CAPTURED! A Look Back At The Bizarre Unraveling Of the Wisconsin Manhunt – SDP#23

[podcast] One of the Midwest’s largest manhunts ended peacefully at a makeshift campsite in a remote area of Wisconsin farmland.  Joseph Jakubowski, a Janesville, Wisconsin man accused of sending President Donald Trump a 161-page anti-government and anti-religious manifesto was uneventfully captured by law enforcement on the morning of April 14, 2017.  

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When a farmer, who was a retired school counselor, discovered a man camping on the distal fringe of his property, he engaged in a ‘cordial’ hour with him that included a request for the uninvited camper to move from the farmer’s property.  At this point, Jakubowski refused to move his camp.  Really?  It’s unclear as to his justification or why the fugitive simply didn’t feign making a simple oversight in choosing his camping spot.  After holding to his property claim, Jakubowski likely expected that the farmer would report him – so was Jakubowski ready for confrontation or prepared to surrender?  


Per the posts left under my own social media and reading other users’ posts about the matter to various discussion threads, it was clear that those posting about the manhunt evenly fell into one of three very distinct categories:

  1. Supporters of Jakubowski’s beliefs.
  2. People grasping for any information about the manhunt.
  3. Backers of law enforcement and a peaceful society.  


It was evident that life was returning to a normal routine for most Wisconsinites as the manhunt exceeded a week.  Some events were canceled and overall security was heightened, but this was nothing like the lockdown of an entire region that we observed 4 years ago following the Boston Marathon bombing.  Why?  


FBI profilers publicly stated that Jakubowski was likely heading East (to Washington DC) and that he might be working with a support network.  Yet, he was found 2 hours from his home and presumably never left Wisconsin.  Did profilers purposely stir misinformation into the media streams believing that it would eventually reach Jakubowski and either direct his next steps or cause him to lower his guard?  I wrote several posts stating I felt he didn’t leave the state and that he was primarily seeking affirmation via his manifesto and subsequent letter to a TV station.  


Ultimately, it appears he wanted his beliefs to be acknowledged and not to deliver dark justice.  We can all be thankful that one of the charges against him will trespassing in rural Vernon County.  By the way, profiling is an imprecise practice – Google search “Mary Jane Moore” and juxtapose her characteristics against law enforcement’s “profile” of the person that attempted to assassinate President Ford.  Just a bit outside…


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