Sus­pect in girl’s abuc­tion re­port­edly con­fesses in jail let­ter

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Amy B Wang

A man ac­cused of kid­nap­ping 13-year-old Jayme Closs from her ru­ral Wis­con­sin home in the fall af­ter her par­ents were killed has pur­port­edly writ­ten a let­ter from jail say­ing he re­gret­ted the crimes and com­mit­ted them “mostly on im­pulse.”

The let­ter sup­pos­edly from Jake Pat­ter­son, who was ar­rested in Jan­uary af­ter Closs es­caped from his home, was sent to KARE 11 News re­porter Lou Ra­guse in response to ques­tions Ra­guse had mailed the in­mate.

Wis­con­sin au­thor­i­ties have told the news sta­tion they be­lieve the let­ter, post­marked Feb. 28, is au­then­tic. The Wash­ing­ton Post has not con­firmed the au­then­tic­ity of the let­ter; Pat­ter­son’s at­tor­ney, Charles Glynn, did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Friday af­ter­noon.

Po­lice say Pat­ter­son con­fessed to stalk­ing Jayme in Oc­to­ber and to fa­tally shoot­ing her par­ents, James and Denise Closs, at their home in Bar­ron, Wis., on Oct. 15.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice com­plaint, he then kid­napped Jayme and kept her cap­tive at his cabin, about 65 miles to the north, for nearly three months – un­til she es­caped on Jan. 10.

The let­ter seems to ex­press re­morse and con­fu­sion over the crimes, which set off a mas­sive search for the miss­ing teen and shook the state’s res­i­dents for months as they went un­solved.

“I knew when I was caught (which I thought would hap­pen a lot sooner) I wouldn’t fight any­thing,” the let­ter says.

“I tried to give [po­lice] ev­ery­thing … so they didn’t have to in­ter­view Jayme. They did any­ways and hurt her more for no rea­son.”

The let­ter claims that the writer planned to plead guilty later this month so her rel­a­tives wouldn’t have to “worry about a trial.”

In response to var­i­ous ques­tions about his mo­tives for car­ry­ing out such crimes, the let­ter writer told Ra­guse it was “not black and white.”

On the back of the let­ter, ac­cord­ing to an im­age posted by KARE 11 News, are large bub­ble let­ters:

“I’m Sorry Jayme! For ev­ery­thing. I know it doesn’t mean much.”

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