Jayme Closs: Short summary with self-defense tips

What likely happened to Jayme Closs, from current media reports:

Jayme Closs was home (Wisconsin, USA, shortly before 1 am Oct. 15) when someone shot-in her front door and shot her parents dead. The person, or people, took her with them as they left. She’s 13 years old and there is no evidence Jayme Closs was anything but a normal, good girl.

So, most likely Jayme Closs has been abducted by whoever killed her parents. It’s been two weeks and, although hundreds of tips have been investigated, authorities don’t know where she is.

You can read more here: https://www.foxnews.com/us/jayme-closs-missing-wisconsin-teen-disappeared-after-parents-killed-a-timeline-of-events

It seems to me, if the attackers were going to kill Jayme Closs, they would have done it when they killed her parents. So, I figure she is with them and alive.

What can you learn here, that might help you protect yourself?

In most abduction situations, the advice is to do anything you can to stop yourself from being taken to a second location. The abductor obviously wants to do something worse than what they are willing to do where the attack started. If they simply wanted to kill you, they could have done it before taking you anywhere.

This situation is different because we have evidence that the abductor was totally willing to kill at the first location. In most non-family abductions, if the victim puts up a fight, the attacker will give up and go away. It seems likely that would not have been the case here.

After a victim has been abducted, what can they do?

Only the person in a dangerous situation has enough information to decide how to protect themselves, but the following will give you some ideas.

  • When Carol DaRonch realized the “detective” whose car she got into (Ted Bundy) was about to hit her with a crowbar, she fought her way free.
  • Elizabeth Shoaf, age 14, was held for 10 days while she gained the trust of her kidnapper, convincing him she enjoyed being with him. When she was allowed to use his phone to “play a game” she texted her mother.
  • Steven Stayner, age 14 (but held since age 7), gained his captor’s trust then found an opportunity to escape and ran to a police station.
  • Tanya Kach, age 25 (held since age 15), told a neighbor her true identity and got their help in escaping.
  • Seven year old Erica Pratt was held for less than a day before she chewed her way through duct tape and broke a window to yell for help.
  • Natascha Kampuch (age 18, held since age 10) saw an opportunity to run to strangers for help while her captor was on a phone call.
  • Kala Brown (age 30, held 3 months) realized police happened to be close to where she was held and made a banging noise until they investigated.
  • Crystal Leske age 28 was abducted by her ex-husband who intended to drive her far from where he took her. She frequently complained of upset stomach and left notes in bathrooms along the way.

So, if you can’t fight your way out before you’ve been taken anywhere, gain the attacker’s trust then either find a way to communicate with people who might get you rescued or find a good chance to run for it.

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