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Kidnapping suspect Jake Patterson allegedly put his disturbing obsession with teen Jayme Closs on display in a new letter written from jail, drawing small hearts around her name.
“My brother… got a puppy named ‘Vale’ a couple of weeks before [heart] Jayme [heart] ran away,” he wrote in the letter obtained by Radar Online. “I love Mexican food too, but I like lots of stuff. Chocolate and berries are probably my favorite. Me and Jayme cooked a bunch of stuff. Cooking is another thing I like doing a lot.”
Patterson is accused of killing both of Closs’ parents before abducting her and holding her against her will for 88 days in a remote Wisconsin cabin before she escaped and found help. He allegedly targeted the teen after spotting her at a bus stop on his way to work one day. Investigators don’t believe the two had any prior relationship.
He is currently in Polk County Jail after being arrested shortly after Closs’ escape and allegedly wrote the letter from jail, although it’s not clear who the letter was addressed to.
The handwritten letter had Patterson’s name on the envelope, according to KSTP.
In it, he discussed his “infatuation” with Closs and claimed that his parents still support him even after his arrest.
“It’s weird,” he wrote. “I went from never committing a crime or really doing anything bad to doing the worst thing a human can do. Just one big f--- up ha ha.”
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said investigators are looking into the source of the letter, however, he added that inmates are allowed to send and receive mail, KSTP reports.
Patterson has been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary stemming from the Oct. 15 abduction.
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