You know, I’m pretty – I guess – evil. Whatever.Jake Evans
October 4th, 2012, 911 operators answered a disturbing call. A seventeen year old boy, casually and calmly told the operator “I just killed my mom and my sister”. When asked how, he told her he “shot them with a 22 revolver”.
Jake Evans and his family lived in Aledo, Texas, in a gated community, he was a former student at Aledo High School but was soon home-schooled by his Mother. He was apparently close with his family and when the operator asked what made him so angry with his Mom and sister he replied saying, “It’s weird, I wasn’t even really angry with them. It just kind of happened. I’ve been kind of planning on killing her for a while now.“
The operator then asked who he was talking about, his Mom, sister or just anybody? His chilling response was “just pretty much anybody“. He didn’t like people’s attitudes with everyone being “verbally rude to each other“, then he went on to mention his family saying, “My family…I know it’s selfish to say, but to me, they were suffocating me in a way. You know, I’m pretty – I guess – evil…whatever”.
The operator asks if his mom and sister were in their beds, and this was when he described exactly what happened.
“I don’t know. This is going to really mess me up in the future. I told my sister that my mom needed her. She was in her room, and she came out of her room, and I shot her. And she rolled down the stairs and I shot her again. And then I went down and I shot my mom maybe three or four times, but I’ll never forget this. My sister, she came downstairs and she was screaming and I was telling her that I’m sorry but just to hold still – that, you know, I was just going to make it go away. But she kept on freaking out, but she finally fell down and I shot her in the head about, probably, three or four times.”
Evans was arrested outside of his house and was sent to a state mental hospital, he was classed as incompetent to stand trial. But after some time in the hospital, in 2015 he was deemed fit to stand trial. He was sentenced to forty-five years in prison, but his two years in hospital awaiting trial was taking off the term. His living family wanted a lesser sentence for Jake, but said forty-five years was fair. They also said,
His dad was out in Washington D.C at the time and his two other sisters were out. Whilst on the phone to the operator, he told her that he didn’t want any of his families seeing him, he didn’t want any visits from his family. He went on to say that he hated “the feeling of killing someone”, he was worried that he was going to psychologically fucked up and the nightmares he would have due to what he had done. The operator handled the call perfectly, and talked him through handing himself in calmly and slowly walking out of his house to the police.
Jake was sent to a state mental hospital to await his trial, being deemed as being incompetent to stand trial. However in 2015, he was classed as being fit to stand. He pled guilty for the murder of both his mom and sister. He was sentenced to forty-five years but the two years he was at the hospital was taken off from his term. His living family members wanted a lesser sentence for Jake, but said that forty-five years was fair. They also wrote in a letter to be addressed to the court: “None of us want Jake and our family to be subjected to a capital murder trial, which we feel would not be in his and our family’s best interest, we wish to close this chapter of our lives in order to continue healing as a family.”
A couple of hours after he committed the crime, he wrote a confession.
“I had just got home from the allergist and having lync when I started watching Rob Zombie’s Halloween. In the movie a 12 year old boy murders his stepfather, sister and his sister’s boyfriend. It was the third time this week that I watched it. While watching it I was amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had afterwards. I was thinking to myself that it would be the same for me when I kill someone. After I watched the movie I put it back in the case and threw it in the trashcan so people wouldn’t think that it influenced me in any way. After that I went outside to hit gold balls into the yard for about an hour. I went inside around 5:30PM and just sat in the living room thinking about how I was going to kill my family. My plan was to kill my sister and my mom in the house and then go over to my grandparents and kill my oldest sister Emily and my two grand parents. Then I was going to wait until morning and kill my other sister Audrey because she was visiting from college. After I got up from the couch it was between 6 and 6:30. My grandma called my mom to ask if I wanted to go to the cleaner with her. I went and while we were in town we got dinner. We made a quick stop at the post office and then she dropped me off at my house.
I took my dinner to the pool house and watched Family Guy for a little bit. I went back into the house and saw that my mom and sister was watching the debate. I went outside again to swing freely with my golf club. Around 4:00PM I went upstairs in my house to watch Family Guy. About 10 minutes later my sister came upstairs and asked if I wanted to watch a movie. I said no because earlier that day at my allergist appointment she made racist comments about a black guy that was mowing the grass saying, “Ha that black guy looks like a monkey.” In the past Mallory had always said racist comments like that and would make fun of homeless people. I scolded her for what she said and told her that she was becoming white trash. We continued arguing in the doctors office and when we got back in the car I told her to look up the word lynching and to see f she still had the same opinion about black people. She then said that she would never be apart of lynching but is still a racist. I then said that she makes me sick and called her a racist bitch. An that evening after I told her I didn’t want to watch a movie she went to her room and I went downstairs to my parents closit and I got my dad’s blue foldable knife.
I went back upstairs and keeping pacing back and forth imagining killing Mallory. Thoughts of causing her pain kept entering my mind and were bothering me. But then I’d think about the times she hurt my feelings or pissed me off. So finally around 9:30 I knocked on her door and asked if she wanted to watch Waterboy. She said yes and sat on the couch beside the sofa I was on. I told her that I was going to the art room to get a pin. When I was in the art room I stood there again imagining killing Mallory. After 30 minutes I finally went in the room and sat on the sofa with the knife in my pocket. I sat for 5 minutes and then playfully threw a pillow at Mallory. We started having a pillow fight in the room. After a while I thought to myself that if I were to kill my mom and Mallory I wouldn’t want them to feel anything. So I decided to kill them both the 22. revolver that I stole from my grandma. I told Mallory that I needed to go downstairs for a little bit. After I saw that my mom was in the study I went to my closit and picked up the pistol. I set it on the bed and was nervously opening the cylinder over and over again. I then spent probably over an hour walking nervously around the house thinking how life will never be the same and how I would never see them again around.
11:15 I went upstairs with the pistol and stood there for about 5 minutes. I knocked on the door and told Mallory that mom needed her. She came out and out of the corner of her eye she saw me pointing the gun at her. She thought I was joking and told me that I was freaking her out. I shot her in the back and then the head. I ran down to the study and shot my mom 3 times. In shock I ran to my room and was screaming at the top of my lungs that I am really messed up and that I killed my mom and sister.
45 I emptied the shells on my bed. I heard noizes and realized that Mallory was still alive. While I loaded the gun back up I was shouting that I was sorry and then I ran as fast as I could to kill her. I then made sure my mom was dead and shot her again in the head. After the shooting I walked outside for a few minutes and then came back inside. Very shocked and scared I placed the gun on the kitchen counter and walked into the living room to dial 911. When I look at people, especially teenagers, I see them as being very cruel to one another emotionally. It seems that their favorit hobby is picking on someone else. The people who are racist, bullies, and who are full of themselves are the really evil ones. And it amazes me that these three qualities are extremely common today. I was very sad because I felt like my own family were becoming the people I hate. I know now though that I’m done with killing. It’s the most dreadful and terrifying think I will ever experience. And that what happened last night will haunt me forever.”
Evans was charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder. His attorney tried to get the judge to drop the capital murder charge, which the judge denied, however he did accept a bond of $750,000. Evan’s dad told the judge that he would not bail his son out of jail.
Some people disputed that watching violent films had an impact on Jake Evans’s heinous crime and that his crime indicated a deeper problem.
My opinion? I think Jake Evan’s was a disturbed individual and this had nothing to do with the films he was watching. I’ve watched horror and slasher films my whole life essentially, and I haven’t killed anyone, or been close to killing someone. Thousands of people watch the same films as Evan’s did without the same results. Was this a problem with the movies he watched or was this a problem with the person himself?
I know my answer, but what’s yours?