Kidnapping victim Jayme Closs, second from left, is shown with her family and supporters to receive “hometown hero award” from the Wisconsin Meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Madison, Wis. Closs escaped in January after her parents were killed and she was held captive for three months in a secluded cabin. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
BARRON, Wis. – Jayme Closs’ statement on Friday, the condemnation of Jake Patterson, a 21-year-old man who killed her parents and kidnapped her last October, and keeps her imprisoned for 88 days before she escaped. Closs not appear in court, and her statement was read in court by the family attorney, Chris Gramstrup:
“In October last year, Jake Patterson took a lot of things that I love away from me. It makes me most sad that he took my Mother and my Father. I loved my Father and Mother very much and she loved me very much. They did everything they could to make me happy and protect me. He took them away from me, forever.
“I felt safe in my home, and I loved my room and all my belongings. He took all of that also. I do not want my house or my stuff, because the memory of that night. My parents and my home were the most important things in my life. He took them away from me in a way that will always leave me with a horrible memory.
“I have to have an alarm in the house now just so I can sleep. I used to love to go out with my friends. I loved to go to school. I loved to do dancing. He took all those things away from me. It is too difficult for me to go out in public. I am afraid and my fear. These are the ordinary things that everyone like I should be able to do, but I can’t do that, because he took them away from me.
“But there are some things that Jake Patterson can never be of me. He can’t take my freedom. He thought he could get me own but he was wrong. I was smarter. I looked at his routine, and I took back my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he does not.
“Jake Patterson can never take away my courage. He thought he could control me, but he could not. I feel like what he did is what a coward would do. I was brave. He Was not.
“He can never take away my spirit. He thought that he could make me like him, but he was wrong. He can never change me or who I am. He can’t stop me from being happy and moving forward with my life. I will do great things in my life, and he will not.
“Jake Patterson will never have any power over me. I feel like I have some power over him, because I get to tell the judge what I think should happen to him. He stole my parents from me. He has almost everything I love from me. For 88 days, that he was trying to steal me, and he does not care who he hurt or who he killed to do that.
“He must remain closed forever.”