What motivated Jacob Patterson? Reporter says investigation looking at desire for 'notoriety'

"He seems to be very cooperative in how he confessed."

Chad Hartman
January 15, 2019 - 2:52 pm

Barron County Sheriff's Department

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A key question hanging over the investigation of Jacob Patterson, the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents, has been “why?” What would motivate him to target Jayme after seeing her in a school bus, and then allengly plan and carry out a an act that even the most veteran reporters have called horrific?

CBS Correspondent, and former WCCO TV anchor Jamie Yuccas has been reporting on the case from Barron, and Tuesday on the Chad Hartman show with WCCO Radio, she said that one possible motivating factor investigators might be looking into is that he was seeking fame.

“I don't know, but I have heard from people close to the investigation that this is something they believe he might have wanted some type of notoriety. He seems to be very cooperative in how he confessed," she said.

Yuccas also said she had been to the house in Gordon, Wisc, where Jayme was kept captive, and she spotted a book in the table that might give insight into Patterson’s mentality.

“I visited the house in Gordon and sitting on the coffee table was a military survival guide....  I don't remember the exact name. This is a guy that wanted to be a Marine. He didn't seem to be able to do that. He wasn't able to keep a job much longer than a couple days,” she said.

Later, Yuccas added:

“I don't want to say it, but the majority of mass shootings in this country, the majority have been young white males looking to make an impact and in a way that's not right. But is this another case of that? Where he wanted to be known for something big in little Gordon, Wisconsin?”

Listen to the full interview below, it begins as Yuccus describes what the reaction to the crimnal complaint has been on the ground: