Friend: Restraints, weapons in Oestrike’s house


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police characterized it as “hellish,” but a friend of the man suspected of murdering a couple and their unborn child said Brady Oestrike’s house was simply normal.

Wyoming police say Oestrike, 31, murdered and decapitated 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer. They have not recovered his head, though is body was found Wednesday in Gezon Park.

Brooke Slocum and Charles Oppenneer (courtesy photos)
(Brooke Slocum and Charles Oppenneer. Undated courtesy photos)

Police say Oestrike held Oppenneer’s 18-year-old girlfriend Brooke Slocum captive in his Wyoming home for days before killing her and her unborn daughter. Oestrike killed himself Thursday after fleeing police. Officers found Slocum’s body in his trunk.

Investigators spent days going through Oestrike’s home on Taft Avenue near Porter Street, processing and removing weapons, computers and cameras.

The overgrown shrubs and yard, coupled with the knowledge of what happened there, give Oestrike’s house an eerie feel.

Brady Oestrike's house on Taft Avenue near Porter Street in Wyoming, as seen from the back. (July 21, 2014)
(Brady Oestrike’s house as seen from the back. July 21, 2014)

But a friend said Oestrike’s home was just a typical bachelor’s pad, though it he collected some medieval items.

So is it a house of horrors?

“The truth is that’s what the medieval times were all about, so I can see how people would jump to that conclusion if they’re not well-versed in history,” Oestrike’s friend Andrew Weener said.

Weener said he was last inside the house about a year ago.

“Like any normal house, you got your friends that are really clean your friends that are a little messy. There are really busy people, so their house is kind of like he was,” he said.

Weener said Oestrike was always working, so the home was untidy. Oestrike also had a passionate interest in the medieval ages and had a collection of period items, including weapons and restraints.

“It was basically the old-school style where they had a bolt and it twisted in like you see in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ Jack Sparrow, he was held in it — that type of thing,” Weener said.

“He had a few daggers. Maybe one or two long swords,” Weener continued, adding there was also a mace.

Police also removed dozens of firearms and knives and ammunition from the home.

“It reminded me of a museum, the way he had everything laid out,” Weener said.

But what Weener characterized as normal, Wyoming police Chief James Carmody Monday called a “hellish environment.”

Investigators say it will take them some time to go through all of the items they removed from Oestrike’s home.

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