 at the time, wears a smirk of his face coated with gore and grime.
His younger brother, Michael, looks somber. A shot of his restrained hands reveals even more blood staining his palms and fingers bright-red.
Michael (left) must serve 215 years in prison before he reaches parole eligibility. His brother Robert (right) is already serving a life sentence without parole