17-Year-Old Kills His Mother and Sister, Calls 911 to Turn Himself In

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Jake Evans’ confession to killing his mother and sister was chilling. “I don’t know … it’s weird. I wasn’t even really angry with them. It just kind of happened,” he told a 911 dispatcher, shortly after he shot them in their family home in Aledo, Texas. “I’ve been kind of planning on killing for a while now,” the 17-year-old  said.

Evans shot his mother Jamie, 48, and sister Mallory, 15, with a .22 revolver, the New York Daily News reported. He called 911 afterward, at 12:30 a.m. on Friday. “I am pretty, I guess, evil … whatever,” he told the 911 operator.

The police dispatcher kept Evans on the phone for about 25 minutes until sheriff’s deputies arrived at the family’s house in a gated community and arrested him. Evans’ father was out of town on business, and his two other sisters weren’t home, though one was supposed to visit from college this weekend.

While on the phone, Evans asked the dispatcher about medications that might help with nightmares and thoughts about the murders. “I don’t mean to sound like a wimp or anything, but this is — wow. I’ve never, like, done anything violent in my whole life,” he said.

“I just thought it would be quick, you know?” CNHI News Service reported Evans telling the dispatcher. “I didn’t want them to feel any pain. That’s why I used a gun, but it was like everything went wrong.”

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It’s hard to imagine that anyone could be capable of killing their own family members in such an unrepentant manner. A piece in the New York Times investigated “callous-unemotional” children — who lack remorse and empathy and are at risk of becoming psychopaths as adults — earlier this year. While the research is controversial, the Times reported that many psychologists believe that psychopathy is a neurological condition, one that can be identified even in children just 5 years old.

Sheriff Larry Fowler told CNHI News Service that there was no history of mental illness, no drug or alcohol abuse and that the family seemed stable.

Evans also appears to indicate some kind of remorse, telling the dispatcher that he would never forget his sister’s screams. However, he also said he could have shot “pretty much anybody.” His motives are still a mystery, Fowler said.

Evans has been charged with capital murder and denied bail.

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56 comments
sunshine9472
sunshine9472

Just so you all know in the state of Texas he will be tried as an adult for his crime therefore he is not considered a child in the eyes of the law....True story!

Sinmvooo
Sinmvooo

Wow thats messed up man, I say off with his head!

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c-ya
c-ya

Sociopaths are unfortunately born. They dont have consciences, and are worse coming from unstable environments. There needs to be education on the level of parenting in spotting them and education on how to parent them.

MelissaKinnairdCoy
MelissaKinnairdCoy

The 911 call is heartbreaking, it is obvious that the kid has issues. Two people have lost their lives, his is ruined & the rest of the family will never be the same. Our children are so desensitized to violence, I think sometimes they blur the line between what is real and what isn't. I just pray that he is able to get help along with the rest of the family. 

Virender Singh Rawat
Virender Singh Rawat

such things are bound  to happen and increase in number as their is a break down in the basic concept of family in the west. Emotions or relations have no meaning. It is not that it is wide spread but it is bound to rise in the near future.

Kamendra Kishore Verma
Kamendra Kishore Verma

Such incidences are occurring in society because of "lack of unlearning". We need to take notice of such incidences and try to find reasons behind brutal and inhuman reactions.

There is something called "Unlearning Syndrome" . Person and families may be having disease which does not allow them to think present in right perspectives. If such situations continue for long time, anything brutal or unwanted events can take place.

The similar situation was here in India when one of the famous politician was killed by his own brother by point blank distance and he then surrendered to police without remorse.

Unlearning need to be introduced in school, college and in society to understand human behavior of 21st century. I have written a book of 416 pages to understand this complex word called "unlearning". I shall request all whoever want to find the solutions or reasons for brutal incidences, my book may help us to understand society and individual.

Unlearn before u learn.

houndog2g
houndog2g

What stood out most in my mind was that the kid asked for drugs to help him with nightmares. He didn't say he was afraid of the nightmares and I didn't hear for sure whether the nightmares would begin after he murdered his family members in cold blood or if he had been having nightmares already. But he specifically asked about drugs to treat them. Maybe it was shock, but his answers sounded a little like he was doing damage control. Judging from some of the comments I've read sound likes it worked. As for his family I feel sorry for their loss. That's who gets my pity, thoughts and prayers, not the murderer.

Vadim Alhasov
Vadim Alhasov

Father of this boy should be jailed for life, because couldn't keep his gun secure out of reach for idiot son  

Keturah Harmony
Keturah Harmony

I keep on tellin'um it all works the best as a movie tsnami hauntings never work well in real time OH WELL #Scenicville4evah

TheKingofFunnyFaces
TheKingofFunnyFaces

"It’s hard to imagine that anyone could be capable of killing their own family members in such an unrepentant manner."did you listen to the video?

 

lolkfds
lolkfds

Can ya'll shut up. Two people just lost their lives and people are trying to affiliate this with race.  It doesn't matter if he was purple or turquoise. You guys are ridiculous. 

Dori Sinclair
Dori Sinclair

He's not a psychopath. He still shows signs of remorse an guilt and didn't kill for an apparent reason like to take advantage or anything but more from his own internal emotional stress.

Takumi Fujiwara
Takumi Fujiwara

Yo, to be fair.. I don't think any of you know what's going through his kid's head. So quit wasting your time and stop arguing in the comments section of this article. He's obviously very disturbed, so get off your soap box and leave the judging to the justice system, or God.

Smudge14
Smudge14

Teenagers have difficult moments, and their minds have to deal with alot.  Many go overboard with their emotions and actions.  This young man is intelligent and very much aware of what he wanted to do and did.  It was preplanned.  He seems very blank and far away, and his voice sounded tired.  And, of course his family are going to be devestated. Perhaps he's hoping for leniency in his sentence, by confessioning . He's only 17 and will not be tried as an adult, perhaps he will be.  When we go through various stages of life or frames of mind, there is too much that we can use against ourselves and others.  It's a shame that weapons are too readily available, instead of talking out your feelings.  Sometimes that not enough.  I wish his family well.

YourNotAlone88
YourNotAlone88

To all of you who says he should be sentenced to death: SHAME. ON. YOU.

How dare you lack sympathy for someone who clearly has mental health issues? Obviously what he did was horrible, but you must understand that he wasn't in the right frame of mind. As someone who has been dealing with depression, I can speak for this young boy that when you are in that state of mind, it's like someone else is living in your body, and you cannot control it or make it go away, it just goes away when it wants to. You have no control over it. So please think about you are saying, because a lot of you clearly need to get a reality check if you really believe that this young boy deserves to be tortured.

He deserves to get psychiatric and psychologic help. And also, if he really is a psychopath, he wouldn't have called the police. He would have just run away like the rest of the 'psychopaths' in the world. Obviously, it was a cry for help when he called the police. My heart goes out to this kid. Get well soon, bud.

YourNotAlone88
YourNotAlone88

To all of you who says he should be sentenced to death: SHAME. ON. YOU.

How dare you lack sympathy for someone who clearly has mental health issues? Obviously what he did was horrible, but you must understand that he wasn't in the right frame of mind. As someone who has been dealing with depression, I can speak for this young boy that when you are in that state of mind, it's like someone else is living in your body, and you cannot control it or make it go away, it just goes away when it wants to. You have no control over it. So please think about you are saying, because a lot of you clearly need to  get a reality check if you really believe that this young boy deserves to be tortured.

He deserves to get psychiatric and psychologic help. And also, if he really is a psychopath, he wouldn't have called the police. He would have just run away like the rest of the 'psychopaths' in the world. Obviously, it was a cry for help when he called the police. My heart goes out to this kid. Get well soon, bud.

Tucker
Tucker

We are all just arm chair detectives. We have no idea if this kid was mentally unstable or just plain sick. If it turns out he is mentally unstable, I hope the justice system can get him the help he needs. Otherwise, he needs to be behind bars for the rest of his life. 

Natalie Smith Mahaffey
Natalie Smith Mahaffey

Yeah, the kid obviously has mental issues, but I also think what we hear in the 911 tape is a kid who is in shock over a violent act he just committed. The fact that he starts to hyperventilate and has to be calmed down says a lot as to his emotional state. He calls in the murders right after he commits them. Most people wouldn't do that. He's obviously screaming out for help. While I do think he should have the book thrown at him for his crimes, I also hope he really gets help from the system.

NimrahGhazanfar
NimrahGhazanfar

and i am thinking if this guy was a Muslim he would have been termed as a terrorist in a sec and yet people are defending him..... PATHETIC is the word! 

rubberjunkie
rubberjunkie

Wow, I can't believe people are defending him.  He's a sick little s%amp;t and I hope he goes away for a long time.

axjones
axjones

The poor kid is apparently disconnected to what he was doing. His calm came from the long term ignorance of his emotional needs, which he described as "they kinda suffocated me"...... Such kid is the least who should be receiving home schooling, he needs to have time away from his mother/sisters and be with his schoolmates and friends. What a tragedy!

Kick Marolac
Kick Marolac

CHILLING. OMFG is that whacked! That kid is a Psychopath.

Post Scriptum
Post Scriptum

How does it take the police so long to get to the house?????

Brian Hamel
Brian Hamel

First of all,  “I am pretty, I guess, evil… whatever,” was not exactly what was said. Time.com is editing to make him sound worse than he is. I understand it is murder, but the kid was in shock. It wasn't that he didn't care. He said "whatever" later on in a sentence. 

Of course the mass media needs to portray him as a sick evil person that could care less that he killed his family. Otherwise less people would pay attention.  The guy didn't  just do it, he probably did care but was too in shock to appear any more regret. 

idiotImadethisbecauseyourstupid
idiotImadethisbecauseyourstupid

@Vadim Alhasov #1 you sir are an idiot for claiming that! #2 the kid got the gun stole the gun from his grandpa. #3 How is it at all the dads fault? its idiots like you that I will never even be able to comprehend the thinking that goes on in your head

dcooper544
dcooper544

@Vadim Alhasov You don't even know where he got the gun and you attack the dad? Wow, that's cool.

NimrahGhazanfar
NimrahGhazanfar

It is sad to see such double standards was my point and i believe i am right!

clacctmail
clacctmail

@YourNotAlone88 stoooooooooooopid!

HAMLET HULK
HAMLET HULK

terrorist is a word for dark people who behave in ways we can't understand, mentally ill is the word we use for white people who behave in ways we can't understand

Kathryn Elaine Kerbs
Kathryn Elaine Kerbs

You are right. If he was a Muslim, all hell would break loose. People do not seem to realize that homegrown terrorists are the biggest threat. Even the FBI will tell you that.

That's learned in the lowest levels of community college. 

Luca Noro
Luca Noro

And your point is that we should all surrender to red neckism and the standards of racism, or am I missing anything? Perhaps the lack of racist comments make the reasonable views more visible, since they aren't drowned in aflood of stupidity. Believing in certain minimal moral tenets about humans is so pathetic, right? Let's go grab some beer and kick our pregnant wifes in their fat she-stomachs for not washing our wife-beaters, bro, woooooh!  

preytell
preytell

calm down...it is as shocking to others as it is simply shocking...

the point is he is a child and in shock himself at the deed he did...the first thing i thought was societal influence has played a not imperceptable part in the tragedy...

like from those whose insensitivity allows for their sarcastic remarks 'i'm so moved by his remorse, or he's a sick little %$^#' or whatever crass thing to retort...even after they have information giving them insight to judge better...

the callous and cruel are permitted such freedom to permeate as has the good and kind but the negative impact of this is coming to fruition...

it has become obviously waaaaay too much for impressionable minds to fathom harness or absorb well..

Luca Noro
Luca Noro

People are not defending his actions, but opposing certain evaluations of him as a person. The point is not that he hasn't done anything horrible (he has) or that he shouldn't be punished (he should), but that his reaction doesn't nec. imply that he has no feelings or isn't dignified in the minimal sense of being a human being. The point simply is that you can't dehumanize a person for having done something horrible. That is for instance why torture could never be acceptable, and why punishment by death is never justified, and why physical punishment is never justified. It is a fairly digestible point, isn't it? 

NamikazeSeishin
NamikazeSeishin

 I don't think anybody's defending him. They're endorsing responsible journalism. The kid is an evil psychopath, true. There's no defense for his actions, and nobody is trying to. All that was said is that the kid's actual words weren't -quite- as evil as the article attempted to make it appear.

gardenlily1
gardenlily1

He had only been homeschooled since January. He had a very active social life and a part time job. homeschoolers aren't locked away in a closet somewhere. The "suffocation" he refers to is the incredible pressure parents around here put on their kids to be the smartest, or most gifted, or the most attractive, best athlete, etc. This town is known around here for turning out the best of the best, if your kid hasn't won an award for something then you just aren't keeping up with the Joneses.

gardenlily1
gardenlily1

The response time was so long because it is a tiny little rural community that does not have its own police force.We rely on the sheriffs dept to respond to county calls. We're kind of out in the middle of nowhere.  In response to all who said this kid is disturbed monster, you're only half right. He is disturbed, but he is not a monster. He cracked under the pressure that seems to be placed on kids in this community. In this town, you have to be the smartest, the most attractive, the best athlete, etc. It's all about image. The kid is clearly in shock on the 911 tape, not heartless. He knows he deserves to be punished for what he did. Keep in mind, when you comment, that his family and friends are reading this, and I seriously doubt they'd be in agreement with your opinion that he's a psycopath.  Please be kind.

Razor Man
Razor Man

If they kept him talking for 25 minutes, it doesn't mean they took 25 to get there. They had to get there assess the situation and be sure they wouldn't walk into bullets too and then make an arrest. That is how you deal with an armed person, esp after they've just gunned down two people. Do pay attention.

Mike Shirley
Mike Shirley

 Brian, Dude you are an ass clown to try and paint a softer picture for a kid who just killed his own mom and sister!  I know people like to blame every single thing on the media and on most things I agree but your comment was just flat out ridiculously stupid!  I listened to the tape on several other media outlets and he does say exactly what was said about being evil! Man I swear to see people that just to be the opposite of everyone else, will go out on a limb and say something as stupid as to sympathize with a unemotional murderer is really making this world a crazy messed up place! If I didn't know any better the reason you defend him is that you find the same psychopathic traits inside your own head and therefore feel you need to defend them! 

Etta Bradley
Etta Bradley

 I don`t get the dig that people would care less if this young man was shown in a less than evil light.Who are these non caring people you speak of?

Kick Marolac
Kick Marolac

Shock? You have to be kidding. That is called cold callous and deliberate.

Michael Atkins
Michael Atkins

You're feelings have nothing to do with Natalie's post.  Him hyperventilating is a sign of HIS emotional state.  No one's said anything in his defense of the crimes he's committed, but practically everyone has posted incendiary comments in regards to any post that attempts to understand the situation.  His crimes will be punished regardless of the truth of his mental / emotional stability, so there's no reason for anyone to feel affronted by the pursuit of understanding.

Natalie Smith Mahaffey
Natalie Smith Mahaffey

You don't have to be moved by anything. But damning a kid based on a 24 minute glimpse into his life isn't smart. 

NimrahGhazanfar
NimrahGhazanfar

Firstly i am a woman BRO! and no that is not my point! I was simply stating a fact, not sure what turned you so violent about that. The thought, though it is sarcasm, about kicking your pregnant wife shows where you come from and how educated you are because a normal person does not talks like that. 

What i wanted to state was when you want to give a chance to a person then you come up with explanations, when you don't you wage wars! What does it take for a person to be considered innocent? Oh yes, being an American of course because everyone else is a damn terrorist!

Tell me you don't believe or make fun of a person with a beard! is that reasonable? People like you consider drone attacks reasonable so don't even start with the reasonable views! All you talks about morals and rights come out when someone like this kid is on the line but not when a 15 year old explodes himself because he has been brainwashed! 

So this is what we should do, Accuse Muslims for everything! Bomb them and when they retaliate by saying U.S.A sucks than label them as terrorists! So much for believing in certain minimal moral tenets! 

rubberjunkie
rubberjunkie

Oh, I wasn't being sarcastic.  I really truly believe the "child" needs to be locked away somewhere for a good long time before he kills yours, or anyone else's kids. I'm sorry, but he planned this.  He has no sympathy from me.

He had been wanting to kill someone for a while because people are rude to each other?! He felt suffocated, and his mom and sister basically got the short end of the stick there.

He shot his sister, and when she started freaking out because it hadn't killed her yet he shot her in the head to make sure she was dead.

axjones
axjones

The pressure of perfection you talked about explained the "suffocation" to me. I fear under such pressure a boy's character could be already murdered. When we talk about bodily mortality we often overlook those that destroy a humanly spirit. Such destruction could cause more pain than one can do to a physical being. I was worried about homeschooling in here coz it was mentioned the mother was a school professional herself. Schooling as a profession is very different to the needs a kid should get from his parents. That's why lots of professional educators have problem with their children if they bring the professional schooling back to home. They may produce perfect children by all means, who could meantime also be largely ignored of the normal mental needs other parents would provide to their children.

rubberjunkie
rubberjunkie

 I think what got me was that they asked him if he was sure they were dead, but why did they take his word? What if, in that 20+ minutes, one of them could have been saved?  I'm not saying that is how it was, but they didn't know.  Why didn't they treat it as any other emergency call with the potential to save someone?

concerned_democrat
concerned_democrat

 Kick< I agree with you. And I can see from the reply below, that the excuse makers have already come out. had this been just another killing in the inner city, this wouldn't even be news. But, here we have a nice suburban white family, where the son cold bloodily murdered his sister and mother and so the excuses come out. Watch for more of this equivocation as the days unfold.

Luca Noro
Luca Noro

You have a pretty shallow view on human behaviour. Brian Hamel is (to the best of my judgement) correct. That doesn't excuse the act, and it doesn't entail that the act somehow wasn't horrible, and that he isn't as responsible as any for what he did. But it is clear that he isn't cold and callous in the way you are implying. Sure, the act is brutal and morally wrong, and anyone doing such a deed can in some way be described in devaluative terms. But to be fair, there is still a difference between people. And we would like to be able to point out differences between killers and wrongdoers, even if the material deed is the same.  The boy is clearly in shock. He probably didn't have any good reason to kill them (in my opinion you can never have sufficiently good reason to kill a non lethal agressor), but that doesn't mean he is unhuman or can't be made sense of. I bet you support capital punishment, liberal weapon laws and stuff like that. I am just guessing now. But if you do, I just want to explain to you why the above doesn't make sense to you: it makes sense.

dcooper544
dcooper544

@rubberjunkie I'm with you. He MURDERED his mother and sister(who was only 15!). I feel for the rest of his family, not him. I feel for the victims, especially the daughter. She didn't even get to live her life, it was just ripped out from under her by her psychopathic brother.

rubberjunkie
rubberjunkie

 Are you serious? He damned himself when he cold-bloodily killed two human beings--a murder he premeditated.  I'm sick of kids not having to deal with the consequences of their actions. One consequence for him is having people think he is a cold-blooded killer. Which he is.  And what I would love to know is how you would react if he had come into *your* home and killed your child/parent/sibling/spouse?  He didn't, but he killed someone's mother and wife and daughter and sister.

Takumi Fujiwara
Takumi Fujiwara

I don't see what this story has to do with Muslims, Islam, America, Americans, or any of you soapboxers. It's just a mentally disturbed kid who made a really really bad decision. 

Razor Man
Razor Man

It WAS treated as an emergency, but in the course of gathering information all this info is repeatedly asked and relayed to the teams on their way.

Jules
Jules

Actually killing your family members  is incredibly rare no matter where you are from. Even for black people.