Neo-Nazi brothers kill parents, brother

Salisbury Township brothers Bryan and David Freeman had a tense relationship with their parents over the teens' skinhead lifestyle and their parents' opposition to their neo-Nazi beliefs.

The brothers were becoming increasingly radical, sporting neo-Nazi tattoos and collecting fascist paraphernalia. Bryan had "Berserker" tattooed on his forehead and David had "Sieg Heil" tattooed on his.

Dennis and Brenda Freeman desperately sought help to control their sons, contacting the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai Brith, Toughlove International and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, among others.

Bryan and David repeatedly threatened to kill their parents for not letting them do what they wanted. And prosectors said they made good on that threat.

Bryan, then 17, David, 16, and a cousin, Nelson Birdwell III, 18, were accused of bludgeoning and stabbing their parents and younger brother.

The brutality, the bizarre nature of the crimes and odd behavior of the Freemans and their cousin attracted national media attention and fueled allegations of neo-Nazi activity in the area.

The brothers are serving life sentences in state prison.
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( MORNING CALL FILE PHOTO / March 28, 1995 )

Salisbury Township brothers Bryan and David Freeman had a tense relationship with their parents over the teens' skinhead lifestyle and their parents' opposition to their neo-Nazi beliefs. The brothers were becoming increasingly radical, sporting neo-Nazi tattoos and collecting fascist paraphernalia. Bryan had "Berserker" tattooed on his forehead and David had "Sieg Heil" tattooed on his. Dennis and Brenda Freeman desperately sought help to control their sons, contacting the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai Brith, Toughlove International and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, among others. Bryan and David repeatedly threatened to kill their parents for not letting them do what they wanted. And prosectors said they made good on that threat. Bryan, then 17, David, 16, and a cousin, Nelson Birdwell III, 18, were accused of bludgeoning and stabbing their parents and younger brother. The brutality, the bizarre nature of the crimes and odd behavior of the Freemans and their cousin attracted national media attention and fueled allegations of neo-Nazi activity in the area. The brothers are serving life sentences in state prison.

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