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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).

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