US teen tells how he killed his mother and sister after Halloween movie inspired him to murder his family

  • Jake Evans, 17, wrote a chilling four-page confession describing in detail the night of the killing
  • Said he watched Halloween movie three times that week and stole his grandpa's gun
  • He said his family were turning into 'people he hates' and his sister was racist
  • Father and two other sisters were out of town at time of shooting

By Beth Stebner and Rachel Quigley

PUBLISHED: 14:54 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 19:15 GMT, 25 January 2013



Confessed: Jake Evans, 17, wrote a four-page confession detailing his thoughts and actions on the night of the murders

A 17-year-old boy who shot his sister and mother said that watching horror movie Halloween gave him the idea because he was 'amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had'.

Jake Evans' disturbing four-pageconfessionwas released yesterday during his trial for the October 3 shooting deaths of his sister Mallory and mother Jami in their upscale home in a gated community of Aledo, Texas.

The chilling confession spells out in intricate, matter-of-fact detail the thoughts and actions of the 17-year-old in the hours leading up to and during the inexplicable slaying of his two family members.

Though Evans is not known to have been suffering from any mental illness at the time, he writes that after the shooting, 'in shock I ran into my room and screamed at the top of my lungs that I am really messed up and that I killed my mom and sister'.

He heard noises and realized his sister was still alive.

'As I emptied the shells on my bed, I heard noizes (sic) and realized that Mallory was still alive.

'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.'

Evans said he had watched the Rob Zombie remake of Halloween three times earlier that week and felt it would be 'the same for me when I kill someone'. 

The 2007 film is about a ten-year-old boy who murders several people and kills a number of others 15 years later.

Evans said he also had planned to kill his grandparents at their home across the street and his oldest sister who was there, as well as another older sister who was home from college, according to the statement.

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Evidence: Jake Evans' disturbing four-page confession was released yesterday during his trial for the October 3 shooting deaths of his sister Mallory, center, and mother Jami, right, in their upscale home in a gated community of Aledo, Texas



Horror movie: Jake Evans said he was inspired to kill his sister and mother after watching the ease at which Michael Myers murdered in the 2007 Halloween remake


The handwritten confession: Jake Evans describes how watching the 2007 remake of Halloween made him think he could kill his family with ease

'My plan was to kill my sister and my mom at my house and then go over to my grandparents and kill my oldest sister Emily and my two grandparents,' Evans wrote.

Authorities have said his father was out of town at the time.



Halloween is a 2007 American slasher film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie.

The film is a remake of the 1978 horror film of the same name, the first in the rebooted Halloween film series.

Rob Zombie's 'reimagining' follows the premise of the original, with Michael Myers stalking Laurie Strode and her friends on Halloween night. But the remake goes deeper into the character's psyche, trying to answer the question of what drove him to kill people.

The plot: On Halloween in Haddonfield, Illinois, having already shown signs of psychopathic tendencies, ten-year-old Michael Myers murders a school bully named Wesley. Later that night, Michael murders his older sister Judith, his mother’s boyfriend Ronnie , and Judith's boyfriend Steve.

He is then sent to a mental institution and is treated by a child psychologist but escapes 15 years later and returns to his childhood home to get his knife and his mask and continues on a killing spree.

Evans, who was home schooled, said he argued with his 15-year-old sister, Mallory, that day after she made a racist comment, and he felt his family were becoming people he hated.

'The people who are racists, bullies, and who are full of themselves are the really evil ones. And it amazes me because those three qualities are extremely common today.

'I was very sad because I felt like my own family were becoming the people I hate', he wrote.

After hitting golf balls, running errands with his grandmother and watching television at home, Evans put a knife in his pocket and thought about killing Mallory, according to the statement.

But he decided to kill his mother and younger sister with a gun stolen from his grandfather so they wouldn’t feel pain, he wrote.

'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,' he wrote.

'Thoughts of causing her pain kept entering my mind and were really bothering me,' he wrote. 'But then I'd think about the times she hurt my feelings or really pissed me off.'

Evans then reveals he went to his sister's bedroom door and asked her to watch The Waterboy with him. But he later excused himself and went into the art room. There, he imagined killing Mallory again, he told investigators.

After about 30 minutes he came back with the knife in his pocket and thought about killing her.

'I sat for about 5 minutes and then playfully threw a pillow at Mallory,' he wrote. 'We started having a pillow fight in the room.

'After a while I thought to myself that if I were going to kill my mom and Mallory, I wouldn't want them to feel anything.

So I decided to kill them both with the .22 revolver I stole from my Grandpa.'

Evans shot Mallory and then his mother, Jami, with the .22calibre but went back and shot his sister again after realizing she was alive, according to the statement.

He also shot his mother again to make sure she was dead, he wrote.

But he said after shooting his mother and sister: 'I know now though that I’m done with killing. It’s the most dreadful and terrifying thing I will ever experience. And what happened last night will haunt me forever.'

At the time of the slayings, the 911 call was released in which Evans can be heard calmly explaining to the dispatcher what he did and why he did it.

He told her: ‘This is going to 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(stairs) and I shot my mom maybe three or four times.’

In his confession, he describes the thoughts that went through his head as he realized what he had just done.


'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,' he wrote.

'As I emptied the shells on my bed, I heard noizes (sic) and realized that Mallory was still alive.

'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.'

He said he placed the gun on the counter and called 911.

Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of his mother and sister and arrested him.

In the last lines of his confession, he wrote: 'I know now though that I'm done with killing. It's the most dreadful and terrifying thing I will ever experience. And what happened last night will haunt me forever.'


Evans is in court this week for the October 3 murders: The judge ruled the four-page confession would be open to the public


Horrific: Jake, right,said he shot dead his 15-year-old sister, Mallory, left, as she left her room, and continued shooting her as she fell down the stairs



High-end: The family lived in this expansive $500,000 home within an upscale gated community in Aledo


Cold-blooded murders: The moment he killed his mom and sister is described in disturbing detail


Evans' lawyer Larry Moore objected to the confession being released to the public as it would likely influence jurors in this already highly-publicized case.

Teacher: His mother Jamie Evans, 48, who worked as an assistant principal for 15 years, was also killed

'The problem is the 911 tape -- anybody in America can punch a button on the computer and hear it. Anybody in America can now punch a computer and see the statement,' he said.

'They may or may not get into evidence at the time of the trial, but you certainly don't want the jurors seeing stuff like that before you ever get a chance to talk to them or impanel them or tell them you don't consider stuff like that until you see it at the time it's introduced.

Evans was arrested at his home and taken into custody, and was later charged with capital murder.

Police said he was waiting outside the $500,000 house with his hands above his head.He is being held on $750,000 bond.

Aledo Independent School District Superintendent Stan Manning told KHOU in Houston that both Jake and Mallory withdrew from their respective schools to be home schooled.

Jake abruptly withdrew from Aledo High School at the beginning of the year, and Mallory began home schooling in January of 2010.

His mother Jamie had worked for the district for years and served as an assistant principal and first grade teacher until she left in 2004.

According to NBC DFW, Evans’ father was in Washington, D.C. on business. Sheriff Larry Fowler told KHOU that the family’s two other daughters no longer live at the house.


Life changing: Jake admits in his confession that the moment he shot his sister and mother will haunt him forever


Big brother: Jake, 17, and Mallory, 15, were both home schooled by their mother, who once taught elementary school



Family ties: Jamie Evans, left, and Mallory, centre right, were both killed; the two other daughters and Jamie's husband were not in the house at the time of the murders


Spared: Jake's father was out of town when he shot and killed his mother Jami, left

After rejecting her offer to watch a movie with his sister, Evans said, he went downstairs and retrieved his dad's knife. He returned upstairs and began pacing, imagining killing his little sister, he wrote.

'Thoughts of causing her pain kept entering my mind and were really bothering me,' he wrote. 'But then I'd think about the times she hurt my feelings or really pissed me off.'

They then had a pillow fight before he went to get his grandfather's gun to shoot her.

One neighbour who asked that her name be withheld told the Dallas Morning News that the family were devout Christians and were always very kind.

Jake Evans was described as a quiet teenager who stayed out of trouble. 


Happy times: Jake Evans, third from right, with his whole family and his sister's boyfriend, second from left. He shot his mother Jami, far right, and sister Mallory, second from right


911 Dispatch: Parker County 911, where is your emergency?

Jake Evans: Uh, my house.

911: What’s the emergency?

Evans: Uh, I just killed my mom and my sister.

911: What? How did you do that?

Evans: Uh, I shot them with a .22 revolver.

911: Are you sure they’re dead?

Evans: They’re dead.

911: Okay, I want you to stay on the phone with me. Are you alright?

Evans: Yeah, I’m alright. (The gun) is on the kitchen counter.

911: Jake, are you on any medication?

Evans: Uh, no. I’ve been going to the allergist, I’m on allergy medication. Other than Zyrtec and Advil and Pseudoephedrine, I don’t take anything else.

911: Is there any reason that you were so angry at your mother and your sister?

Evans: I don’t know. … It’s weird. I wasn’t even really angry with them. It just kind of happened. I’ve been kind of, uh, planning on, uh, killing for a while now.

911: The two of ‘em, or just anybody?

Evans: Pretty much anybody.

911: Why?

Evans: I don’t know. I don’t really like, uh, people’s, uh, attitude. … I think it’s kind of, very, like, you know, emotional. They’re verbally rude to each other and stuff like that. I don’t know. It’s just my family is just kind of really I guess this is really selfish to say, but I felt they were just suffocating me in a way. I don’t know, I’m pretty, I guess, evil…Whatever, I’m sorry.

911: Were your mom and sister in their beds?

Evans: 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.

911: Are you in the kitchen?

Evans: Yes.

911: Where’s your dad?

Evans: He’s out of town. Washington, D.C. And, uh, I guess for future reference, I don’t really want to see any of my family members, like visiting or whatever. I just don’t want any type of visitors.

911: You don’t want to hurt yourself, do you?

Evans: Just to let you know, I hate the feeling of killing someone. (Sighs) I’m going to be messed up.

911: You just take a deep breath. We have deputies coming, and they’re going to help you. Just to let you know, we’re going to help you, we’re not going to hurt you.

Evans: I understand if ya’ll want to.

911: No, we’re there to help you, Jake. Everybody thinks we want to do bad things, but right or wrong, we want to help people, and we’re gonna help you. Do you understand that, Jake?

Evans: Yes.

911: Is it a gated community? Is there a gate?

Evans: Uh, yes. You want the password? (He gives her the password)

911: It’s going to be alright, it really is. They’ll be there shortly, won’t be long now. Jake, would you mind turning any of the porch lights on?

Evans: I have turned the front lights on. (pauses) I was thinking of my sister. She was 15.

911: How long ago did (the shootings) happen?

Evans: About, uh, 30 minutes ago. (breathes heavily)

911: You’ll be alright, Jake.

Evans: I’m really worried about, like, nightmares and stuff like that. Are there any times of medications, and stuff?

911: Well, I think there is. I don’t know, I’m not a doctor but … I’m sure your family will get you the support you need.

Evans: 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.

911: You don’t sound like a violent person. But um, help will be provided for you. Medical and psychological. That will be provided, so you don’t have to worry about that right now. Take deep breaths for me now, you’re doing fine. In through your nose, and out through your mouth so you don’t hyperventilate, okay?

Evans: (breathing)

911: Good, you sound a lot calmer right now.

Evans: I didn’t want them to feel pain, that’s why I used a gun, but it’s like everything went wrong.

911: Jake, my officers are almost there, would you be willing to walk out on your own?

Evans: Um, yes, I forgot to say before I called, I put the gun on the counter, it’s still loaded.

911: Okay, that’s fine. I’ll stay on the phone until it’s time for you to walk out. Are you on your home phone? Is it cordless?

Evans: Yes.

911: Jake, what I want you do to is walk outside, but when you’re walking outside, stay visible, don’t walk behind any furniture. When you open the front door, put your hands up in the air, just walk very slowly, and walk outside, and keep your hands visible, alright, sweetie? I’ll talk to you later.

Evans: Thank you (puts phone down)

911: You’re welcome.


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Ugh, like it was the film's fault. This boy had problems to begin with. If you had only shown him Disney films, he'd have had a Jaffar complex after he watched Aladdin. This is not an entertainment issue, it's a pre existing mental health problem. Besides, after the Video Nasties were outlawed in the 80's, crime still increased. Society need to stop using scapegoats and focus on the real problems which lead to attrocious crimes like this!

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This is one seriously de-ranged boy and again an un-locked away firearm has played a deadly part. I know the American facination with guns but isn't there even a law which states they should be under secure lock & key when in the house. He stole this one from his grandfather who appears not to have known it was missing and as a result a whole bunch of lives have been wrecked.

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Any Psychotropic drugs involved?

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Why do parents allow their children to watch such psychotic movie or video games?

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this is clearly an example of drug induced homicide.some of this fst genertion anti histaminics do gve rise to some odd feelings and impulses.i guess he needed some strict surveillence regarding his drug level in his serum clearly it exceeded the normal therapeutic level.had he been interrro0gted regardng these odd feelings during his routine check ups wth the allergist this wudnt have happened..

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I hate to make excuses for this guy but could his asthma medication have caused him to act in this brutal way. I suffer from asthma and when I was on large doses of cortisone it made me terribly aggressive and once I never took the drug I became normal relaxed again.

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Deserves the electic chair

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We actually share the planet with this?

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I've heard the recording of the phonecall, and not that I condone what he did, but it is actually quite heartbreaking. He just sounded confused and genuinely scared and sorry, almost felt sorry for him.

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The thing that needs to be done is give him a brain scan. This is NOT normal behaviour even by serial killer standards.

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