Records show how Wyoming police found Craigslist killer

Brady Oestrike killed Charles Oppenneer and Brooke Slocum in July 2014

Brady Oestrike (Undated photo)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Court records released on Wednesday reveal new details about how Wyoming police tracked Craigslist killer Brady Oestrike, who killed a man and a pregnant woman.

Wyoming District Court released a dozen search warrants more than two years after the bizarre murders that started with a proposed sex-for-cash transaction.

Oestrike killed 25-year-old Charles Oppeneer and 18-year-old Brooke Slocum, who was eight months pregnant, in July 2014 before killing himself during a police chase. Slocum’s unborn child also died.

Charles Oppenneer, Brooke Slocum, Wyoming Craigslist murders
Undated courtesy photos of Charles Oppenneer (left) and Brooke Slocum (right).

Court records show it started to unfold on July 13, 2014, when a couple — not the victims — told police that a man wearing a white mask peered into their car at Gezon Park. That’s when police first found Oppeneer’s abandoned Saab. Over the next several days, while searching for Oppeneer, they returned to check on the car.

On July 16, police discovered his decapitated body covered by sticks in the park.

Charles Oppenneer
A police photo of the sticks that covered Charles Oppenneer’s body.

That quickly led police to Brooke Slocum’s home in northeast Grand Rapids, where a roommate said Slocum and Oppeneer had posted ads on Craigslist for sex for cash. State police searched a computer at the home and found messages between Slocum and a user identified as “Hard Mike” in which they planned a sex-for-money meeting at Gezon Park that night.

Investigators found an email linked to “Hard Mike” and linked that email to another, then to a Facebook account for a “Joat Amos,” which was linked to Oestrike. That link was made July 17.

Police were outside Oestrike’s home on Taft Avenue SW that evening, waiting to obtain a search warrant, when Oestrike drove away, leading to a chase. That chase ended when Oestrike crashed on the Burton Street bridge over US-131, where he shot himself in the head. Officers then found Slocum’s body in the trunk of his car.

Her death certificate shows Slocum had died that day in Oestrike’s home of “ligature strangulation” — which means he choked her with a cord-like object.

The newly released search warrants detailed the hundreds of pieces of evidence police found in his home. Among the evidence: a syringe with unknown liquid, a rope with a noose hanging from a ceiling, bloody undergarments, sex toys, a sex slave contract, whips, handcuffs, a ball and chain, a baby doll with a noose, multiple weapons, including shotguns, swords, machetes and tasers.

Later, during a search of his phone records, police revealed that Oestrike had set up video cameras around his home, accessible from his phone.

“A search of the residence revealed several video cameras in the residence recording all activity,” police wrote in the search warrant affidavit.