Patterson is accused of breaking into the Closs family home in October 2018, killing her parents and abducting Jayme.
Authorities say Patterson has already revealed numerous details of events during interviews detailed in a criminal complaint obtained by Oxygen.com earlier this year but he attempted to offer even more explanations in a letter he wrote to KARE11 in Minneapolis. He added he was aware Patterson had sent a letter to KARE-TV and no one contacted by the station had a reason to doubt its authenticity.
He attributed his apparent decision to confess to trying to protect Jayme from more pain. They did anyways and hurt her more for no reason, ' he revealed in the letter. 'I want Jayme and her relatives to know that. "Don't want them to worry about a trial", the letter says.
In a handwritten letter obtained by Radar Online, Patterson, wrote about spending time with 13-year-old Jayme and decorated the letter with heart symbols around her name. As for why he chose to alleged kidnap the teen, he couldn't really offer any concrete answers. He said he has "huge amounts" of regret for the actions and noted, "I can't believe I did this".
Jayme was allegedly held captive for 88 days inside Patterson's cabin in the remote town of Gordon, Wis., before she escaped in early January. Later, Patterson added: "It was really stupid though looking back".
Jake Patterson, 21, wrote to a reporter at KARE 11 News that he had acted "mostly on impulse" but does not "think like a serial killer", according to a copy of the February 28 letter published by the Minneapolis-based television station. At the time I was really pissed.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told The Associated Press he could not comment on the report. "I don't think like a serial killer ..."
'I didn't want to.
Based on what's publicly known about the case, odds would seem to be against Patterson in a trial, and his best move might be to plead guilty, say legal experts.
On the back of the note he wrote "I'm Sorry Jayme" in giant balloon letters.
"I knew when I was caught (which I thought would happen a lot sooner) I wouldn't fight anything".
Read the full letter on KARE 11's website.
"Patterson is as close to 100 percent screwed as a defendant can be without actually pleading guilty", he said.
Patterson said he planned to enter the guilty plea in a previous court appearance but was advised it wasn't allowed so he plans to enter the plea on March 27 when he appears again in court.
Patterson admitted to following some of the media coverage related to Jayme's disappearance on his cellphone, but said if it came on TV he quickly changed the channel.