Above is the chilling audio from the evening of Thanksgiving 2012 when Byron David Smith shot and killed 2 intruders at his Minnesota home. Smith, 65, lived alone, and had experienced an increasing problem with break-ins in the months leading up to the murders. Along with large amounts of cash, Smith also had a number of personal belongings stolen, including his father’s watch that he had received after his time as a POW, Smith’s own military medals and ribbons, clothing and a couple of firearms. As a result, Smith started wearing a loaded gun in a holster around his home, and also installed a security system, which recorded the deadly event on Thanksgiving night.
After moving his truck to make it appear that the house was deserted, Smith sat in an armchair located in his basement, and began to practice the speech explaining his actions that he would later give to authorities. After smashing the basement window, 17-year-old Nicholas Brady entered the house and began to descend the steps in the basement. Smith shot at Brady twice before firing fatal shot into his face. After moving the teen’s body onto a tarpaulin, Smith returned to his armchair. 18-year-old Haile Kifer, Brady’s cousin, followed through the window just minutes later. Smith shot her multiple times in the chest, before administering a final ‘finishing shot’, as he would later refer to it, into Kifer’s head. Smith waited until the next day before alerting the police of the murders, not wanting to bother the authorities on Thanksgiving. He was found guilty of 2 counts of first-degree murder, and is currently serving life in prison.