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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has filed two counts of first-degree intentional homicide against 31-year-old Patrick Fowler for his alleged involvement in a double homicide on Milwaukee’s west side. It’s a crime Fowler has confessed to, according to the criminal complaint.

Patrick Fowler

Patrick Fowler

Police say 28-year-old Jessica Ellenberger and her four-year-old daughter Madyson Marshel were found dead in a home near 68th and Stevenson after a house fire late Saturday, March 19th.

According to the criminal complaint, Fowler bought a one-way ticket to Texas and got on a greyhound bus to get away from the crime. He was arrested as the bus made a stop in Arkansas.

According to the criminal complaint, Fowler told police he and Ellenberger “were in a verbal argument” and Fowler “felt as if he was being disrespected.” The complaint indicates Fowler grabbed a knife and went to the girl’s room. At some point, Fowler grabbed Ellenberger by the hair and “asked her to just talk with him.” When she demanded Fowler back off, Fowler told police “the knife slid across her chest.” She was then stabbed multiple times.

The complaint indicates Fowler later stabbed the girl.

Jessica Ellenberger and Madyson Marshel

Jessica Ellenberger and Madyson Marshel

Fowler told investigators “he then watched as each of them took their last breath and he thought of killing himself. Instead he set the house on fire.” The complaint said Fowler could not find lighter fluid, “so he took coloring books, lit them on the stove, and threw them in the room.”

Fatal fire near 68th & Stevenson, Milwaukee

Fatal fire near 68th & Stevenson, Milwaukee

After setting the fire, Fowler told investigators “he walked out the front door taking the Easter candy from the residence with him.” Fowler also stated “he did not feel bad for any of the decisions that he made.”

The story doesn't end there. FOX6 News spoke with the grandmother of Fowler's two children. She says Fowler came to her daughter's home after the murder and forced her to help him.

"He threatened her if she didn't help him there was going to be bodily harm to perhaps herself and her children," said the grandmother to Fowler's children.

She says her daughter helped dispose of Fowler's clothes against her will.

"There were threats made, yes," said the grandmother to Fowler's children.

The mother of Fowler's two children is now in jail for her alleged role.

"She does have heart problems, she does have seizures. She hasn't slept since last Saturday. She hasn't eaten. They need to take that into consideration," said the grandmother to Fowler's children.

As the families of Jessie Ellenberger and Madyson Marshel grieve, the grandmother says there could have been more victims that night.

"She did what she had to do at that time under severe mental distress and threat of her safety, her security, and her life and her children's," said the grandmother to Fowler's children.

The Milwaukee Police Department is working with Miller County, Arkansas to extradite Fowler back to Wisconsin.



  • T

    Jason, Blacks? Dude you have issues! How many people of different races have killed without a care? This guy who did this to this woman and kid is crap but to make a comment about all blacks being this way is sick and you need to be evaluated by a licensed psychiatrist.

    • DonaldMSmith

      >>My best friend’s step-aunt makes $87 hourly on the computer using his Facebook Account. She has been out of work for nine months but last month her paycheck was $12968 just working on the computer for a few hours….””
      >>>>>>>>>> Check This Special-Work-At-Home…

  • Honky

    Fox6 reported he was arrested by milwaukee police dept. WTF is a moderator good for if they just delete comments, but dont make sure the stories are accurate? Calling Fox6now investigators!

  • Dominic

    The idiocy you spewed is NOT fact fool! The overwhelming majority of white women killed every year in domestic violence sitcoms are at the hands of there WHITE boyfriends! That’s the real politically I reject truth! The story has zero to,do with race anyway moron. White women have the rig to date men of any race they so choose and it’s none of your buisness. Stop using this tragedy to push your anti-inneracial relations/dating agenda.

    • Ash

      Dominic you are uninformed and creating your own biased truth, do some self research on the topic.
      Mudsharks are 12 times more likely to be violently murdered by their black boyfriends, more likely to catch STDs, more likely to become a single mother on wellfare. ATTENTION all future fathers, if you dont want your daughter to be physically abused, mentally abused, or finamcially taken advantage of by a conniving african american guy, than GOOGLE (8 ways to ensure your daughter doesnt become a mudshark)

    • Gary Hamilton

      Let this be an example to the rebel girls who want to date trash because the bad boy image. These guys are nothing but low life losers without respect for anyone including themselves. They will never hold a job or be decent father’s because they care only about themselves.

  • Kennith

    You sir are the definition of a moron! Stop using this tragedy to push your anti-inneracial dating agenda just becuase your a jealous white guy who couldn’t get a white women this attractive your own self! The lesson “lil whites girls” as you put it should be taught is that if you you go and stay in a domestic violence with a man of ANY race then expect the worst! Case closed.

  • Betty

    Wow what a stupid comment a mother and baby is dead you talk racist. Color has no cause of this killing Our society has lost its mind and heart.

  • TED

    Who do you think the BLM movement will hold a vigil for? The little black girl who died or the perp?
    This is the second time I had to post this. BLM don’t like the truth.

  • EricMRussell

    >>>My best friend’s step-aunt makes $87 hourly on the computer using his Facebook Account. She has been out of work for nine months but last month her paycheck was $12968 just working on the computer for a few hours….
    >>>>>>>>>> Check This Special-Work-At-Home…

  • Reagan 84

    WTH is wrong with these women who date criminal THUGS like this POS,and to have a child by this non-human beast! Mom should of had more sense than to expose herself and her daughter to such violence. Granted she didn’t deserve what happened to her,both her and that daughter of hers deserved a full life. The POS should get the death penalty for what he did,his life don’t matter!!

    • Anthony

      I totally agree,but some people are very good at deception!She had no way of knowing he was capable of anything like this!

      • Get A Grip

        By doing a simple search on CCAP anyone could see this guy is a POS. He has convictions for Child Abuse, Sexual Assault and a bunch or other stuff.

    • Oscar Manheim

      Lib-sheep would be more ‘offended’ by what you wrote, than they would be by what he did. Therein lies the problem.

    • Denise

      I don’t feel a thing for this idiot White woman! She should know it is in the genes of these Thugs to be violent! The child is who I feel sorry for! She was beautiful and innocent!

  • Oscar Manheim

    In a sane world, they would run public service announcements to raise awareness of the danger involved, rather than promote ‘diversity’.

  • L

    Another dumb white girl getting used by a black man, you get treated by what you choose to lay down with. Don’t tell me that was the first violence she saw outta him and what the hell wrong with her parents.

  • Barbara

    Let’s stop blaming the woman for choosing the wrong guy. This man is a monster, instead of talking bad about her let’s concentrate on praying the family gets justice and hope someday we bring the death penalty back. This man has no remorse, he is a predator and dangerous and should never see the light of day.

  • Barry McCockner

    READ ASH’s COMMENT about “8 ways to ensure your daughter doesnt become a mudshark.”
    This guy will make a good target for prison gang initiations.

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