The mysterious disappearance of Jayme Closs created headlines around the nation. The young girl disappeared from her Wisconsin home in the middle of the night after a 911 call came from the residence.
When police arrived, they found Jayme's parents dead inside the home. They determined both her mother and father had been shot and that a scuffle had occurred in the home. Jayme was gone from the property and a massive manhunt began to recover her.
Months later, Jayme was found when she escaped from her captor and ran to nearby neighbors. Police were called and her kidnapper, the same man who murdered her folks, was arrested.
Now, the man responsible for the heinous crimes is speaking out via a letter he wrote from behind bars. Jake Patterson, age 21, says he does not think like a traditional serial killer and says that he feels his actions were hurtful.
"Patterson expressed concern for Closs and her family several times in the letter. Asked about his legal strategy in the case, Patterson wrote that he planned to 'plead guilty,' saying he didn't want Closs or her relatives to have 'to worry about a trial.' He also wrote that he confessed in part 'so [authorities] didn’t have to interview Jayme. They did anyways and hurt her more for no reason,'" reported Fox.
Patterson was charged in January with two counts of homicide and one count of kidnapping. He has since said he plans to plead guilty to the charges because he doesn't want to hurt Jayme and her remixing family members more than he already has.
“I can’t believe I did this,” he wrote. Later, Patterson added: "It was really stupid though looking back."
He continued in his letter by saying his motives were "complicated" and that he knew he would eventually be caught by authorities. He said he followed updates about the case online and was amazed he wasn't caught sooner.
"At one point in the letter, he said his reasons were 'not black and white.' Later, he revealed 'at the time I was really pissed. I didn’t 'want' to.' After a scribbled redaction, he added: 'The reason I did this is complicated,'" reported Fox.
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