Mona Gibson, Mary Horvath, Brandee Gibson,3932580

The 1984 brutal crime that shocked Montana is reported in a Butte newspaper at the above link.

Michael Horvath and Ted Gibson, sent to the Pine Hills School for Boys for the brutal murders of their mothers and Gibson’s sister, were released from custody at their 21st birthdays.

Horvath left the juvenile facility in Febrary 1990 and Gibson was to be released a few months later.

Pine Hills Superintendent Al Davis said “On their birthdays we lose all jurisdiction – they just float out of the institution and go totally unsupervised. It is a little scary especially some of those folks who would like to know where these guys are going. They have no idea where he is or what he is doing – that is not right.”

On Sept 23, 1982 Horvath, 15, and Gibson, 14, killed Gibson’s Mother Mona, 47; Horvath’s Mother Mary, 61; and Gibson’s sister, Brandee, 16, in the Gibson’s Butte home.

A total of 21 shots from a .22 caliber weapon were fired into the three victims. The victims were shot repeatedly in the head at close range. One of the boys’ Mothers was shot by a gun pressed between the eyes.

The bodies – one mother wearing only a bra, the other with her panties pulled down to her knees, the sister wearing only a stocking – were concealed in the Gibson mobile home. One body was stuffed in a kitchen cabinet, one in a bedroom closet, and a third in a hollowed out mattress.

Then the boys fled to Idaho after stealing gasoline in Missoula and robbing a cafe in Superior. They were caught in Wallace, Idaho driving Mrs. Gibson’s car, and returned to Montana by juvenile authorities and two police officers. The two boys were laughing and joking with each other.

The law said that being tried as juveniles they must be released at age 21 and the crime wiped from their records.

The notoriety of the case led the 1985 Montana Legislature to change state law governing juveniles who commit violent crimes.

The new law allowed juveniles under 16 to be tried as adults and transferred to adult prisons at age 18.


AROUND THE NATION; 2 Teen-Agers Charged In Their Mothers’ Deaths

AP  Published: September 25, 1984

BUTTE, Mont., Sept. 24— Two teen-age boys were charged today with murdering their mothers and one youth’s sister after the authorities found the bodies hidden in a mobile home, the police said.

Michael Eugene Horvath, 15 years old, and Ted Lloyd Gibson, 14, both of Butte, were charged with three counts of juvenile delinquency by reason of deliberate homicide, according to Youth Court documents.

The two, armed with a rifle and pistol, were arrested in Wallace, Idaho, after they allegedly robbed a Superior, Mont., restaurant, Sheriff Wade Vangilder of Mineral County said.

The bodies of Mona Gibson, 47, her daughter, Brandee, 16, and Mary Horvath, 61, were found early today after Mrs. Gibson failed to arrive at work at St. James Community Hospital, the authorities said.

17 Responses to Mona Gibson, Mary Horvath, Brandee Gibson

  1. Deana Salter says:

    I went to middle school with these two boys, I included them in my independent study for my BA in CJ. I researched about where they are today…could not find them then….that was 7 yrs ago…maybe now I could find them. 

    • Jim Friedman says:

      The Michael Horvath named in this article is currently in jail in Alabama. The Michael Horvath who was arrested in Pennsylvania today was born in 1966.

      • Linnie says:

        Actually it’s reported that the horvath arrested in PA is 49 so he would have been born know in 1967. The one serving in Alabama was born in 1969. He would have only been 13 but the article above says he was 15. This one in PA seems to match better. Either way, both have committed horrible acts. So sad for all families affected.

  2. Why would you want to, I know I don’t. Mary was my grandmother.

  3. Stacy says:

    Mary was my grandmother as well. She lived in the same town as us. I miss her everyday.

  4. James Wood says:

    Im betting some name changes were granted and they are amongst us. The community should know, not protect these very very sick people. I am looking

  5. I'mBaaaatmaaaan! says:

    Does ANYONE know where these two murderers are today ?

  6. Sherry Getz says:

    Horvath may have been jailed today for possibly another murder if it is the same man Michael Horvath eho now lives in Pa.

  7. Sarah Veldhouse says:

    Michael is in limestone correctional facility in Alabama service a 15 year sentence for felony rape. I would know, I’m his ex wife.

  8. Sarah Veldhouse says:

    The Michael Eugene I married was born march 1,1967. Ive confirmed my ex husbands information due to other court cases. I was able to get copies of his mothers death certificate and copies of pictures of him in the paper at that time so I could really confirm it was him.

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