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'My Little Girl’s Life Depends On You': Patrick Frazee's Jail Notes Called For Murders Of Multiple Witnesses
Patrick Frazee passed multiple handwritten notes to a fellow inmate asking his to execute witnesses in the murder of his fiancée, Kelsey Berreth.
Six days into Patrick Frazee’s trial for the murder of his fiancée, Kelsey Berreth, Colorado prosecutors received a surprising new piece of evidence.
A former inmate at the Teller County Jail, where Frazee was being held, and his attorney came forward with notes from Frazee ordering the execution of multiple witnesses connected to the case, including his former mistress turned state’s evidence, Krystal Kenney.
The inmate, who once shared a cell near Frazee, saved several messages that Frazee had written on paper towels and napkins asking for the inmate’s gang members to “dispose of” the people on his hit list, KRDO Colorado Springs reporter Andrew McMillan told “Killer Couples,” airing Thursdays at 8/7c on Oxygen.
“They all need to disappear unseen till at least after Nov. 22nd after the trial,” Frazee wrote, instructing the inmate to “flush” the note when he was done reading it.
In one letter, Frazee claimed that investigators had “no weapon,” “no body,” and “no forensics,” and that the district attorney's office was “coaching” Kenney on the “details of the circumstantial evidence for her to give lieing [sic] statements to match up … They helped put words in her mouth.”
Kenney, who agreed to testify against Frazee in exchange for a plea deal, told investigators that on Thanksgiving Day 2018, Frazee beat Berreth to death with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park condominium while their 1-year-old daughter was playing in the next room.
Frazee then concealed her remains in a plastic tote, loaded it into the back of his truck, and drove to his nearby ranch, where he enjoyed a holiday dinner with family. Before the day was over, he contacted Kenney at her home in Idaho.
“Patrick tells Krystal, ‘You have a mess to clean up. You need to get out here right away, and you need to come prepared,’” Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Viehman told “Killer Couples.”
Once she finished scrubbing down the bloody crime scene, Kenney met up with Frazee, and the two picked up some gasoline, which Frazee used to ignite the plastic container while Berreth’s body was still inside.
Kenney confessed that two months before the murder, Frazee had solicited her to kill Berreth, claiming she was an addict and a “terrible mother” who abused their daughter.
“He [kept] trying to guilt her with the fact that, this is going to be your fault if my daughter dies,” Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater told producers.
Kenney, however, said she had no intention of harming Berreth and that she had cut off communication with Frazee for several weeks before he reached out the night of November 22nd.
In another note to the inmate — who prosecutors asked the media not to name because of possible retaliation from his former gang — Frazee provided details about Kenney’s appearance and where she lived, telling him to murder her and her friend, Michelle Stein, who was also a witness in the investigation.
"Do you have funds or resources to go to Idaho and back? Was thinking if you could cap 'em in the desert," Frazee wrote, according to local ABC affiliate KMGH-TV.
Throughout the correspondence, Frazee maintained his innocence, claiming he had no idea what happened to Berreth and that he was “not the monster they say I am.”
“Help! Help! Me please man,” he begged. “I repay [sic] however. My life and my little girl’s life depends [sic] on you. Throw me down your plans/ideas.”
With written proof of his intent to kill witnesses to cover up Berreth’s murder, prosecutors were confident in their case, and on Nov. 19, 2019, he was convicted of first-degree murder, felony murder, and three counts of solicitation to commit murder, according to “Killer Couples.”
Frazee was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 156 years.
Kenney pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, and she was given a reduced, three-year prison sentence. In March, Kenney requested an early release just two months into her sentence, but it was subsequently denied.
She will be eligible for parole in 2021.
To hear more about the investigation, watch “Killer Couples” now on Oxygen.com. New episodes air Thursdays at 8/7c.