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JEHOVAH'S WITNESS PARENTS
MURDERED
BY THEIR OWN CHILDREN
 
 
 
 
 
 
TITLE:             BLOOD CRIMES:  The Pennsylvania Skinhead Murders
 
AUTHOR:        FRED ROSEN
 
PAGES:            329 Pages.  
 
COVER:           Softcover.
 
EDITION:         2000.
 
CONDITION:   USED -- ranging from good to near very good condition.
 
 
 
In March 1995, the faces of three Pennsylvania teenagers were plastered across American and international news media. Those three boys, brothers Bryan Freeman, age 17, and David Freeman, age 15, along with their cousin, Ben Birdwell, age 18, had committed an unthinkable crime. The three boys had murdered three family members -- Dennis Freeman, father, Brenda Freeman, mother, and Erik Freeman, the 12 year-old brother of the two Freeman teenagers.

The three teenagers' shaven heads, with BERZERKER and SIEG HEIL tattooed across their foreheads, supposedly gave the boys away as "neo-Nazi Skinheads". As far as most people were concerned, their appearance explained everything. The "neo-Nazi Skinhead connection" was exploited by every single media report as being the "cause" behind the seemingly senseless murders. (Interestingly, the media failed to mention the fact that those forehead tatoos had been obtained only a day or so prior to the murders.) The fact that the three "innocent victims" were "Jehovah's Witnesses" only made such a conclusion that much easier. The murders were so heinous that the three teenagers received zero sympathy from anyone. Noone took the time to try to discover or understand what actually had caused these teenagers to commit the tragic murders.

Jehovah's Witnesses and those familiar with the Jehovah's Witnesses lifestyle and culture should have had the following questions and thoughts racing through their mind:

How could such a thing have occurred in a Jehovah's Witness family; not just the murders, but teenagers who were "neo-Nazi Skinheads" of all things? Surely, this family couldn't have been a genuine Jehovah's Witness family? Instead, this family must have been the typical unbaptized "hangers-around", who good Jehovah's Witness families would have "marked" as "bad association". Otherwise, the picture just doesn't make sense. Or, does it?

Contrary to the many rumors which the WatchTower Society allowed to circulated without correction among Jehovah's Witnesses around the world, the Freeman family was not only a genuine Jehovah's Witness Family -- it was an "Elite Jehovah's Witness Family". Dennis and Brenda Freeman were not "ordinary" Jehovah's Witnesses. Until problems arose within his family, Dennis Freeman had been a prominent local Congregation Elder who often had been chosen to speak at WatchTower Circuit Assemblies and WatchTower District Conventions. Dennis Freeman even had once been "privileged" to have been requested to deliver the Sunday keynote address at one WatchTower District Convention.

Even more telling about this "Elite Jehovah's Witness Family" was the fact that both Freeman parents had been TWO-TIME BETHELITES who had TWICE worked fulltime at WatchTower Cult World Headquarters in New York. Non-JWs should understand that serving even once at WatchTower Cult World Headquarters is something that only a minute fraction of Jehovah's Witnesses are ever invited to do. To receive such an invitation twice is almost unheard of, and indicates that Dennis Freeman and Brenda Freeman were considered individually to be the elite of elite Jehovah's Witnesses. Dennis Freeman and Brenda Birdwell had first met while serving four-year terms as volunteer "Bethelites" during the late 1960s. Wishing to marry, they returned to Brenda's hometown -- Allentown -- in late 1969. However, since Armageddon was going to occur in October 1975, instead of starting a family, the couple "pioneered" and eventually applied again to volunteer at WatchTower Cult World Headquarters in New York. Beginning in 1973, the Freemans worked as "Bethelites" for another three years, before returning to Allentown in 1976. Since the biblically-scheduled Armageddon appeared to have been delayed, the Freemans decided to start a family.

The Freeman children were reared in the same fashion as most Jehovah's Witness children were reared, that is, by strict WatchTower Cult rules and regulations that govern every aspect of family life. As very young children, they were forced to attend five Kingdom Hall meetings held three times per week. As very young children, they were required to join the "Theocratic Ministry School" at their local Kingdom Hall, in which they were trained to deliver "sermons" both at the Kingdom Hall and during their forced regular door-to-door proselytizing. The Freeman children not only were forced to do everything all good JW children are forced to do, but apparently, the Freeman children's "Jehovah's Witness Super Parents" held their children to even higher standards than did regular Jehovah's Witness Parents.

The Jehovah's Witness community and lifestyle were everything to the Freeman children. However, something went wrong somewhere; seriously wrong. Few people outside the Jehovah's Witness community realize how stressful is the life of a child reared as a Jehovah's Witness. The pre-school years of a Jehovah's Witness child's life are spent in an environment which totally rejects society outside the JW community. Jehovah's Witness children are constantly bombarded with the idea that the outside world is their enemy. Then, the young Jehovah's Witness child enters school and must continuously deal with a world and people that he or she has been taught are "evil", and are "hated" by "Jehovah" -- and will be belatedly "destroyed" by "Jehovah" at any time.

The first two Freeman children were not able to cope with the two conflicting worlds. After rejecting and being rejected by the outside world, the first two Freeman children eventually also rebelled against their own Jehovah's Witness World, and they were in turn rejected by it. Like good Jehovah's Witness Parents were taught back in the 1970s and 1980s by the WatchTower Cult, Dennis and Brenda Freeman eventually even "shunned" their own children right in their own home -- refusing to have any interaction with their two teenaged sons which might be deemed "spiritual". Eventually, Dennis and Brenda Freeman even refused to allow Bryan and David to sit down and share a meal with them and their 12 year-old brother. Like cornered animals, those CHILDREN lashed out in the only ways they could find to do so. Eventually, those CHILDREN exterminated what they perceived to be the source of all the problems in their short lives.

The Freemans brothers eventually decided to plead guilty in order to avoid the death penalty, and they are both now incarcerated for life. Birdwell went to trial and was convicted on one murder count for which he also received a sentence of life without possibility of parole. SCOTUS has since ruled that sentencing convicted criminals to a lifetime in prison without any possibility of parole for a crime that was committed when the convicted criminal was a minor unconstitutionally violates the prohibition against cruel and unususal punishment. Both Bryan and David Freeman will be re-sentenced in 2016.

In the book, BLOOD CRIMES, the author Fred Rosen attempted to tell the story of "The Pennsylvania Skinhead Murders", as Rosen's book is so (mis)subtitled.  Unfortunately, Rosen was not familiar with the WatchTower Cult lifestyle and culture when he research this book, which resulted in his failing to ask both good questions and appropriate followup questions of the few persons who agreed to be interviewed. Rosen also failed to comprehend much of the limited info provided by the few Jehovah's Witnesses who did speak with him. Yet, Rosen still manages to provide answers to many questions as to why these murders happened. Most of those answers are found hidden between the lines. Still, Rosen's book is an excellent read for those familiar with or interested in Jehovah's Witnesses.

By 2015, then 37 year-old Bryan Freeman began to accept media interviews. WHY? Bryan Freeman is once again an active Jehovah's Witness Minister, who apparently is now "pioneering" inside prison to spread the gospel of the WatchTower Cult. In a February 2015 media interview, Bryan Freeman refused to admit the truth about what really had caused him to murder his family, while blaming the murders on "teenage rebelliousness", and conveniently, the negative influence of the neo-Nazis Skinheads. Apparently, Bryan Freeman was psychologically damaged for life by the WatchTower Cult upbringing that he received in the home of Dennis and Brenda Freeman.


 

 

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