The Colorado triple homicide is a “very, very horrific crime,” and a “very, very tragic event,” this is how Police Chief Paul Schultz described this Canon City crime scene. Police responded to a neighbor’s call that a 15-year-old had been raped and when they arrived at the home, they discovered the bodies of a woman and her two young children.
According to Newsmax on March 11, the mother who was 35, and her two children, a boy age five and a nine-year-old girl, were found dead, but no cause of death has been released. The girl, who was raped managed to get away and run to a neighbor’s house and this is when the phone call went out to police.
A family friend, Jaacob Harding Van Winkle, who is 31-year-old, is being held on charges in this triple homicide and rape. The charges include sexual assault on a child under age 15 involving a pattern of abuse, sexual assault involving force or threat, kidnapping, first-degree murder after deliberation and two counts of first-degree murder of a victim under age 12 by a person in a position of trust.
Van Winkle is a convicted sex offender with a “shocking criminal history reports The Inquisitr today. When the police arrived Van Winkle was still at the house with the dead bodies and he cooperated with the police. Van Winkle is a registered sex offender in the state of Colorado.
His horrific criminal history includes a conviction in Johnson County, Indiana, on child molestation charges, and a charge of “vicarious sexual gratification” in 2004. He was incarcerated once again for molesting a child in 2007. In 2011 he was suspected of killing his landlord whose decomposing body was discovered underneath a pile of debris in a bedroom. This was in a home where Van Winkle rented a room, but he was never charged in this crime.
If Van Winkle is convicted on this triple homicide charge he could face the death penalty. He was denied bond when he appeared in court on Monday.