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

Clark Mindock

Jake 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.

Jayme was went missing after police responded to a 911 call to find her parents shot dead in the family home in October.

She was missing for 88 days before she escaped Mr Patterson’s Wisconsin home about an our north of where she went missing.

Mr Patterson has been charged for the kidnapping, and for the deaths of James an Denise Closs, Jayme’s parents.

In the letter — which Mr Patterson’s lawyer refused to verify — the accused claimed that he acted mostly on “impulse” even though authorities say he “had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme, and went to great lengths to prepare to take her.”