New clues exposed in ‘Craigslist Killings’ in suburban Grand Rapids

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WYOMING, Mich. - Following a news conference Friday morning, FOX 17 News uncovered new details in a disturbing triple homicide investigation of a young pregnant couple in Wyoming.

During a news conference Friday morning, Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody told reporters Brady Oestrike of Wyoming, Mich., took his own life after a chase Thursday evening.

Brady Oestrike, suspect

Brady Oestrike, suspect

The body of Brooke Ann Slocum, 18, who was eight-months pregnant, was found in the trunk of Oestrike's vehicle.

The body of her boyfriend, 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer, was discovered Wednesday in a wooded area just north of Gezon Court in Wyoming.  Officers found him while investigating an abandoned vehicle in the area.


  • Chief Carmody confirmed the suspect had made a connection online with Slocum through Craigslist, but he would not elaborate.
  • Neighbor recalls hearing screams in Brady Oestrike's home.
  • A man reached out to FOX 17 News claiming he met with both of the victims after meeting them on Craigslist.  He said the last time he spoke with Slocum was about three weeks ago.  She said the guy they were staying with,in the area of Burlingame and Burton, was acting strange and they didn't feel comfortable anymore.
  • Friday afternoon, FOX 17 News discovered a Craigslist post from 21 days ago from a couple looking for another lover.   The subject of the post said, "Looking for a girlfriend or fwb (friends with benefits)." The post mentions how the woman was eight-months pregnant and her description in the post bears a striking resemblance to Slocum.  In part, the post reads, "Hello!  A little about me:  I am 18, 5'3" about 120lbs now and still growing (I happen to be 8 months pregnant with a beautiful white/Korean baby girl), I am white and petite, short brown hair and green eyes... father of my child and I are sort of involved in this weird open relationship."
  • According to Slocum's Facebook page, the couple was planning to name their child Audi Lynn.
  • FOX 17 News uncovered Oestrike may have used the alias of Joat Wyal Amos.  That name is also traced back to his Taft Avenue address in Wyoming.  It also appears Oestrike had a Facebook profile set up with that name.
Brady Oestrike wearing a 'Joat Amos' shirt

Brady Oestrike wearing a 'Joat Amos' shirt

Look for more details on this developing story tonight on FOX 17 News from 5-7 p.m.  We also stream our newscasts live on

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  • Susan

    I worked in a variety of part-time jobs after I retired from teaching. The last was as a secretary in a small non-profit.

    I read comments attributing the grammatical errors in this article to “diversity.” That is usually a code for “people who got that job only because they have brown or black skin,” right? In that last job I had, the youngest employees all had degrees from 4-year Michigan colleges and universities. I cannot imagine how they managed to pass their 7th grade English classes, let alone graduate from high school. All of them had white skin, as do I. The very few older employees had great writing, grammar, and spelling skills. I got to do a great deal of editing, which I enjoyed. That was my favorite grad school job: an editor of a small journal.

    Don’t assume that poor English skills are caused by skin color. Poor English skills are caused by low expectations, poor materials, too much tolerance from employers, ridiculous teacher training, and contempt for teachers.

    • Susan

      For some reason, all those annoying comments about the grammatical errors and “diversity” seem to have vanished.

      Thank you, whoever waved the magic wand! If you make mine vanish, I won’t complain.

  • Shade

    Omg I knew her. I hung out with her a long time ago. When she was still pregnant. Omg I didn’t know this happened to her until I saw her name…

    RIP man :(

  • Kar

    Can I ask if someone heard screams why wasn’t the cops called. If you knew he lived alone and heard a women screaming umm hello call the cops.

  • Autumn

    Im so sorry for your lost. My heart goes out to the family. I dont see how anyone can harm/kill someone especially when they are pregnant, that poor baby. What is this world coming to

  • Melinda

    As horrible as this crime was (and it is SO horrible it is DEMONIC), there are 4,000 abortions being performed in this country every single day. but no one seems too worried about those babies…?

    • Natalie

      Yeah, totally the same thing. People have abortions at 8 months pregnant all the time! And when they do, they are bound, raped, and held captive against their will for days in a demonic, medieval dungeon before being strangled to death and put in the trunk of a car. That’s exactly how abortions are performed. Definitely. Thanks for the comment. It was really helpful and will definitely make people reconsider having an abortion.

  • Sue

    They should reconsider having an abortion, because they are killing a helpless human in the most horrific ways. Think about it babies can feel pain just as much as a human outside of the womb can. Why is their life any less precious then you who is out side of the womb? Remember you also were one time in the womb of your mother thank goodness she didn’t abort you. Maybe you should reconsider the value of all life from the heartbeat in a mothers womb to the elderly they are all to be treasured.

  • aj

    I love how comments turn to abortions. WTF is wrong with you idiots. Has nothing to do with it. How about you stop commenting on your personal crusade and give a moments peace who actually care about what happened. Thats why you arent evolving, stupid monkey. Horrible tragedy, put yourself in their last moments before you watch your boyfriend get beheaded and then stragled to death. And you want to talk about your abortion crap. His head is still missing you wanker

  • Jenn

    Why does every new channel and every story turn into a huge debate?!?! Have some decency and some common courtesy. Everyone has skeletons in their closet and nobody is perfect. This is also not the place to discuss abortions.

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