In 2014, a bizarre and grisly crime spree caught public attention. Police were investigating the disappearance of a young woman named Brooke Slocum. Her fiancé, Charles Oppenneer, had been found dead in a nearby park. Oppenneer’s body was headless, and it would be years before authorities found his skull.
After some investigation, police discovered that Brooke had been discussing a sex-for-cash trade with a man on Craigslist. They were able to track the man’s email address and connected it to one Brady Oestrike. After staking out his home for hours, waiting on a court to grant a search warrant, police had no idea what horrors were occurring within.
Brady Oestrike was born in 1982, though not much is known about his upbringing. He was raised in a conservative, Christian household, and he was apparently a fan of computer games and medieval history. As an adult, he was briefly married, though that marriage ended in a divorce. His ex-wife felt the breakup was amicable, though it seemed to have had a lasting effect on Oestrike.
Following his divorce, Oestrike worked as a lineman for a power company. During this time, he spent hours on Craigslist looking for companions. It was through a Craigslist ad that he found a woman who was looking for a friend. Oestrike met her at her house, convinced her to get into a suitcase, and then kept her at his home for months as a “sex slave”.
After the woman escaped, Oestrike’s behavior took an even darker turn.
Brooke Slocum and her fiancé Charles Oppenneer often found themselves hard-up for cash. Charles would have his pregnant wife post on Craigslist as a way to earn some extra money. She often exchanged sex for cash through the website, and this is how Oestrike got involved. He contacted her about a post she made on the site, offering money if she met him in a nearby park.
It’s not clear what, exactly, happened at the park. However, Charles Oppenneer did not survive his encounter with Oestrike, and it was years before authorities found his skull. Following his killing of Oppeneer, Oestrike abducted Slocum and tied her up in his home.
Video cameras Oestrike himself set up captured horrific images of him brutally torturing Slocum for some five days. After police arrived and were on his tail, Oestrike murdered her and stuffed her body in a suitcase. Then, he loaded the suitcase in the trunk of his car and made a run for it.
Meanwhile, police had only recently linked Oestrike to Oppenneer’s death. They had been staking out his home for only a short four hours before Oestrike fled his home. A chase ensued, with Oestrike speeding through city streets.
In the end, he crashed his car. Rather than be taken into custody and stand trial for his crimes, Oestrike produced a pistol from his glove box. He shot himself in the head, putting an end to his crime spree. Authorities discovered Brooke’s body in the suitcase. Her baby did not survive. Police involved with the case have described it as “pure evil, from start to finish.”