Briley Brothers

Briley Brothers

About Briley Brothers

The three Briley Brothers (Anthony Ray Briley, James 'J.B.' Briley, Jr. and Linwood Briley) were responsible for a series of killings in Richmond, Virginia in 1979 that lasted seven months before their arrest. The brothers were born to a stable home with two parents in Northeastern Richmond, Virginia. With their younger sibling Anthony, Linwood and James were regarded by older neighbors as people who would help neighbors repair cars or mow lawns. The three boys collected exotic pets, such as tarantulas, piranhas, and boa constrictors. It is also alleged that all three brothers engaged in zoosadism. Their father, James Briley, Sr., was unnerved enough by their behavior that he kept his bedroom door padlocked from the inside overnight. James Sr. was the only person the brothers feared. In 1971, the first killing was committed by (then) 16-year-old Linwood.

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