A Parker County Teen Confessed to Murdering His Family, and It's Really Disturbing

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Almost four months after 17-year-old Jake Evans calmly confessed to a 911 operator that he had just murdered his mother and sister at their Aledo home -- "It's weird," he said. "I wasn't even angry with them. It just kind of happened." -- the teen's written account of what happened on the night of October 3 has been introduced at his trial.

He had been inspired, he wrote, by Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween, particularly the part where a 10-year-old Michael Myers calmly kills several people. He watched it three times.

"While watching it, I was amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had," Evans wrote, according to NBC 5. "Afterward, I was thinking to myself it would be the same for me when I kill someone."

Then, as he watched the October 3 presidential debate with his mother, Jami, and 15-year-old sister, Mallory, he began thinking about how he would kill them. He retrieved a knife, then thought better of it and grabbed the .22 revolver he'd stolen from his grandfather. That way, there would be less pain.

The next hour he spent pacing around the house "thinking how life will never be the same and how I would never see them again," then knocked on his sister Mallory's door and said she was needed by their mother.

"She came out and out of the corner of her eye she saw me pointing the gun at her," he said. "She thought I was joking and told me that I was freaking her out. I shot her in the back and then the head."

He found his mother in the study and shot her three times, then returned to his room.

"As I emptied the shells on my bed, I heard noizes (sic) and realized that Mallory was still alive," he said. "While I loaded the gun back up, I was shouting that I was sorry and then ran as fast as I could to kill her. I made sure my mom was dead and shot her again in the head."

Then, he called 911.

"I know now though that I'm done with killing," his written confession concludes. "It's the most dreadful and terrifying thing I will ever experience. And what happened last night will haunt me forever."


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Tommy Tomato
Tommy Tomato

His ". . . forever . . ." should be very short on this mortal coil, and hot and tormented on the other side. Sad part is, he is not eligible for that pesky needle, since he was not older than 17 when he committed the offenses. Thanks, SCOTUS. Burden the people with taking care of a rabid dog. 

joesailedaway
joesailedaway

take his last breath   in the hell he has created

tcfun69
tcfun69

No need for discussions of why or a trial, let's just fire up old sparky and fry this kid.  Back to the wild west hangings, maybe that will make killing reality enough for these idiots.

John1073
John1073

Of course Halloween made him do it. It couldn't be that he was a mentally disturbed young man who had no treatment and then decided to steal his grandpa's revolver. Easier to get a revolver apparently than adequate health care.

observist
observist topcommenter

Why are my comments not posting?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Why are my comments in this thread being deleted?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

See.  Maybe the NRA has hacked into the DO comment board and is deleting anti-gun comments.

ruddski
ruddski

I got it all figured out.

For several decades, popular entertainment has become more liberal in presenting reality of life, sex, violence you name it. Popular entertainment is dominated by progressives, what we used to call "liberals".

As pop entertainment became more sexualized and violent, it seemed that youth was following that same trend, could there possibly be a connection between a media-saturated culture in which this media is saturated with sex and violence, and kids who are hyper-sexualized and prone to violence?

Or is it because there is greater access to guns and genitals now?

ruddski
ruddski

I got this in an email from a friend and was too lazy and unconcerned to research the facts presented, so I'll post it here because several regulars here are really good at knowing all about guns and the crazy people who use them, so have at at it professional meme debunkers. If this is all true, then maybe progressives should not be allowed anywhere near dangerous objects?


Ft Hood - Registered Democrat- Muslim.

Columbine -- Too young to vote -- both families were registered democrats and progressive liberals.

VA Tech -- Wrote hate mail to Pres Bush and to his staff. Registered Democrat, dedicated Liberal Socialist.

Colorado Theater -- Registered Democrat, staff worker on the Obama campaign, occupy wall street participant, dedicated Liberal Socialist "progressive liberal."

Connecticut School Shooter -- Registered Democrat, espoused virtues of Liberal Socialism, hated Christians.

Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal democrats."

And not a NRA loon in the bunch

ianm77
ianm77

@John1073 I'm so sick of people like you. You defend violent and evil movies and games and say they are harmless.These movies and games show no consequences to evil actions. They don't show the after effects of all these murders. The funerals that the victims families have to endure or the life or death sentence that the murderer will face or the pain and guilt that they will feel after committing these acts.  Violence in real life is traumatizing, just as he realized afterwards. The movies and games these children watch and play and absorb desensitize them to reality. That is the greatest harm they do. The boy admitted it himself that the movie influenced him. It wasn't some psychologist or psychotherapists opinion.

finnmf89
finnmf89

Are you sure about that?

animas
animas

The NRA should run a public service announcement:  "If you have the urge to commit mass murder--start with yourself".

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddski"Popular entertainment is dominated by progressives, what we used to call "liberals"

Then WHO, do you suppose, is avidly consuming all that "sex, violence and you name it"?

animas
animas

Also the kid is getting too much time in front of reporters and in the media now, which perpetuates the problem.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddski Oh, rudsdsszki. You fell for it!! I can't believe it! 

This blatant piece of nonsense -- this lie -- is being spread on this very forum by a regular blog-commenter who  doesn't have the faintest idea what he's talking about. I thought there might be something to it, so I asked him for his sources. Three times. No reply . But another commenter actually went to the trouble of checking each claim. ALL of them utterly bogus. False. Lies.

Here's the thing, ruddski: We all like "facts" that tend to support what we already believe. This particular set of facts -- mass shooters All Democrats or liberals -- fits your beliefs to a T. So you swallowed it. It's the hook that gets all true political believers, right and left, sooner or later.  Next time, if something  confirms your beliefs, whichever side of the political divide, be especially skeptical. Chances are those are not the facts at all. Not even close.

animas
animas

How about the following...the pasty faced calculating little creep can't wait to get in front of a TV camera or other salivating reporter and spin some yarn that makes him look even more crazy than anybody since Norman Bates in "Psycho"---probably coached by his attorney-- so that he gets posh treatment with an insanity defense. I have already read a different version of his self absorbed BS in another morning paper where, far from being "haunted for the rest of his life" (notice how it is all about him), he was planning even more family murders.  His dad was right to leave him in the slammer and his bail is way too low...

finnmf89
finnmf89

Strange how violence and sadism existed before videogames and movies. Violence, rape and murder occur in the Bible as well. By your statement, one could simply infer that th Bible depicting such depraved acts can desensitize people to such depraved acts and motivate them to do it. In fact, people have used th Bible to justify war and rape and murder and terrible laws and horrors inflicted on many. In your theory, which is bogus, that people who are exposed to such themes will indeed commit crime if they are predisposed to doing so (im adding that part in for you so you make more sense than what you were saying). No, I'm sorry, scary media does not, in fact cause more murder. Studies have shown that people who have aggression issues that play violent video games are actually less likely to commit violent crimes.

Again, all these crimes existed before media. They existed in the Bible. You can not place blame on media for what actions people take, people are responsible for their own physical actions. Nowhere in that movie did it tell people to kill their families. Your theory is th same as people who say guns kill people, not people. It doewnt add up. It sounds like you need something to blame, well, blame the fact that some people have psychological issues and are predisposed to committing violent crimes. That's factual. Blaming Rib Zombie is false.

dimeius
dimeius

@ianm77

Point #1> Kids shouldn't be playing mature rated games or age restricted movies = Parent Fail. 

Point #2>All this aftermath isn't required to be provided via games or movies, they should be provided by the parent = not really a parent fail but a "good" parent responsibility. 

Point #3>If media (games and movies) influenced people to do things I would kill thousand of people by driving on the sidewalk, be a rock star or any other crazy delusional outcome a game would bring. 

 The problem lies within the parent. You see poor parenting everywhere these days and instead of taking the blame (i.e. responsibility), it's easier to blame faceless giants (who are operating within the law). Maybe if parenting came with strict rules and regulations the problem would be solved.

John1073
John1073

I'm sick of people like you blaming fantasy as opposed to taking on reality.

I grew up listening to gangster rap, played the violent video games, and watched horror films. I haven't killed anyone and I don't own nor have I stolen a gun.

Oh and I am an atheist too. I didn't need any of the book's morals to guide me to a sense of right and wrong.

If you kill someone because you watched a movie, you are mentally disturbed and need treatment.

ruddski
ruddski

@bmarvel @ruddski

"Then WHO, do you suppose, is avidly consuming.."

A cross-section of the US?

Which includes those whose politics or views on violence and human relationships have not yet been formed by life's experiences, other than exposure to the wider world as depicted by the entertainment industry.

After all, the mass-killer dressed as Joker, this guy influenced by screen killing, there just might be a connection. Porn makes most people horny.


ruddski
ruddski

@animas 

Media thrives off this shit as much as that kid does. It's a circular symbiotic relationship.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvel @ruddski Yes and she came up with the 'fact' that Lanza couldn't have been registered to vote at all in Connecticut.  She claimed the legal voting age in that state is 21.  

Here's the thing Marvel:  We all like "facts" that tend to support what we already believe.  This particular set of facts, disputing Holman's claims, fit your needs to a T, so you didn't bother to check them yourself.  Voting age in the United States (Including the state of CT) is 18, per the twenty sixth amendment.  Next time, if something validates your point, whichever side of the argument you fall on, be especially skeptical.  Sage Advice, Marvel.  You should take it.

ruddski
ruddski

@bmarvel @ruddski 


So what you're telling me is that someone on the net checked it out and found out that the Ft Hood killer wasn't a Muslim, and all the rest was BS as well?


At least now I have the indisputable facts! Thanks, anonymous internet guy for turning me on to the other internet anonymous fact-checker!


ruddski
ruddski

@animas 

He's a star now, and as we see, he can be held up as yet another example of the violence guns commit.

ruddski
ruddski

@casiepierce @ruddski 

Gotta wonder why that coyote could get his paws on anvils, dynamite - just about anything but a gun. And did Elmer Fudd  ever manage to bag any game with his weapon?


RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvel @RTGolden1 @ruddski Perhaps you should go back and read the 'source' you're quoting back to Ruddski.  Her contradiction of Holman's post contain at least one lie that is apparent without research.

Your source claims that Adam Lanza couldn't be registered to vote in Connecticut because the voting age there is 21.  26th Amendment guarantees the right, nationwide, for 18yr olds to vote.  Your source is compromised Marvel, I hope you were more thorough when you were an actual journalist.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@RTGolden1 @bmarvel @ruddski Golden,

I agree with your second paragraph. My problem is with unsubstantiated and flat-out false statements that get posted here in support of one political side or the other.  

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvel @RTGolden1 @ruddski That's why I had the caveat first, before the statement.  I wanted to be sure it was clear that the statement was unsubstantiated.

Regardless, i don't think it matters how they identify.  Progressive thought has never been supportive of mass murder, neither has Conservative thought.  The people committing these acts are outside of civilized thinking.  Their philosophy lies beyond the law, beyond humanity, in some murky unevolved part of the brain.  If it is true that Lanza, Klebold and the others identify as Democrats it means nothing.  They don't represent the Democrat party or the philosophy behind it anymore than they represent the attitude, thinking or actions of law abiding owners of firearms.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@RTGolden1@bmarvel@ruddski "The columbine shooters came from progressive families, registered Democrat.  The Aurora shooter identified as a democrat and a liberal.  It has been said that the Sandy Hook shooter was a self identified progressive and registered democrat."

Same question for you, Golden. as for holmantx: Where are you getting this information? What are its sources?"It's been said" by whom?

See, we won't know whether it matters until we know if it's real information or just stuff made up to cast aspersions on Democrats and liberals. Nothing wrong with that. But the aspersions ought to e based on truth, don't you think?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvel@ruddskiCaveat: I have not found anything near a reliable source to these assertions, and they may or may not be true.

I'm not so sure bmarvel.  The columbine shooters came from progressive families, registered Democrat.  The Aurora shooter identified as a democrat and a liberal.  It has been said that the Sandy Hook shooter was a self identified progressive and registered democrat.  

I don't think it really matters how these people identify themselves, whether conservative, progressive or as a fictional character.  They're batshit crazy.  Until you fix crazy, nothing else will work.  The government cannot create the Whiffle Ball Life so many people seem to want.  Bad things are going to happen, you can't ban every harmful thing out there, you can't restrict every harmful thing out there.  Once you do, you do not have freedom anymore, you have totalitarianism.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddski I'm sure there aren't, ruddski. No Democrats, no liberals, no NRA members. Just people who used their guns to express their contempt for everyone else..

ruddski
ruddski

@bmarvel @ruddski 

Well, I dunno, but in all these mass shootings by weird-ass nuts, there's no NRA members.


bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddski "...those whose politics or views on violence and human relationships have not yet been formed by life's experiences, other than exposure to the wider world as depicted by the entertainment industry."

That would include, would it not, those who have seen the  movies in which the good guys -- well armed in the manner being promoted by the NRA -- rise up in the last scene and shoot the bad guys? That is, those whose views on violence and human relationships have been formed by Bruce Willis and Clint Eastwood movies, and not in exposure to the wider world in which things never quite turn out like that.    

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@RTGolden1 Jonathan Haidt's "The Righteous Mind' is the only thing I've read about this that makes sense. I've been trying to get Schutze to read it; even offered to buy him a copy. But he's a pundit. He's got a vested interested in exacerbating the problem.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvel @RTGolden1 I will concede that point to you, and I was not trying to support or validate the claims that mass murder is some sort of liberal agenda.  It's just so very rare that you leave an opportunity for someone to put you on the spot, I couldn't, in good conscience allow it to pass.  I'm over it now, RTG machine: zero defects.

I wasn't around in the 60's and was not 'aware' for much of the 70's , but I agree with you that Washingtons fear of partisan polarization is fast becoming a reality, again. I think, again, you and I come down in the same place on this issue, somewhere in the middle (where common sense resides)  The writings of the Founders are abused much as the writings in various religious texts: people use whatever writings, and whatever interpretation of those writings, suits their particular case at the time.  It is much the same with political labels in these times.  Progressive, Conservative, Liberal, Socialist, Christian (for it has become a political label more than a religious identity) are all applied however one needs them to be applied to fit a particular agenda, very often with complete disregard for what these particular terms actually mean.  The press is a willing accomplice in this polarization, working both ends against the middle, with very little concern for truth in reporting.  "If it bleeds, it leads" has become much more than an editorial meme, it has become the fundamental criteria for whether a story makes it to press (or cutting room, or server, etc).  In addition, the rush to be the first to 'break' a story, many stories are put out based on compatibility with a given narrative and expedience over veracity.  A Fourth Estate in complete servitude to political masters is much more dangerous to society and freedom than any number of firearms in the wrong hands.

The question is: Can we get the shit back into the goose?  Can the nation be brought back together?  Not with a two party system it can't.  We must encourage, foster, grow, vote for and promote viable alternate parties into positions of power.  We need a diverse Congress, not along the lines of race or religion, but along the lines of political ideology.  We've got to make it so no party, no single ideology can exercise exclusive authority.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@RTGolden1 Golden, Just to make myself clear, the issue in dispute here is whether this particular crop of mass killers can accurately be described as Democrats, liberals or progressives. That was the clear meaning of the original list of "facts," which came from a blogger who signs himself holmantx. It seemed unlikely to me -- though I suppose remotely possible -- and I repeatedly asked holmantx the sources of his "information," but received no answer.

If anybody can come up with a reputable source, then fine. We'll have to concede that a lot of liberals are running around shooting innocent people.

But here's my deeper concern, Golden, and i hope you take me seriously. I'm not just trying to score points for my "side." I have no side in this fight. As usual, I can see some merit on all sides -- there are more than two, you know. But the atmosphere in American politics has become so poisoned by partisan posturing, by extremism in the defense of extremism, and by the growing nastiness and  -- yes -- hatred -- that's poured forth in these blogs that intelligent debate is now almost  impossible.

I lived through this kind of thing in the 1960s and 1970s, watched close-up as reasonable voices were shouted down by fanatics. Now the shouts are coming from a different direction, but the conditions are the same: A nation paralyzed by extreme partisanship. (George Washington warned us against this very thing in his farewell address. Unfortunately, those who invoke the spirit of our Founding Fathers seem never to have gone to the trouble of reading the Founding Fathers. ) 

Bottom line, Golden: That business about Democrat and liberal mass murderers was posted for the purpose of further stirring up political animosity -- hatred. You made a point in one of your posts, here. You said, in effect, the shooters were not Progressives or Conservatives. They were killers. Monsters. But some on this forum disagree.They want us to believe the shooters are a product of the political left. They aim to turn these killings to political effect and to use these terrible tragedies to bash their perceived enemies. 

That's what this is really about. Not whether 18-year-olds can vote in Connecticut.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@bmarvel @ruddski A very good question indeed.


"And I'm also telling you that the rest of that list has been checked, and that if you believe it then you've been taken."   Too bad  you didn't check the rest of the list yourself, Marvel.

ruddski
ruddski

@Daniel @bmarvel @ruddski 

Daniel, I made it lear that I wasn't vouching for the email, no need to go all PMS and frantic, settle down kid.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@animas The original claim that he was a Democrat was based upon a Colorado voter registration for a James Holmes. But it was another James Holmes. So far as i know James Holmes the shooter was not registered anywhere, but maybe somebody can do some digging.

animas
animas

@ bmarvel:Where did ruddsaki or Daniel  say he was registered as a democrat in Colorado specifically?  He had only been there a relatively short time.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddski No, ruddski. Just somebody who gets riled when somebody spreads stuff that's not true. I would have thought you'd be a little riled, too., having fallen for that business about mass shooters all being Democrats.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

P.S. to your P.S., Daniel. Holmes wasn't registered to vote in Colorado, period. There was another James Holmes registered as a Democrat. Not the same person.

Daniel
Daniel

@bmarvel @ruddski P.S. In fairness, I think James Holmes, the Colorado shooter, really was a registered Democrat. And obviously the Ft. Hood guy was Muslim -- what that has to do with the liberal/conservative axis is obscure, though; Muslims are pretty conservative folk.

Daniel
Daniel

@bmarvel @ruddski Ruddski's still pissed off about Obama's 923 executive orders IN 40 MONTHS. Did you know Bush  only had 64 IN EIGHT YEARS?


He'd document it, but he's not sure how to link to a forwarded email.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@ruddski No, ruddski. I'm telling you he wasn't a registered Democrat. And I'm also telling you that the rest of that list has been checked, and that if you believe it then you've been taken.

Now, if you are in possession of indisputable facts to the contrary, please bring them forward. If you're not too lazy. (And what kind of belief system, by the way, relies on laziness?)

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