by John W. Taylor
On April 18, 2016, surveillance video from the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Texas captured a person breaking into the church. It was 3:50 a.m. For the subsequent 25 to 30 minutes the perpetrator roamed across the church in what gave the impression to be a tactical, police-like uniform, together with a helmet. At 4:16 a.m., 45-year-old Terry “Missy” Bevers pulled into the church’s car parking zone for her 5:00 a.m. health class. The primary scholar arrived at 4:35 a.m. however waited till 5:00 a.m. to enter the church. A couple of minutes later, college students known as 9-1-1 after discovering Missy bludgeoned to loss of life contained in the church’s important entrance.
Missy was a spouse and mom of three. She was additionally an teacher for “Camp Gladiator,” an intense four-week coaching course that pushes members exterior their bodily consolation zone. Missy offered help and encouragement to these prepared to wake-up hours earlier than an appropriate time. She additionally walked the stroll. Missy was not solely match, however extremely sturdy. Displaying her dedication to her psychical routine, on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 7:55 p.m., the day earlier than her homicide, Missy posted on Fb: “If it’s raining, we’re nonetheless coaching…No Excuses…You might be Gladiators!” referencing the coaching session the subsequent morning. She additionally posted the precise time and site of the coaching session on Fb: 5:00 a.m., Creekside Church of Christ.
The church’s video safety system captured the perpetrator eerily lurking all through the constructing. The person was wearing darkish police tactical clothes, together with a helmet that obscured the person’s face. Consequently, it’s tough to discern a lot concerning the particular person’s look, together with even figuring out the individual’s gender (For simplicity, the perpetrator will probably be known as male). The perpetrator gave the impression to be carrying both a claw hammer or mallet. Whereas contained in the church, he opened doorways, broke home windows, and gave the impression to be looking for one thing. Based on police estimates, the person is between 5’2” and 5’7” tall.
Within the safety footage, the person appeared to be giving the looks of in search of one thing somewhat than really in search of objects. The perpetrator walked right into a room after which again out seconds later, which stored the assailant from adequately looking the room. Lots of his actions appeared random and with out objective, as if he wished to provide the looks to police and church workers that somebody burglarized or vandalized the constructing somewhat than really partaking in these actions. The perpetrator took nothing of worth nor made any actual try to search out something of worth.
With Missy’s homicide occurring minutes after the perpetrator’s arrival, the intruder almost certainly wished the authorities to suppose Missy’s homicide was random. She was within the flawed place on the flawed time. Since nothing was taken, we should assume theft was not the target. If the intruder deliberate the homicide and related cover-up, then he possible methodically orchestrated these actions forward of time. When a perpetrator engages in misleading actions, it takes time and focus away from the precise crime. It’s also deliberate. A stranger or random felony would haven’t any must deceive legislation enforcement. Solely an individual who legislation enforcement would possible suspect would have the motivation to divert police in an alternate path.
The actual fact the perpetrator hid his identification whereas contained in the church possible means he knew there have been cameras within the church. If he was unaware of the cameras, he wouldn’t have wanted to place his helmet on till near the time Missy arrived. Additional, he possible knew Missy can be alone and he deliberate to kill her; due to this fact, it was somewhat immaterial if she noticed him or not. The helmet prevented the safety cameras from displaying his face and even hair. With a deliberate murderous act, darkish garments can be anticipated, however not garments that impersonated a police officer. Just like the helmet, the police outfit was almost certainly a part of a canopy. The uniform served no objective throughout the church. Nevertheless, the perpetrator’s car was by no means (formally) recognized by police, per information stories. If the intruder drove a automobile (or was pushed) into the church’s car parking zone, it could have been detected by the outside surveillance cameras. One risk is that the perpetrator rode a bike to the church. Although the outfit gave the impression to be that of a tactical police uniform, it additionally appeared like an outfit one would put on when driving a bike, sans the “police” insignia. The perpetrator may have worn that outfit to and from the crime scene with out drawing consideration to himself. The police insignia on his again may have been used to probably mitigate the probability a police officer would pull him over. The perpetrator could have believed if a police officer pulled up behind him, he would have assumed the motorcyclist was legislation enforcement on his solution to or from a shift.
On the video, the perpetrator drug his proper foot and walked together with his ft pointing outward. He demonstrated a particular gait. He gave the impression to be obese, although the tactical disguise may have been padded to provide the looks of a heavier individual. The person moved in a sluggish and deliberate vogue just like that of an older individual or somebody affected by an harm or persistent situation. The perpetrator could have tried to pretend a limp or another mannerism as additional concealment, but when he had, there would have been instances on the surveillance tape the place his true gait materialized. The intruder’s actions appeared constant, which signifies he was almost certainly not trying to hide his gait.
The perpetrator didn’t shoot Missy, which might have been the best and environment friendly technique of killing her. The church just isn’t positioned in a closely populated space; due to this fact, a gunshot would have almost certainly gone unheard. The killer selected to homicide Missy in a brutal and painful vogue. The style through which this crime was carried out appears to point the killer knew Missy properly and wished her to undergo. He wished to inflict severe bodily hurt to her, somewhat than simply systematically terminate her existence.
The killer selected to assault Missy from contained in the church. This was additionally a deliberate choice. There was no efficient place to cover or conceal one’s presence in shut proximity to the primary entrance. Missy almost certainly would have seen the perpetrator coming towards her exterior the church. This could have prevented the assailant from having the benefit of shock. Missy additionally would have been a formidable opponent and catching her off-guard would have considerably elevated the possibilities of success. With Missy’s stellar bodily conditioning, in open house, she may have simply escaped by operating. By attacking her contained in the church, the perpetrator offered himself with the tactical benefit of shock, and it prevented Missy from having the ability to simply escape.
The perpetrator’s outfit could have been designed in a way to distort his bodily dimensions, however almost certainly, the outfit was designed to boost his potential to efficiently brutalize and kill Missy. He wanted to keep away from putting too many layers of clothes or different objects on his individual, which may have impeded his potential to assault Missy. He possible wore the helmet and protecting put on about his physique to guard himself from a possible counterattack from Missy.
Exterior cameras at a close-by SWFA Open air looking and fishing retailer captured a automobile of their car parking zone for about six minutes round 2:00 a.m. on the morning of April 18, 2016. It’s believed to be a white or silver 2010 to 2012 Nissan Ultima with an oval sticker on the again bumper. At instances, the automobile’s lights had been off. Police indicated that they don’t imagine the automobile is linked to Missy’s homicide, however they wish to discuss to the motive force as he/she could have seen one thing or somebody. The timing of the Nissan within the car parking zone doesn’t line-up with the instances the perpetrator entered or possible exited the Creekside Church. Nevertheless, SWFA is just a half mile from the church. Additional, a automobile sitting within the car parking zone of a closed retailer in the midst of the evening is uncommon. With the publicity surrounding Missy’s homicide, the very fact the motive force has not come ahead is note-worthy. It’s potential the individual is unaware the police are in search of him, nevertheless it’s additionally potential the person was both concerned in some unrelated nefarious exercise or is linked to Missy’s homicide. Both method, the automobile’s proximity and timing is shut sufficient for it to warrant severe legislation enforcement consideration.
Based on police-provided data, Missy and her husband, Brandon Bevers, had marital issues and monetary points. Within the context of a homicide, any subject inside a wedding could be amplified and seem like motive. Sadly, all relationships endure issues, however a overwhelming majority of them don’t finish in homicide. Throughout an interview, Brandon acknowledged that he and Missy skilled issues, however he indicated that they had been coping with their issues. Legislation enforcement ought to all the time look intently on the partner, however understand that since most marriages expertise issues, it shouldn’t be the deciding issue.
Based on stories, Brandon Bevers has a strong alibi. He was fishing in Mississippi on the time of the homicide, which police independently verified. There’s nothing to point her husband had any cause to hurt Missy. Many web sleuths recognized an analogous stroll and posture between Brandon’s father, Randy, and the individual within the church’s surveillance tape. Nevertheless, Randy was in California on the time of the homicide, although there are a lot of bodily similarities between Randy and the perpetrator. Police have indicated that nobody in Missy’s household, nor her associates, or co-workers is a suspect. Regardless, with a deliberate homicide, the perpetrator nearly undoubtedly knew Missy.
Based on Missy’s associates, she obtained a “creepy” message on LinkedIn from an unknown male, three days previous to her homicide. Police uncovered “acquainted and intimate” communications between Missy and male people who weren’t her husband. Mates described Missy as being extra involved and appearing as if somebody was following her or after her within the days previous to her homicide. This will likely have been extra apparent or suspicious in hindsight somewhat than in real-time, however any of those clues may result in the killer. This was a deliberate and deliberate act. Missy’s homicide was additionally fairly heinous, which leans extra towards somebody with vital anger towards her. The person liable for Missy’s homicide possible had an in depth relationship or perceived shut relationship along with her. Although a extra distant state of affairs, the perpetrator may have been a for-hire killer, regardless that the surveillance actions conveyed a person removed from skilled or skilled within the felony realm.
By definition, a “gladiator is an armed combatant who entertained audiences by partaking in violent confrontations.” Missy’s health coaching regiment concerned emulating workout routines and actions just like what would help a gladiator in ability enhancement and conditioning. Although Missy’s exercises had been designed to enhance her general well being, her perpetrator engaged in a real-life reenactment of those barbaric occasions, however possible just for his personal morbid leisure. Although premeditation could be solely seconds, Missy’s homicide was deliberate for days, if not weeks, upfront. This can be a harmful particular person. Missy’s marked change in demeanor within the days previous to her loss of life possible point out she was changing into conscious of the dangerousness of the person who entered her life. The perpetrator contacted her in some method – electronic mail, textual content, social media, or in individual. Her communications are the important thing to linking the killer to Missy. This particular person is probably going intently following media stories of this case and his obsession with Missy has most likely solely barely dissipated because of her loss of life.
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John W. Taylor writes within the true crime style at www.truecrimewriting.com. He has written brief items and articles on the loss of life of Marilyn Monroe, JFK, and Martin Luther King, Jr., amongst others. John wrote and revealed Umbrella of Suspicion: Investigating the Dying of JonBénet Ramsey and Remoted Incident: Investigating the Dying of Nancy Cooper in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
John is the host of the true crime podcast “Twisted,” which could be discovered at www.twistedpodcast.com. It’s out there by means of iTunes, Stitcher, and Libysn. He at present resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.