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1719, 14 Jan 19

He Saw Her at the Bus Stop

My goodness. While a stranger attack and abduction like this is rare, it still scares the daylights out of a parent. I wish Wisconsin had the death penalty.

BARRON — A Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus, authorities said Monday.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told detectives that “he knew that was the girl he was going to take,” and he made two aborted trips to her family’s home before finally carrying out an attack in which he fatally shot Jayme’s mother in front of her, according to a criminal complaint filed hours before Patterson’s first court appearance.

Prosecutors charged him Monday with kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents Oct. 15 near Barron, about 90 miles northeast of Minneapolis. He was also charged with armed robbery.



1719, 14 January 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann


    What a piece of crap.

  2. jonnyv

    As as dad of 2 young children it does scare you. It does sound like he has confessed and will hopefully never see freedom again.

    But, I am morbidly curious about his actions. Why?  When did he make the decision to commit this crime? What was the end game (I have a guess)?

    We were discussing the public defender on the case at work. What a horrible job that has to be in times like this. I have a lot of respect for them.

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