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Gunman in 4 Wisconsin deaths may have imitated abduction of Jayme Closs

Gunman in 4 Wisconsin deaths may have imitated abduction of Jayme ClossRitchie German Jr., 33, killed his mother, brother and nephew and later killed a 24-year-old woman at another home before killing himself, police say.



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The Latest: Wisconsin sheriff draws parallel with Closs case

The Latest: Wisconsin sheriff draws parallel with Closs caseAuthorities in Wisconsin say a man suspected of killing four people may have been imitating the abduction last year of teenager Jayme Closs. Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Tuesday that investigators may never know exactly what led to the Sunday attacks. Kowalczyk says German used a shotgun to blast his way into the woman’s home, and then shot and wounded her parents.



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Jake Patterson: Wisconsin man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs and shooting her parents

Jake Patterson: Wisconsin man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs and shooting her parentsJake Patterson has pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents and holding her captive in a remote cabin for three months. The intentional homicide counts carry a sentence of life in prison. According to a criminal complaint , Patterson told authorities he decided she “was the girl he was going to take” after he saw her getting on a school bus near her home.



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Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing parents

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing parentsBARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, in a move that spares the girl held captive in a remote cabin for three months from the possible trauma of having to testify at his trial.



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Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson writes letter explaining ‘complicated’ reasons for abducting 13-year-old

Jayme Closs kidnapping: Jake Patterson writes letter explaining ‘complicated’ reasons for abducting 13-year-oldJake Patterson, the 21-year-old man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months, has apologised to his former prisoner and claimed he had “complicated reasons” for the abduction. Mr Patterson said in the letter to a local NBC News affiliate that he would plead guilty to the charges he faces after the abduction, and the alleged earlier killing of the teen’s parents. “I knew when I was caught (which I thought would happen a lot sooner) I wouldn’t fight anything,” Mr Patterson wrote in the letter.



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A timeline of events in the Jayme Closs disappearance case

A timeline of events in the Jayme Closs disappearance caseBARRON, Wis. (AP) — Notable events in the disappearance and discovery of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in the family's home. Authorities say Jayme was found alive after being held captive for three months by a man who is now charged in her kidnapping and her parents' deaths.



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Jayme Closs to receive $25,000 reward after escaping captor herself

Jayme Closs to receive $  25,000 reward after escaping captor herselfA 13-year-old girl who escaped after being held captive for 88 days is to receive the $ 25,000 (£19,00) reward for her return. Jayme Closs was found in rural Wisconsin on January 10 after managing to escape from the man who kidnapped her after killing her parents in mid-October.  The company Denise and James Closs had worked for, Hormel Foods, had offered the money to anyone with information leading to the teenager's return. The neighbours who found Jayme walking through the woods and contacted the police after her escape have agreed the money should go to her.  During the nationwide search for Jayme, the FBI had offered a $ 25,000 reward, which Hormel soon doubled to $ 50,000. Jayme's parents James and Denise were long-term employees of the company The company announced that they will now donate their share of the reward money to Jayme. The FBI has not released information about what will happen to the rest. Jim Snee, president of Hormel Foods, said that Jayme's parents were long-time employees Jennie-O, a turkey plant owned by Hormel Foods. In a statement, Mr Snee said the company was "overjoyed" at the news of her return, saying her "bravery and strength have truly inspired our team members around the world". The house Jayme was allegedly held in for 88 days Credit: Radar Online/MEGA  Mr Snee said the company hopes the $ 25,000 will be placed in a trust fund for the 13-year-old's present and future needs. Jayme disappeared from her home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15, after suspect Jake Patterson allegedly stormed her house, shot and killed her parents, and abducted her. The 21-year-old is accused of keeping Jayme captive in his remote home in Gordon, some 66 miles from Barron. Jayme told detectives that on January 10, she was able to escape when Mr Patterson told her he would be gone for several hours.  She put on a pair of his shoes and fled the house on foot, eventually finding dog walker Jean Nutter who she asked for help.  Ms Nutter took the teenager to the home of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, where they were able to contact police. The Kasinskas told CNN on Wednesday that they did not want the reward money. "Because she got herself out," Mrs Kasinskas said. Chris Fitzgerald, the sheriff of Barron County, said: "We also agree that Jayme is the hero in this case and are happy they have chosen her to receive the company's reward contribution."



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911 callers say Jayme Closs should get $50K reward for rescuing herself

911 callers say Jayme Closs should get $  50K reward for rescuing herselfThe Wisconsin couple who called 911 to report that Jayme Closs had been found think that Closs herself is more deserving of the $ 50,000 reward money.



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The Latest: Sheriff defends Jayme Closs 911 response

The Latest: Sheriff defends Jayme Closs 911 responseBARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and the killing of her parents (all times local):



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Jayme Closs case: Suspect Jake Patterson 'saw her on school bus' and decided to snatch teenager

Jayme Closs case: Suspect Jake Patterson 'saw her on school bus' and decided to snatch teenagerA Wisconsin man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl's parents so he could kidnap her allegedly made up his mind to snatch her after he spotted her getting onto a school bus.   Jake Patterson, 21, told detectives he planned his crime methodically after watching Jayme Closs board her school bus while driving to work one day, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday.  Mr Patterson did not even know the teenagers name until he abducted her, the complaint said.  He faces charges of killing Jayme's parents, James and Denise, and kidnapping her at the family home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15 last year. The teenager escaped last Thursday after three months in captivity, police said. Inside squalid basement 'cell' where Jayme Closs was allegedly held captive Credit: Radar Online/MEGA  On Monday, a criminal complaint outlined how Mr Patterson allegedly targeted and plotted to snatch the teenager and hid her under his bed for hours at a time when people visited his home. The charging document quotes Mr Patterson as saying that when he saw Jayme, "he knew that was the girl he was going to take." He scouted the Closs home twice with the plan of taking Jayme but abandoned the plan because there were too many people around. When he eventually stormed the home by the front door, the teenager and her mother Denise took refuge in the bathroom. They heard a gunshot and suspected the intruder had killed the father James. New pictures show the inside of Mr Patterson's home Credit: Radar Online/MEGA  Mr Patterson then allegedly broke down the bathroom door, bound and gagged Jayme and then shot Denise dead. According to the court filing, the 21-year-old told detectives he used his father's 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun because it is commonly used and he thought it would be more difficult to trace. He wiped the shells and shotguns free of fingerprints and wore gloves to load the gun. The complaint also states Mr Patterson shaved his face and head and showered prior to the attack. Jayme's parents James and Denise Closs He dressed all in black, took the licence plates off his car, put stolen plates on and disconnected the dome and trunk lights. He describes shooting dead Jayme's parents before dragging her out of her home and hiding her in the boot of his car, even yielding to police cars rushing to the scene on his way home. Prosecutors quote Jayme as saying Mr Patterson would force her under a bed in his remote cabin when people visited. He would stack laundry bins and barbell weights around the bed so she couldn't move without him noticing. Jayme is now being cared for by her extended family Credit: AFP The complaint says Jayme was kept up to 12 hours at a time with no food, water or bathroom breaks. She told detectives that he warned her that "bad things could happen to her" if anyone found her there. Jayme told detectives that on January 10, Mr Patterson made her go under the bed and told her he would be gone for five or six hours. She said she managed to push the bins and weights away, crawled out, put on a pair of his shoes and fled the house. She came across a neighbour who helped her contact the police. According to the local officers who then arrested Mr Patterson, when he stepped out of his vehicle he said, "'I know what this is about. I did it'".



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