Jayme Closs and Jake Patterson

Jayme Closs: Accused teen girl’s kidnapper writes secret prison letter claiming ‘I don’t think like a serial killer’

A Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs after killing her parents in their Barron County home last year, apparently replied back to a local reporter who mailed him a letter.

KARE reporter Lou Raguse sent 21-year-old Jake Patterson a letter full of questions earlier this year, without any indication that he’d receive a reply. Patterson responded to Raguse’s letter, and scribbled his address in the top left-hand corner of a plain white envelope as the Polk County jail in Barron Lakes, Wisconsin.

Patterson admitted that he didn’t know if he would actually send the letter, but nevertheless, he did, and answered around a dozen questions, although some of his answers were sparse.

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Arguably one of the most important questions asked, which was not answered in any court documents, is why Patterson allegedly carried out unthinkable crimes. On October 15 2018, he reportedly crept to Jayme’s home early in the morning while it was still pitch black outside, and shot down her front door with a shotgun.

According to police, Patterson then killed Jayme’s parents before abducting the girl by stuffing her in the trunk of his car and driving away.

Jake Patterson [Police Handout]
Jayme ended up at Patterson’s house in the rural area of Ogden, where she was kept captive for close to three months. She managed to escape in January while Patterson was away from the home. Police arrested Patterson the same day.

Patterson, who wrote “it’s not black and white” when describing why he decided to kidnap a young girl, claimed that he was no serial killer and it was mainly done on impulse while he was “pissed.”

“The cops say I planned this thoroughly, and that I said that. They’re really good at twisting your words around, put them in different spots, straight up lie,” Patterson wrote. “Little mad about that. Trying to cover up their mistakes I guess. This was mostly on impulse. I don’t think like a serial killer.”

Patterson also wrote that plans to plead guilty so Jayme and her family won’t have to endure a painful trial. He claimed he was “sorry for everything” and insisted that no one knew that he was holding the young girl captive.

“No one knew. My dad only came on Saturdays, the same time every day. So it was a routine. Jayme hides on Sat. My family respects privacy so no one even went in my room.”

Patterson admitted he had “huge amounts” of guilt for what he did, but when asked what he planned to do with Jayme had he not been caught, he wouldn’t explain.

“Won’t say. It was really stupid though looking back.”

Patterson is due back in court on March 27 in Barron County for an arraignment, where says he intends to plead guilty if he can. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Jayme Closs, Jake Patterson/Police Handout]