Exclusive: Photos inside home of suspected Craigslist Killer

You can see how detectives ripped drywall to see if they could find evidence down to the studs of the home.

You can see how detectives ripped drywall to see if they could find evidence down to the studs of the home.

WYOMING, Mich. – FOX 17 News obtained photographs Monday from inside the home of Brady Oestrike, the suspected Craigslist Killer.

Detectives in Wyoming are still unraveling the details of how they say Oestrike met 18-year-old Brooke Slocum, who was eight-months pregnant and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer.

craigslist web 1THE NEW PHOTOGRAPHS

Oestrike’s Taft Avenue home in Wyoming is now fenced off with ‘No Trespassing’ signs.  Besides the new fencing, the house looks like a typical suburban Grand Rapids home.  But inside the house, photographs obtained by FOX 17 News show Oestrike’s home was left torn to pieces.

Gray filing cabinet where Brady Oestrike would store his medieval armor.

Gray filing cabinet where Brady Oestrike would store his medieval armor.

According to sources, this is where Brady Oestrike would make his hats, gloves and armor.

According to sources, this is where Brady Oestrike would make his hats, gloves and armor.

You can see how detectives ripped drywall to see if they could find evidence down to the studs of the home.

You can see how detectives ripped drywall to see if they could find evidence down to the studs of the home.

inside oestrike house 1

You can see how the home is in disarray. A couch can be seen flipped over in the middle of the room and insulation pulled from the walls. Our source said this was done during the search for evidence.

After investigators’ four-day search for evidence, drywall from both on the walls and ceiling was left mangled, torn to pieces down to the studs after detectives combed every square inch.  Insulation can be seen strewn throughout the home with furniture tossed into the center of the room.

NEW CLUES REVEALED IN THE CASE

  • A source told FOX 17 News Oestrike, the day the suspect killed himself, he worked a 12-hour shift at his job where he was employed as a lineman for a utility company .  He was a second-shift worker.  He would start at noon each day.
  • Oestrike would sometimes go out-of-state for work to help repair lines.  We are told he assisted in New Jersey following Super Storm Sandy as well as in Florida following an ice storm.
  • Oestrike’s former roommate spoke to FOX 17 News.  She said Oestrike had thoughts about killing her.
  • Police had investigated Oestrike’s home months prior to the killings.
  • Brooke Slocum’s family said their loved one’s Internet activity was a secret part of her life.
Exterior of suspected Craigslist killer's Taft Avenue home.

Exterior of suspected Craigslist killer’s Taft Avenue home.

BACKGROUND ON THE CASE

Oppenneer’s body was found decapitated Wednesday, July 16th in a park off Gezon Parkway in Wyoming.   His head is still missing.  The discovery of the body eventually led authorities to question the whereabouts of Oppenneer’s pregnant girlfriend.

On Thursday July 17th, as police staked out the suspect’s Taft Avenue home while waiting for a search warrant, Oestrike drove away, leading officers on a ‘high-risk’ chase down Burton Street to U.S. 131.

The suspect killed himself on the bridge over the freeway.  Inside the trunk of the vehicle, investigators found the body of pregnant Brooke Slocum.

Investigators believe the trio met on Craigslist.  They believe Slocum and Oppenneer were exchanging sex for food and a place to stay.  One man FOX 17 News spoke with recalls his interaction with the young couple after meeting them on the Internet.

 

11 comments

  • Linda

    How could he have worked a 12 hour shift (starting at noon)the day he died when his crashed car was on the 11 pm news ???

  • Mick

    Of course I felt Terrible when I seen this all over the news but as more details emerge I must say that the Only One Im Saddened Over Is That Unborn Child! 8 mos pg and She and BF Thought That Having Sex with A Stranger (Creeper) For Food and A Place To Stay WAS THE ONLY OPTION THEY HAD!!!?? GEEZ WHAT ABOUT GETTING A JOB!? There are resources out there INSTEAD OF CRAIGSLIST!! I Have NO PITY AT ALL!!!

    • Ann

      Mick – I understand why you might feel that way at first glance, but there’s no reason to post something like that. These are real people who just died, and their families are completely destroyed by grief. I know, because I am a relative of one of the victims and I’ve seen first hand what this is doing to their parents and loved ones. And while it is true that Craigslist was definitely not the smartest options, you need to consider yourself lucky that you’ve never been in that situation. It’s not like social services drives around looking for young pregnant girls and gives them a handout, or like giving a child up for adoption is super easy and not antithetical to a woman’s biological messaging. A lot of times help isn’t even available when people go looking for it. I’m assuming you’ve never been a pregnant 18 year old who felt she couldn’t go to her family for help, and then with a month until your due date you have no way of taking care of your child. I’m sure you never made an poor, stupid, or dangerous decisions at that age. And I’m sure no one you care about will ever make a poor decision that results in tragedy. But if they do, and it gets posted to the internet, I hope some stranger takes the time and effort to post online how stupid your loved one was while YOU are in the middle of mourning. Maybe then you’ll learn that empathy should supersede cocky self-righteousness.

  • SPAT

    IF YOU HAVE EVERY BEEN AFRAID FOR YOUR LIFE THEN YOU KNOW THAT EVEN IF Oestrike’s FORMER ROOMMATE WENT TO THE POLICE AND TOLD THEM THAT HE HAD THOUGHTS OF KILLING HER THEN YOU KNOW we would still be hearing about this on the news. NOTHING CAN BE DONE BUT PLACING A REPORT. SO SAD HOW OUR COUNTRY IS SO MESSED UP ! !!!!

  • Heather R

    Keep in mind this is speculation coming and not fact. No one was there and no one knows exactly WHY he killed them or how he met them. The fact remains that he killed them and their unborn child. Why exactly are we turning the victims into criminals…oh wait because this is FOX I forgot.

    • Blake

      Heather, FOX 17 West Michigan is not affiliated with FOX news. You may want to get your facts straight before you make claims that aren’t true.
      I will say, that would have been a good comeback if it would have been correct.

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