THE NEO-NAZI MURDERERS
Pennsylvania couple Dennis and Brenda Freeman were devoted Jehovah’s Witnesses, but when their rebellious sons Bryan and David hit their teens, the boys followed their cousin Nelson ‘Benny’ Birdwell into the neo-nazi skinhead movement.
The boys shaved their heads, tattooed ‘Sieg Heil’ and ‘Berserker’ on their faces and began wearing military surplus clothes.
Dennis and Brenda – widely regarded as decent, regular people – were troubled by the change. Brenda approached the authorities, but help never came in time.
In 1995, after a series of arguments, 17-year-old Bryan grabbed his mother on the stairs, stuffed a pair of shorts in her mouth and stabbed her repeatedly.
Sixteen-year-old David and Birdwell, 18, attacked Dennis with an aluminium baseball bat and metal exercise bar as he lay sleeping in bed, beating him to death.
The Freeman’s youngest son, 11-year-old Erik, was bludgeoned to death with a pickaxe handle.
All three received life without parole, but the brothers are currently waiting to be re-sentenced after a US Supreme court banned automatic sentences for juvenile killers.
Dennis and Brenda Freeman were brutally killed by their sons and nephew (top).