Criminal profiler looks back at behavior of Jake Patterson ahead of sentencing in Closs case

May 23, 2019 10:29 PM

Jake Patterson will return to a Barron County, Wisconsin courtroom Friday to find out how much time he will spend in prison.

The 21-year-old entered a guilty plea in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping in connection to the fatal shootings of Jim and Denise Closs at their home last October, and the abduction of their daughter Jayme.


Jayme was held for 88 days in a cabin about an hour north of her family's home in Barron before she escaped in January. 

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Now Patterson faces up to life behind bars. The term of his jail sentence will be influenced by the testimony of relatives, who are now raising Jayme.

It's unclear if Jayme herself will attend the sentencing.

But ahead of Friday's hearing, an FBI expert - whose team worked to develop a profile of a suspect early in the investigation - reflected on Patterson's behavior during the time of the crimes.

"It's a look at predatory violence," said Karie Gibson, a clinical psychologist and an agent on the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, based in Quantico.

"It's not just snapping. They're not just one day looking at this (like this) is what I am going to do. There's likely a lot of planning that goes into it and fantasy as well."

DIGITAL EXTRA: Criminal profiler examines Jake Patterson's behavior in Closs case

The Behavioral Analysis Unit is an elite and fascinating group of federal crime fighters - so-called criminal minds meeting law enforcement to untangle the mindset of an unknown suspect.  

Gibson said Patterson presented a challenge that turned into uncertainty for Barron and those closely following Jayme's disappearance.

"That's what people want - we want these cases to be solved," she said. "We want acts of targeted violence to be prevented. We don't want our communities to struggle with this."

Gibson also monitored the 2005 rampage on the Red Lake Indian Reservation where Jeffrey Weise took his anger and a gun to a high school where he fatally shot nine people and injured another five. He also took his own life. 

At the time Gibson said ... "everybody was trying to figure out why what happened (occurred), and in that case there was a lot of information out there before the attack."  

That's the kind of warning signs criminal profilers with the Behavioral Analysis Unit analyze and apply to prevent future tragedies - whether a school shooting or small-town mystery.

Gibson helped to create the FBI's guide for the public called, "Making Prevention a Reality."  

It's full of strategies to help identify, assess and prevent targeted violence.  


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