This video released by Michigan police shows Brady Oestrike transforming his home into a house suited for torture and murder
Police in Michigan released a haunting video showing Brady Oestrike, a “Craigslist killer,” transforming his home into a house of horrors for the cruel murder of a pregnant 18-year-old, in July 2014.
Brady Oestrik enjoyed inflicting pain
The disturbing video shows Oestrike gearing up for the eventual abduction, torture and murder. In the footage, the alleged killer prepares a torture chamber by setting up chains, cleaning a dog crate where he later placed his victim, Brooke Slocum, and readying a pulley system with ropes hanging from the ceiling.
Further, several hundred pages of documents and photos were released related to the 2014 case which also saw Slocum’s 25-year-old boyfriend getting decapitated by the crazed killer.
FOX 17 reported that Michigan police released 300 pages of documents and 500 photographs that had been requested via the Freedom of Information Act, as well as several videos
The recently released documents outline investigators’ pursuit of Oestrike, who was 31, after he was tracked down via email and Facebook.
On July 12, 2014, Oestrike abducted Slocum after decapitating her boyfriend, Charles Oppenneer. Slocum, who was eight months pregnant, was believed to have been tortured for days before being strangled to death and placed in the trunk of Oestrike’s car. Her baby did not survive. The couple was believed to have been soliciting sex to Oestrike.
Cops were tipped off in mid July, 2014, when a woman reported a man in a white mask peering into vehicles in the area of Gezon Park. Another person also returned Charlie Oppenneer’s wallet after it was found on a dirt road near Gezon.
On July 13, police found Oppenneer’s car in the area.
When the vehicle still hadn’t been moved on two days later, police attempted to contact Oppenneer at his home in Rockford, as well as, his parents. Three days later, investigators searching the woods near the location of the car located Oppenneer’s decapitated body. His head has still not been located.
Victim: Although Brooke Ann Slocum was pregnant, she exchanged emails with someone called “Hard Mike” and the two discussed meeting at the park for paid sex
The documents released detail how social media played a role in developing and tracing Oestrike as a suspect.
After Oppenneer’s body was found, officials reviewed cell phone records for Slocum and Oppenneer. They also searched Slocum’s residence in Grand Rapids. Analysis of the hard drives on the computers belonging to Slocum and her roommate revealed that Slocum and Oppenneer were posting Craigslist ads for “sex for cash”. This fact was confirmed by her roommate
The investigators were further aided by the discovery of a July 12, 2014 conversation between Slocum and someone identifying themselves as “Hard Mike.” The two discussed meeting at Gezon Park for paid sex, according to the documents.
“Hard Mike” was linked to a Gmail account that was linked to another Yahoo email account, according to the documents. Investigators say the Yahoo account led them to a Facebook user named “Joat Amos,” which was linked to Brady Oestrike.
The Gmail account also linked back to Oestrike’s phone number, enabling a trace to his most recent address in Wyoming.
First victim: Slocum’s boyfriend Charles Gerard Oppenneer’s decapitated body was discovered but his head was not.