Jake Evans' Chilling Words After Unapologetically Murdering His Mom And Sister

Twisted, frigid composure. Unapologetic psychopathy that hardly registers the depth and weight of any authentic emotion. Pure, unadulterated cruelty that discards any semblance of mercy. There are a million ways to describe the psyche of a killer, and there is certainly no shortage of examples to pull from in the colossal blood pool of true crime. People kill. That's the stark fact of the matter. But when they elect to kill each other, we can't help but wonder why. Is there some sort of undetectable catalyst that lurks within the dark recesses of a murderer's being, only revealing itself once its malice and predation has been unleashed upon the world? Is the ultimate taking of innocent lives inevitable, and is it enough to inspire guilt?

Sometimes, remorse overtakes the perpetrator and a hint of humanity bleeds through their diabolical surface. Other times, the person solemnly vows that they would do it all over again if given the chance. It's a chaotic spectrum of cause, effect, reaction, and reflection that experts still vigorously study with painstaking scrutiny. In the case of Jake Evans, the 17-year-old Texan who murdered his mother and sister in October of 2012, it's tough to say exactly what his real internal reaction to his own crimes looked like. However, he willingly described his feelings with a puzzling essence of nonchalance that passively shocked bystanders. According to ABC News, Evans summarized his emotions to the 911 operator he willingly contacted after the fact as simply "weird."  

The night Jake Evans killed his mother and sister

After the night of the killing, Jake Evans admitted to authorities that he originally planned to kill several of his family members. His fascination with murder had become overwhelming within his mind, and eventually, he couldn't keep himself from trying it himself (via Teen Killers). On the night of October 4, 2012, Evans reached for the .22 caliber pistol he'd stolen from his grandfather and stepped into the upstairs hallway of his home. He then called for his 15-year-old sister, Mallory Evans, telling her that their mother wished to see her. 

Once face to face with her, he shot her point-blank. She fell down the stairs and crashed to the floor below. He followed her down and, after watching her struggle for a moment, planted three more bullets into her head. "I was telling her that I'm sorry but to just hold still — that, you know, I was just going to make it go away," Evans told the 911 operator after the fact (per ABC News).

He then turned the firearm on his mother, Jami Evans, who was the only other family member home at the time (his father and two older sisters were elsewhere), and shot her four times in the head. He then picked up the telephone and called the police to inform them of what he had done. They arrived shortly thereafter and arrested him in front of the house. He presented authorities with no resistance (via ABC News).

Jake Evans said he felt 'weird' about the killings

"It's weird. I wasn't even really angry with them. It just kind of happened. I've been kind of planning on killing for a while now," Jake Evans told the operator on the other end of the line. He certainly wasted no time in coming clean, dialing 911 just minutes after brutally slaying his mother and sister. "I just thought it would be quick, you know? I didn't want them to feel any pain." 

Friends, peers, and other members of the community that knew the Evans family claimed that Jake's actions could have never been forecasted or prepared for. He was, according to them, a kind and caring young man whose demeanor never reflected malice or violent dispositions (via ABC News). 

Being a year shy of 18 at the time, Jake Evans was not eligible for capital punishment or life imprisonment under Texas law or the U.S Supreme Court. However, after a lengthy trial that recounted the details of the night and weighed Evans' mental and emotional state against his actions, he was delivered a 45-year prison sentence without the possibility of parole, as Weatherford Democrat reports. Much has been said about Jake Evans and the atrocities he chose to carry out on that awful night in 2012. After examining his case, Dr. Laurence Steinberg proclaimed that Evans exhibited blatant signs of psychopathy and unemotional tendencies, though the only description the boy himself could summon was "weird" (per ABC News).