A teenager who was inspired to kill his sister and mother after watching horror movie Halloween has written a four-page confession about why he did it.
Jake Evans, 17, shot his sister Mallory and mother Jami on October 3 in their upscale home in Aledo, Texas.
The lengthy, handwritten confession was released Thursday during his trial. It explains in detail his thoughts and actions in the hours before and during the murder.
Evans was not known to have any mental illness at the time, but he said after the shooting he was in such shock by his actions that he ran to his room and "screamed at the top of [his] lungs," and thought that he was "really messed up."
Earlier that week, he had watched Halloween three times and was amazed by the way the main character kills people without feeling remorse. He thought that it would be "the same for when [he] kill[s] someone."
He had plans to kill more members of his family, like his grandparents and older sister, but didn't.
In the letter, he explained his original plan.
"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.
His father and other sister were out of town during the shooting.
He said he decided to kill his sister Mallory, 15, when she made a racist comment. He felt that his family were becoming people he despised.
"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.
That day, he had played golf, ran errands with his grandmother and watched TV. He then put a knife in his pocked and thought he would kill Mallory with it.
But then he realized that a knife would cause them more pain, so he decided to steal a gun from his grandfather and kill them with that instead.
"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 said he went to Mallory's bedroom door and asked her to watch The Waterboy with him. Then he excused himself to go into the art room. He imagined killing her, and 30 minutes later came back with the knife in his pocket.
"I sat for about 5 minutes and then playfully threw a pillow at Mallory. We started having a pillow fight in the room."
Then he thought to himself that if he were going to kill them, he wouldn't want them to feel anything.
So he took his grandfather's .22 revolver and shot Mallory and his mother Jami.
He shot Mallory after telling her that his mother wanted to talk to her. Once she left her room, he fired at her and she rolled down the stairs. He then shot her again.
Then, he says, he went downstairs to shoot his mom "maybe three or four times."
After the shooting, he went to his room to scream and thought he was "really messed up" for killing his mom and sister.
"As I emptied the shells on my bed, I heard noises 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 placed the gun on the counter and called 911.
Finishing up the 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."