The kidnapping of 14-year-old Jayme Closs from her father or mother’s Wisconsin dwelling greater than a 12 months in the past captured the nation’s consideration for weeks however left extra questions than solutions.
For the primary time since Jayme returned dwelling on Jan. 10, investigators have launched a trove of paperwork, that are shedding new mild on her dad and mom’ brutal homicide of their dwelling and her 88-day captivity. Up till this level, her ordeal remained a thriller to anybody exterior the Closs household and legislation enforcement.
1000’s of investigative studies launched by the Wisconsin Division of Justice on Friday revealed disturbing particulars in regards to the three-month interval the place Jayme was being held hostage by her dad and mom killer, 22-year-old Jake Patterson.
The newly launched transcripts from police interviews with Patterson following his arrest confirmed the psychological manipulation that Jayme underwent.
“I know that she was just (expletive) terrified of me,” Patterson, who is serving a life sentence for the shooting deaths of James and Denise Closs, said. “I just trusted her and that, she wouldn’t try to get out.”
The transcript of Patterson’s interview paints an image of a person who acted on impulse and managed Jayme’s actions across the cabin the place she was held greater than an hour away from her household dwelling.
Patterson believed he had restrained Jayme with worry, telling police he by no means put additional locks on the doorways or home windows, as a result of he thought she’d by no means depart. He stated he was relying on “mind things” to maintain her from working.
Patterson additionally admitted to having sexual ideas in regards to the then-13-year-old lady however refused to behave on them due to the guilt he had from killing her dad and mom. He stated they slept in the identical mattress.
A lot of the paperwork are closely redacted.
Patterson stated he turned drunk one night time and let Jayme write a letter to her aunt however he by no means despatched it. He additionally informed police that he allowed Jayme out of the home on uncommon events to stroll within the yard with him however by no means off the property.
The paperwork additionally revealed Patterson’s practice of thought in the course of the killings and his want to kidnap anybody: “If it wasn’t Jayme, it would probably be someone else,” he stated.
Officers additionally launched the horrifying 911 name Jayme’s mother positioned, seconds earlier than she was killed and one other video from a police dashcam that confirmed responding officers cross proper by Pattersons automotive on the way in which to the preliminary crime scene.
Jayme was within the trunk of that automotive.
The Related Press contributed to this report.