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David Brom
Born October 3, 1971 (1971-10-03) (age 38)
Cascade Township, Minnesota, USA
Conviction(s) Multiple murders
Penalty Life imprisonment
Status Incarcerated

David Brom (born October 3, 1971) is an American mass murderer. He killed his parents, brother and sister with an axe in February 1988 in Cascade Township, Minnesota near Rochester, Minnesota.



A member of a Catholic family, the 16-year-old Brom had a fight with his father over the music he listened to immediately before the murders. He attended Rochester Lourdes High School at the time.[1].

He was originally going to be tried in Family Court, and was sent to Texas for a psychiatric evaluation. In the summer of 1989 Brom returned to Olmsted County, Minnesota to be tried as an adult. He was sentenced to life in prison. He will not be eligible for parole until 2041. [2]

Negativland prank

When their 1987 album, Escape From Noise, proved to be more successful than they expected, Negativland, a sound collage band, canceled the tour they were expected to do and released a fake press release stating the band would be placed in house arrest until investigations concluded as to whether the track "Christianity Is Stupid" was implicated in Brom's murders. The resulting media craze, stemming from journalists neglecting to fact-check, is lampooned in the title track of their 1989 album, Helter Stupid, whose insert also includes background information behind the band's prank.

See also


  1. ^ "Boy, 16, Charged in Ax Murders of 4 in His Family in Minnesota" AP Story that ran in New York Times, Feb. 19, 1988
  2. ^ Life Term in Family Ax Slaying - New York Times

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