Jaacob Vanwinkle, sex offender, busted in murder of Canon City mom, two kids

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Photos, video below.
Update: Earlier today, we shared early information about a triple homicide in Canon City; see our previous coverage below.

The more details that emerge, the more horrific the story becomes. The victims in the case were reportedly a woman and her two children -- and the suspect in custody, Jaacob Vanwinkle, is a sex offender previously tied to a death in Indiana a few years ago.

Continue for the latest, complete with photos and video.

Vanwinkle is listed on the Colorado Sex Offender website. He's described as being 31 years old and sporting tattoos on his left hand, right arm, left calf, left shoulder and neck.

His current status refers to him as "incarcerated" -- which was out of date until a short time ago.

Back in September 2011, Vanwinkle was brought in for questioning in Johnson County, Indiana, after his roommate, fifty-year-old Michael Eaton, was reported missing. Police subsequently found Eaton's body under debris in the bedroom of a residence the pair shared. Vanwinkle was captured in a wooded area and is said to have been wanted on a parole violation at the time.

Here's a mug shot of Vanwinkle that accompanied news reports of his 2011 arrest. As you can see, his neck tattoo can be seen clearly.

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A previous booking photo of Jaacob Vanwinkle.
We don't yet know when Vanwinkle was freed from his previous jailing or how he made his way to Colorado. But the crime for which he's been arrested is both serious and shocking.

Reports say the teenage daughter of a 35-year-old woman called police about an assault. Upon their arrival, officers found the woman dead along with her five-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter.

Here's a video package about Vanwinkle's 2011 arrest, followed by a new booking photo showing him with a shaved head. Below that is our previous coverage.

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Jaacob Vanwinkle.
Continue for our previous coverage of the triple homicide in Canon City, including an interactive graphic and a photo.

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muis6000
muis6000

Van Winkle needs to die. Yes there was a 16 year old raped and her mother and half siblings were killed. This never should have happened. 1. He probably should be in prison in IN right now. 2. Mandy Folsom never should have allowed a registered sex offender anywhere near her home. She knew what he was, she thought he had changed. He is a psychopath. She endangered her children, the friends of her children and actually the whole community. Now her daughter gets to deal with this for the rest of her life and her two youngest don't get to live out the rest of their lives. I have yet to meet anyone who thinks he deserves to live. If Jaacob Van Winkle doesn't get the death penalty he will probably be taken care of in prison. Words can not express how angry I am about this.

Christy Burr-Ariniello
Christy Burr-Ariniello

Was there really a teen that was assaulted, it doesn't seem to say more than that's why they called.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Oh yeah, these guys can be rehabilitated.



davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Cañon City and not Canon City.

If you can't make the computer work, then go out and buy a Linotype.

Kalhie Q Qbala
Kalhie Q Qbala

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Lawrence Ferguson
Lawrence Ferguson

And.when.its not the mad man or female its are own cops .pulling dirty cronk

Lawrence Ferguson
Lawrence Ferguson

And they wounder why so many are geting guns to protect them.selfs aney more. Cant expect a cop to keep us safe aney more thats for sure

Lawrence Ferguson
Lawrence Ferguson

The cops aney more let thies mad fucks loose from jails all across america .and when they do this its a big deal .just look at the recent rash of break outs .going on. As proof alone .

LawCheck
LawCheck

@muis6000  

Death is far too humane for this individual. In an execution by lethal injection, supposedly one hardly feels suffer at all. Vanwinkle's victims probably suffered for lengthy periods of time.

muis6000
muis6000

Yes, the 16 year old daughter was raped.

LawCheck
LawCheck

@whateveryousay  

There's a huge range, especially because the registry covers such a broad scope of crimes. The idea that Walter Nix, who was tricked by a man he believed to be a police officer(which is rape by fraud,) should be compared to the Vanwinkle is unproductive lunacy.

jerky
jerky

I think you may half spelled it wrong dave because I was telling a friend of mine that I wanted two go two Colorado and my friend told me that I could make it from my town in Texas two Pweblow Colorado (I think is what he called the town) in about 8 hours. He then told me I should go two Canyon City and I remember he said Canyon City (not Canon City) because they're is a bridge that goes across a really deep canyon and you can walk across it and look down and it is really scary but really neet. He also said they bilt a prison they're because the canyon is so deep that no one can ascape the prison. If any of you have been two Canyon City please let me no if you think it is a good place two go for vacation. Thankyou.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Larry's best five years of his life were in third grade.  And then he flunked on the sixth try and things have gone downhill since.  

macchad72
macchad72

Judges and sentencing orders determine when someone is released.  Not the officers and correctional professionals who do a thankless job daily.  Aside from your poor grammar, horrendous spelling, and vulgar language, your comment really displays your ignorance for everyone to enjoy.  Is that the circumstance here?  Did someone get released from jail or prison early and commit a horrendous act?  Now would be a good time to display some sympathy toward the victims and their families instead of criticizing the penal system.

cxturbo
cxturbo

Lawrence - work on your spelling, punctuation, vulgar words, and your thought process.  You're a boor.

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