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Michael Jacques Attempted to Pervert Justice While Behind Bars


He is being held at a federal jail in Brooklyn, N.Y, charged with the June 2008 kidnap, drugging, rape and murder of his niece, 12-year-old, Brooke Bennett.

In a 91-page document filed this week in U.S. District Court in Burlington, federal prosecutors laid-out the reasons for the government seeking the death penalty in the Jacques case.

The document was in response to a defense motion asking a federal judge in Vermont to declare the federal death penalty unconstitutional. They claim federal capital punishment is discriminatory and capricious, and it shouldn’t be allowed in Vermont because there is no state death penalty.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan counters Jacques relied on interstate communications to carry-out the sexual assault and killing of Brooke which indeed allows the issue to be heard in federal court.

Of more interest, two stunning pieces of information were revealed for the first time in the prosecutions filing.

Now, we have learned sometime in July 2008 while jailed, Jacques came up with a whole new plan to control the direction of the investigation by sending out a series of e-mails to the 14-year-old girl he had sexually abused for five years, the media and law enforcement.

It was this young girl, J1 – Juvenile 1 – who Jacques used to lure Brooke to his home with the promise of a party to be held the evening of June 25.

The e-mails were intended to appear they were from various members of the sex ring ‘Breckenridge’.  Breckenridge was how Jacques controlled J1.  Police determined the sex ring is non-existent.

The newly filed court document indicates Jacques enlisted the help of a friend. Via phone and letters, Jacques laid-out explicit instructions as to when and to whom various e-mails should be sent.  One of the e-mails he prepared for J1 was a threat against her 9-year-old sister – she would ‘die like Brooke’ if J1 did not continue to give false information to officials.’ Apparently the plan was foiled when Jacques’ friend decided to cooperate with police.

The document also revealed that Jacques allegedly sexually assaulted Brooke for a 12-hour period before her murdered her.  This information had never been made public until now.

No trial date has been set.

Also of interest: Feds defend death penalty in Michael Jacques case

Burlington Free Press

  1. ritanita
    05/20/2010 at 9:22 am

    Donchais, thank you for keeping tabs on this case. Jacques is one nasty master of manipulation and I can’t believe that he is still trying to manipulate the case from jail.

    His friend did the right thing by ratting him out. I’m sure he doesn’t want to be in prison for helping this sick individual.

    My heart goes out to J1. How terribly damaged she must be. If Jacques had his way, he would still be abusing her, from the confines of his jail cell.

  2. 05/23/2010 at 11:44 am

    I can’t resist…..”Once a pervert always a pervert”.
    Not everyday you hear of a federal death penalty case, can’t think of a more deserving defendant though!

  3. Melissa
    05/25/2010 at 5:47 pm

    The only thing that worries me about the Feds handling this, is that it is far reaching since they never physically left the state. There are a lot of people (not just in this case) trying to get the computer or car laws overturned. If these laws are found unconstitutional I am afraid he will be let free. And get away with this awful crime. They cant try him again.

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