Jake Kositchek
Jake Kositchek
Days of our Lives
Portrayed by Jack Coleman (1981-82)
Current status Former; Regular
Duration 1981-82
First appearance June 10, 1981
Last appearance June 1, 1982
Cause/reason Died
Created by Gary Tomlin and Michelle Poteet Lisanti
Introduced by Betty Corday and Al Rabin
Nickname(s) Salem Strangler
Gender Male
Residence Salem, Illinois (at time of death)
Family Kositchek Family
Parents Stanislaus Kositchek
Siblings Chris Kositchek
Amy Kositchek
Romances Hope Williams
Jessica Blake (as 'Angel')

Jake Kositchek is a character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives, portrayed by Jack Coleman from 1981-82.


Jake was the younger brother of Chris Kositchek (Josh Taylor), shortly after coming to town he fell in love with Angel, the alternate personality of Jessica Blake (Fallon) (Jean Bruce Scott). Jake was also briefly involved with Jessica's cousin, Hope Williams (Tammy Taylor). When Jake and "Angel" got engaged and planned to elope in Las Vegas, Jessica's parents Marie Horton (Lanna Saunders) and Alex Marshall (Quinn Redeker) learned of the elopement after Hope discovered Jessica's illness. Marie and Alex arrived in the nick of time to see Jessica reemerge and the wedding be interrupted. Jake was heartbroken after being rejected by Jessica who was going through psychiatric treatment under Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall). Jessica's rejection became the catalyst for Jake's mental breakdown, leading him to become the Salem Strangler, a serial killer who strangled many women to death including Mary Anderson (Melinda O. Fee) and Marlena's twin Samantha Evans (Andrea Hall), who was killed in a case of mistaken identity.

Jake was captured, but he died before he could stand trial for the murders.

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