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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

"I am pretty, I guess, evil ... whatever"

I'm not sure what bothers me the most about this shocking crime - the senselessness of it, or the vapid moral vacuum that is the 17 year old killer.

Last week, Texas teenager Jake Evans killed his mother and sister for no apparent reason. The family lives in an exclusive gated community near Dallas, and his parents are both middle-class professionals. He was homeschooled and had never been in trouble with the law before. When he was arrested, Evans' mumbled attempts to explain his crime betray a moral bankruptcy that I'm afraid is not uncommon in young people:
Jake Evans, 17, called 911 to say that he shot and killed his mother and sister with a .22 revolver in the family's Aledo, Texas, home.

"I am pretty, I guess, evil...whatever," he told the police dispatcher, during the 911 call around 12:30 a.m. on Friday. When asked why he killed his mother Jamie, 48, and sister Mallory, 15, Jake explained that he was not even particularly mad at them. "I don't know…it's weird," Jake said. "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."

But he did eventually stumble through a confused explanation of his motive. "I don't really like people's attitude (sic). They're … verbally rude to each other and stuff like that," the homeschooled teenager said.

Jake was concerned that thoughts of the murders might torment him and asked the dispatcher if she knew of any medications that might help, reported The Dallas Morning News. "I'm really worried about, like, nightmares and stuff like that," he said. "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."
I can think of a dozen teenagers who fit this kid's description: inarticulate, bored, and above all lacking any moral compass whatsoever. Think about that next time you drive by your local high school.


Anonymous said...

The story mentions he was homeschooled twice.

Yes, we as journalists had better hammer home how fucked up those home schooled kids are with their weird fundamentalist Christian parents. What? These parents weren't fundamentalist Christians? Oh well who cares? Same shit different pile.

I mean really, if they had been in a well run, public school with nice politically correct, left wing unionized teachers this never would have happened.

Anonymous said...

FYI he was in public school untill Jan 2012