Neighbours of the notorious Bransgore County Slasher; Ed Jakes, who was captured at the weekend, told reporters that uncovering Jakes sort of hidden activity was both in keeping with his character and something of an open secret within the community.
"Would I describe Jakes as a bit of a loner who kept himself to himself?" Fred Heidecker, who lived two doors down from Jakes, revealed "Not a bit of it. Guy was life and soul of the neighbourhood and often talked about murdering unsuspecting teenagers and the annoying habits they have like running away, hiding, and then hitting him with blunt instruments. I've got 2 of my own, let me tell you they can be a real handful sometimes, I guess its just good to vent with a friend over a few beers and some BBQ pork. I hope it was pork."
Sgt Terrie Oakenham of the Bransgore County Sherriff’s department had been renting a basement room "one of many in the house" from Jakes for the last 5 years, and was instrumental in bringing the killer to justice. "I was in the front corner basement room of the house, one of many basement and attic rooms which Jakes was using to store bodies of teenagers. Little did I know that these were the same teenagers which he often chatted to me about murdering in a series of often ironic scenarios, nor that the same teenagers were the ones from the High School where he worked part time as a disgruntled janitor. After the FBI phoned me and explained everything a few times I just put two and two together and had, what I like to call, that police epiphany moment."
Belinda Dwightington, who lived opposite Jakes admitted that "We always kinda thought that he might have been the South Huntingdon Ripper or the Dark Lakes Decapitator; Ripping and decapitating just seemed more his thing... I did not have him down as a slasher though, that was a shock." But when further prompted she did concede that Jakes "did own a whole lot of slashing stuff and would often stand in front of his house practising slashing things whilst shouting 'slash slash slash' over and over again. So I guess that makes some sense."