” At 3:50 AM on Monday, April 18, 2016, surveillance footage captured an anonymous individual breaking into the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Texas and crawling through the closed building.
Dressed in head-to-toe, faux SWAT gear, the supposed thief continued to roam throughout the halls. He or she carried a hammer in their left hand. The anonymous individual “clad in tactical gear, wearing a black helmet, and vest with ‘POLICE’ on it” appeared in incredible contrast to the humble community church surroundings.
Who Was He?
Walking through the vacant church in a disturbingly-casual way, the unidentified individual opened doors, checked locks, and nonchalantly broke the occasional window. Authorities estimate that this individual is between 5’2″ and 5’7″ tall, but the intruder’s identity, and even gender, is hopelessly obscured.
Surveillance video from that morning also shows 45-year-old, fitness instructor and mum of three, Terri “Missy” Bevers, reaching at and entering the church around 4:20 AM. Missy had reached early to set up for a 5:00 AM exercise class which she instructed. In the video, the burglar is seen quickly before Missy arrives in but then vanishes off-screen. Nonetheless, Missy and the masked individual will, unfortunately, cross paths that morning in the darkened church.
At 5:06 AM, one of Missy’s students frantically called 911 after finding out that she had been brutally attacking. Described as unresponsive and having “puncture wounds to her head and chest,” the gorgeous fitness coach had been bludgeoned to death.
Authorities shortly released references to “ongoing financial and marital struggle” within the Bevers household. Search warrants disclosed police allegations of “flirtatious and familiar” messages sent between Missy and an anonymous individual.
The public opinion concentrated severely upon Missy’s husband and his family. Nonetheless, after almost a year of investigation, no arrests have been made. Police have emphasized that Missy’s family is not a “focus of the investigation,” and that they are now assessing her killing as “an untargeted type of hit.”
Police Tactical Gear
The information disclosed to the public has ultimately served to generate more questions than answers. Why was the attacker dressed in POLICE tactical gear? Why such a particular, all-out disguise for a 3 AM prowler? Was he or she familiar with the surveillance cameras? Was he or she there to murder Missy? And, what does the video show about the unknown attacker?
WHO killed Missy Bevers
Most importantly, WHO killed Missy Bevers and why? Did the killer break in to harm Missy specifically? Or were they just there to burgle the church? Did the murderer have private awareness of Missy’s schedule? Could social media have given important details to the killer?
Nonetheless, police, and the general community at large, have all also made special note of the fact that the attacker displays a “distinctive walk.” In one released affidavit, police even described the gait as “caused by an injury to his or her right leg or foot.” Some observers have inferred that the individual was wearing boots deliberately sized “too big, as they look odd.”
The anonymous person is first shown walking out into a dim hallway. The intruder slowly walks further out of the camera’s view, dragging their right hand (or something in their right hand) down the wall. Significantly, the individual does not appear to expend any significant amount of time checking or listening to potential employees or other people.
The camera then cuts to another view where the masked person is shown confidently opening a door. He or she steps behind the door, vanishes, and then returns to view after a bit. At this point, something, resembling either a hammer or a mallet, can be more clearly seen in the person’s right hand. The person then tries to open a different, locked door. He or she coolly continues to concentrate on working the door open, using tools generated from their tactical gear. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, the individual reorganizes items in their tactical wear (taking their sweet time in doing so), and then calmly walks off.
Now, observably carrying the hammer/mallet in their left hand, the masked attacker opens the lower, and then upper, portions of a set of dutch doors, leaving them widely spread. He or she walks inside the door frame for a split moment, and then, instantly resumes walking down the hall. After a bit, the assailant turns back towards the camera and enters a recessed region. Video then shows the person nonchalantly swinging the hammer/mallet a few times at something, probably a door or window off-screen.
Police also released parking lot footage “from SWFA Outdoors… a couple of hours before Missy Bevers’ murder.” The video exhibits a light-colored Nissan Altima circling the lot and, at one point, turning its headlights off and on. Authorities assumed after an investigation that, though the intruder was initially suspected of being a petty thief, “nothing from the church seems missing.” The suspect appears to have utilized “a pry bar to smash a window and enter through a side door.”Initially, Missy’s husband, Brandon Bevers, did not “believe his wife knew her killer.” Nonetheless, after further investigation, by May 2016, Brandon was adamant that Missy’s demise was not the result of crossing paths with a random burglar.
Brandon publicly declared the following in an interview with People Magazine: “I still think whoever this individual knew my wife and had a motive…. There’s no doubt about it.” In one news report, a Fort Worth professor and former police chief also commented: “There has to be some connection between her demise and people in her past. This person aimed at to do exactly what they did – when they did it – and whom they did it too.”
The murder certainly seems to have been more targeted than random and, in large part, due to the chilling surveillance video. Nonetheless, authorities have been adamant that none of the “several family members, friends, and coworkers” named in search warrants “are suspects in the case.”
After an unfortunate weather report for the morning of April 18, Missy, like any good fitness coach, posted an upbeat and passionate comment to students on her social media: “If it’s raining we’re still training.”
Unfortunately, her extensive social media presence has also led some to challenge the danger in “[sharing] information and [not realizing] the likely consequences.” According to news reports, Missy had “hundreds of Facebook friends but left her posts on the popular social network open to the public — including more than 1,400 pictures and videos.” Could the attractive fitness instructor’s posts have made her vulnerable?
Search warrants detail that Missy had shown a friend “creepy and strange” LinkedIn messages “from a man neither of them knew” only “three days prior” to her killing. Authorities also mentioned in an affidavit that Missy had shared LinkedIn messages with an anonymous acquaintance. The messages were interpreted as “flirtatious and familiar.” In these publicly-released documents, authorities also mentioned “intimate” messages and phone records that indicated “intimate/personal relationship(s) external to the marriage.”
Allegations regarding marital problems and potential affairs have led many to publicly believe about the potential involvement of Missy’s husband of 20 years, Brandon, and his family. In particular, numerous people have pointed out that Brandon’s dad, Randy Bevers, has a similar posture and gait to the suspect in the surveillance video.”
My inkling is that the father-in-law, Randy, is involved somehow, someway.
- The gait of the murderer is extremely distinct. Granted there are ways to make someone’s walk look funny (ex: too big of shoes, etc.), but the fact that it is SO SIMILAR to Missy’s father-in-law is crazy. It is nearly identical.
- Randy brings a WOMEN’S BLOOD STAIND SHIRT to get cleaned days after her killing. The police were then reached saying that it seemed someone had attempted to get rid of the blood before bringing it to the dry cleaners. He stated it was from a dog fight. Has anyone noticed how SMALL his dog is?????
- Missy is an avid social media poster. In a time where we are always posting and tagging our location, it would be easy to discover where she was going to be at any given time. Seems to me like she was targeted.
- There was talk of an extramarital type involvement. I’m not confident if her husband/Randy, his father, knew, but if so, that’s a big factor.
- Maybe it’s just me, but I got the sense that the murderer was killing time (no pun intended) until she reached. He/she is casually walking throughout the church, slowly opening the doors, almost like he/she’s taking their time while also looking for something (Missy).
- I feel like the car was overlooked? Some car just happens to be always circling this specific church parking lot HOURS before her killing, turning their headlights on and off? I don’t think so. Seems suspicious and odd timing if you ask me…
What are your thoughts?