Jayme Closs & # 39; family member said that she & # 39; not prepared to learn horrifying details of murder-abduction
While new details appear in the gruesome kidnapping of Jayme Closs, a relative of the 13-year-old woman said that she & # 39; not being prepared & # 39; was to learn the truth.
Numerous questions weighed on the mind of Jodie Arnold in the months after the bodies of Denise, her nephew and James Closs were found shot dead and their daughter was missing in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15, 2018.
Now that Jayme has returned home and her alleged prisoner, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, is behind bars, Arnold discovers that reality is far worse than she could have imagined.
& # 39; I was not prepared, & # 39; she said to People.
While new details appear in the gruesome kidnapping of Jayme Closs, a relative of the 13-year-old mother Denise Closs (left) said she & # 39; not prepared & # 39; was to learn the truth. Jodie Arnold spent the almost three months that Jayme missed, wondering what had happened in the night of October 15, when Denise and her husband James were found dead at home and their daughter was nowhere to be found. Now that Jayme has returned home and her supposed husband is behind bars, those questions are answered
Jayme eventually returned to Barron, Wisconsin, after escaping from her hiding place on January 10, almost three months after witnessing the murder of her parents before being abducted in a case that seized the nation. Depicted with family members after her rescue, Jayme is recovering from the traumatic abduction and will live together permanently with her aunt in Barron
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was arrested on January 10 and announced the murders and kidnapping. He is seen above during his first appearance on Monday
The accusation against Patterson mentions his admission to police officers that he had decided that Jayme was the girl he was about to take. & # 39; after she had seen her step on the school bus when it stopped in front of him while he was driving to work.
On the night of October 15 he stole his father's gun, put on a balaclava mask and two pairs of gloves and drove home to carry out his plan.
As he approached the front door under cover of darkness, Patterson saw Jayme's father, James, standing in the big window.
Jayme told detectives that she had been awakened by her dog who barked Molly and saw someone approaching the ramp when she went to investigate.
She woke up her parents and her father went to the door to see what was going on. & # 39;
Patterson claimed that he yelled at James Closs to get to the ground but that he kept shining with a flashlight and looked out & # 39; knocking on the door. Looking through the window, James Closs asked to see his badge – assuming he was law enforcement.
At that moment Patterson said, he raised his rifle, pointed to the head of James Closs and pulled the trigger. James is described in the complaint as being "significant trauma to his face and head."
After hearing the gunshots, Denise Closs called the police and took her daughter to the bathroom to hide.
Arnold said she had long hoped that her nephew's death was fast, perhaps while she slept.
She was shocked when she heard that the 46-year-old was spending her last moments with undeniable anxiety while she prayed that her daughter and her would not be discovered.
Patterson would have told researchers that he had decided that Jayme was the girl he was going to take & # 39; after she had seen her step on the school bus when it stopped in front of him while he was driving to work. On the night of October 15 he stole his father's gun, put on a balaclava mask and two pairs of gloves and drove to the house (above) to carry out his plan.
A massive manhunt was launched after the police arrived at the Closs House four minutes after Denise called 911 and discovered that the Jayme had disappeared
In a frightening scene, Patterson opened the door to the bathroom and tore down the shower curtain, took the fishing rod, and found Denise & # 39; wrapped her arms around Jayme in a bear-hug.
Patterson told Denise that she had to put a black duct tape over her daughter's mouth, but when she "was struggling to do that & # 39; he put down his rifle, took the tape back and wrapped it around Jayme's mouth and head.
He let the teenager rise while he took and placed [tape] around her wrists, with her palms together to restrain her hands and arms. & # 39;
Patterson then tore off her ankles, removed her from the bath, and as she stood beside him, he turned her head toward her mother and pulled the trigger.
& # 39; Denise & # 39; s last thoughts were probably: & # 39; My daughter is the next, & # 39; & # 39; said Arnold. & # 39; It makes me so heartbroken. It just makes me wreck …
• When someone dies, it just feels a million times worse when his last thoughts are of utter despair and fear. I had hoped it had gone so fast that it was not time to understand it. & # 39;
Jayme's face was plastered on billboards in Wisconsin as the desperate search continued
Arnold is haunted by the gruesome, blood and brainwashing scene described in the criminal complaint in the week after it was released. The shot on the head left Denise with the back of her head and the skull plate completely removed and lay next to her body in the bathtub.
& # 39; I wanted to know. I had to know – to give myself a conclusion. Unfortunately, with some closure, a whole new level of fear came to me as a mother, "Arnold said.
& # 39; I close my doors & # 39; Locked overnight, but that is not good enough if someone wants to, & # 39; she continued. & # 39;[Denise] did everything she could. They were barricaded in the bathroom.
& # 39; When you are with you, you feel safe. That guy had a mission and there was nothing against it. Mothers everywhere feel extra protective for their children. & # 39;
She also pointed to the grim reality that even if she lay down her life to protect her own children, as Denise and James did, this does not necessarily mean that they are safe.
Yes, I will die for my children, but then you realize that does not mean that my children will be okay, & # 39; she said.
Jayme was found on the Eau Claire Acres estate near the town of Gordon, about 70 miles from her home in Barron, where she was kidnapped
The picture above shows the cabin in rural Wisconsin where Patterson Jayme would have been detained
After the cold-blooded murders, Patterson threw Jayme in the trunk of his car and drove her to his arrival in Gordon, Wisconsin, about 70 miles away.
For almost three months he held her in a room under his single bed and hid her from sight. She tried to escape at least twice, causing Patterson to throw a tantrum, hit the wall and shout to scare her to try to leave again.
On the day of her escape, he told her that he would leave for a few hours. She stumbled out of the house on Thursday, January 10, and approached a woman walking with her dog at Eau Claire Acres in Gordon to tell her she had been kidnapped and that her kidnapper had murdered her parents. The woman took her to a neighbor's house, where they called the police.
Patterson was arrested the same day and accused of two graves of first-degree murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary, according to the complaint. He is being held in Barron County prison.
Arnold watched his job for the court on the news. She said: & # 39; That was hard – just to see this man. You feel that it is happening all over again. & # 39;
Patterson was arrested the same day and accused of two graves of first-degree murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary, according to the complaint. He is being held in Barron County prison
Jayme now lives with her aunt Jennifer Smith (shown together) in Barron