One of the most heinous murders committed by teenagers occurred in 2011 in Oklahoma and it mostly flew under the radar. The Kyle Smith murder case involves a brutal double homicide followed by an insane plan to cover up the murders committed by this 17-year-old. After this teen murdered his grandparents the local authorities tried everything they could to find a motive. They tried to place the blame on rock music, vague Satanism, and depression, but Smith’s crimes didn’t seem to be motivated by anything.
This Oklahoma teen murder case is confounding for a number of reasons. Not only is it awful that Kyle Smith just snapped one day and brutally murdered his grandparents, but he somehow managed to rope a couple of friends into the situation. It’s never cut and dried when teenagers commit murder, but the case of Kyle Smith leaves more questions than answers.
There's A Graphic Video Of The Crime
Directly after murdering his grandparents Kyle Smith whipped out his phone and made a video capturing the crime in all of its brutality. The video hasn't been released to the public but it's been seen by multiple people. The timeline on this is a little wonky but either after killing his grandparents, or after setting fire to their home Smith drove to a friend's house and showed him the video of the crime scene, saying that he "wanted make a memory" or the murders. The friend thought the whole thing was a hoax so they didn't say anything until the next day when they saw a news report about the slayings. In the video Smith allegedly pokes at his grandmother's eye with a machete, speaks in a "demonic voice," and laughs at the dead bodies of his grandparents before saying, "Look at all those guts. That's ... crazy. F*ck both of you.”
After that call, police were able to track down Smith's friend who told them Smith confessed to the murders and described the video Smith showed him of the killings.
It Wasn't Long Before Smith And His Friends Were Arrested
Even if Smith hadn't shown his unnamed friend the video of the crime scene he still probably would have been caught almost immediately. After the friend saw a news report about the murders he immediately called the police to let them know that Smith was bragging about killing his grandparents, which led the police to ping Smith's location by triangulating his cell phone calls. It turns out that they didn't even need to do that because someone saw Smith driving his grandfather's truck and they called the cops. Smith was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit arson, and two counts of conspiracy to desecrate a human body. Smith's accomplices were picked up and charged with conspiracy to murder after the fact, conspiracy to commit arson, and conspiracy to
desecrate a human body.
Police Think Rock Music Inspired Kyle Smith
This is a stretch but the police were pretty sure that Smith killed his grandparents because he was driven by some demonic presence. First there was the "demonic voice" on his video, and then there were the personal items found in Smith's room. According to police there was a "demonic drawing" on his bedroom floor, some novelty weapons, and a CD by Slipknot. All this really shows is that Smith was a disaffected young man with some very intense aggression issues who needed a way to work out his problems. A lot of people like drawing demons and listening to music made by guys in masks but they don't go out and kill their grandparents.
Smith Turned On His Friends For A Slightly Lighter Sentence
There was no way that Smith was going to squirm his way out of a jail sentence. The trial was mercifully short with the 17-year-old pleading guilty to arson, conspiracy to commit arson, animal cruelty and two counts of first-degree murder. Rather than take the sentence of life in prison with no hope of parole he turned on his friends who helped him burn his grandparents' house down in order to get the lenient sentence of life in prison plus 10 years with an option for parole in 2057. It's likely that his friends would have been sentenced to jail time anyway, but at least this gives Smith's life the illusion of having a light at the end of the tunnel.