Close-up of a pile of building bricks.
A 89-year-old British man was beaten with bricks – by his family, who got the idea by Googling. (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Anthony Gostling/Wikipedia)

Google does not endorse elder abuse, but its commitment to freedom of information did make it possible for a British mother, daughter, son and his girlfriend to search for the phrase “the easiest way to kill an old person.” According to the Daily Mail, the quartet plus one then beat the 89-year-old grandfather with bricks inside plastic bags. The patriarch, whose will grants the family a sizable inheritance, escaped with 11 injuries to his head and body.

Greed: A family affair

The elderly Winchester man’s 49-year-old adopted daughter, 19-year-old grandson, 16- and 14-year-old granddaughters and the grandson’s 17-year-old girlfriend had been plotting how to get their hands on the old man’s inheritance for some time, according to police reports.

The mother, who received lavish gifts including a car in the months leading up to the attack, is currently serving 17 years for conspiracy to commit murder. The 17-year-old girlfriend was jailed for three years but will serve 13 months, and the 16-year-old was jailed for 26 months but will serve 13 months. The 14-year-old granddaughter was handed a two-year sentence in a youth rehabilitation center.

Current reports do not indicate the sentence given to the 19-year-old grandson or the names of the family.

Not the first inheritance grab

Court documents indicate that the group had attempted to scare the elderly man before the bricks assault, via a variety of acts of domestic abuse. They threw bricks through the window and cut the fuel line on his car so that the vehicle might explode.

Other Google searches equally horrific

Once computers were seized from the family home by authorities, other frightening Google searches were found. These included such searches as “If you hit someone across the back of the head with a brick will they die or just get a bruise,” “1,000 ways to die,” “how to kill someone,” “10 easy ways to kill someone with no trace,” “can you kill someone with a punch” and “dangerous drugs for the elderly.”

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