Closs Releases Chilling Details Murder-Kidnapping Case
The who admitting to the kidnapping of 13-year old Jayme Closs and brutally murder of her parents told a Minnesota television station he plans to plead guilty because he doesn’t want Closs and her surviving family members “to worry about a trial.”
According to Fox News, Jake Patterson, 21, of Gordon, was charged in January with two counts of homicide and one count of kidnapping. Even after Closs’ miraculous escape from three months of captivity and Patterson’s alleged confession to police, several elements of the story remain puzzling. In an attempt to solve some of the mysteries, KARE-TV reporter Lou Raguse wrote Patterson, who’s being held at Polk County Jail. Patterson responded in a handwritten letter, postmarked Feb. 28, with his replies numbered to correspond to Raguse’s questions.
“I can’t believe I did this,” he wrote. Later, Patterson added: “It was really stupid though looking back.”
Patterson insists he isn’t a serial killer or doesn’t have the mentality of one. His sick crime shook the nation as search efforts for Jayme went on for three months. Despite widespread searches, Jayme was not seen for 88 days. When a dog walker found her walking down a road about 70 miles from her home, she was without a coat and gloves in frigid weather.
She said she’d fled the home where she was being held, according to a criminal complaint released by the Barron County District Attorney.
While he was allegedly holding Jayme hostage, the letter says, the suspect followed news updates on the kidnapping on his phone but would change the channel if it appeared on television.
“Would tell Jayme, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t watch this.’ IDK (I Don’t Know) what she knew,” the letter says.
“The reason I did this is complicated,” Patterson wrote. “No one will believe or can even imagine how sorry I am for hurting Jayme this much. Can’t express it.”
Patterson wrote on the back of his letter: “I’m Sorry Jayme! For everything. I know it doesn’t mean much.”
A shotgun consistent with the type of gun used to shoot open the door of the Closs family home and kill Jayme’s parents was recovered but will require testing by the state’s crime lab to determine if it was the same weapon used.
Authorities believe Jayme was his intended target, but “nothing in this case shows the suspect knew anyone at the Closs home or at any time had contact with anyone in the Closs family,” the sheriff said.
Investigators don’t believe there was any social media connection between Patterson and Jayme, and are still working to find out how he became aware of her.
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